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Orlando, Florida

In Orlando we arrived in the late evening, picked up our rental car, and drove to a nearby motel, where we overnighted. Early Thursday morning we struck off to rendezvous with Kathleen Warren at a lovely "Florida-style" horse farm, in high heat and humidity.

Kathleen presented her two full sisters, the five year old grey Part-Shagya-Arabian mare Arinya Morning Star #P-Sh-04-192 (Starwalker x RA Desert Storm ox by Hayel Orion ox), and her bay two year old sister Elerinna Starlight #P-Sh-A-07-224. Both mares displayed very good type and exceptionally beautiful heads. Arinya was a harmonious and feminine mare with what Ahmed liked to call "a dry texture".

Elerinna, while immature-appearing, was a very impressive mover--the type which immediately catches your eye because, when moving forward, the first thing you see is the lowering of the croup/pelvis area, and then the horse springs up and forward with power and elasticity. It will be very enjoyable to see her again when she is more mature!. It was interesting to see these offspring of Starwalker who has been at stud now long enough to have several horses participating in the inspection process.

Arinya Morning Star

Certainly, also, it is interesting to see that a very good purebred Arabian mare can throw some really high quality foals with Shagya stallions! Elerinna was the highest scoring mare which was approved for breeding on this 2009 NASS Inspection Tour, and Arinya's score was nearly as high. Desert Storm's pedigree is a blend of a number of "American" purebred Arabian lines--including both "old" (Babson Egyptian), and "new" (EAO) Egyptian, and significant Crabbet blood.

RA Desert Storm ox pedigree and family

RA Desert Storm ox, “Stormy” By the Gazon son Gasurett out of Surry by Surneyn

“Stormy’s” sire,Hayel Orion ox A USDF dressage winner! Grandson of *Ibn Moniet el Nefous

Our travel schedule was so tight that we had no time to continue to "talk horses" with Kathleen and her interested friends on the farm, because we were due back at the Orlando airport by noon. From Orlando we flew to Dallas, arriving in late afternoon, and were picked up at the airport by our hostess Monique Vincent. A two-hour drive took us to Sugar Grove Farm, Liz Payne's training stable where Monique trains in dressage as a sort of "cross-training" for her main pursuit of endurance riding. Monique had three mares to present for breeding approval--a purebred Arabian, a Part-Shagya- Arabian, and a Purebred Shagya.

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