Hansi, thank you for your posts and for sharing your knowledge.
I can't wait to see you in Florida at the AK Convention, where
we can talk horse, see friends and enjoy the equines presented.
Several things to address:
Snip <Down Memory Lane Jill, you go back in your memory bank to
Albuquerque early 90's, an Al Khamsa booth, which I manned all through
the first week of the US Nationals. You came in the last weekend ?? if correct?
Watching you sitting down, spinning your web, talking about Lady Blunt in her
tent out in the Arabian deserts.>Snip
Liz, I have to say that I very rarely attended the show in Albuquerque
NM, simply because I was far closer to the show when it was held
every other year in Louisville. So whatever year it was, I was
there at that time on behalf of Arabian Visions Magazine, not Al
Khamsa. I surely would have stopped by the AK booth, but am not
sure why it would be an issue to talk about Lady Anne Blunt,
who to this day remains an authority on the subject of Arab horses.
Snip<There were others involved, all gone now I believe.> Snip
Given the time frame, Charles & Jeanne Craver had recently released
"The Annotated Quest," a fabulous tomb recounting the Homer Davenport
trip to the desert to acquire stock, with added photos and history. It was its
own booth separate from AK. I read this book every Winter, it repeats
reading extremely well & is just that good. For those interested in a
really good read about Arab Horses, just Google The Davenport
Conservancy, then go to the "store" link in the upper right hand
corner for "The Annotated Quest." It will save you a fortune over
even the used copies now selling for over $100 on regular Amazon,
and this link is quite long as posted: sorry about that folks!
Snip<You and your mother had quite a "tiny" breeding program going;
remember the photo of the first ultrasound for a colt you had bred hoping
to carry on a certain line.>Snip
I love it when people call any Arab horse breeding program "tiny."
Last I checked, it only takes one good mare to have
a meaningful impact. Weren't you a fan of California Chrome?
There are many other examples of this within our own breed.
The ultrasound photo you speak of (of course, at the time we ran it in
a 1987 Khamsat, we didn't know it was a colt), was taken by
the leading equine ultrasound vet in the country at the time,
and it was taken at 14 days post conception. Her name was
Dr. Karen Hayes and we all should be so lucky to have access to an
equine vet such as her. Although I believe retired, you can find more
about her here:
We still have that 1988 "colt," as well as his more-than-half sister,
I believe two of the the last three Al Khamsa tail-female links extant
to the General Dickinson-imported mare *Aire. The article on *Aire's family history
first appeared in a 1991 Khamsat, and not too long from now, the
entire Khamsat collection will be available online -- reams of really
good stuff, both past & present.
He was a colt and stallion it is hard not to be proud of -- he has had
lovely foals, his name is Ajr, and his pedigree can be seen here:
Yes Liz, I remember. I'm sorry you are angry, we really
should be friends, given everything: far more in common
than we do opposed.