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Leader of the Times: Cedar Ridge Arabians

Cedar Ridge Arabians in Jordan, Minnesota, breeds and promotes English and Western Pleasure, Halter and Reining horses of the highest quality.

 

 

This year’s focus is to have horses in top shape for U.S. Nationals, showcasing talent in the futurity, junior horse and AEPA classes. Farm Manager, Stephanie Davisson, shares,” We have some of the best we have ever had coming up this year, and we can’t wait for them to be able to shine at U.S. Nationals.”

 

In the breeding barn, Cedar Ridge is always looking to breed new crosses, and are looking forward to an AWPA Auction baby for next year, as well as Perfinka babies. Some very exciting English embryos are also in the works, including one out of their sensational English Pleasure Mare, Ames Divine.

 

It’s already been an exciting year for Ames Divine with her first foals hitting the ground—and they are incredible. Both sired by SF Aftershoc, one filly has already been purchased by Joel and Ashton Kiesner, and the other filly Cedar Ridge is excited to share. Until then, their mother continues to rise to the occasion, having captured a unanimous Championship in the Amateur English class with Lara Ames and a unanimous Reserve Championship in the Junior English with Laura Rodel this year at the Scottsdale show. Their sights are now set on U.S. Nationals.

 

Beyond Cedar Ridge’s upcoming incredible and promising young talent making their debuts at U.S. Nationals, others are growing up in the pastures, and from Davisson’s viewpoint, “it’s sure looking like the years ahead will have a lot to celebrate with CRA’s young breeding stock!”

 

Having celebrated 50 years in the industry last year, what is Cedar Ridge’s next 50 years looking like? “We plan to continue moving forward by breeding the best of the best,” says Davisson. “We also are proud of the strong marketing program we have built, and being a place that people like to come shop for their next champion, we will continue to build upon that; providing top quality Open, Amateur and Junior exhibitor horses for the show ring at all levels.”

 

 

Khadraj had already achieved an excellent show record himself, winning the 1991 Brazilian National Champion Foal at Side title and Canadian National Championships in both Western Pleasure Open and AAOTR, with six additional top ten honors in halter and performance. He has also proven to be an even more successful as a sire, with eight national championships, six reserves, and 73 top ten titles earned by his progeny through 2006. Larry was looking for a stallion whose bloodlines would complement those of his beloved head stallion, MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy, by FS Ritz), the 2005 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt whose Fame VF/Bey Shah sire line crosses with a Padron/Crabbet mare.

Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA, by *Padron) offered a double-Salon sire line with a second helping of *Padron and a female tail line back to Lady Anne Blunt’s desert-bred Crabbet Park foundation mare, Rodania. In 2007, Larry was traveling, promoting Giovanni, when agent Brad Gallún contacted him with good news, Khadraj was available for purchase. Since Larry already had some Khadraj mares, believing in the cross, he jumped at the opportunity, and a deal was negotiated.

It didn’t take long for Khadraj to fit in at Jerland. “We put him in the stall right next to Giovanni,” Larry recalls. “They both reached up and touched noses over the top of the stall and nickered to each other. That was it. They never screamed and hollered at each other; they never kicked the stall walls.” Larry was thrilled with that development and became even fonder of Khadraj. A deep respect was amplified by the end of the 2007 show season; Khadraj offspring won three more national championships and three reserves, with a host of top ten winners. It was a prelude to an eventual tide of champions that have made Khadraj the all-time Leading Sire of national winners in the Western Pleasure division.

Larry’s dreams for Giovanni to win a national senior stallion championship were shattered when he suffered a broken leg shortly after winning the 2008 Scottsdale Champion Stallion title, necessitating seven years of rehabilitation in California. Broken-hearted, Larry credits Giovanni with telling him “to stop feeling sorry for himself and get back in the game.” With Khadraj continuing to produce champion after champion for Jerland, many from Giovanni mares, it was easy for the excitement to build anew. According to Larry, when Giovanni finally returned to the farm, he and Khadraj recognized each other immediately. “Their relationship started all over again,” Larry recalls. “They had an unspoken love.”

Many of the Jerland clients and friends have remarked about the depths of Larry’s emotions where his horses are concerned. They saw Khadraj and Larry as extensions of each other and recognized the bond that grew between them. Khadraj was just the fuel that Larry had needed to rocket Jerland Farms into the upper echelon of Arabian breeding operations. In turn, Larry used his sound insights and steadfast belief in Khadraj to promote him, propelling the stallion into the stratosphere as a sire of great Arabian halter and performance horses. It was a perfect example of the sum being much greater than the already significant parts. Larry’s inexhaustible passion and enthusiasm fanned the flames, and the two became inseparable in the hearts and minds of the Arabian community.

“Khadraj was a spectacular horse,” says Aljassimya Farm manager Bart Van Buggenhout. “He was well put together, beautifully bred, and above all, Larry’s great love and pride.” Trainer Justin Cowden agrees, “Larry truly wants what’s best for the Arabian horse and the people that love them. I don’t think there was a better place for Khadraj to land for the latter part of his life, and it was clear to see he was the King of the farm and adored by Larry.”

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Ames Divine

Ames Divine

Leader of the Times: Cedar Ridge Arabians

Cedar Ridge Arabians in Jordan, Minnesota, breeds and promotes English and Western Pleasure, Halter and Reining horses of the highest quality.

 

 

This year’s focus is to have horses in top shape for U.S. Nationals, showcasing talent in the futurity, junior horse and AEPA classes. Farm Manager, Stephanie Davisson, shares,” We have some of the best we have ever had coming up this year, and we can’t wait for them to be able to shine at U.S. Nationals.”

 

In the breeding barn, Cedar Ridge is always looking to breed new crosses, and are looking forward to an AWPA Auction baby for next year, as well as Perfinka babies. Some very exciting English embryos are also in the works, including one out of their sensational English Pleasure Mare, Ames Divine.

 

It’s already been an exciting year for Ames Divine with her first foals hitting the ground—and they are incredible. Both sired by SF Aftershoc, one filly has already been purchased by Joel and Ashton Kiesner, and the other filly Cedar Ridge is excited to share. Until then, their mother continues to rise to the occasion, having captured a unanimous Championship in the Amateur English class with Lara Ames and a unanimous Reserve Championship in the Junior English with Laura Rodel this year at the Scottsdale show. Their sights are now set on U.S. Nationals.

 

Beyond Cedar Ridge’s upcoming incredible and promising young talent making their debuts at U.S. Nationals, others are growing up in the pastures, and from Davisson’s viewpoint, “it’s sure looking like the years ahead will have a lot to celebrate with CRA’s young breeding stock!”

 

Having celebrated 50 years in the industry last year, what is Cedar Ridge’s next 50 years looking like? “We plan to continue moving forward by breeding the best of the best,” says Davisson. “We also are proud of the strong marketing program we have built, and being a place that people like to come shop for their next champion, we will continue to build upon that; providing top quality Open, Amateur and Junior exhibitor horses for the show ring at all levels.”

 

 

Khadraj had already achieved an excellent show record himself, winning the 1991 Brazilian National Champion Foal at Side title and Canadian National Championships in both Western Pleasure Open and AAOTR, with six additional top ten honors in halter and performance. He has also proven to be an even more successful as a sire, with eight national championships, six reserves, and 73 top ten titles earned by his progeny through 2006. Larry was looking for a stallion whose bloodlines would complement those of his beloved head stallion, MPA Giovanni (Da Vinci FM x Glitzy, by FS Ritz), the 2005 U.S. National Champion Futurity Colt whose Fame VF/Bey Shah sire line crosses with a Padron/Crabbet mare.

Khadraj NA (Ponomarev x Khatreena NA, by *Padron) offered a double-Salon sire line with a second helping of *Padron and a female tail line back to Lady Anne Blunt’s desert-bred Crabbet Park foundation mare, Rodania. In 2007, Larry was traveling, promoting Giovanni, when agent Brad Gallún contacted him with good news, Khadraj was available for purchase. Since Larry already had some Khadraj mares, believing in the cross, he jumped at the opportunity, and a deal was negotiated.

It didn’t take long for Khadraj to fit in at Jerland. “We put him in the stall right next to Giovanni,” Larry recalls. “They both reached up and touched noses over the top of the stall and nickered to each other. That was it. They never screamed and hollered at each other; they never kicked the stall walls.” Larry was thrilled with that development and became even fonder of Khadraj. A deep respect was amplified by the end of the 2007 show season; Khadraj offspring won three more national championships and three reserves, with a host of top ten winners. It was a prelude to an eventual tide of champions that have made Khadraj the all-time Leading Sire of national winners in the Western Pleasure division.

Larry’s dreams for Giovanni to win a national senior stallion championship were shattered when he suffered a broken leg shortly after winning the 2008 Scottsdale Champion Stallion title, necessitating seven years of rehabilitation in California. Broken-hearted, Larry credits Giovanni with telling him “to stop feeling sorry for himself and get back in the game.” With Khadraj continuing to produce champion after champion for Jerland, many from Giovanni mares, it was easy for the excitement to build anew. According to Larry, when Giovanni finally returned to the farm, he and Khadraj recognized each other immediately. “Their relationship started all over again,” Larry recalls. “They had an unspoken love.”

Many of the Jerland clients and friends have remarked about the depths of Larry’s emotions where his horses are concerned. They saw Khadraj and Larry as extensions of each other and recognized the bond that grew between them. Khadraj was just the fuel that Larry had needed to rocket Jerland Farms into the upper echelon of Arabian breeding operations. In turn, Larry used his sound insights and steadfast belief in Khadraj to promote him, propelling the stallion into the stratosphere as a sire of great Arabian halter and performance horses. It was a perfect example of the sum being much greater than the already significant parts. Larry’s inexhaustible passion and enthusiasm fanned the flames, and the two became inseparable in the hearts and minds of the Arabian community.

“Khadraj was a spectacular horse,” says Aljassimya Farm manager Bart Van Buggenhout. “He was well put together, beautifully bred, and above all, Larry’s great love and pride.” Trainer Justin Cowden agrees, “Larry truly wants what’s best for the Arabian horse and the people that love them. I don’t think there was a better place for Khadraj to land for the latter part of his life, and it was clear to see he was the King of the farm and adored by Larry.”

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ASA Scandalous Affair

ASA Scandalous Affair

LEADER OF THE TIMES: ASA Scandalous affair

Kim Butler Blevins has always been attracted to the Varian bloodlines. Having already bred a mare to the legendary Desperado V son, Sundance Kid V, she was thrilled when his full sister, the Varian-bred Sweet Saphire V, became available. Out of Sweet Shalimar V, by Ali Jamaal, it was a no brainer for Kim to then choose Always A Jullyen V, by Jullyen El Jamaal to breed Saphire to, for a beautiful, athletic western pleasure horse. And they didn’t disappoint.   

 

 

With a long-time dream of owning a black stallion, it became a reality when ASA Scandalous Affair was born. Kim and her husband, James, never imagined they would get a homozygous black colt out of two bay parents; not only is he beautiful, but his commanding presence demands attention from anyone who sees him. Standing at and in training with Dale Brown Performance Horses, Scandal, a Breeders Sweepstakes, Scottsdale Signature, Spotlight Futurity and AWPA Stallion, is currently being shown in the western pleasure junior horse, and within the next year, Kim hopes to show him in the western pleasure amateur division.

 

 

ASA Scandalous Affair’s first two foals hit the ground this year and the Blevins are extremely pleased. Both fillies are quite beautiful, correct, friendly and charismatic. They look forward to breeding many more mares to him in the future and watching him excel in the show ring.

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Eleanor’s Arabian Farm

Eleanor’s Arabian Farm

May Leaders Of The Times: Eleanor's Arabians

By CHRISTY EGAN

When Eleanor Hamilton brought home the outstanding Arabian reining stallion, Hesa Zee+/ to her farm in 1995, the national winner swiftly raised Eleanor’s Arabians to a new level.  For the next 20 years, Eleanor built her broodmare band to complement Hesa Zee+/ and it paid off. Almost continuously since his passing in 2015, Hesa Zee+/ has been the leading Working Western Arabian sire in the breed. At the 2019 U.S. National Championship show, Hesa Zee+/ offspring came home with seven national championships and a reserve in cutting, reining, working cow horse and trail. Among his rose-blanketed offspring were Hesa Cassanova+, Zee Fire Storm, Zee Fire Ball+, EAF Hesa Artist+, EAF Tuff N Hesa, and Zee Mighty Mouse, along with numerous top ten national winners as well. At the 2020 Scottsdale Show in February, Hesa Artfull Zee, the 2018 Canadian National Champion in Open Reining, was Scottsdale ARHA Arabian Open Maturity winner and reserve champion in the Arabian Reining Horse Championship with Gary Ferguson. E Zee Slider and Nathan Kent won both the ARHA Reining Futurity Classic and the Arabian Reining Jr Horse Championship. 

Eleanor’s Arabians’ team consists of: breeding manager Mark Coombs, on-site trainer Rod Matthiesen, and off-site trainers Gary Ferguson, Pam Rose and Lance Scheffel.

Eleanor’s Arabians owns and stands Justa Genuine Jack (Genuine Hombre by Genuine Doc x Pearly Red Jackie, by Joe Jack Honey Bar), a 2005 red dun Quarter Horse stallion. “Jack” is Superior Heeling and Heading, Halter and Performance ROM and a National Top Ten.  

Located in Rogers, Minnesota, just a short drive north of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the airport, Eleanor’s has top purebred and Half-Arabian horses in training, young stock and exceptional Arabian and Quarter Horse bloodstock for sale. Shipped frozen semen is available for Hesa Zee+/, Crown Musc+, Little Sorrel Peppy and CG Colonel Jac.

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