Newsletter - June 2012
Maleki ibn Almaza
We are all very sad at the yard because of the unexpected passing of Maleki Ibn Almaza (Royal Son of a Diamond) in November 2011. Fortunately, he was not at all stressed and was still talking to his mares. He has left us with three beautiful daughters who not only have his good looks but also his bone and action. He has been a joy to handle all his life and through his showing career won great acclaim and brought credit to the stud, especially when he stood next to the World Champion in 1984 at the Arab International Show.
Psalm of Sariah
In addition, Sheila said goodbye to her beloved OAP, Psalm of Sariah, the first filly born to the stud and from which it takes its name. Psalm of Sariah, a beautiful chesnut mare by Banat, passed away peacefully at the age of 36, on 28 May 2012. As it is so recent, Sheila is unable to write more but in time she will be placing a tribute to this special horse on the website, in celebration of her long life.
Finally, our dear little Daisy, a Welsh Section A pony and a great character, who taught many small children to ride over the years, passed away last year and is very much missed by all who knew her. Daisy’s dedicated nursemaid right up to the end was Huggy Bear, a Jack Russell bred by Sheila, who was greatly concerned for her welfare. In her last days, Daisy’s constant companions were not only Huggy Bear but the neighbour’s cat and the cockerell and hens from next door as well!
Pure-bred and Part-Arab Mares
This brings our total stud horses down to three pure-bred mares, one by Sayyid of Destiny (Sasha) and two by Maleki Ibn Almaza (Shalimar and Solitaire). We also have Shalom, an Anglo-Arab by Sayyid of Destiny. We are looking for people to take an interest in them, to help with their care or even offer one a loving home for the future.
Three of our mares are very good riding horses and Shalimar is our In Hand champion.
Riding and Sharing
Although our present riding horses number only five, we all would be delighted to welcome friends old and new to come and ride or to share and enjoy these lovely horses in the beautiful surroundings of the Surrey Hills.
British Museum - the Horse from Arabia to Royal Ascot
In May this year we were delighted to be asked to show our horses for an Exhibition at the British Museum called The Horse from Arabia to Royal Ascot. This Exhibition forms part of the Royal Jubilee celebrations. Shalimar, Sasha and Solitaire were filmed and can be seen on the British Museum Website or at the Exhibition until 30 September. Do watch the video on the British Museum website to see these beautifully filmed clips.
Easter Psalm is by Maleki ibn Almaza out of Psalm of Sariah and has been bought by Marilyn Dale, who manages to ride him four times a week.
Psalm is a beautiful gelding, initially kept as a stallion because of his looks and generous temperament, but was later gelded as his full sister Sariah's Sapphire was retained by the stud. Psalm is a grandson of the great Banat and is a real show stopper with a beautiful textured coat.