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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
Qatar International Arabian Horse Show and International Arabian Peninsula Horse Show: 2016 By Lisa Abraham On March 11 through the 13 th , 2016, the 25 th Qatar International Arabian Horse Show took place, followed by the 6 th Qatar International Arabian Peninsula Horse Show, on the 14 th and 15 th . It was five days of exciting competition and warm Arabian hospitality and comradery. Although the show was enjoyed by a prestigious international gathering, it was the enthusiasm of the Qatari breeders and fans that made the show memorable. To experience a horse event in Qatar is a privilege, as the horse has occupied a treasured role in the history of the country. In an article titled “Al Shaqab—Galloping
In 2015, Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani, of Al Rayyan Farm, arrived at the US Egyptian Event, in Lexington, Kentucky, with a string of beautiful, world class straight Egyptian competitors. That year, not only did he sweep up all the ribbons, but also, after time away from the competition ring, he won the hearts of the American Egyptian community. It was also at this show where he and I struck up both a friendship and working relationship. When Sheikh Hamad invited me to attend the 2016 Qatar International Arabian Horse Show and the Al Rayyan presentation of horses, I was thrilled with the opportunity to make a contribution. As my research began, I found that much like the Arab culture, the history of Al Rayyan Farm was
There have been few moments in our breed as great as this one... when a little bay mare named Ronteza and a school teacher named Sheila Varian took on the world and won. Never before – or since – had a woman, an amateur, or an Arabian won the World Reined Cow Horse Championships (i.e. "Winning the World"). Here is the experience, in Sheila's own words: October, 1961 — San Francisco, damp and cold. Ronteza, Mom and I. My father staying home to take care of the ranch. Lightweight division, Ronteza. Heavyweight division — 50 horses going for the title. Ronteza the only Arab, me the only girl. I never noticed. Never walk by the trophy window, don’t look at the trophy saddle and blankets . . .