Riding's MARCH, 2008 COVER STORY!

California Riding Magazine • March, 2008

OKW Entrigue+++//
of Oakwerth Arabians
This Oldenburg Approved Arabian stallion is an ambassador to the dressage world.

by Kathleen Burke Jensen

OKW Entrigue+++// (“Ricky”) is the highest ranked Arabian dressage horse in the country, in USDF open competition and in Arabian sporthorse competition including five times National Champion and USDF All Breeds Award Champion at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire 1. He has been a powerhouse at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire 1, and is schooling Grand Prix. A 1997 grey stallion, Ricky is a 15.1 hand pure Polish Arabian owned by Mary Jo Wertheimer in Washington state, and trained, shown, and standing at stud with Patience Prine-Carr of Glynnsong Farms of Castroville.

An elegant and well-mannered stallion, Ricky exhibits exceptional talent in and out of the show ring. His natural gaits and fluid, elastic motion make him a perfect fit for dressage and his rise through the levels has been impressively fast. A few highlights over the last three years: At the 2005 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, he won the championships in Fourth Level Dressage and Prix St. Georges. At the 2006 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show he brought home blues in Sport Horse Show Hack, Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1. At the 2007 Pebble Beach Dressage Show he won Intermediaire I in a field of Warmbloods, winning the Perpetual Trophy, a first for an Arabian in the shows’ 57-year history.

Photo: Romney Maupin

Ricky is now one of only two Arabian stallions approved for the Oldenburg/NA registry. He placed third out of 10 Warmblood stallions in the 2007 test and won the under saddle section. With an enviable pure Polish pedigree, Ricky is sure to have a positive impact on both the Arabian breed and as a cross with Warmbloods and other breeds to develop dressage prospects.

Ricky’s Meteoric Rise

Dressage trainer Patience Prine-Carr began working with Ricky in 2003 and after just a few short months together they qualified for the Arabian Region 3 show. He won at Pebble Beach at Training Level and, since Ricky seemed a little bored by the simplicity of Training Level, she competed in First Level too and he won all three tests. “Hmm, there’s something there,” Patience thought to herself.

Ricky’s movement is loose and supple with lots of suspension. In addition to this natural movement, he’s a fast learner and willing to work. “He learned flying changes in one day,” Patience says with amazement. The first time she showed him at Second Level he won his class.

The next year took Patience and Ricky to the big Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show in Arizona. He came away High Score Champion at Second Level and won a couple of Third Level classes. That same spring she showed him Fourth Level at the Arabian Regionals and he won; later at the Nationals he showed at Third Level and came in Top 10.

Working with trainer Heidi Gaian of Villa Rosa since 1999, Patience is quick to point out that she and Ricky are learning these upper level tests together. “He has the Grand Prix stuff in him,” she says, “I just have to get it right.” She earned her USDF Silver Medal riding Ricky at Prix St. Georges at the 2005 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show; the first time the two had shown in an FEI class. Later that year they traveled to Virginia to compete in the Arabian Sport Horse National Championships. With a class full of riders with Grand Prix experience, Patience was uncharacteristically nervous. And although Patience points out that both she and Ricky were pretty green in that test, they took the top spot yet again.

In keeping with Ricky’s speedy rise through the levels, in 2006 they tackled Intermediaire I at Pebble Beach. In coming down the centerline at the beginning of the test Ricky put his tongue over the bit so Patience had to ride the whole test with her seat. As a testament to the talents of both horse and rider, nobody knew and they won both the class and the Perpetual Trophy, the first time in the 57-year history of the event that an Arab was awarded the honor.

In 2007 Patience and Ricky continued to refine both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I tests. They won both at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in a strong field of competitors and by a respectable margin. “It’s always risky going back to a show where you won the year before and competing at the same level, but we took a chance and Ricky proved once again that he’s a champion,” says Patience. They won the same two tests earlier that year at an open show in Paso Robles against some very nice Warmbloods.

Patience and Ricky are currently working on Intermediaire II and Grand Prix and hope to resume competing this summer. They enjoy competing in the open shows and Ricky is building quite the fan base. He’s one of the few stallions that spectators can come up to and give a pat on the neck. He’s a great ambassador for the breed.

Oakwerth Arabians – Breeding Champions

Oakwerth Arabians was started by Steve and Mary Jo Wertheimer with a 1974 tennis bet. With MJ’s decisive victory on the court, Steve had to pay up and they brought home the Polish bred mare, Contessa B+++ (*Bask x Countess of Lasma (Count Dorsaz)) from Chauncey Arabians in Scottsdale, AZ. Little did they know it was only the beginning of a long journey filled with wonderful memories and bonds made between human and horse.

Over the years, choosing to focus on the mares as the foundation for their program, Oakwerth has purchased mares with impeccable Polish bloodlines, thanks to the help and assistance of experts including the Pattersons, in central Oregon.

Pure Polish graceful and splendid mares like Ricky’s dam *Ekspresja (*Bandos x *Elegia (Comet)) have contributed to their goal of creating a beautiful, versatile and athletic horse. A horse that is a kind and willing companion equally at home in the competitive arena and on the trail.

Ricky's Dam, •Ekspresja

Ricky’s dam, *Ekspresja, is one of Mary Jo’s very best mares. “I saw her at an auction and said ‘I would give my eye teeth for that horse.’ Well, as the bidding progressed my hand went up of its own volition and the next thing I knew I owned the mare,” recalls Mary Jo with a grin. “These things happen for a reason.”

Ricky was born in 1997 and he was quite exotic, even as a foal. It was a thrill to watch him move. Mary Jo bred Ricky and sent him into training with Melody and Jeff Lee of Jeff Lee & Co. The Lees have started and shown numerous horses for Mary Jo in the Arabian circuit, but Ricky was different. He had this big floating trot but he just didn’t fit into the English Pleasure classes, so the Lees suggested dressage.

Sired by multi-national champion park horse, Allience, and out of the exquisite *Bandos mare, *Ekspresja, Ricky has all the pieces to sire outstanding, athletic, willing and beautiful foals. Ricky comes from extremely strong bloodlines including *Bask, *Aladdinn and *Bandos. His lineage is made up of the superstars of the Arabian breed.

This is Ricky’s third year with a foal crop and his offspring are exhibiting the potential to be great representations of their sire. Patience has one of Ricky’s foals, Enlightened, at her farm and loves watching the colt float around his pasture. Three of his colts will be shown this year; Enlightened in the 2-year-old sporthorse colts division, Entriguing Prospect in the Half Arab colts division, and Glynnsong’s Encore in the Sweepstakes yearling colts division.


Engriquing Prospect

Glynnsongs Encore

Ricky Creates New Markets for Arabian Breeders & Dressage Riders
Ricky is the only actively breeding Arabian stallion approved by the Oldenburg/NA registry. On top of which he’s consistently winning at open dressage shows. These achievements strategically position Ricky as a catalyst for a new opportunity for breeders looking to expand their dressage prospects. Cross Ricky with a Thoroughbred, for example, and the result is a big boned big mover like Entriguing Prospect. This also creates new opportunities for dressage riders, especially amateurs.

Patience points out that Arabians and Arabian crosses are a great choice for the amateur rider. “They have a lot of go and they’re super smart so they don’t have to be drilled,” she explains. “Once an Arab learns something they just need to be refreshed.” Ricky is a fine example of the work ethic of the Arab. “Bring it on,” is his mantra. He loves to travel to shows and will “knock you down to get in the trailer,” Patience says with a laugh. At shows he’s focused and knows his job. He can ride right next to a mare and not lose focus for a moment.
Most adult amateur dressage riders are women juggling jobs, families and homes. Many want a horse because they love horses, not because they’re going to the Olympics, and many still want to be competitive. Arabians and Arabian crosses are great options for them: Beautiful, forward-moving horses that are very people oriented with a lovely temperament.

Within the Arabian breed, as within any breed, there are horses that are better suited for dressage than others, and that’s where Ricky comes in. Unlike Arabians that have been bred to stretch out for halter classes – a significant part of the Arabian show world – Ricky’s conformation and movement enable him to get his hind end under himself for the extreme movements of upper level dressage: Carrying power for collection and thrusting power for extensions. The Oldenburg judges themselves said they were really impressed with Ricky’s hind end and hip angle and that they’d never seen an Arabian with such a good topline and hip angle.

OKW Entrigue+++// is proving to be an outstanding ambassador to the dressage world, through his own competitive record and as time goes by, through his progeny. Was it fate that Mary Jo Wertheimer raised her hand to bid on Ricky’s dam all those years ago? It was certainly good fortune, for everyone who loves Arabians and dressage.

For more information on breeding to Ricky, contact Patience Prine-Carr at Glynnsong Farms via email: patience4444@sbcglobal.net or phone at 831-633-9023 or visit the website at www.glynnsong.com.

For Oakwerth Arabians, contact Mary Jo Wertheimer at oakwerth@msn.com, phone at 425-821-2963 or visit the website at www.oakwerth.com.