The 2016 Official Scottsdale Daily News - Sunday, February 14, 2016
The 2016 Official Scottsdale Daily News – Sunday, February 14, 2016
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Today’s Official Scottsdale Daily News is sponsored by
Quintessa Farm, Toni and Denis Pierce of Auburn, California. Yesterday, Saturday was an especially exciting day for Toni and Denis as their filly, Jamilaah Anjum QF (WH Justice x Marissa Bey SWF) won the Scottsdale International Breeders Classic Three Year Old Filly Class with Sandro Pinha. It was an extremely emotional victory for the Pierces as Jamilaah Anjum QF was the very first foal they have bred. Although Quintessa Farm is relatively new to the Arabian horse community, they are already showing their prowess as breeders of top quality show horses with the potential to really contribute in significant and meaningful ways. Just recently, Toni and Denis were able to purchase an embryo right the amazing Gazal Al Shaqab daughter, Perfirka, owned by the Ames family of Cedar Ridge Arabians. They Pierces selected World Champion Stallion Kahil Al Shaqab for Perfirka. The Pierces also purchased an embryo right to the Magic Dream daughter, Vivacious X, owned by Lisa Markley. Toni and Denis will breed this mare to World Champion Stallion Marwan Al Shaqab. The future looks bright for these new breeders and we wishes them all the best!
Making my way from one show arena to another, allows me to cover a lot of ground, and meet a lot of people in between. The Al Shahania Wendell Arena was the spot to be to watch the Scottsdale Classic Amateur to Handle Classes and Breeders Cup championship classes, which are also Amateur to Handle. These classes provide a very important opportunity for owners and breeders to work with and compete with their horses. You can see just how much fun they have and the pride they have in presenting their horses. Thee were more dressage and reining classes as well as Western Trail. These classes really show not only the athletic ability of the Arabian horse, but also their tractability. If they trust you they will go anywhere with you! In the AutoNation Ford Equidome it was all about the kids as the youth performance classes were in full swing.
Here again, the variety and high level of quality of horses and riders are beyond impressive. These young horsemen are polished and poised. Yet they are not so jaded that they don't get a thrill from a great ride with their BFF. Seeing their smiling faces, beaming with pride and accomplishment should make any parent want to go buy their child an Arabian horse – they are so much more fun than any play station or computer – and they love you back.
Saturday afternoon in the Aljassimya International Arena was standing room only to watch the international classes for fillies and mares. The spectators here wee a very global group with people visiting from Australia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Poland, Italy, and of course Belgium. Breeders from south America were among the crowd as well. The consensus among many of those watching, is that the quality of horses this year is higher than ever. And today, Sunday, the classes for colts and stallions will bring forth some reigning international champions as well as future champions. I am looking forward to seeing as much of the action as possible – hope to see YOU ring side!
Thanks to the official show photographers, Howard Schatzberg/Rick Osteen Photography. Be sure to stop by the booth to order your Scottsdale photos.