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Quote of the Month

A few years ago, the late Shirley Watts shared with me her most meaningful experience with one of her Arabians.

“It was with the Janów - bred stallion Piechur (Banat x Pierzeja) a great race winner and show champion, and maternal grandsire of Ekstern (Monogramm x Ernestyna). He was with us for many years. He was such a kind and gentle stallion, and I spent a lot of time with him in his stable because he was such a lovely horse to be with. Late in his life, as his health was failing I decided I must let him go. I arranged for the vet to come the next morning, but that evening before was lovely, warm, and soft. So I took him into the little paddock outside his stable to let him stretch his legs and relax. There were lots and lots of swallows flitting around making lots of twittering calls, and I realized that they were preparing to leave on their great migration to the south. Piechur and I stood close together watching them. He was fascinated by the birds, and every now and again he would turn his head, look at me, and nuzzle me, and lean on me gently. Then he turned and walked slowly back to his stable. The following day all the swallows had left and so had Piechur…

“He was the horse which had stolen my heart.”

- Denise Hearst, in loving memory of a great lady.

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Articles 

Keep up with The Swift Runner – we’ll be be presenting new editorial every week.

July 2024:

Whispers from the Tent – Dr. Hans Nagel ...

Whispers from the Tent

Dr. Hans Nagel contemplates the the nature of the Arabian horse.

Attentive, alert, intelligent, with a sense of humor ...

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Wisdom From the Breeding Shed With Rob Bick

Wisdom From the Breeding Shed With Rob Bick,

by Denise Hearst

The arc of trainer Rob Bick’s career is impressive in terms of the quality of ...

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The Fourth Of July – The Animal Owners’ ...

The Fourth Of July – The Animal Owners’ least favorite Holiday

By Cindy Reich 

If you have animals, the Fourth of July is the most ...

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Farewell to a Good Man – Alan Kirshner

Farewell to a Good Man – Alan Kirshner

by Denise Hearst

Alan Kirshner, who passed away on March 17, 2024, was one of the Arabian breed’s ...

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June 2024:

Quote of the Month

"I saw my first Arabian in 1974 – a fantastic chestnut stallion on the beach in the south of France. There was some kind of sale going on. I asked what he was. Someone said, ‘He’s an Arab,’ and I said, ‘Well, I think I’d like to have one.’

~ The late Shirley Watts of  Halsdon Arabians

Whispers From the Tent - Never forget where ...

Whispers From the Tent

Dr. Nagel implores us to never forget where this horse came from…

All those who embark seriously into the breeding and ...

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Secrets of Doktryner

Secrets of Doktryner

by Betty Finke

The stallion Doktryner was foaled in 1950, so you’d be justified asking why he should be of particular ...

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Wisdom From the Breeding Shed with Sherry ...

Wisdom from the Breeding Shed with Sherry Conrads  

Sherry Conrads is still over the moon after her home-bred filly, Al Noor Miralina (Om El ...

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Kristin Hardin Reflects On The “Magical” ...

Kristin Hardin Reflects On The “Magical” Arabian Horse,

By Denise Hearst

“Arabians have always made my life better,” says Grand Prix ...

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May 2024:

Quote of the Month

"Experienced breeders will back me up in passing on a tip – if you want to be absolutely certain that a mare delivers a beautiful filly in the color you want and perfectly marked, simply sell the mare before she foals, preferably at a price slightly lower than what you think she’s worth. She is guaranteed to have a filly close to perfection. I recommend this because it works every time. We are now working on a plan to fool the mares into thinking they have been sold. This is necessarily complicated and involves vanning them to strange places. I’ll let you know if it works."

~ Mike Nichols

Whispers From the Tent – Where Should a ...

Whispers From the Tent

Where Should a Breeder Begin? 
We turned to Dr. Nagel of Katharinenhof Stud in Germany

“The first step should be to ...

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Wintersteen Arabians — Summer of 2007

Wintersteen Arabians — Summer of 2007

By Jeffrey Wntersteen

Wintersteen Arabians is a small family-run Arabian breeding operation outside of ...

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Kim and Joe Orr – A Breeders’ Life

Kim and Joe Orr – A Breeders’ Life.

By Denise Hearst

Life with horses began for Joe Orr when he was 22, and the manager of a car dealership. ...

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Raising the Young, Part Two

Raising the Young, Part Two, 

by Johanna Ullstrom

As described in chapter one of foal raising in Swift Runner’s November 2023 issue, ...

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April 2024:

Quote of the Month

"My greatest high in 55 years of owning and breeding Arabians? I’ll respond in the manner of Mark Grace, Chicago Cubs first baseman, when asked for his greatest moment in the sport: I haven’t had it yet."

– The late Bazy Tankersley, Al Marah Arabians

Whispers From the Tent - Breeding Pure Bred ...

Whispers From the Tent

Here is a tender story relayed by His Highness Prince Mohamed Aly in his book “Breeding Pure Bred Arabian Horses."

I ...

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From the High Country to Center Ring

From the High Country to Center Ring

by Denise Hearst

On the finals day at Scottsdale this year, I was chatting with friends on the rail and ...

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Dancing With Trees - A Hanging Offence

Dancing With Trees — A Hanging Offence

by Cindy Reich

When PJ Altshuler and Marwan Abusoud’s son, Jamal Abusoud went out the door on ...

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The Painters

The Painters

By Michael Damianos

Intuition is a funny phenomenon. It allows us to bypass discernment and put the decision-making process in ...

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March 2024:

Quote of the Month

Our horses were like brides
garbed in fine raiment, 
and everyone admired them.

And they walked with the people in a very calm
and sedate manner,
surrounded by the old men
and followed by the children.

Ibn Saud says we must protect her
because every man would covet her.

She is a shaqra,
and she has a long tail
and flies like the wild dove.

When she is standing, she appears calm,
but when she runs, it is as if she has wings….

The Poem of Ibn Mesaoud al Qahtani about his Mare

A Show with Horses' Well-being in Mind

A Show with Horses' Well-being in Mind

by Johanna Ullstrom

We have had the most rainy, wet winter in France that I can remember. We have been ...

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The Founding Father

The Founding Father

by Betty Finke

Who was the most influential Arabian stallion of all time? 

The question regularly pops up on social ...

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No Time to Call A Veterinarian With This ...

No Time to Call A Veterinarian With This Emergency - The Peril of Red Bag

By Cindy Reich

Foaling time is here and as Charles Dickens said, “It ...

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Wisdom from the Breeding Shed: Great ...

Wisdom from the Breeding Shed: Great Expectations VS. Realities

By Mary Anne Morrison

In mid-March, lightning struck for the second year in a row! ...

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February 2024:

Quote of the month

When you’re at home sitting on the shady side of your porch and planning the exportation of Arab horses, there are some details which you overlook while seated in a comfortable rocking chair…I had been careless and even ignorant of some of the things I afterword learned must happen between the time that horse is purchased in the desert and when you again hear of it in its paddock.”

– Homer Davenport

Wisdom from the Breeding Shed, With Jeanne ...

Wisdom from the Breeding Shed, With Jeanne and (the late) Charles Craver

Homer Davenport’s 1906 buying trip to the desert resulted in the ...

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A Bowlful of Berry

A Bowlful of Berry

by Michael Damianos

I was a young horse trainer in 1986. My business was all Quarter Horses and I was dating a local Ventura ...

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Blood Ties: The Arabian-Trakehner Connection

 Blood Ties: The Arabian—Trakehner Connection 

by Betty Finke

Of all warmblood horses, the Trakehner has most in common with the ...

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The Mystery of General Patton’s White ...

The Mystery of General Patton’s White Stallion 

by Betty Finke

The fate of Trakehnen's Arabian chief sire Fetysz (Bakszysz x 28 Siglavy ...

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January 2024:

Quote of the Month

"The normal expression is that of a fallow deer, meltingly soft but glittering into brilliant life when excited. A deeply hollowed corner to the mouth gives a pleasant expression. The face should have a what is best described as a “sweet” expression, indicating a contented, places and friendly disposition, never surly or hostile.”

Lady Wentworth describing the desired expression of the Arabian mare.

Spartan and Archie

Spartan and Archie

By Jeffrey Wintersteen

Photos by Annalisa Durighello

The faint hint of dawn colors the sky as we drive east out of the city. ...

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The Saga of Wyatt Earp

The Saga of Wyatt Earp

by Michael Damianos

Career horse trainers may show scores, if not hundreds, of horses in their lifetime. They will compete ...

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A Loving Farewell to Artzi

A Loving Farewell to Artzi

by Mel Dixon

Over 21 years ago, through my sister, I met a little, thin, scared eight-year-old chestnut Arab. He ...

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One Thousand and One Nights (In Three Days) ...

One Thousand and One Nights (In Three Days)
World Arabian Horse Championship - Qatar 2023

by Gideon Reisel
Photos by Alessio and Denise Hearst

...
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December 2023:

Quote of the Month

"The expression in a horse’s eye is like a blessing on a good man’s house."

TR Despret For Achic - Our Relationship was ...

TR Despret For Achic - Our Relationship was a Gift 

By Michael Damianos

My story today begins in February of 2006 while I was attending the ...

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Taleb Remembers….

Taleb Remembers…. 

By Denise Hearst

A couple of years ago I was sitting in the grandstand at the Doha, Qatar racetrack, chatting with ...

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Arabian Type - The Head

Arabian Type - The Head

By Cindy Reich

This is the final chapter of the series examining the five traits that constitute Arabian type.

I left the ...

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A Kind of Magic

A Kind of Magic

By Betty Finke

Christmas, heralding the end of the old and the beginning of the new year, is a time for pause and reflection. It is ...

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November 2023:

Quote of the Month

What is “quality?” It cannot be defined in standards, or divided into measurements, but like charm and “breeding" in human beings it must forever remain independent of legislation. It is an intangible something which does not depend entirely on line, but on a combination of lines, thickness, thinness, width, depth, curve, etc, their relation to each other producing a certain perfection and exquisiteness of harmony, without which dull correctness is lifeless and uninteresting.

– Lady Wentworth


A Visit With Stuart Vesty

A Visit with Stuart Vesty

by Denise Hearst

Stuart and Amir Sahib     As Stuart Vesty explains it, “Horses have been in my life forever, so I ...

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Mom and Ekstern

Mom and Ekstern

by Jeffrey Wintersteen

Ekstern is one of the most iconic stallions of the Arabian breed. Foaled in Poland in 1994 at a time ...

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Arabian Type, Part Two

Arabian Type, Part Two

by Cindy Reich

In this second installment of “Arabian Type,” we look at the Arabian’s short back, nearly-level ...

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It’s All in the Head (- or is it?)

It’s All in the Head (- or is it?)

By Betty Finke

Ask anyone why they fell in love with Arabian horses, and chances are they’ll tell you ...

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Raising the Young, Part I
  

Raising The Young, Part I

by Johanna Ullstrom 

When a foal is born, we are responsible for so many parts of its future. ...

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October 2023:

Quote of the Month

“I've had quite a few special times with these horses. When I’m riding a good horse and everything is going just right, it’s very much like dancing – timing and rhythm and balance. You lead and the horse follows. If things goof up a little, you let the horse lead until things line out again, and then you start over. Find the horses' rhythm, and pretty soon they’re dancing." 

– the late, great, Jeff Wonnell 

An Enduring Passion

An Enduring Passion

by Betty Finke

Do you remember what it was like? 

The very first time you encountered an Arabian horse?

I’m betting ...

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Happy, Lively, Kind and Attentive – The ...

Happy, Lively, Kind and Attentive – The Arabian Disposition

by Johanna Ullstrom

The Arabian horse is special in so many ways, and much has ...

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AM Rising Star Shines at the USEF Pony ...

AM Rising Star Shines at the USEF Pony Finals

by Neva Rae Powers 

The Arabian horse world has a new hero to celebrate. His ...

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Reassessing the Arabian Scorecard

Reassessing the Arabian Scorecard

by Scott Benjamin

Ever since Arabian shows were first organised across Europe in earnest in the 1970s, the ...

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Foundations: Arabian Influence in Other ...

Foundations: Arabian Influence in Other Breeds - The Welsh Pony

by Betty Finke

The Welsh pony is the original miniature Arabian. It has been ...

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Arabian Type — We Might Know

Arabian Type — We might know "What" but do we know "Why?"

Not Just A Pretty Face

by Cindy Reich

Breed: A group of usually domesticated ...

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A Visit with Scott Trees

A Visit with Scott Trees

by Denise Hearst

Scott Trees is among the great photographers of our breed, having made his entrance on the scene around ...

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