The following newsletter was e-mailed to
our circulation list in March 2006.
2005 was, as always, a busy year at the yard,
during which we saw the resurrection of the Sariah Arabians Riding Club. The club has been regenerated as a way of ensuring
that all riders are legally covered for riding the horses
at the yard as well, of course, of providing fun and social
activities for all, non-riders included.
On 25 September 2005, Rachel Wilcox rode Sariah’s Shalom
in the Surrey Hills Sponsored Ride. Rachel has been a staunch
and loyal supporter of the yard, having been taught by Sheila
from the age of seven, returning to Surrey from her home in
Yorkshire several times a year to ride Shalom – it’s
always great to see her!
On 12 June 2005, Lapis (Fenhouse Shades of Blue) became a
daddy again – an absolutely stunning filly foal out
of a local event mare who will probably return to him later
on this year.
August 2005 saw a most joyous event –
Sayyid of Destiny’s 30th birthday and he hosted a well-attended
barbecue on August Bank Holiday Monday. Sayyid was the
first pure-bred Arabian and foundation stallion of the stud,
sired by Crabbet Illustrious Silver Flame out of our foundation
mare, Cleothera, who was descended from Queen of Sheba (Crabbet
foundation mare). Sheila and Sayyid have been together all
his life, beginning when Sheila bottle fed Sayyid after he
was initially rejected by his mother so it was a significant
occasion for both of them. The weather was fantastic and guests
were treated to a display of Sayyid’s progeny, as well
as a mountain of food, together with a show of Maleki Ibn
Almaza’s international prize-winning stock which rounded
the afternoon off nicely.
As usual, there were some comings and goings during 2005.
Gail and Roger Urwin bought a home nearby and transferred
Myfanwy there during Autumn; their other mare, Sariah’s
Sarah, remains for the moment on full livery. Sue Griffin
transferred Top Hat to a livery yard nearer her place of work
in order to be able to spend more time with him. Sariah Arabians
also said ‘hello’ to new liveries Sonoma, owned
by Christine Shaw and Maji, son of Myfanwy, owned by Katrina.
We were joined this year by Sammi Savereaux who came on a
very successful work experience placement during the summer,
working closely with Zoe Kershaw. They both left in the autumn
to take up full-time places at college, Zoe having won a place
to attend the prestigious Hartpury College in Gloucestershire
– we wish them both the best of luck with their studies
and look forward to seeing them at vacation.
A highly successful mini-gymkhana was held at the yard on
Sunday 21 August 2005 and, it has to be said, the competitiveness
of the younger members was astonishing! Special rosettes were
produced in remembrance of Sheila’s old stallion, Morning
Glory (the first Arabian Marathon winner).
Sunday 18 December 2005 saw a Mulled Wine & Mince Pie
Ride that was very well attended by both riders and their
families, who consumed Chris Shaw’s mulled wine and
mountains of mince pies – a jolly good time was had
Another successful Christmas lunch was held at the Wotton
Hatch pub, just at the top of the lane, so there was no distance
for attendees to stagger back to the yard!
Sadly, this year saw us saying farewell to some well-loved
- On 14 March 2005, Masfou passed on. For the last couple
of years she had been living the life of luxury care of Angela
Williams. She was loved by everybody and had supported the
stables for many years.
- In August 2005, Sariah’s Shadamez who lived
with Sue-Anne in Wales, was suddenly taken ill and had to
be put to sleep.
- In September 2005, Petal, the oldest surviving terrier
of the little pack that went missing in March 2004 and the
last of the 16 terriers owned by Sheila, finally passed away
from old age. She had had a very full and exciting life, and
had been playing with Fudge at the time – she will be
missed. However, a new Jack Russell puppy, Evie, joined the
yard at Christmas 2005 and, once she’s allowed out,
will doubtlessly be joining the rides.
Things, as always, are rattling along in 2006 and we hope
to see you at the yard but we can’t go without saying
a huge congratulations to friend-of-the-yard Maggie Sparks
who competed on 26 March 2006 in the Endurance GB Primrose
Canterbury 33km ride on her daughter’s horse Corôt
(Grade 2). Maggie said she was extremely pleased to have done
so well as she felt she might have been past it!