Great that you decided to post your story here. The story makes me want to cry. I am a sucker for a happy ending or a dream coming to fruition.
I am so happy that you have lived your dream, and I am grateful that you imported the first Asfour son in the US, and then Selena - such a beautiful Asfour daughter. I feel so much gratitude when I think of all the breeders who worked so hard and without which we wwouldn't have what we have now. For example without Balbona and Marion and you, many of us wouldn't have the horses we do now.
And that makes me think about how important it is to carry the torch forward - for the next generation of breeders.
Im so excited to see Selena's foal by Nebras. Miracle happens - a mare from Australia, a stud from Qatar - the future is bright and the world is gettng smaller every day it seems.
To the future....
QUOTE (Anne-Louise @ May 1 2011, 12:13 PM)
I really try not to post on internet forums any more, but you have chosen my favourite mare! I think I've told this story a thousand times, but when I was a young girl, Australia's first Aussie Champs were being held and I told my mother that it was very important and I should go to this show. Because she is an excellent mother, I was there when 27 Ibn Galal V came into the ring, and it was my "epiphany moment" with Arabian horses. She was completely different to all the others, and when she snorted and blew and flew across that ring, with the most enormous, powerful, lofty trot, I got goosebumps all the way from head down my back and arms and to my toes. If I think about it now, I can still picture her and I STILL get goosebumps. I told Mum that someday, I would have a horse like that (I think I was 11 or 12) and Mum said, yes, dear.
I now have two grand children in tail female, Simeon Sachi (Asfour x Simeon Sheba out of 27 Ibn Galal V) and Simeon Selena (Asfour x Simeon Simona out of 27 Ibn Galal V) and several great-grand children - four Sachi daughters and a Simeon Shavvot daughter (Imperial Madaar x Simeon Soosa by Sadik out of Simona), and the latest imported in utero filly who is double Galal, by Simeon Shifran (Asfour x Simeon Shavit out of Safanad) and out of my lovely Selena.
Sachi is a treasure of a boy, more influenced by his sire than his dam, I think except that he also has her forward, powerful movement and spectacular shoulder. He is the kindest, sweetest stallion on the planet and just spent a few weeks with a David Conner for a brush up under saddle. He is such a soft, gentle horse in the stall, hates being stood up for halter and always has, but absolutely comes alive when he is ridden. We have a whippet puppy who is his best friend - they run all the way up the long fence together in his field, and when she is hot she will lie down in his big water bucket while he splashes his nose up and down and plays with her. He will call to her if she is outside and hasn't gone to visit him first.
Selena was shown under saddle quite successfully in Australia before she came to live with us, and a few years ago the very talented Kimmy Gibson was riding her under the trees at Simeon while I was there visiting. She was just a picture, floating through the sun and I fell completely in love with her. She wasn't for sale and I came home but mildly obsessed. I was back at Simeon the following year, and Marion mentioned that she was thinking of selling her. They turned her loose in the outdoor arena and she snorted and blew and flew across that ring just as her granddam had all those years earlier. I had my camera with me but couldn't even pick it up to take the picture, she was so beautiful. Greg, I am following your lead with Selena this year, she is being bred to Carol Maginn's new import, Nebras al Rayyan.
I realise the stories aren't as interesting as the pictures, so here are some of ours. Greg, you have acquired quite the collection there! Love all your Sheba offspring, she had the most spectacular eyes, didn't she?! Lucky you. And I love Hala B, too, what a treasure you have there, Dar Aziza.
Anne-Louise (edited to add, the photos are of Simeon Selena being ridden by Kimmy the day I fell in love with her, and my sweet boy, Sachi, photographed by Carol Maginn in 2010)