AHT's September Leader Of The Times
Leaders Of The Times: Gitar MF—Polish Fire Power
by THERESA CARDAMONE
When Gitar MF stands in silhouette, the trained eye can see every line of his pedigree reflected in his form, from the upright carriage, high-set neck and sloping shoulder of his sire, the legendary Afire Bey V; to the smooth muscling, straight legs, and dry, refined face of his imported pure Polish dam, Gitara. When he moves, his genetics compel him to snap his knees above level in an effortless, powerful trot, or bound forth in a lofty canter. Gitar is the perfect combination of Arabian form and function.
Gitar’s paternal line is extraordinary: from his sire, legendary show horse and supreme sire Afire Bey V, through the even more sensational Huckleberry Bey (U.S. National Reserve Champion as a Futurity Stallion and English Pleasure horse), to National Champion Bay El Bey, to 1962 U.S. National Champion Stallion Bay Abi—and back to the relatively recent desert bred import, Mirage. He was a 1919 product of the Saba Bedouins, and belonged first to Iraq’s King Faisal and England’s Lady Wentworth before being imported to America by Roger Selby in 1930.
On the maternal side, Gitar’s roots are firmly planted in Poland soil. His dam, Gitara, was bred at Michalów State Stud, northeast of Krakow. By Eskimos (Aquinor x Eskapada) and out of the great El Paso mare, Gildia, it is a dam line of exceptional mothers, with Gilza, Gastronomia, Ofirka, and Fryga II leading back through the generations to Polish foundational mares Gazella II and her mother Abra, a desert-bred foaled in 1904.
Due to his extraordinary motion, correct conformation and classic breed type, Gitar was a major winner in halter classes as a breeding stallion. In both 2002 and 2003, he was named the Canadian National Reserve Champion Stallion, with top ten honors in both the U.S. and Canada in 2001. He was also the East Coast Champion Stallion in 2004, and held Regional Champion Stallion titles in Regions 12, 14, 15 and 16. It should come as no surprise that he was also a big winner in English Pleasure classes.
Gitar has sired National Champions in both halter and performance:
- Rapid Fire EWA (x La Scata, by Muscat) was 2005 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse, along with a slew of Regional wins
- Vibrato G (x Starlite Flite, by AA Apollo Bey) is heavily decorated: 2012 U.S. National Champion Arabian Country Pleasure Driving
2012 Youth National Champion Country Pleasure Driving JTD 17 & Under
2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion Country English Pleasure Junior Horse
2013 Youth National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Driving JTD 18 & Under
Six more national top ten and countless Regional titles
- Scarlet O Butler (x AF Ellenai, by Medall)
2005 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over
Over a dozen more U.S. top ten English pleasure honors
- She Be A Rockstar (x Callaway’s Epiphany (ASB))
2016 Canadian National Champion H/A Saddle/Pleasure Mare
2016 Canadian National Champion H/A Saddle/Pleasure Mare AAOTH
2016 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Saddle/Pleasure Mare 3 & Over
2016 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Saddle/Pleasure AAOTH
Many Regional championships in breeding/halter classes
Gitar MF makes his home at Cathy Vincent’s Adandy Farm in Delaware, USA. There, he lives the life of a king, surrounded by love, which he richly deserves. His book is open to outside mares, with many breeders taking advantage of the opportunity to create national champions of their own.