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Sugar Grove Farm, Dallas, Texas Monique Vincent with HF Savannah ox

First we looked at the 12 year old purebred Arabian mare HF Savannah ox. A handsome mare with many good riding-horse points, with a rectangular frame and especially good strong legs. We actually expected her to move better than she showed us that day, and Monique expressed regret that we judges hadn't seen her bigger gaits. Monique maintained that on the endurance trail or out in open country, Savanna's stride increases greatly. Her overall impression was very good and Savannah scored high enough to be approved for the Appendix to Mare Book II. Savannah's pedigree is of interest especially because her sire, *Volcano de Carerre, is a French race horse. Her dam Strokrotka is a daughter of the outstanding and athletic Polish purebred Arabian, *Bandos. Savannah has done very well in endurance racing with Monique. It will be very interesting to see what this mare will produce with Shagya stallions.

HF Savanna ox pedigree and family

*Volcano de Carrere ox (Djourman x Samba) Imported from France, he was renowned as a race horse

*Bandos (Negatiw x Bandola ) Chief stallion in Poland for 17 years, then imported to USA

Next was the 9 year old Part-Shagya-Arabian MJL Olivia #P-Sh-A-00-145 (*Oman x MJL Stanz-Abi ox by Focus Sable). She was a typey, harmonious mare in very fit condition, with a good saddle area and strong hindquarters and legs. Olivia has been doing very, very well with Monique in endurance racing for several years now, and this fine *Oman daughter has become a great ambassador for Shagya bloodlines within the endurance community.

The third mare presented was the newly arrived 4 year old grey Purebred Shagya Everlasting Star AF #ShA-05-231 (Starwalker x Empress Ester AF by H. Bravo). "Evie" had shipped down to Texas from Montana a few weeks prior to the inspection, and was shown a bit underweight. Since this author was the breeder of Evie and had recently sold her to Monique, I did not participate with Ahmed in judging her. A big-framed mare, she received good scores for type, head, neck, walk and trot, and Ahmed commented on her elevated and elastic trot which shows good capacity for being easily lengthened. Hopefully this ability to lengthen will be useful when Evie starts endurance racing with Monique!

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