A Life Changed by the Love of an Arabian Horse by Frank Hennessey A few years ago I invited a friend and his wife to visit the farm with their daughter Belle on her birthday weekend. Belle is autistic. A predictable daily routine is very important to her. Her environment is tightly controlled at home in order to avoid surprises that may upset her. However, understanding how relaxed and comfortable we try to make our home for our guests, her parents, who wanted to share a special birthday with Belle, felt she could handle it. The first day of their stay we walked the barns, visited the horses, the dogs, the cats and the donkeys. As evening approached, I pointed out a mare that was probably going to give birth to a foal
Flanking our house in Iowa were two huge silver maple trees approximately fifty years old; these sentinels became the inspiration for our farm's name.
For many, *Sanadik El Shaklan was the epitome of the classic Arabian stallion. *Sanadik is clearly the heir to the *Estopa Family dynasty. *Sanadik is regarded among international breeders as being one of the world's most influential sires.
On December 15, 2011, the Arabian horse community lost one of its most remarkable friends - Don Morse of Freeport, Illinois and Scottsdale, Arizona. Don, together with his beloved wife Janey, owned Oak Ridge Arabians, home of numerous national champions and prized Arabian horses.