Californians came home with their share of national titles last month from the Arabian & Half-Arabian Sport Horse National Championship Show. Held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY Sept. 22-28, this show is the only sporthorse show offered by a breed association.
Over 500 Arabians, Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians from all over North America competed in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Carriage Driving and Sport Horse classes at the seventh annual show.
Exhibitors from Kristin Hardin Stables in the Santa Barbara area’s New Cuyama raked in the lion’s share of awards. The Arabian/Hanoverian Gelding Megas Tall Tale, owned by Anne Hoover of Newport Beach, earned two National Championships in hand, a Reserve in Amateur Owner Working Hunter, plus four additional
top 10 titles.
Kristin Hardin and Hope Springs Eternal.
Photo: Don Stine
The Arabian mare Hope Springs Eternal, ridden by Hardin and owned by the McAlister family of Arkansas was National Champion in Arabian Open Jumpers and also won the Mini Grand Prix. The McAlisters’ other entry, Arabian Showrrender, won a Reserve Champion in Working Hunter with Hardin aboard.
Hardin also placed second in the Mini Grand Prix on the Arabian/Quarter Horse gelding EVG Gee Dubya in addition to a Reserve in Half-Arabian Open Jumpers and two top 10s in Working Hunter. Gee Dubya is owned by Dana Claywell of Central California’s Creston.
Daydream Arabians of Santa Ynez exhibited
two of their Arabians as well. The adorable
stallion ShowGun PGN, also ridden by Hardin, earned a National Champion in Working Hunter and a Reserve in Hunter Hack. Their youngster
Just Say Show was a top 10 winner in Sport
Horse Under Saddle.
The group from Glynnsong Farms in the Bay Area’s Castroville, trained by Patience Prine-Carr, garnered a truckload of titles themselves. The Arabian stallion OKW Entrigue, a perennial favorite in dressage, was Reserve National Champion in Grand Prix and did a lovely Musical Freestyle demonstration for spectators.
Kristin Hardin and Showrrender.
Photo: Don Stine
The Arabian/Friesian mare ADF Scarlet Ohara, owned by Annette Wells and Gem Henderson of Placerville, and ridden by Prine-Carr, was National Champion Half/Anglo Arabian Training Level Junior Horse and top 10 in Half/Anglo Arabian Training and First Level Open.
The Arabian gelding Artesan VS carried off four top 10 titles for his owner Susan McArthur of Tiburon in Show Hack Amateur and Third Level Dressage Amateur ridden by McArthur, and in Third and Fourth levels ridden by Prine-Carr.
Tom Vessey of Redlands and his Half-Arabian WCS Ring O Fyre placed in the top 10 in Carriage Driving in the challenging Pick Your Route and Gambler’s Choice classes.
Jordan Aboud and Half Arabian Navagators Orion earned themselves a top 10 in Half/Anglo Arabian Amateur Training Level Dressage.
The Stanley Ranch of Reno, NV exhibited four of their 2-year-old homebred Arabians in hand. The colt Czantiago not only was named National Champion, but went on to win the title of Supreme Champion. Each of their other youngsters, Cirrius, Cleopatraa and Cayenne came home with top 10 titles with Michelle and/or Cody Mahoney of Watsonville on the lead.
Several of these winners also received substantial prize money through the Sport Horse Nationals Payback Program, which awarded $50,000 to exhibitors at this year’s show. The Arabian Sport Horse National show will return to Idaho in 2010 and will make the Kentucky Horse Park its permanent home in 2011. Sixteen championship coolers were sponsored by the Guardian Arabian Horse E-Club which is comprised of members from all over the country including Californians Vicky Rich, Patience Prine-Carr, Karen Ernst, Angelique Anthony and members of the Arabian Horse Assn. Eventing and Driving Committee Annette Wells and Mimi Gaffey.