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Live Oak Auction
The Live Oak Auction, held at Live Oak Arabians
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 21-22, began with 80 horses
in the production sale. The highest selling horse went for $35,000,
and several others sold for more than $20,000.
“The Live Oak auction had highly marketable horses — and
everything clicked on all eight cylinders,” said auctioneer Bill
Addis. “Mitch Sperte, the head trainer at Live Oak, and his staff,
made sure the horses were turned out as if ready to go to show, and
a buyer could take any one of those horses home and it would be ready
to go to Scottsdale. They were well-bred with contemporary pedigrees,
and very well presented. The highest-selling lots were the three- and
four-year-olds with almost no show record. Sandy Whitter’s expertise
with Saddlebreds meant that the Half-Arabians had impeccable pedigrees
that the average person wouldn’t be able to get to.
“Phil Whitter, a breeder for more than 30 years, had realistic
expectations and was adamant that an absolute auction
be run. We sold 62 head in three hours. No way could a private treaty sale accomplish
this in three hours, and get paid.
“Sandy made everyone feel at home. The weather was great, and
the setting of the Southern plantation with the live oak trees and the
Spanish moss was picture perfect. The New Orleans style background music
added to the ambience. It’s looking like an annual event.”
Scottsdale show crowds will long remember Bob
Mills as the genteel, dignified, and dapper ringmaster
of the show. His first time as ringmaster for
the Scottsdale show was in 1958, and he served
the show in that capacity for 42 years, gaining
the respect of owners, handlers, and judges.
Bob died in mid-January just a few weeks short
of his ninety-fourth birthday. He was a lifetime
horseman associated with many breeds from the Midwest to
Arizona. For five years, he hosted “Horse Talk” on
a Phoenix radio station, and he had life memberships
and hall of fame awards in several breed organizations,
of the Year” from an all-breed magazine. At Scottsdale, Bob
served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona
Arabian Horse Association, the sponsor of the
by James D. Hendrix
Al “Brak” Brakensiek of Dallas, Oregon, died January
14 after courageously dealing with Lou
He worked as a general practitioner in the hospital
and Indian field clinics in Arizona where he
became interested in anesthesiology. This led to a residency in
anesthesiology at the University of Utah in 1967.
He and his wife Marilyn bought a farm in Draper,
Utah, where Al was involved in breeding, training,
and showing Arabian horses, with his favorite a bay stallion named
FF Sahhar (Abenhetep x SAR Sabihaghazala), who won many championships
in trail horse, stock horse, western pleasure, and working cow
horse. Al had a multitude of talents and interests, amazing energy,
great stories, a sunny disposition and love for his patients, his
many friends, and his family. In 1994, he and Marilyn relocated
to Dallas, Oregon, for a challenging new job at Valley Community
Hospital. He continued with his building projects, horses, and
added a passion for pottery wheel throwing, kiln firing, and bonsai
trees. He retired in 2001 as his health began to fail. He was a
caring teacher and mentor to many; his life was so full but too
June 1998 - October 2004
Alistar Arabians announces the sudden passing
of Desperados Lyric (Desperado V x Bella Lyric).
The 1998 bay mare was owned by Lesley and Teresa
Robins of Sandston, Virginia. “Lesley
and Lyric made a formidable team making their mark in the Arabian
showring in performance,” says Kimberly Mark of Alistar Arabians. “Although
only six years old, Lyric excelled in western
pleasure, earning numerous regional titles in
Regions 7 and 4 in the two years that she was
“Lyric was a true champion in every sense of the word and raised
the bar for the rest of us to strive for. With
her sweet temperament and disposition Lyric had earned a special place in all
of our hearts, leaving a lasting impression on anyone that was around her. Not
only did we lose a valuable member of our team but we lost a member of
our family. Although she is gone she will remain
in our hearts forever.”
1987 to 2004
“Our beautiful mare SAHR Arianna (Cognac x Arija by *Dar) and
the dam of champions has left us for greener pastures,” says
owner Lee Van Nostern of Parker, Colorado. “Arianna is the
dam of Harley Davidson (by The Headliner), multi-champion
country pleasure and U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure Futurity. She
is also the dam of Smokin Headline (by The Headliner), Regional Top
5 and multi-champion in country pleasure.
“The presence of Arianna is missed by all those who knew her.
Her legacy will also be carried on by her remaining
three young sons sired by The Headliner (Bask Flame x Bajkora).”
April 1970 - December 25, 2004 by Laurie Schmelzle
“Windward Allmajed (Aramis x Bint Rasoulmas) was euthanized
on Christmas Day, 2004, at the age of 34,” says Laurie Schmelzle. “He
was bred by Judy Maubach of Ridgeway, Wisconsin. ‘Windy’ was
the last living offspring of Charles Craver III’s Davenport-bred
stallion Aramis, by Tripoli, by the famous Cal
Poly exhibition stallion Hanad. Windy was primarily Davenport-bred,
with one old Egyptian line through his dam’s (Bint Rasoulmas)
side, going back to the imported Egyptian mare *Malouma.
“Windward Allmajed was shown by Nodoroma Farms during the mid-1970s,
earning his first National title at the age of
seven, when he went U.S. National Top Ten in Arabian Ladies Sidesaddle with Mary-Ann
Sauey. He was owned and shown by Kim Brantley
of Florida in the late 1970s and early 1980s, earning National titles in western
pleasure, amateur and open. In the early 1980s, Windy went into quasi-retirement
at Kim’s farm in Florida. In the spring of 1982 he was purchased
for me by my parents Richard and Brenda Soehn
of Miami, Florida, and shown for another seven
years, many of them under the guidance of Florida trainer Fran
Lee. Windy won numerous U.S. and Canadian National titles in western
pleasure, ladies sidesaddle, and English pleasure. Windy was known
for his extreme versatility. During the 1980s, he competed in ten
IAHA gelding triathlons, winning seven, and placing second in the
“Toward the end of his show career, Windy and I competed in
open dressage shows, including the prestigious
Dressage at White Fences Show in West Palm Beach, Florida, where we won the
First Level test 1 class against some tough warmblood competition. It was about
this time that I left for college, and shortly
after Windy was finally retired for good.
“One of our favorite judges to show under was the well-liked
Peter Cameron. Peter judged Windy many times
over the horse’s
lifetime, and was surprised to see the horse
back in the ring again after being in semiretirement for a few years. After judging
us in Tampa, Florida, Peter walked up to me and said ‘How old is
this horse now?’ I replied ‘14.’ Peter turned
around and said, ‘14, hmphhh, I wish I was still 14!’ then
turned back around and said ‘but not a gelding though!’
“For those who have been showing Arabians long enough to remember
it, Windy survived the unfortunate barn fire
at the 1985 Canadian National Championship Show in Toronto, Canada. Windy was
stabled on the lower level, in the aisle across from where
the fire broke out. Trainers and grooms were running down the aisleways haltering
horses, and handing them to anyone who would
take them. Many of the horses that survived, and most of them did, were rescued
by some of the 250,000 attendees of the Canadian National Exhibition that
day, very few of whom knew anything about horses.
“During his lifetime, Windy earned the International Arabian
Horse Association’s Legion of Honor and Legion of Merit Awards
(in 1976), and the IAHA Legion of Supreme Honor
Award (in 1984). In 1993, Windward Allmajed was
awarded the IAHA Legion of Excellence award,
being only the 19th purebred Arabian in the history of the breed
to receive the award.
“In 1993, Windy joined me in Southern California where I was
attending school. Windy was moved for the last
time in December of 1997 to Seneca, Kansas, with me and my husband Martin Schmelzle.
Windy spent the last of his extraordinarily long
years grazing on 20 acres of pasture in Nemaha County, Kansas, eating bromegrass
under the oak trees by the pond. He was last ridden in March of 2004, when
he gave pony rides for our son Keegan’s sixth birthday party.
May God keep you well. You will be missed, Windward.”