AHT’s May Leader Of The Times
Leaders Of The Times: A Jericho
“He is probably the hottest young stallion globally today.”
That’s a strong statement about A Jericho, the 5-year-old sensation owned by Jean and Allan Abel, of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. But David Boggs stands behind it—and he supports it with facts. “For a young stallion, he’s had an extremely high percentage of champions,” Boggs says. “Breeding purchases for him now are worldwide.”
North America provides a good example of what he means. As of April 1, 2017, there were only 10 foals registered in the United States and Canada to the son of A Jakarta, but already, they signify a remarkable strike rate at some of the most prestigious shows in the halter world. Of his first six representatives, four have debuted to honors at top events as yearlings.
It all began at Scottsdale, where Star Of Jericho (from Lady Jeanette) was named the unanimous Signature Champion Yearling Filly. Two months later, Angel Of Jericho (out of Lady Aria ORA) invaded Las Vegas and scored resoundingly. Angel Of Jericho was named ABHA Legacy Futurity Champion Filly, scoring a full five points ahead of her nearest challenger.
Another bright light of the 2015 foal crop, Jerichos Cajun Lady (out of the Cajun Prince HCF daughter Louisiana), arrived in Scottsdale this year and was awarded the Signature Reserve Championship in 2-Year-Old Fillies.
And who’s left to come out from that freshman class? The youngest of the group: the breathtaking princess Wieza Ariha, out of Wieza Mocy, whose list of achievements literally spans the world. She was named champion filly at the Salon du Cheval, Polish Nationals and European Championships, and followed that up with U.S. National Champion Mare, the prestigious Scottsdale Champion Mare, and AHBA World Cup Gold Champion Mare in Las Vegas.
The 2016 foal crop is stepping up to the plate as well. Not all are even a year old on the calendar yet, but from those that are, the beautiful youngster Jerichos Cover Girl, a daughter of multi-national champion Anna Marie BHF, will be competing in the AHBA World Cup in Auction Fillies.
Internationally, one of the most anticipated young faces is Sultana Al Arja, bred by Al Mahhan Arabians in Kuwait.
The impressive part is, as David Boggs emphasizes, that these results have emerged from such a limited offering. Demand has sparked quickly, however, and Boggs now reports foals—or mares in foal—in South America, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Saudi Arabia, as well as at home in the United States and Canada.
“He has been extremely popular this last breeding season,” Boggs nods. “He’s a very strong producer of beauty and type, refinement, balance, and most notably, beautiful eyes and short, dishy faces.”
So, who is A Jericho? A royally bred sire who is a spectacular show horse himself. By A Jakarta, and out of Destiny VF, by TF Psymreekhe, A Jericho was named Scottsdale Signature Champion Yearling Colt, ABWC Silver Supreme Champion Yearling Colt and Gold Champion Futurity Yearling Colt, and finally, U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Colt.
“Jericho performed extremely well,” Boggs confirms. He doesn’t rule out the stallion returning to the show ring, but it’s not the priority. “For now, it’s about showing the world his babies. His owners, Jean and Allan Abel, enjoy a small, but very selective, breeding farm, and they’re concentrating on letting his foals build his future reputation, one champion at a time!”