SUCCESS AT THE ARABIAN BREEDERS WORLD CUP
Congratulations to all entries of Selket-related horses at the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas. We are very pleased for Selket Marque, owned by David Caines in Scottsdale, Arizona for his Top 5 win. We are very pleased for the owners of Da Vinci FM (sire of Selket Louchiano and others at our farm) for his Bronze medal in the Sr. Ch. Stallion class. And, we are extremely pleased for the Brazilian owners and managers of FA El Shawan (Full brother of Selket Marlaina) for his victory as Supreme Champion Senior Stallion of the show. Thank you, Marlene Reider, for breeding such a beautiful stallion from the *Furno Khamal daughter (Selket Mirror) you bred so carefully with Jim Andreson's support and belief through the years. When it came to horses, you two really knew what you were doing.
Welcome Scot Jensen, of Vantage Point Racing Arabians
We would like to welcome noted racehorse trainer, Scot Jensen, of Vantge Point Arabians, Michigan, to our management team for the Selket horses. Mr. Jensen, who bred, trained and raced one of the industry's leading racehorse stars, has a long history with our horses and we are confident that his experience and zest for life will make a winning combination for all concerned. Currently in training for the track are Selket Chancellor, Selket Masterpiece and Selket Gabby Girl. - RH.
With a herd of brood mares producing national winners, we have proven our breeding skills. Other farms brag a lot about a winner here or there, and many of them are never seen or heard of again. Selket Arabians usually start out in futurity halter classes and move on to competition in Sport Horse, Dressage, Reining, Country Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Driving, Jumping and Racing …. Does that about cover it? Oh, yes, I forgot English Pleasure. Park is something we haven’t competed in, but it’s certainly not impossible for some of the babies. It’s a matter of training, more than anything else.
The past twelve months have seen incredible accomplishments for Selket horses carrying the blood of the stallion that changed our direction forever, *Furno Khamal, a champion in four nations (Germany, Holland, Belgium and France) and a winner at the Salon du Cheval World Championships as well. Many people don’t know this, but Khamal was an accomplished jumper, and a racehorse at Delaware Park. He was a sire of successful racehorses as well. (Speaking of racing, a young stallion from this farm set a sales record at the Delaware Park racehorse auction by selling for $110,000 … and within an hour he was re-sold for half a million. That was a lot of money twenty years ago).
Right here in these fields are young winners waiting to happen. Our weanlings and yearlings are by the Khamal son, Selket Advocate (He’s out of an Aswan daughter, and he puts the jibbah back on heads that so many Arabians horses today are missing). We have young stock sired by the national Campion-maker NV Beau Bey, Marwan, Ghazal, DaVinci, Selket Angelo, Selket Louchiano and Selket Marque ……. All out of Khamal daughters.
If that isn’t serious breeding, then you tell me what is.
On With The Show!
Thank you for the many notes and calls about Jim. He was fun, he was encouraging and he was the greatest teacher. Jim would want all of us to be enthusiastic about Life. He loved life and everything about it. - RH.
1/11/10 Unanimous Brazilian National Champion is Khamal-blooded
The maternal grand-dam of this stunning young stallion was born on our farm. She was a daughter of our World Champion stallion, *Furno Khamal. This beautiful stallion was bred by our friend, Marlene Reider, and his full sister, Selket Marlaina, is in our barn. Besides his overwhelming success in the showring, FA EL SHAWAN is a young stallion with the potential to be a great sire. Check out his pedigree!
Can you believe it's September? Where did Summer go? Here at the farm in Michigan (where I've spent the past 6 or 7 months) the days are crisper and the nights are getting cool. All summer long, we looked forward to the Michigan Arabian Breeders Futurity at the fairgrounds in Mason. We have 9 entries this year -- from a foal crop that is perhaps the best we've ever had. Among the collection, there are foals by Selket Louchiano, Selket Angelo and Selket Marque. Besides these stallions of our own breeding, we are introducing a son of a stallion named Antares (owned by Mary Hershberger). Antares is a tall Grey stallion we noticed from Mary's ad in one of the Arabian horse magazines. What made the breedng especially interesting, was his pedigree -- and the fact that it was the closest match possible to a mating that Selket Arabians has wanted to do for almost 20 years. I could go on about this colt, because we know our horses well enogh to say he's quite unusual. He is tall, carries himself with flair -- and he trots like he can fly. Another trotting sensation from our foals this year is a Grey colt sired by Selket Louchiano. Not only does he move with excitement and float, but he has a neck a mile long and an exotic head that rivals just about any other colt we've seen. Congratulations must go to our friend, Laura Leimkueler, from Scottsdale, AZ, who tells us her filly by Angelo (named Viva DaVinci) is causing a sensation. Look out Halter world -- this filly is a superstar! At the farm here, we have two fillies by Angelo that are quite interesting. Selket Marguerita is in training at Jan Campbell's farm along with a Marwan filly of ours. And, at home, we have a little girl about 2 months old who is a real crowd-pleaser. Our stallions, of course, produce different qualities. Angelo can be counted on for prettiness and Louchiano is the one to go for if you wnat size and power. His yearling daughter out of a Huckleberry Bey mare stands over 15.2 ... likewise, his daughter out of a Legacy of Gold mare. And I hesitate to even guess at the height of his weanling filly out of Selket Waltz. This is just a sampling of the kind of foals Louchiano is producing. One must remember that he is the son of a 16.1 Hand mare who was, herself, sired by a 16.2 Hand stallion, and his own sire (Da Vinci FM) is not a small horse, either. We must thank Van-M Collies for the recent mating of our Lochranza Lucille. We look forward to a litter of normal-eyed puppies. On With The Show! - RH.
Please join us in welcoming Dana Kern, of JD Performance Horses in Strasburg, PA., to the Selket Arabians team. Dana is currently presenting Selket Louchiano today in the Sport Horse under saddle class at Lexington, Virginia, and she replaces rider Christi Scott of WaterGap Stables. We thank the people at WaterGap for doing their best for our horses and we wish them well in their future endeavors.
We would like to welcome Hevener Briggin's new owner to the Selket Arabians family and we wish her success in the show ring.
Many congratulations to Michelle Zinn and Selket ImaMazing, who won her Sport Horse in Hand class the other weekend.
Many congratulations to Joanne Adcock and her Furno Khamal daughter, Selket Exquizit, ranked fourth in the nation in first level dressage now ... in the Arabian division, she has won two regionals.
A big round of applause goes to the team of Gloria Culp and Elizabeth Rohr for their grrrrrOWING grandson of Furno Khamal, Selket Maxx Factor (aka "Bob") ... not only is he doing well under saddle, but he is almost a daddy now.
Congratulations go to Deb O'Mara for her Furno Khamal grand-filly in Michigan. Deb is an astute breeder enjoying considerable success.
Speaking of success, hat's off to Marlene Ryder whose Furno Khamal grand-daughter has produced a Brazialian National champion and now an Australian National champion as well. Their sister, Selket Marlaina, sends a big hello from our barn!
And speaking of faraway places, we must send a big "Aloha!" to Liz Martinez and her mare Selket Sygnet, who left here in foal to Selket Angelo recently ... Aloha, Liz!
Congratulations to Sandy Adams in Pennsylvania, who is the proud owner of her new Selket filly. Everyone agrees, she's an astounding mover.
Laura Leimkuehler sends word form Arizona that her filly by Selket Angelo is "The best I've ever had!" and we surround her with life, love and laughter as the filly heads for the show ring with handler Gary MacDonald. Word is that Luara has already turned down some serious offers for the little one. And she's saying no to them all.
In Canada, an Angelo son was born on the Russuan Heritage Foundation farm and photos show him to be a beauty. But, of course, we say that about all our babies .... - RH
The longer we live, the more we see.
By now, I've seen a lot. And one of the things I see a lot of, is letters and emails from readers unsure about "what's ahead." Let's take a closer look at what's ahead.
Like many of you, I read as much as I can. And I talk with (and listen to) many good, intelligent thinkers -- specialists in their fields. Maybe because it's something that I appreciate and treasure, I pay close attention to people "of the land." No, they're not all farmers or lovers of the mountains and forests. But, they do seem to have a love of animals, and a respect for Nature, in common.
I pay attention to the wordsof these people because theirs is a world -- and their knowledge is based on -- real and true things. It isn't based on man-made bricks and morter and cement and glass and roads and billboards. What it's based on are natural things, very real things -- and emotionally true things. Having animals in your life -- and tuning in to them -- is the only way I have ever known to develope your own natural sensitivies and understanding of Life and its "big picture."
Very few things in our lives are as reassuring as the living things we care for. By having them -- in order to feed, house and provide for them -- we are forced to structure and maintain a productive life of our own. By having them, we network with others of similar interests and feelings; people traveling on our own path. We realize that we're not alone. And we can talk freely about the emotional depths (and comedies) that our animals help us explore.
"He who only knows concrete ... becomes a concrete thinker."
It's not that our world is controlled by some kind of powerful brotherhood, or any kind of frightening, closed society. Even when a few political or educational strategists can point to documentation of social reform -- originating, they say, from 50 or a hundred years ago -- empowering it with long-range planning and foresight by powerful people determined to rule the world, there is another side to such theories. What might the other side be? Well, if you think about it, most of us direct our lives, make decisions, create and express our views -- including votes and public opinion -- based on the life-style and surroundings that shape us ........... correct? If that's true, then how can it be a surprise for public opinion to drift away from the rich and passionate emotional fabric of rural life and its natural adventures? The fact that societies change or drift in one direction or another doesn't have as much to do with long-range plans by power-mongers as much as it has to do with the shift in balance of population centers, how people live and what stirs their imagination.
For example .... stories. Pictures. Music. Having been an independent producer of such things most of my life, I can guarantee you that nobody controls what a person creates when it comes to these things. If you're strong enough to dream it -- and strong enough to find someone to help you make it happen (or, better yet, to do it yourself) then (believe me) you can throw your influence into the gigantic "melting pot" which becomes the stew of public opinion.
Any time you want to know "what's ahead," just take a look at the past. Learn from it. What you'll come away with are two basic things.......... First, you'll see that people and their animals make it through every adversity -- and every victory -- of Life. Second (and this is most important) you'll prove to yourself that no matter what dire forecast anyone has ever predicted (from Nostradamus to the Mayan calendar, to Y2K, to books of the most respected ancient and holy wisdom) that no one you know has ever seen "the end of the world." They've all died without seeing it. No matter how many hours, days or years of their lives they spent worrying about it.
The point? Love your animals. Love your life. Love yourself. And do whatever you can to spread the word.
We look forward to you joining us for our Public TV series, "On With The Show."
Another star in the Heavens .... this one an especially bright one ... Thank you. Michael, for your creativity, your intelligence and for your dignity in the face of cruel and ruthless public humiliation.
The filly out of the Tamerlan daughter is unusual ... is it really possible to have such bone structure around the eyes? ... the fillies by Selket Marque are lots of fun ... especially the one out of the DaVinci daughter ... speaking of DaVinci, yes, of course I studied him in art class at school and at the museum where I studied ... many hours of one-on-one talks with professors who kept offices and studios there for research projects ... So, yes, I studied him. But, I only just watched the movie last night -- during a thunder storm. Talk about special effects! You haven't felt chills until you've watched The DaVinci Code by moonlight & Lightning bolts! I loved the ending, BTW.
Thank you for so many good reviews about "Almost Perfect" (The TV episode from my column, On With The Show!) ... Production has begun on the next episode, which, hopefully, will include a brief, inside look at a recording studio ...
Wonderful weekend visit from friends David, Ben & sister, Sandy ... Horses! Horses! Horses! Naturally, we had to try taming a particularly stubborn gelding here and we came very close (Now, if only my smashed knee would recover enough for me to throw away the walking cane I've been using ever since!) ... Horse people ... What is it that makes us think we're invincible?????
Meredith Moore called with news about her working Collies ... Photographer Maxine has up-graded her camera (get ready for even better photos on our sites and in our ads) ....
Thoughts are with Cousin Aveline, who is on her way to France. You are surrounded by love ... Please remember to have some fun on the Riviera, where I attended the international MIDEM festival at Cannes with the president of Can/Am Records, romped with some of the Motown artists, and was briefly kidnapped by a French cab driver ... Never a dull moment in the life of your friend, Ron Hevener.
Thursday May 28th, 2009
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Lots of things have been happening for the horses of Selket Arabians ... Our trainers at WaterGap Stables in Pennsylvania have bred Khamal daughters Selket Ladyn Red and Selket Khastine to Selket Louchiano ... confirmation of the pregnancies should come in any day. At the farm in Michigan, we have babies by Louchiano, Selket Angelo, Selket Advocate and Selket Marque. The majority of our foal crop this year are double or triple "Furno Khamal .... We would also like to extend congratulations to Jan Campbell on the birth of her Chestnut colt "Halo" who is of a similar breeding. Congratulations, also, to Laura Leimkueher, in Arizona, who called to say she has a tall, exotic filly sired by our Angelo. For those of you who have been waiting, we have a photo session in the works for Angelo and also for Selket Khamala. We are pleased to announce that Louchiano is our entry in the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals this year. With that in mind, he is with trainer Chris Shirk in Pennsylvania. Louchiano can be seen by appointment, and Chris can be reached at Chris2@netzero.net. We realize that pictures say a thousand words, and trying to describe our foals doesn't come anywhere close to communicating their quality accurately. So, we'll just say, our foals this year are the kind of horses we have always wanted to produce.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
What a great time the horses are having these days. The air is brisk and winter is just around the corner. You should see them running around and playing!
We are very pleased with how well the new foals are developing. And we are excited about the mares carrying their babies to some great stallions. When you've raised good Arabians for as long as we have, you still get excited about foaling season.
We look forward to showing some of our horses at Scottsdale in February and catching up with all of our friends.
Movin' On Up!
Another beautiful filly by our Louchiano ... this one to a daughter of long-ago Russian import *Tamerlan ... What a wonderful weekend visit from friends Dave, Ben and sister, Sandy ... Chris Shirk continues conditioning Louchiano for Arabian Sport Horse Nationals and the stallion has never looked better ... Readers will remember how Louchiano arrived with previous trainers in Pennsylvania already a Sport Horse in Hand champion and in top physical condition from his entry in the Arabian Horse Nationals. It's great seeing him back in top physical form again. Thank you, Chris, for a job well done. On the subject of horses, many thanks must go to the people at WaterGap Stables for making sure our mares Selket Ladyn Red and Selket Khastine (daughters of our late World Champion *Furno Khamal) are now safely in foal to Louchiano. Thank you, Judi and Christi, from all of us at Selket Arabians. We thank you for bringing Louchiano within less than one point of qualifying for Sport Horse Nationals after he came to you. We know you'll be cheering for him and his new handlers this time around and we wish you well in your other endeavors. - RH.
Many thanks to WaterGap Stables for what a good job they've done for us in the breeding shed. Judi Scott and Christi have taken great care of our mares and we are happy to announce that Selket Khastine and Selket Ladyn Red are safe in foal to Louchiano. Thank you, Judi. You have a real talent for bringing new life into this world. I trust you like no one else when it comes to breeding our mares. Have fun this weekend at the show in Jersey! We look forward to our mares returning to Pennywood. I'd like to thank our staff here at Hickory House (Michigan) for completing our kennel facility today. The Lochranza Collies are up & ready for business! We look forward to a visit from Sandy, Dave & Ben from Pennsylvania. There's going to be lots of horse talk around Hickory House this weekend! - RH.
Saturday, June 21st 2008
We were finally able to wrap up the foaling for this year with the super package that Selket Khamala presented to us in the form of a stunning bay filly with four little white coronets and a star that looks like a badge and then a tiny snip. Selket Jazzel entered this world knowing she was very special, taking it in stride and not once thinking she would be anything but almost perfect being by Gazal Al Shaqab and out of the stunning queen Selket Khamala. Our princess is so close to perfection that the only place we can fault her is her ears may be a tad long. Foals like her make everything worth it. We believe that Mother Nature gave us this special gift showing us that life is worth fighting for, and everyday is special in its own way. Watching our youngest princess explore her domain, we are given the special treat of seeing her world through brand new sparkling eyes.
On With The SHOW!