The Year Was 1979

*Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) as a two-year-old with handler Eileen Verdieck and Al Shaqab manager, Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani.

The other day we were looking for a particular photo of a particular horse here in Arabian Horse World’s offices. The search led to the 8 x 10 glossy archives … which got us thinking. We handle an average of 8,000 images a year —  that means nearly half a million images in our 57-year history. And yes, we’ll be sharing more of our “finds” with you from time to time.

Anyway, that’s a whole lot of memories, and it’s easy to get sidetracked on such a task … like when you find photo like this one of a handsome bay colt at the 1997 Egyptian Event in Lexington, Kentucky.

We wondered, on that beautiful Kentucky afternoon could the colt’s handler, Eileen Verdieck, or the manager of Al Shaqab, Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani, even dreamed of the destiny that lay before young *Gazal Al Shaqab?

Eileen shares her memory of the day.

“*Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) was so willing and intelligent and so determined to please whoever was handling him. When Gazal was named Qatar Junior Champion as a yearling, I remember joking with Sheikh Hamad that he was such an excellent show horse he would make a corpse look like a remarkable showman. 

“I was fortunate to have him with me in the U.S. for several years and won many championships, including this one at the Egyptian Event when he was a two-year-old. 

“We all knew he was destined for greatness, but he exceeded those expectations by miles. Of the thousands of horses I have been fortunate to show through my career, *Gazal Al Shaqab holds the top spot in my heart.”

— Eileen Verdieck

35th Brazilian National Arabian Horse Show

Indaiatuba, São Paulo

November 16-20, 2016

Judges: Mr. Ferdinand Huemer, Austria; Mr. Van Jacobsen, U.S.; Mr. Luiz Eduardo M Caio, Brazil; Mr. Mark Wharton, Australia; Mr. Richard Petty, U.S.

Champion Stallion

Gold: Matisse FM (Marwan Al Shaqab x Selket Promise Kept), Carlos Roberto De Menezes, Haras Stigmatas

Silver: Bandit SRA (Da Valentino x LL Albufera), Carandá Empreend Agropec Ltda., Haras Fazenda Caranda

Bronze: Tales HVP (Fa El Shawan x Tayra HVP), Haras Agropec Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltd.

Champion Mare

Gold: Queen Ayda FWM (Fa El Shawan x TN Mariani), Casa Branca Agro-Pastoril Ltda., Haras Lone Star

Silver: AJ Kharena (Marwan Al Shaqab x Kharrea PGA), Haras Agropec Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltd.

Bronze: Rywanna (Ryad El Jamaal x Marwan Cristal RCA), Ana Carolina Damião Tinoco, Haras Dharamsala

Champion Young Stallion

Gold: TS Khidam El Shawan (Fa El Shawan x Samantha HVP), Toni Salloum, Haras Arco Azul

Silver: FT Pietro (LLC Fasario x FT Pietra), Flavia Maria Ramalho Torres, Haras Rancho Quatro Estacoes

Bronze: Armani El Keav (HK Keav Power x Delight Bey), Pedro Teixeira, Haras HPJ

Champion Young Mare

Gold: Baviera HVP (Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea), Haras Agropec Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltd.

Silver: Bretta UB (OFW Magic Wan x HB Bessolea), Haras Agropec Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltd.

Bronze: Only Serondella (AAS Elishahh x Jelabie Serondella), Fabio Alberto Amorosino, Haras Serondella

Champion Junior Colt

Gold: Royal Asad (El Tino x Lumiar Ethna), Royal Arabians LLC

Silver: Gran Cohiba (HK Keav Power x RA Nefertiti), Humberto Florezi Filho, Haras De Al Hoscan

Bronze: Dakhar HVP (Da Vinci FM x RD Fabreanna), Agropec Vila Dos Pinheiros Ltd.

Champion Junior Filly

Gold: Roxanne Johnny (Magnum Psyche x Mulan Forx), João Henrique Netto, Haras Johnny

Silver: HK Solara Keav HNP (HK Keav Power x JJ Suzanna), Ricardo Frederico Secco Távora, Haras Novo Prado

Bronze: Angelika Michael JM (Prince Michael MPE x Echo Moniela), Jose Alves Filho, Haras JM

Champion Junior Junior Colt

Gold: TS Prince El Khidam (TS Khidam El Shawan x TS Tiffany), Toni Salloum, Haras Arco Azul

Silver: Caranda Sharif (Bandit SRA x AF Hanuza), Caranda Empreend Agropec Ltda., Haras Fazenda Caranda

Bronze: Jyvar Meia Lua (El Jahez WH x Jyvara El Maktub), Maria Helena Ribeiro Perroy, Haras Meia Lua

Champion Junior Junior Filly

Gold: La Belle Shawan HVP (FA El Shawan x Valentine HVP), El Shawan Legacy Partners LLC

Silver: TS Kamila El Dominic (Dominic M x TS Valentine), Arco Azul

Bronze: RFI Fahaara Almaktub (Quasim CRH x RFI Fayara El Shiraz) , Rodrigo Foz Forte, Haras Santo Antonio Da Bela Vista, Itapetininga

Champion Colt (2014-2015)

Gold: Falak FK (El Tino x Fogosa HAB), FK Agrop E Com Animais Vivos L, Haras FK

Silver: Zahir El Madan (El Tino x Purê Seduction VCM), Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, Haras El Madan

Bronze: Valentin El Madan (El Tino x Geraldine Carol), Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, Haras El Madan

Champion Filly (2014-2015)

Gold: HDF Munique (WH Justice x Purê Seduction VCM), Rodrigo Da Silva Faias, Haras Das Faias

Silver: Juline Morab (HK Keav Power x Jamile El Lethyf), Benedito Morato Do Amaral, Haras Morab

Bronze: Sweet Satisfaction (HK Keav Power x RA Nefertiti), Humberto Florezi Filho, Haras De Al Hoscan

Champion Colt (1/2014 to 3/2014)

Gold: Gran Osíris (HK Keav Power x RA Nefertiti), Humberto Florezi Filho, Haras De Al Hoscan

Silver: Ragnar Rach (Vulcano HVP x Rapunzel Rach), Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda., Haras Ilha Da Chapada

Bronze: RFI Ramsés Almaktub (RFI Maktub x Hazine CRH), Rodrigo Foz Forte, Haras Santo Antonio Da Bela Vista

Champion Filly (2013-2014)

Gold: Khyki HEC (HK Keav Power x Khyara HEC), Florivaldo De Carvalho, Estância California

Silver: RFI Sensation (Jazeer De Wiec x RFI Sophie Al Maktub), Rodrigo Foz Forte, Haras Santo Antonio Da Bela Vista

Bronze: Kissme El Madan (El Tino x Rose Of Versace JG), Pedro Francisco Do Amaral, Haras El Madan

The Emir’s Sword

A Million Dollar Weekend in Qatar

by Steve Andersen

Photos by Juhaim

The rise of Ebraz (Amer x Massamari by Tidjani) over the winter in Qatar was nothing short of astonishing. He ran credibly in France in Group 1 stakes in 2016, finishing third and fourth. In Qatar, his status soared. A maiden as recently as November, Ebraz was the upset winner of the $1 million Emir’s Sword on February 25, the richest race for Arabians in Qatar. Continue reading “The Emir’s Sword”

Peter Upton

We hope you enjoy these lovely paintings by Peter Upton, as published in his book, The Arab Horse, where ancestral Arabians come to life in his more than 60 full page oils and watercolors. It is a feast for the eyes.

Since its first publication in 1989, The Arab Horse has been recognized as the definitive work on the subject. This third edition has been substantially revised to incorporate new research, previously unpublished photographs, and new portraits by the artist. The book is available through Arabian Horse World. Go to, or call 805.771.2300 to order your copy.

Gary Kehl of GRK Arabians

by Morgan Moore

Gary Kehl is a man who revels in challenge and never accepts the status quo. He’s constantly testing boundaries both in and out of the equine arena and accomplishing the seemingly impossible. His family has adopted his same competitive spirit. His daughter, Nicole, found her way to international acclaim when she became a backup singer for Rihanna, she presently sings with Iggy Azalea. Two of his sons played in the NFL — Ed played for Jacksonville Jaguars and Greenbay Packers and Bryan was drafted by the N.Y. Giants in the fourth round and then played for the  St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins. Perhaps they acquired their competitive drives from their father.

When Gary found his way to Arabian horses the progression to the world of competition and breeding was natural for him.

This month’s small breeder feature focuses on a breeding program in transition to a larger operation. Having enjoyed national success producing only a handful of foals for years, GRK Arabians, Salt Lake City, Utah, is now expanding exponentially. This program began with a sole focus on producing great western and English horses (who have earned their fair share of roses in the most competitive arenas), but the program has shifted in the past five years to produce halter horses that can compete at a national level.

What makes your program unique?

We focus on producing halter horses by up-and-coming stallions, but always try to breed to the best horses. What makes us a unique program is that 60 to 70 percent of our non-halter horses make great performance horses due to the fact that we breed for quiet horses that can concentrate. Even our horses that don’t make top of the line performance horses find great homes with 4-H’ers or families.

How did you begin breeding horses? 

We began breeding 12 years ago when we campaigned a beautiful Half-Arabian bay Paint mare GK A-Lexus (Chief Dakota Bar x Abas Ramar) that won a Scottsdale Top Ten and National Reserve Champion Western Pleasure. Now 17 years old, she’s still showing and winning — at the 2016 Youth Nationals she won with our trainer Priscilla Cluff’s daughter, Bianca. That mare inspired us to buy a Paint stallion who sired a number of high-end western horses. We still use his daughters in our program today.

What inspired you to make the switch to a focus on purebred halter horses? 

I have a competitive spirit and a strong work ethic. I aim to have fun and work hard, and when I do something, I do it right. I was enticed by the beauty and the high stakes as well as the potential high payoff with the right foals.

How would you characterize your breeding strategy? 

I sit down each spring with my mentor Doug Leadley (who has been with Orrion Farms for many years), and my trainer, to make decisions on which stallions we will use with which mares. We breed each mare for two foals and each stallion breeds at least two mares. This way we give every chosen cross the opportunity to succeed, and also get a feel for what each stallion brings to the table. We are expecting 16 foals in 2017 with this strategy in mind. We try to avoid inbreeding and choose lines that aren’t from the most-used lines in the industry.

Tell me about one of your foundation mares, OFW Rihanna, and how she came into your life. 

When I made my first trip to Michael Byatt’s farm, in New Ulm, Texas, he brought out a filly that was absolutely beautiful and slated to show at U.S. Nationals that year. I was shocked when he said her name was OFW Rihanna. At the time, my daughter was a backup singer for Rihanna so I said, “Let’s get Rihanna to buy her,” and proceeded to reach out to Jay Brown, Rihanna’s manager. Rihanna’s team was interested, but they had a lot of other focuses at the time and just couldn’t do it at that moment.

I had asked about the filly’s price as well, but at the time it was way more than I had ever paid for a horse. After some negotiation, I decided to purchase the filly for myself on October 2, just a few weeks before nationals. Michael Byatt was already committed to another filly, but had gotten Andy Sellman to handle her for me.

I really wanted to do some promotion for her before nationals but it was just too close to the show. But then I saw this picture of Rihanna holding a bouquet of roses and an idea struck me. I reached out to Jay Brown (President of Roc Nation, Rihanna’s label) and asked if I could use the photo to promote the filly. They said I could. So, I had an 8 x 10 flyer created with Rihanna’s photo to promote OFW Rihanna, and I put it under every door at the two major horse show hotels in Tulsa. Also, I had 100 promotional DVDs made with the picture on it to give out. To this day, people still tell me that they remember that flyer with Rihanna on it.

OFW Rihanna ended up third overall and it was just her second time out. She went on to be National Reserve Champion at both U.S. and Canadian Nationals the following year. She became one of my foundation mares and we have added a few mares since that time.

How do you choose mares for your program?

The mares are the most important part. Beautiful mares produce beautiful foals. I look for beautiful mares. Two of our other core mares are out of the Russian-bred mare Crown Kapricka, one of our foundation mares who is now retired. Her daughters by Stival and Eden C have become important next steps in our breeding program.

How do you select stallions for use with your mares? 

When I find a stallion I am interested in I follow that stallion’s progress and always try to go look at that stallion in person. A face is an important attribute, but we evaluate the whole horse and, as a result, many of our foals go on to brilliant main ring performance careers. Our horses are trainable and athletic, not just beautiful.

Who are your up-and-coming stars this year? 

I have two yearlings showing at Scottsdale with Michael Byatt; a colt and a filly. I also have a beautiful Ever After NA colt with Sandro Pinha that is going to show at the World Cup in April.

How are your family members involved with your program today?

GRK Arabians is a family affair. My granddaughters are both 11 years old and have been showing since they were eight.

What advice do you have for someone just getting their start in the Arabian breed? 

Use the most exceptional mare possible. It all depends on the mare. Save up your money and buy one exceptional mare then find someone who knows the breed and the business to advise you. For me, that person was Doug Leadley and I can’t say enough about how grateful I am to have met him. Learn your mare’s deficiencies and breed around them. Find the stallion that consistently passes the qualities that complement your mare’s deficiencies. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Do your research and your due diligence.

The Mysterious Case of the Heavy Rain and the Television Show

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;

Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,

And live alone in the bee loud glade


And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,

And evening full of the linnet’s wings.


I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;

While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

— William Butler Yeats, 1888, “The Spirit of Man: An Anthology, London, New York: Longmans, Green and Co, 1916.


This is a mysterious case history that started with a very observant owner, included a television show about a dog rescue, and ended with a surprise diagnosis that no one was expecting.

Denise Hearst is an expert horsewoman as well as publisher of this magazine. Recently, she noticed that her horse, Jay, was showing some unusual symptoms. “Looking back, there were a series of subtle signs, all of which could be rationalized,” Denise said. “But they added up to something. We’d had a week of heavy rain. J.J.’s one acre pasture was now swollen with runoff from the surrounding hills and there was a lot of standing water. J.J. also has access to bedded stalls that he is free to use at will. Was he using them more frequently than usual, I wondered? Understandable, I thought.”

“On this particular weekend, I noticed that he was more often covered with shavings than his preferred mud. I explained it away by telling myself that he had been drenched and the fluffy shavings were more enticing to him now. On Sunday morning, after a stormy night, I went to the barn to feed and found J.J. standing in the stall doorway, looking out at the light rain. I put a flake of hay in the manger and he didn’t even turn and look at me. I talked and cajoled him and at last he turned and came on over for a scratch and breakfast.”

“I went back up to the house and mentioned to my houseguest that J.J. seemed tired from last night’s storm. When I went to check on him at midday, he was out in the pasture grazing. He had left most of his grass hay uneaten, as he had done on several days recently, but I thought, that’s normal for him when the new grass is coming up.”

However, the next evening, things were different. “He was in his stall when I arrived at twilight, and it was clear that he was not right. He was standing stiffly and seemed a little depressed. I immediately called my veterinarian, ‘Dr. John,’ who arrived within 10 minutes, and agreed: ‘not right.’

Dr. John Bigley picks up the story from here: “I went out to examine Jay, a horse I know well, and I agreed with Denise — he was what we call ADR, or ‘ain’t doing right!’ He just seemed mildly “off.” Jay is a very straightforward horse. You know when he is not feeling well. He was standing in the back of the stall, and one of the first things I noticed was that he was jaundiced. His membranes — even the snip on his nose was yellow in color. Horses that haven’t eaten in several days can become jaundiced.”

Dr. Bigley continued, “I treated Jay with the basic approach for a gas colic, took blood samples to run for infection and inflammation, and did a blood chemistry panel to look at enzyme levels. Jay responded well to the treatment. The jaundice indicated a possible compromise of the liver system. With Jay being off food for several days, this might have had an effect. When I got the blood results, they were normal for liver enzymes, but the bilirubin level was quite high. This, combined with signs of infection, indicated that Jay may have an infection of his biliary tract. I started him on antibiotics and Jay’s attitude and appetite returned to normal. When I rechecked him several days later, the signs of infection had gone down dramatically on the antibiotics and his bilirubin levels had returned to normal.”

Another possibility that was raised by Denise was the chance that Jay could have ingested some sort of toxic plant that may not normally be part of the landscape, but had grown due to the high amount of rainfall. “We did talk about that possibility,” Dr. John replied, “but with a toxic plant you would expect the liver to be damaged, and the blood results showed that there was an infection as opposed to a toxin, and that the infection involved the biliary system, not the liver tissue itself.”

What Does the Liver and Biliary System Do?

In brief, the liver is important in blood storage and filtration, detoxification, protein synthesis, metabolism of carbohydrates and sugars, and the production of bile, which helps in metabolizing fats.

The biliary tract are the ducts that make and transport bile. Because horses don’t have a gall bladder, their liver continuously secretes bile through the biliary tract.

The Story Continues …

During this episode, I got a call from Denise. “Hey Cindy,” she said, “My horse has been showing some strange symptoms and I wondered if you had ever seen anything like this?” She went on to explain the symptoms. I was aware that California was experiencing unprecedented rainfall and that Denise lived in an area that was full of wildlife. Immediately, a lightbulb went off in my head — not because I am a good diagnostician, but because I had recently watched a television program about a dog rescue. A dog who had been confined in a small area in California was exposed to a great deal of standing water. The dog was quite ill, and when it was rescued, it was found to have Leptospirosis. This can be a debilitating disease and even fatal, but the dog was ultimately successfully treated. “Is Jay in an area with a lot of standing water?” I asked. “As a matter of fact, he is,” Denise replied. I asked her, “Have you thought of testing him for Leptospirosis?” While on the phone with Denise, I immediately looked up the signs of Leptospirosis in horses and many of the symptoms had occurred in Jay’s case. “It certainly wouldn’t hurt to test him in any case,” I said, “given the highly unusual amount of water that is happening in your area.” Denise called Dr. John to ask about Leptospirosis and he said he had not had a case in that central California area, but that it certainly would not hurt to test for it, so it could be ruled out, at least.

At the same time, Dr. John was beginning to hear rumors from small animal veterinarians in the area who were seeing positive Leptospirosis cases in dogs. Up to this time, he would normally not have considered Leptospirosis a possibility. “I checked Jay’s blood titer for Leptospirosis and it came back strongly positive.”

What is Leptospirosis?

It is a bacterial disease carried by wildlife that is excreted in their urine. It can be transmitted to horses, dogs, livestock, and even humans. The disease is caused by leptospires, which are mobile bacteria. Animals become infected when they come in contact with infected urine. When there is a lot of rain in areas with wildlife, it washes the urine out and can infect standing water. The horse may drink the water, or get splashed with it, so that it enters the mucous membranes, or it may eat hay or feed contaminated by infected water. In any case, once the horse has been infected, the leptospires often congregate in certain areas of the horse, including the liver, kidney, and eyes.

Some of the clinical signs of Leptospirosis include depression, loss of appetite, fever, abortion in pregnant mares, swelling of the eyes and light sensitivity of the eyes. Jaundice can be another symptom of Leptospirosis. However, many of these signs are common to other diseases, so in an area where Leptospirosis had never been diagnosed in horses, it is easy to see how it would not be the first conclusion a veterinarian would come to when presented with Jay’s signs. A vaccine for horses specific to Leptospirosis was only recently developed and has been available since 2015.

The Diagnosis is Made

Dr. John reported that once he got the confirmation that Jay was positive for Leptospirosis, it still required investigation. “The fact that he was positive means he had been exposed to the bacteria, but because kidney disease is a common result of Leptospirosis, so we also checked Jay’s kidney enzymes and they were excellent when we ran his third series of blood tests. We will continue to monitor his eyes periodically for several months, as recurrent uveitis (moonblindness) is also caused by Leptospirosis. The leptospires tend to congregate in the fluid of the eye and die, and then the horse’s immune system responds to that, which causes the uveitis.”

Based on what he knows now, if Dr. John had known the horse was positive for Leptospirosis in the beginning, would he have treated Jay differently? “The only thing I would have changed would have been the antibiotic I used initially,” Dr. John responded. “Because Leptospirosis was not on our radar before, we are going to start testing for it if we suspect that it could be Leptospirosis. I always say, “If you don’t look, you don’t find.” When I saw Jay’s jaundice initially, it didn’t really send me in the direction of Leptospirosis, but now when we see it, we will be looking at all possibilities.”

What can horse owners do if they suspect the presence Leptospirosis? “First of all breeding farms need to be very aware,” says Dr. John. “Vaccinating broodmares might be a good place to start, because Leptospirosis causes abortion in mares. If the horses are in an area with a lot of wildlife and standing water or are in an at-risk environment, vaccination might be indicated.”

Based on this experience, what is Dr. John telling his clients? “That this is something we haven’t seen or talked about before, but we are talking about it now. If you think your horse may have Leptospirosis or has been exposed to the bacteria, we can run a blood titer to make sure. The strength of the blood titer is important. A low response may mean the horse was exposed at some point in its life, but does not have an active infection. With an at-risk environment (high wildlife concentration, standing water, etc.) consider vaccinating your horses.”

Meanwhile, J.J. is now doing fine, but will continue to have his eyes monitored by Dr. John. Fortunately for him, his owner, who was able to recognize subtle signs early, got her veterinarian involved early on. Dr. John, who when faced with a disease that had not occurred in his practice before, was not adverse to testing for it anyway, and in doing so, is changing the course of testing and treatment for the horses in his practice and beyond. It was a long shot — the combination of unheard of rain and a fortunate television episode of a dog rescue that held the answer to Jay’s diagnosis. Denise adds an important reminder: “If something doesn’t seem quite right, it probably isn’t. So pay attention to what your horse is telling you.”

As a postscript, as this was going to press, Denise emailed me to report that “Jay and I went for a ride in the hills today … it was sunny and green and breezy and he was positively bursting with vitality. Happy horse!”

March can be a cruel month in terms of weather. If you have early foals, hopefully the weather is kind where you are. Our first foals are due at the end of the month and that is a good thing. The heavy rains here continue and the fields are still muddy and damp. Hopefully they will be dry by the time the foals start to arrive. Meanwhile the foaling kit is ready by the stalls and the foaling mares come up to the barn today. Let the season begin!


Dr. John Bigley has his equine practice in Cambria, California. He graduated from Colorado State University and has been serving his equine clients for more than 30 years.

Becker Stables and Kheanne

Cover Story: Becker Stables and Kheanne
Thoughts on Brett Becker’s 2017 Scottsdale Champion Western Pleasure mare, by Gary Dearth


March 2017

Vol. 57, No. 6

on the cover: Kheanne 
(*Khadraj NA x TN Katiki by Versace), 2008 mare, winning 2017 Scottsdale Champion Western Pleasure with Brett Becker. She is owned by Becker Stables, Grass Valley, California. Photo by Osteen/Schatzberg. See story on page 49.


A Million Dollar Weekend in Qatar
The rise of Ebraz over the winter in Qatar was nothing short of astonishing, culminating with his win in the Emir’s Sword for breeder and owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani of Al Shahania Stud, Qatar, by Steve Andersen

Abu Dhabi Racing
Loraa (Mawood x Aleefa) continues to impress, winning the $817,438 President’s Cup for Sheikha Fatima bint Mansoor Al Nahyan, by Steve Andersen

Racing Yearbook

2017 Racing Yearbook

Table of Contents

R Darley Preview — Top Ranked U.S. Racehorses, by Steve Andersen

Group 1 Races

Grade 1 U.S. Races

Group 2 Races

Grade 2 U.S. Races

Group 3 Races

Grade 3 U.S. Races

A Conversation with Thomas Fourcy — Trainer of the Leading International Racehorse Al Mourtajez
What’s Al Mourtajez really like? “… he is part of the family, he is our sweetheart, our blue-eyed boy.” 

2016 Top International Racehorses, by Steve Andersen

2016 Leading U.S. Runner, Owners, and Trainers

A Conversation with Jean Pierre Deroubaix of the Royal Cavalry of Oman, by Steve Andersen

A Conversation with Jon and Krista Henningsgard
A story of dedication to horses, success in races, and thoughts on how the sport can improve, by Steve Andersen

AHW’s Racing Coverage

Racing Yearbook Index of Advertisers


Totally Tops
Excellence is not a popularity contest. It’s earned one class at a time. Arabian Horse World is proud to present the leading pros and amateurs based on their achievements at the 2016 U.S., Canadian, and Sport Horse Nationals.

Zobeyni Sire Line — Part I
We follow this sire line through Mesaoud, who provides a deep, strong foundation, on which much of our modern Arabian breed has been built, by Betty Finke

Moments In Time: Saving Kasyd
He was a very special horse for those who knew him and he proved that it’s never too late for a new start, by Betty Finke

The Way We Were — The Year was 1997

Cover Story: Becker Stables and Kheanne
Thoughts on Brett Becker’s 2017 Scottsdale Champion Western Pleasure mare, by Gary Dearth

From The Artists — Peter Upton

Small Breeders, Big Results
Gary Kehl is constantly testing boundaries, both in and out of the equine arena, and accomplishing the seemingly impossible, by Morgan Moore

For the Horse: Bone Chips In Young Horses, by Cindy Reich

Travel Tactics — Beating The Stress of Being On the Road
Prevention is much easier than having to address a health crisis in an unfamiliar location, by Mark DePaolo, DVM

Stud Farm Diaries: The Mysterious Case of the Heavy Rain and the Television Show
Putting the puzzle pieces together, by Cindy Reich

Stallion Directory II

Stud Book Research, Volume 87


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Arab Year

Map & Index

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AHW — Authentic

Egyptian Arabians in May, Aug., and Dec.

Las Vegas Contenders in April

Scottsdale in April and May

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