AHT’s January Leader Of The Times
Leaders Of The Times: From Florida With Love … Pat Dempsey’s Beloveds Farm
by THERESA CARDAMONE
Pat Dempsey has a penchant for breeding exceptional Arabian horses, regardless of the location or the decade. Her unerring eye for excellence and strong belief in her own judgement put her Wapiti Ranch amongst the most elite breeders of the 1980’s. Located 9,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, the Wapiti horses were primarily of Polish and Spanish descent, and coveted by astute horsemen. Fast forward to today, and Pat is riding the crest of the wave of success she began three years ago when she re-established herself as Beloveds Farm. After a hiatus from the industry of over a dozen years and relocation from 100 feet of annual snowfall to the perpetual summer of the Sunshine State, Pat has reemerged as one of the most prominent breeders in the business.
In one of the most competitive classes at the 2016 United States National Championships, Beloved Gracious Lady followed up her unanimous Region 15 championship with a spectacular performance in Tulsa, emerging as the highest scorer in the Arabian Yearling Filly Breeders Sweepstakes Championship. She tallied an impressive 394.5 points—a full 3 points higher than her closest competitor. Also amongst the top ten fillies was Beloved Joy to Behold, who had been named the Canadian National Champion Yearling Filly earlier in the summer. Beloved Farms’ entire 2015 foal crop numbered only three, making that chart-topping performance even more meaningful. Not to be outdone, three-year-old SVA Chats Pa Jámas earned the title of Reserve National Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and won her second straight top ten in the Junior Mare finals for Beloveds Farm. “I’ve only been back in it four years now and just had the most winners at the U.S. Nationals for the second year in a row,” Pat related. “Quality is still quality!”
It wasn’t only the fillies who represented Beloveds Farm so beautifully at the U.S. Nationals, the colts did more than their share of spreading the glory. Beloved MarcAngelo BF won the 2016 National Champion Two-Year-Old Colt title in splendid fashion and topped that off with a top five in the Junior Stallion championship. Rounding out the top ten in that same class were two more examples of Pat’s 2014 colts, the beautiful Gazal Al Shaqab son Beloved Call to Glory and Beloved One NA+, who had previously earned the title of 2015 Reserve National Champion Junior Stallion. It was a phenomenal achievement to have three of the Top Ten Junior Stallions carrying the banner for a single owner.
Such incredible outcomes prove the point that Pat Dempsey understands what it takes to create a great horse. Breeders must be visionaries to be successful. Never one to go with the status quo, Pat uses her head, but follows her heart … a philosophy that has made her a leader in the industry. “I was the first person to ever breed to Bey Shah,” she recalled. “At that time, there was pressure to breed ‘pure’ this or ‘pure’ that … and I said, you know what? I’m breeding to him anyway! I got two incredible fillies out of my pure Spanish mare WR Keridas Joya, a daughter of my foundation mare WN Mi Kerida+. One was Bey Shah’s first Cal-Bred Champion Filly, who defeated over 180 others in 1986. Then the next year, her full sister went Reserve Champion as I recall. Those were Bey Shah’s first babies.”
The popularity of the Beloved Farms breeding program with judges and enthusiasts alike is truly remarkable and validates Pat’s strategy. “Our page on the Arabian Horse Times calendar has won the AHT Readers’ Choice Award for the past two years,” Pat proudly confides. She finds the global aspects of contemporary Arabian horse breeding extremely interesting, while remaining wistful about the loss of some popular traditions. She laments the exile of halter horses to the Pavilion at Nationals, remembering the finals nights of the past when tickets were a hot item and the entire audience dressed to the nines. “The evening would start with the Stallion Championship and end with Park,” Pat recalled. “Now the halter horses are so isolated, they may as well have their own show!” For Pat, the United States Nationals was the pinnacle of success.