PRETTY HEADS VS. PER­FOR­MANCE ABIL­ITY

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Chicago Tri­bune news­pa­per heiress Bazy Tanker­s­ley founded Al-Marah Ara­bi­ans in 1947 and to date has been the largest im­porter and most pro­lific breeder of Ara­bi­ans in Amer­ica. She es­tab­lished the Ara­bian Horse Trust, which serves as an ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion and re­search li­brary, and which also li­censes the Ara­bian Horse As­so­ci­a­tion pedi­gree reg­istry. For more than 40 years un­til her death in 2013, Tanker­s­ley greatly in­flu­enced Ara­bian cir­cles, and her taste and ideas con­tinue to help shape how Ara­bian horses are bred, mar­keted, trained and shown in the United States and Canada. A pub­lic­ity shot for the 1959 block­buster film “Ben-Hur.” The hero’s “white” team is pulled by four Al-Marah mares, all

*In­draff daugh­ters.

Be­low: Drea­ma­zon, foaled in 1977, was bred by David C. Bishop but later ac­quired by Al-Marah. Like Gai Parada, Drea­ma­zon is in­tensely in­bred to *Raf­fles and like him, is known for sir­ing “ex­treme” heads. Both stal­lions have tended to sire hal­ter...

Daniel Gainey’s breed­ing pro­gram, sim­i­lar to Bazy Tanker­s­ley’s, in 1969 pro­duced the stal­lion Gai Parada whose pedi­gree con­tains six crosses to Skowronek, of which three go through *Raf­fles. With cor­rect legs, a cute “typey” head and flashy move­ment in...

*Count Dor­saz, another Al-Marah stal­lion, bred at Crab­bet Park and foaled in 1945. Im­ported to Al-Marah in 1958, “The Count” sired cham­pi­ons in hunter hack, driv­ing and English plea­sure and was known for an easy­go­ing tem­per­a­ment that he passed to his...

Bazy Tanker­s­ley’s foun­da­tion stal­lion *In­draff, foaled in 1938. In all ways a stronger and more use­ful horse than his sire *Raf­fles, *In­draff sired cham­pi­ons in ev­ery ath­letic dis­ci­pline in­clud­ing cut­ting, rein­ing, en­durance, English plea­sure and...

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