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#769654 My new boy - TA Mariusz

Posted by tuffyk on 02 September 2016 - 04:54 AM

I just purchased TA Mariusz, Pure Polish Arabian colt, from Toskhara Arabians.  Here is the announcement from Dick Reed of Toskhara:


"Congratulations to Roberta Kirouac on the purchase of TA Mariusz (Kordelas x Marieta x Arbil), 2014 Pure Polish colt.  He is a full brother to the well know reining stallions TA Mozart and TA Markoni.  I fully expect this colt to follow in the hoof prints of his champion siblings.


Mariusz is a big, strong, well constructed colt; ideal for reining.  He is also quite beautiful.  We are thrilled that Roberta plans a reining career for Mariusz.  The best of luck to Roberta and Mariusz."


The colt will be shipped to Katona Reining and Performance Horses, and will arrive on September 11th.  He will be trained as a reiner, by the most fabulous, national level trainers for reining, Cindy and Tim Katona!  And Arlene Magid will be providing a prose write up on him, as well as a 6 generation wall pedigree!


Dick Reed was wonderful to work with, and his horses are phenomenal.  For anyone looking for horses, you can't go wrong with Toskhara Arabians!


I am so excited for this new adventure!  I can't wait until he arrives!

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#768858 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by cvm2002 on 21 May 2016 - 08:25 PM

Thrilled to finally report that Bunny presented us with an Antham filly 12:35am 5/20.  We had some issues with borderline rejection (this is Bunny's first foal...) but I'm happy to report that we have that under control (see my other post for details!) and Bunny is now being a very good mom.  


Introducing Dantonia WSA, flaxen, sabino chestnut filly.  As you can see, she's chromed to the max!  So far, everything we were hoping for with this cross!






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#625297 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by dowedoit on 27 February 2012 - 12:12 PM

Hmmmm - guess I'm officially proud to be a member of the "tin foil hat society" that approximately a year ago (edited to "approximately a year ago" from "more than a year ago" to reflect the seizure in April - was thinking it was January...) voiced our concerns about the legality of the Canterbury seizure. As was said back then but bears repeating now - don't assume it won't happen to you. Don't assume that everyone who falls prey to a "rescue" group turned law enforcement is guilty.

I am so thankful that Marsha found the resources to challenge DEFHR and Queen Anne's County. I would not have been to come up with the money to defend the bogus charges - as is the case for most people - which is why these rescue groups have run amok and have been allowed to trample on the property rights of owners.

For those who were so critical and quick to judge Marsha - I hope you learn something. And I hope that people will quit being so quick to judge - that mentality is what has given these vigilante rescues the power to abuse.

I am forever grateful that Marsha has exposed their abuses. I certainly hope that she is able to recoup what I would expect to be a six figure legal defense bill in civil court.
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#771597 After 8+ years out he goes

Posted by HGEsquire on 12 July 2017 - 08:02 AM

It's been quite some time since I have made a new post here on ABN.  Not 8+ years as that is an entire different subject and the reason for my post.


With Sport Horse Nationals on our side of the world this year and after having sold our linebred colt Mondavi GA, aka 'Robbie' I got the hair brained idea to take Esquire+ back out again.  


Of course I had absolutely no idea how this would go since he seriously has not even had a saddle on in 8+ years (not his fault).  My knees are trashed and while I would love to ride and show it simply is not in the cards :(  In fact, I have just re-injured my left knee and am headed to the doctors office tomorrow to be scheduled for surgery to have it repaired.


So off to the trainer he went.  Three days later we had to go get him to fulfill a breeding obligation.  He returned to the trainer the following day (just over an hour away) where the trainer was able to take him for a spin after being at the barn for a week.  I was not present so have no idea if it were pretty or not lol but did receive a few cellphone pics via text.  


In the next two weeks we picked Esquire up for several breeding obligations and took him right back to the trainer the following day. This did not give the trainer hardly anytime to ride Esquire, getting to know him, etc.  And on top of that we had a lot of rain :(  Our first show was going to be interesting to say the least......................


So off we went the end of May to Esquire's first show in 8+ years.  He showed both in hand and under saddle.  To say we are pleased with how everything went would be an understatement!  He looked stunning and behaved beautifully.  We took him to a second show the following weekend where he made it to the ring in hand but not under saddle.  Unfortunately Esquire had a tummy ache which he politely told us would keep him from performing his best.  We listened and scratched him from his under saddle classes and let him rest.  


The following weekend Esquire had off but that was short lived.  The next weekend we made the trip to Lexington, VA for the Blue Ridge Arabian Classic.    It was at this show Esquire validated what I knew from the first time I laid eyes on him.  With less than 2 full weeks of being back to work under saddle due to having to be taken back and forth and rain he received at this one show his highest dressage scores yet!  In fact, 3 of his 4 test scores were higher than his scores from years back!


Yes this post is a brag post, yes this post is intended to say I am super proud of my boy AND the trainer, but most important this post is to say.....

"NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS"  ~ Believe it is possible and it will be!!!


Pictures are from our recent shows ;) 






Thank you for allowing me to share here with all of you!


Denise Gainey

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#770025 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by SWells on 25 October 2016 - 12:33 PM

With winter coats coming in fast here at the farm we thought we'd try to get a few shots of our 2016 black filly by Thee Onyx.  (Pardon the red fuzz in her ears...we did not clip them as it is getting cold.  It's leftover baby coat.)  She is now five and a half months old and filled with FIRE!  This filly is constantly flagging her tail...even lays it flat on her back.  She can really put on a show!


This is Opulence S...our last gift from Thee Onyx.





Sue Wells

Sapphire Farms

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#767898 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by morganm on 24 March 2016 - 08:06 AM

My only foal this year! 


AO Breeze++/ colt, born in February, out of Carabella (*Rushan AHSB x Cariala by *Carmargue). Carabella was bred by Gari Dill-Marlow. He exceeded our expectations. I show wish he would have been a she since we are keeping Breeze daughters and won't be able to leverage a colt in our program, but I have no doubt he will go on to be quite the horse for someone. 


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#767157 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by jcja on 06 February 2016 - 12:57 PM

Figured I'd start the thread again this year since I have a new baby to post :)

We welcomed this beautiful half-Arabian filly Zola BA on 2/3/16 - she's sired by Venetian and out of Zunny Delight, a daughter of Multi-National Champion Wolkenzorro++/! She's soooo pretty headed, could easily pass for a purebred!

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#737077 ELIKZIR++/ (Ganges x Ularia)3/30/17Riding video update NOW SIX time U.S. Nat...

Posted by BFF on 09 May 2014 - 06:01 PM




Many thanks to Jim Lowe for showing him to this win.


Here is a little video clip of him making his entrance.  I have to say I got tears in my eyes watching him come in, I still can not believe that this horse is mine.


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#733056 ELIKZIR++/ (Ganges x Ularia)3/30/17Riding video update NOW SIX time U.S. Nat...

Posted by BFF on 29 March 2014 - 03:48 PM

I am proud to announce that Elikzir made his West Coast Debut last weekend with some awesome results.


He was named Champion Stallion SHIH for the Rancho California Arabian Horse Assoctiation

He was named Champion Stallion SHIH for the San Juaquin Valley Arabian Horse Association








Photos coming soon!

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#770796 Sidesteping USEF rules-"New Club"?

Posted by SportArab on 07 February 2017 - 08:23 AM

I'm so tired of hearing halter people complaining (see the responses on Facebook) about how all these videos are scaring away potential buyers.


My response: clean up your show ring and there won't be any more videos out there. Don't be trying to shoot the messenger.

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#769020 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by jettanna on 08 June 2016 - 12:23 PM

2016 Razcal Bey colt  - MA Razputin

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#768912 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by RFFDelightful on 27 May 2016 - 03:50 PM

Wanted to share updated pictures of my Major Mac V colt. Absolutely adore him fancy and the friendliest little guy!

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#768903 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by SWells on 26 May 2016 - 04:31 PM

Here's our only baby of the year...a black filly!  Sired by Thee Onyx and out of my beautiful mare LR Breathless.  Photos at five days old.  Enjoy!

She loves to run!


And some attitude below!


And still running!


Sue Wells

Sapphire Farms


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#768478 2016 Foals - Let's see those babies!

Posted by jettanna on 26 April 2016 - 08:35 AM

Introducing the newest "little Razcal" Stymie  aka MA Razputin13071841_10208096034172172_878532578342853425_o.jpg

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#626212 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by grizz on 01 March 2012 - 01:24 PM

I have been watching this topic since the very beginning.. I am Happy with the results of the trial, and over the years have seen this sort of seizure played out several times. It is all too easy for someone not familiar with the breed to look at an arab horse and judge it as underweight. Especially those horses that are used for endurance. These are not quarter horses or drafty's. And a lot of older arabians tend to be really hard keepers. Especially when they get to the point where they have lost most of their teeth, or if they have become picky eaters with supressed apetites. I look back at the feeding frenzy that was joined in and encouraged by many on this site with disgust, and only hope that one day you don't find yourself in a pickle because one of your oldsters whom you have doted on and kept long past it's "usefulness" has to be put down in front of you by a comittee of vigilante horse thieves. More than one person's stock have been stolen away in this fashion, and some of the rescues involved look upon a person with a large number of animals as easy pickings, especially when the owner is no longer a spring chicken themselves. They see money to be made for the "rescue" operation in terms of huge monetary donations that pour in with their begging campaigns that accompany this type of huge seizure..and in this case outright theft. A word to the wise, next time don't be so quick to judge the person that is under attack. Heaven forbid that you offer some youngstock for sale to a public venue and someone uses that avenue to gain access to your premises. If they spot a skinny old nag on the place beware, you may find that you will lose your animals, and possibly your property and if you can't mount a legal defense you may wind up in jail as a result of some PETA nut wanting to shut down your livestock business.
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#625471 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by Briska on 27 February 2012 - 09:19 PM

Cecilia...you still take my breath away. You're contention that the prosecution could have supplied their own expert witness to refute Dr. Henneke on his own research paper is priceless. Just priceless...

Look back and you'll find that this whole fiasco began with Marsha offering to donate horses to DEFHR as a way for the rescue to raise funds. Requesting the return of only 63 horses leaves 70 horses for DEFHR to sell...as was originally planned. Then greed entered the picture and 'they' somehow became obsessed with capturing Marsha's entire herd (thus more money)...I'll admit to taking a bit of literary license, but I'd bet I'm close to the mark.

As to the plea bargain and who benefited most, my money is the DA. I can only imagine the pure, unadulterated fear when they learned the author of the Henneke body condition scoring system was the expert witness for Marsha! The entire case is founded on DEFHRs findings based on the use of this scale. The only expert witness capable of challenging Dr. Henneke would be one of his co-authors. AND THAT aint gonna happen.

So where do we go from here? Each and every one of us would be well served with some earnest soul searching; why did we react as we did, say what we said and fight for the side for which we fought... Then, move on and become involved with your local animal control officers, sheriffs, humane organizations and ultimately your elected officials to effect a change. Only you can decide what that change will be, but I challenge you to decide.

Until we meet again,
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#625288 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by msjwebb on 27 February 2012 - 11:39 AM


"Don Henneke, PhD., Director of Equine Science at Tarleton State University in Texas, was prepared to

testify as an expert for the defense. Dr. Henneke developed the Body Conditioning Scale for horses that

is used internationally. It is frequently referred to as the “Henneke Scale.” Dr. Henneke reviewed the

evidence and, in his professional opinion, HSUS and its rescue partners (the groups responsible for the

seizure) “showed a complete lack of understanding” in the application of the equine body condition

scale as applied to Ms. Parkinson’s horses and “exhibited extreme bias.” He concluded that “the charges

of neglect against Ms. Parkinson were not warranted. The horses should not have been removed from

her control and custody.” A copy of Dr. Henneke’s report is available upon request.

Under the agreement, the State dismissed 123 counts, and Ms. Parkinson pled “no contest” to 10 counts

of “failing to provide adequate shelter.” The court struck all ten counts and entered a probation before

judgment, which is not a conviction on any of the counts. Ms. Parkinson will eventually apply to the

court to expunge the record of the 10 misdemeanor counts not dismissed. Under the agreement, Animal

Control must return over 60 of her horses, selected by Ms. Parkinson, to Canterbury Farm."
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#771204 Opening the Gate to a New Pasture

Posted by greygelding on 23 April 2017 - 06:30 AM

This is not the pasture pictured in the other post which is still a work in progress but the pasture on the other side of the house.  When all is finished there will be four pastures for their dining pleasure, not to mention play time.  They will all have gates interlocking them together so when finished they can have open access to most of the 10 acres if I choose.  Some of these have never been in a pasture in their lives before coming here, for others it brings back the good times, and their joy is a pleasure to watch.


Gate's open and away they go!   :D   Nothing like a new pasture to bring out the kid in the horse.  










Time to get down to business:











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#771175 Midnight Snack

Posted by greygelding on 14 April 2017 - 05:43 PM

My exterior fences are vastly superior to a lot of my inside fencing which is just plastic push in poles with 2 strands of Hotwire about 3 1/2 ft high. These temporary fences have worked well so far but last night was the exception to the rule. I sleep lightly when camping but at home I sleep like a hibernating bear trusting that Pam will wake up and wake me up as needed. I'm sound asleep when I feel a gentle jab, waking the sleeping bear, followed by "I heard the horses galloping by".
"That's nice, they're just playing race horse in the pasture. Go to sleep".
"No! Something's wrong I know it!" NEVER argue with the woman, she's usually right.
She gets up and looks out the window at the corral area. Coming back to the bedroom she starts to dress, "I can hear the feed locker lid banging".
Now this is a different matter as that's a sure sign that somebody's out. Since my military days so very long ago when the need arises I snap full awake when something is amiss. I'm out of bed, dressed and outside before Pam has finished dressing. In front of the corrals are feed lockers which are plastic footlockers where I put several feedings. Shar has figured how flip the lids open so they stay that way in one fluid motion, except one. That lid won't stay open and will close with a thump. That's the noise that greeted me as I closed the front door. As I rounder the corner, in the flashlights beam I see Shar snacking on the morning feeding but when I look around the rest of the herd is standing in the pasture in front of their corrals. Shining the light at the 3 gates I find them closed. Grabbing a rope, I slipped it around Shar's neck and led her to her corral and locked her in. As I walked her I quickly realized where I needed to go next. There is one spot on the right side of the driveway where the herd gathers and longs to take a shortcut to the next pasture where the corrals are. I find the Hotwire strung along the driveway with broken plastic fence poles scattered around. Apparently Shar tried to jump the low fence line and failed knocking the Hotwire down and breaking the poles. Frightened by the commotion, the remainder of the herd would have raced along the pasture fenceline heading home as fast as their hoofies would carry them and would still be in. This is what awoke Pam. It's late so as Pam closed the gate to the damaged pasture I locked the rest of the herd in their corrals. Catching horses in the dark a problem? Not for these guys. I merely said "Dinner!" and started tossing a small amount of hay in each corral. Instantly all horses trotted into their respective corrals where I came along and locked them in. I headed back to bed and found it was now 12:13 am. A midnight snack for all and fence repair planned for Saturday. The fault of a horse? No, the blame lies with the fool who put up a short fence, wait, that would be......, never mind.

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#771144 Thank You!

Posted by kathy s. on 08 April 2017 - 10:54 AM

Thanks to those of you who said a little prayer that my mare would check in foal this year!  She checked in foal to Major Mac V for a March 2018 baby. I was really feeling down after multiple attempts to get her settled were futile.   Angela Alverez gave me great advice on how to get a problem mare in foal (my mare is a maiden) and it worked! 


 She also said the chances of getting a black are very good.


 We go back on the 21st for a 30 day check, so please cross fingers and toes for a positive outcome. Thank you :)


My Texas Connection (Hucks Connection V x My Sky High)






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