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NASS 2009 Inspection Tour Report by Adele Furby

Our NASS 2009 Inspection Tour might rightly be called "The Whirlwind Tour", both because our schedule was tight and involving long travel distances, plus the fact that we had one rather too-exciting plane ride in thunderstorm weather in midwestern skies, but on the other hand, it could be called "The Miracle Tour" because we actually did make all of our connections and engagements. All in all, the overall result was a very productive and pleasant NASS Inspection in which we inspected 24 Shagya-bred horses and saw many more at five differently widely separated inspection sites, and we basically broke even with our expenses!

Our thanks go out especially to our invited foreign judge, Mr. Ahmed Al Samarraie, who is both ISG president and ZSAA (German) president, not to mention a terrific judge and travel companion! Ahmed made a donation to NASS by organizing and buying his own transatlantic ticket to and from the US! Thanks also to our other invited judge, Kathy Richkind, who simultaneously juggled judging a big group of horses at the Moiese site (including 4 stallions!) while monitoring her dressage mare's (Emilagra [*Shandor x Echo Daal by H. Bravo]) emergency colic surgery! Luckily, as I write this report,

Kathy has recently e-mailed me that she is already back on Emilagra's back, just 3 months after her "inspection surgery"! Maple Ridge Farm, Clinton, Indiana

Our tour began when I met with Ahmed in the Indianapolis airport Monday afternoon, Sept 14th--Ahmed flying in from Frankfurt and I flying in from Montana--where Gwyn's husband Keith graciously picked us up. This was Ahmed's first trip to the US and he was fascinated to see some of the different types of terrain and climates: midwest, northeast, southeast, south, northwest, and far west.

At Gwyn's early Tuesday morning we had two horses to inspect. The first horse was the 4 year old bay Purebred Shagya mare Chloe #ShA-05-234 (Janos x Crystal by Baron AF), owned and bred by Gwyn. Chloe was rather overweight, but well-built and recalled for Ahmed a Shagya mare which had given much the same appearance at the same age, who, a few years later after endurance conditioning, became a top endurance mare. Chloe had a dry typey head and was also a strong mover with a particularly good trot. Chloe was also free jumped through the NASS jump chute and demonstrated good judgment and bascule.

The other horse presented was the six year old grey Part-Shagya, part Trakehner, mare Hera AF (*Shandor x *Heritance by Habicht). Since this mare belongs to this author, I did not judge this mare.

Rather, Ahmed judged her alone with my

assistance to help translate some German terms into English. Hera is in training for basic dressage and jumping by Gwyn's daughter, Lily Davis, who is a graduate of the equestrian BS program at the nearby St. Mary's of the Woods College. Lily teaches riding and trains horses at Gwyn's Maple Ridge Farm. Hera AF received good scores for her type and head, and she received a 9 for her trot, despite being a bit fat.

After Ahmed branded Chloe with the international Shagya brand, we had just enough time to watch three Shagya-bred horses ridden together in the outdoor arena.

The retired breeding

stallion, now a riding school gelding, 19 year old Shagya Sun (*Shandor x *Aminah by Koheilan I DK) was shown in dressage by an advanced beginner riding student of Lily's, and the 5 year old bay Part-Shagya gelding Holiday Star AF (Starwalker x Hologram by *Roemer DWB) was shown in hunt seat by another of Lily's advanced beginner students. Lily rode the 6 year old Maple Ridge bred gelding Erros (Martin x Echozalla by *Oman). It was a great demonstration of Shagyas, young , old and half- bred, all performing as good riding horses. Reluctantly we had to depart in a rush, as we were flying all the way to Albany, New York, where we had to pick up our rental car and wend our way up to Danby, Vermont to the farm of Hallie Goetz, Northeast Shagyas

Shagya Sun ridden by one of Lily Davis’ students

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