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Adele’s Shagyas, Moiese, Montana

Friday was a travel day, and we flew from Dallas to Missoula, Montana, arriving at the airport in early evening. There we met up with Gwyn Davis, who was flying in from Indiana, and Kathy Richkind, who was coming in from California. Met by my husband Charlie, we also had in tow the *Shandor daughter Shagala (x MJL Jasmine by *Budapest AF), who had been at the local vet hospital for minor surgery. We arrived at my farm in Moiese in the dark, where we were once again well-fed by the "locals" there, including Arlene Michaud and Jamie Buck. Other visitors for the inspection weekend included Jamie Bratt and Anita Erlander. Anita attended the NASS Inspection in order to report back to the Desert Arabian Horse Foundation how Shagya inspections are conducted. We had many interesting conversations over the weekend with Anita regarding the different Arabian bloodlines, various methods of participating in preservation breeding, developing sport horse standards in breeding, non-profits in general, and other similar topics of interest to Arabian horse breeders world-wide.

Saturday morning was taken with inspecting stallions, judged by Ahmed and Kathy, and presented by my helper Stephany Seay. First was the 6 year old bay *Hadban USA #ShA-03-198 (Harapnik x *Ihrana by Amos). *Hadban was also presented three years ago as a 3-year-old, but had not been approved, as at that time he was not in very good condition. Imported in utero from Austria, *Hadban had some difficulties early in life, including a poor diet between the ages of

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Judges judging...Ahmed & Kathy

18 and 30 months, and a near-catastrophic injury on a fence at age 3 in which he totally severed the extensor tendon on a hind leg. The extensor tendon is a tendon which holds the toe of the hoof up, and when severed the horse is in danger of walking on his own fetlock joint. Treatment includes surgery to put the remainder of the tendon back in place and and casting or otherwise supporting the toe and leg in the proper position until scar tissue has filled in and this scar tissue actually then becomes the mechanism by which the toe is held up when the horse steps forward. In *Hadban's case this proved to be a six month project with two surgeries and stall rest between January and July 2006.

Now, at this 2009 inspection *Hadban was more fully healed and also more mature. He was approved for Stallion Book I, to my great delight. He received good scores for head, neck, and body, and showed the necessary athletic and jumping ability. *Hadban is the only horse in North America with the Hadban sire line. This line originated with a horse of the same name being exported from the desert to Babolna Hungary in the early part of the 20th century. While the Hadban sire line eventually died out at the Babolna Stud, it has been retained through breeding programs in Romania and Bulgaria and other "eastern" stud farms. *Hadban's sire Harapnik was imported in utero to Germany from Romania and became a successful approved Shagya stallion in Germany and surrounding countries. Harapnik has several approved sons in various European countries as well. *Hadban's dam *Irahna-453 is the product of Austrian Shagya breeding. Her sire Amos was a very good German-bred stallion who was on lease to Austria for several years, and her dam, Isa has a very well-bred Babolna mother line as well as significant Egyptian and Crabbet blood

© Frankie Frazzini “Walk on the triangle”:....*Hadban USA and Stephany

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