The 2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup, from April 16-19th in Las Vegas (USA), was another memorable show experience. This year marked its ninth anniversary as one of the world’s top showcases for Arabian horses. Known for its international appeal, competitors and guests travel from all over the world to participate. Denis Schoukens, from Belgium, was in attendance to support his son Glenn, of Schoukens Training Center. He shared, “I have been to the Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas several times and without a doubt, this year's show was the best. In many ways the World Cup reminds me of the top European shows. The staging and arrangement of the arena was excellent. It was quite elegant and nice for the people to watch and enjoy and it was an ideal set up for the handlers to present the horses. The great horses, great breeders and special friends made it a show to remember."
The South Point Hotel and Casino has been the home to the ABWC since the beginning. It is a unique locale as show participants and guests can actually stay where the show is being held—which makes for exceptional convenience. The Hotel was opened in February 2006 and is the only one in Las Vegas to offer equestrian facilities. It hosts over 60 shows annually, of various disciplines and breeds and offers 4600 seats with 1200 stalls—ample room for even the largest expositions.
This past April, a diverse group of equine enthusiasts gathered at Varian Arabians in Arroyo Grande, California for some serious fun. The event, “The Varian Hands-On Clinic”, featured guest speakers, expert horsemen and women: Lester Buckley, Brett and Marjie Becker, Jaime Hernandez, and Mike Perez who assisted the participants in taking their horse skills to new levels. This was truly a hands-on experience with many people bringing their own personal horses to the event so they had a chance to work with them and be guided in new techniques by the coaches. Many others attend the event to listen, watch, and learn. It was a shared experience with everyone helping and encouraging one another. The first day consisted
Gene LaCroix and Sheila Varian with Bomarc winning the versatility class at the Buckeye, circa 1975. The versatility class was a much anticipated and very fun (as you can see) event at the Buckeye. It took most of an evening session - it featured trail, jumping, driving, western and maybe park or English? Those were truly the good old days! (Courtesy Arabian Horse Shows: The Good Old Days) # GeneLaCroix # SheilaVarian # GreatMoments Great Moments" is a feel-good service of EvieInc Equine Social Media. www.EvieInc.net.
Sheila Varian was the recipient of the 2015 AHBA Ambassador Award at the 9th Annual Arabian Breeders World Cup Show . Murray and Shirley Popplewell of Rae Dawn Arabians are the proud sponsor of this prestigious award and were honored to congratulate Sheila on her accomplishments and dedication to the Arabian Horse community. " Varian Arabians is a very special place. It is a place where many of the most beautiful and talented Arabian horses have been produced, trained, and celebrated. I have been fortunate enough to have my life’s passion for Arabian horses become a successful business and journey. It has always been my goal to breed towards my ideal horse.
She was one of three mares who made the treacherous trip across the Atlantic, then three weeks on a van from the East Coast to the West Coast, eventually arriving at her new home of Varian Arabians where she and her traveling cohorts, Bachantka and Ostroga, would make history as three of the most influential broodmares of all time. (Naganka's second foal would be Bay El Bey.) This photo shows the joyous moment of a tired Naganka finally stepping out of the van. #‎ GreatMoments #‎ Naganka #‎ SheilaVarian
Ronteza was retired at the All-Arabian Summer Horse Show in Monterey, CA. It consistend of a reading of her impressive record, a blanket of roses, a special song called "Ronteza" written just for her, and her weanling colt, Bay Event, that was turned loose in the arena to find his place by his mother's side. It was covered by the Pismo Times newspaper. Here is an excerpt from the article, with Sheila aptly describing the process she and the champion m are went through to get ready for a class. "I never work her up, or wake her up for a class. We simply walk around slowly and leisurely for about 20 minutes before she is due to go int the ring. Tehre are no practice spins or running stops to tune her up. As we walk along, I keep up a