The following newsletter was e-mailed to
our circulation list on 21st December 2004.
Welcome to the Christmas update from Sariah
This has been as always a busy year, although
the riding centre activities have been scaled back, leaving
time to concentrate on the Arabian horses and prepare for
the 2005 season for in-hand and ridden classes.
As usual there have been some comings and goings
during 2004. Gail and Roger Urwin bought Sariah’s Sarah
and Myfanwy. They remain on livery at Sariah Arabians while
Gail and Roger purchase a home nearby with sufficient land
to keep them at home. Sue Griffin bought Top Hat who also
remains on Livery. Sarah, Myfanwy, Top Hat and Song of Sariah
have all been receiving regular schooling this year by local
freelance trainers and are all coming on well.
Top Hat and Song took their riders out on the
ten mile Surrey Hills sponsored ride in September over some
lovely countryside and otherwise private land near Godalming.
Song and Top Hat seemed none the worse for their adventure,
which is more than could be said for their riders who took
a few days to recover.
Woody made the move to the West Midlands where
he is owned by Karen Padbury’s mother. Karen worked
at Sariah Arabians in 2003 and has gone on to manage her own
livery yard in Epsom. Finally, Sonoma was purchased by Chris
Shaw who adores her and we are sure the two of them will be
We have been joined this year by Sandra Ortu
who works in the yard and has studied at Merrist Wood College.
She has been an instant hit with the horses and it seems they
are learning Italian, too!
Natasha has also been a great help and has
been riding Marigold using her Western saddle. Marigold seems
to enjoy it and we may experiment along these lines in the
We had a sad event in March when four of our
Jack Russell terriers went missing never to return. We lost
Ben, Poppy, Pansy and Lady. Despite our best efforts to trace
them it seems they vanished without trace, leaving Petal,
the grandmother, very lonely and upset. To keep her company
Fudge, the Jack Russell terrier pup has arrived and is a real
character. He is best friends with Fay, Wendy’s new
Jack Russell/sheepdog cross who spends her time rounding up
Twelve of us had an extremely successful Christmas
lunch in a pub near Dorking. A festive and fun time was had
by all, and we are determined to bring in the New Year with
On the breeding side this year we decided to
use artificial insemination on our international mare, Sariah’s
Shalimar to preserve the rare Royal Jordanian bloodlines.
However the result was not as expected and we are hoping for
a more favourable result during the breeding season in 2005.
Next year marks a major event at the yard as
it will be Sayyid of Destiny’s 30th birthday, He looks
wonderful, is in fantastic condition and still has an eye
for the mares. We will be having a celebration to mark the
In 2005 we will be restarting the Sariah Arabians
Supporters Club which ran so successfully a few years back.
We hope it will also be successful this time around. Another
email will be sent out after Christmas to find out the level
of interest in some of the activities we have planned.
In the meantime, Sheila and everyone at Sariah
Arabians, particularly the horses, send best wishes for a
peaceful and happy Christmas to you and your families.