Shaheen Al Saba starts his Endurance career

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Under the care and training of Enstrom Performance Horses, Shaheen completed his first Novice 40km Endurance ride at Mt Somers, on the 28th of August. He is still a very green horse that has  done little else other than breeding mares, and subsequently needs to learn to ignore other horses around him. However, he shows a lot of talent and power, according to Chris and Ursula. We are looking forward to his next ride.

Shaheen at the Arabian Extravaganza

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The Heartland Arabian Horse Association organised a public presentation of purebred and partbred Arabian horses for the NZ Arab Horse Breeders Society AGM, on the 14th of May. Chris Enstrom & Ursula Keenan of Enstrom Performance Horses wanted to bring a horse along, but, as is often the way at this time of the year, were struggling to find one that was suitable. So, a bit over a week before the event they rang me and put forth a proposal to take Shaheen for me, and hopefully ride him on the day! Remember this horse has not been under saddle (apart from one bareback pony ride) since he was broken in two years ago by Gemma Sigglekow of Epona Downs.

Chris collected Shaheen on the Monday before the event. With four rides under his girth before the big day, this was the result – he was just incredible – so balanced and brave for a very green horse, and he clearly loves his job. Chris and Urs have clicked with Shaheen and I can’t see me getting him back! What a thrill it is to see my horse so happy, and he received a number of great comments from experienced show breeders and top endurance riders alike, regarding his beauty and his performance.

NZ National Titles success

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We had the most amazing time at the 2016 NZ National Arabian Championships under UK judge Joanne Lowe. Our team and results included:
Fairvew Shakla’s Shania +Au (SK Shakla Khan x Pasquinell Shakira). Owned by Desert Heritage Arabians, handled by Clayton Bazeley. TOP 5 PUREBRED MARE

Colt foal Tornado DH (pending) (Shaheen Al Saba +Au x Fairvew Shakla’s Shania +Au). Bred and owned by Desert Heritage Arabians, handled by Clayton Bazeley. NATIONAL CHAMPION JUNIOR PUREBRED COLT
Redwood Lodge Estonia +Au (Om El Abadan x Windella Silver Fire), owned by the Talitha/Desert Heritage Arabians partnership, handled by Clayton Bazeley & Carmen Tuite. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION PUREBRED MARE
Essence of Arwen (CRA Sihr Shahrif +USA x SS Shula), bred and owned by the Talitha/Desert Heritage Arabians partnership, handled by Christian Rebsdorf. NATIONAL CHAMPION JUNIOR PUREBRED FILLY
Yanah Bint Shaheen (Shaheen Al Saba +Au x Euralea Fire N Desire), bred and owned by the Euralea/Desert Heritage Arabians partnership, handled by Clayton Bazeley. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR PUREBRED FILLY

A huge thank you to Carmen and Clayton for helping to prepare and later present the horses, (Carmen was also “camp mother”). To Cat & Deb for holding horses and moral support; and to Fiona, Amanda and Phillipa for transporting horses among other things. Last but not least to Nick for being thoroughly supportive even though he had his own competition to go to!

Talitha & Desert Heritage Partnership news

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In December we took Essence of Arwen for her show debut to the South Island Premier Showing Championships where she was awarded Reserve Champion Purebred Arabian, beating her own mother SS Shula. “Red” has just been out again today at the South Island Arabian Championships and awarded South Island Reserve Champion Filly. She also won the Junior Classic Head class.

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The secret is out now, that we have purchased the multi champion show mare Redwood Lodge Estonia. “Sonnie” needs no introduction to New Zealanders. At 20 years of age she has again graced the show ring and while a little arthritic, still managed to wow the judge and trot off with the South Island Reserve Champion Mare sash today. Sonnie also won the Veteran Special Award  and was 2nd Senior Classic Head.

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A new son of Shaheen Al Saba

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Our beautiful 19 year old Fairview Shakla’s Shania gave birth to a pretty colt early in the morning of 21st October. He will be grey like his sire Shaheen Al Saba and is very closely related to Fiera DH (exported) and Mahikipawa Nala, being out of an SK Shakla Khan x Amir El Shaklan mare and tracing in female line to the Crabbet mare Somra.

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Last chance for mare owners to use Shaheen Al Saba

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Big plans are afoot for Shaheen Al Saba, and this will be the last opportunity for Kiwi mare owners to use his services. Shaheen is a young sire and has been used sparingly so far. His progeny are extremely marketable.

His only gelding son available for sale, Destino DH, was sold to a loving owner sight unseen because she fell in love with him via honest photos on the internet. Shaheen’s eldest daughters were not for sale at all, but the first, Sharifa DH took the eye of well known, established breeders Sandy Stanway & Tony Aitken, and she now calls Classic Arabian Stud home. The second, Fiera DH, made a favourable impression on visitors from China and is currently in transit on her way to that country (after having a short and successful show career here in New Zealand; three outings for Champion Arabian Northern A&P show (against adults), North island Reserve Champion Junior Filly or Colt, and NZ National Reserve Champion Junior Filly). Two more daughters were born this season just past, one of which, Yanah Bint Shaheen (pending) has been shown to 2015 South Island Reserve Champion filly as a foal at her dam’s side. The other, Mahakipawa Nala, is a full sister to Fiera DH. With the export of Fiera DH, there are only three daughters of Shaheen in the country at this time.

Shaheen was started under saddle by Gemma Sigglekow of Epona Downs and she reported that he was an enjoyable horse to work with and ride. He is highly intelligent and appears to pass on this trainability to his progeny.

Shaheen has been tested for the genetic conditions SCID, LFS and CA, and is Clear (non-carrier) of all three, making it safe for Carrier or Untested mares to be bred to him without fear of an Affected foal.

This season Shaheen is available at stud by natural service during Sept/Oct 2015 for $1500 ($300 of which is a non-refundable handling/booking fee) plus grazing and will be standing with Enstrom Performance Horses near Leeston, Canterbury. Conditions apply, MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE, please get in touch with us for more information.

Shaheen is the only stallion currently available in New Zealand from the famed Ansata Halim Shah/Prince Fa Moniet cross (think of how well this blood has mixed with other lines, as in Shanghai EA, Shael Dream Desert and Escape Ibn Navaronne-D). He is truly representative of his pedigree. Apart from his obviously exotic head that appeals to most modern Arabian breeders and requires no clipping or grease to bring out his sculptured bone structure, he also has many “old fashioned” attributes that are becoming harder to find these days; including small shapely ears, luminous eyes, excellent forearm to cannon ratio, clean dry bone, a curved “palm frond” neck, and overall balance and harmony. Make the most of this horse while you can.

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NZAHBS ‘slide show’

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Many thanks to ‘Arabians Australia’ for putting together this video for the New Zealand Arab Horse Breeders Society. A big thanks also to the many photographers who contributed their images.

A few Desert Heritage Arabians make an appearance – see if you can spot them!

Please enjoy our Kiwi horses and music!

Leaving on a jet plane…

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Fiera DH (Shaheen Al Saba x CA Melika Silver Fire by SK Shakla Khan) has been sold and will go into quarantine shortly, to head to her new home overseas. Congratulations to her new owner!

Much like Sharifa DH (my other 2013 filly by Shaheen Al Saba), I never intended to sell this filly, but the opportunity for my stud was too good to pass up. I am now left with only one precious Shaheen daughter, Yanah Bint Shaheen, owned in partnership. I have to say how wonderfully Shaheen is breeding on for me, with his daughters selling solely due to people meeting them and falling in love (they were not for sale!).

Fiera is a lovely filly and given time will mature into a beautiful mare; but more than this, she is just such a sweet friendly little girl who will do anything for you once she knows you. Not only will she be a great breeding mare in the future, but her new owner will simply enjoy every moment with her; whether riding, showing, or just going to visit her in the stable.

Bon voyage Fiera, I will miss you.

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Thank you to Caitlin and Carmen of Paparazzi On Tour Photography, for again providing me with beautiful images, and to Robyn & Angela, for facilitating this sale.

Fiera DH, Reserve Champion Junior Filly at the National show

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Our final show for the season was the NZ National Arabian Championships, where Fiera DH competed under the care of Total Show Training. It is a testament to Angela’s great feeding and conditioning that Fiera was at a beautiful weight despite having a massive growth spurt between the NI Champs and the Nationals. She is growing just like her dam did, in a sort of see-saw fashion, so she will be turned out to mature and may hit the show ring again as a mare. We can’t wait to get this sweetheart home.

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Yanah Bint Shaheen – South Island Reserve Champion Filly

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Three month old Yanah Bint Shaheen (pending) by Shaheen Al Saba, attended the South Island Championships at her dam Euralea Fire N Desire’s side, and trotted away with the Reserve Champion filly title. We are so proud of our little ‘Miss Grey’, she took everything in her stride and looked fantastic.

What a great season it has been; the first of Shaheen Al Saba’s progeny to hit the ring with wonderful results in both Islands: Fiera DH (bred and owned by Desert Heritage Arabians) going North Island Res. Champion and Yanah Bint Shaheen (bred and owned by the Euralea & Desert Heritage Arabians partnership) going South Island Res. Champion!

Thank you to good friends Carmen Tuite for not only helping but also taking these beautiful photos, Clayton Bazeley for leading Missy and Fiona Gemmell for being the primary caretaker for a few weeks.

Special mention must also be made of Euralea Fire N Desire (Dessy) who not only had success this week with her beautiful daughter Yanah Bint Shaheen (pending), but is also dam of Euralea Electric who completed the South Island Championships 120km** Endurance ride in 6th place, Euralea Emagine who completed the South Island Champs 80km* ride, and JA Kourage Under Fire who won Champion Gelding at the Taranaki Arabian Championships as well as placings in the ridden section. Go Dessy!

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