Breed of the Month – Arabians! Part 1

Submitted by Angie N. - 2020 Dressage bred half Arabian colt by Hanoverian stallion, Ridley (Rotspon/Walt Disney) bred by me

Arabians are our YourDressage Breed of the Month for July!  One of the oldest horse breeds on earth, and the influence for many other breeds, these elegant horses are easily recognizable with their delicate faces and high tail carriage.  They excel in many sports, particularly endurance riding.

Dressage enthusiasts who ride Arabians have the opportunity to earn special awards through the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards as Arabian Horse Association, North American Shagya-Arabian Society, and Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry are all Participating Organizations.

We recently asked our social media followers to share photos of their Arabians, and let us know what makes these horses so special. Below, you can see their photos and stories.  Keep an eye out for the second part of this gallery  next week, and the third part at the end of July 2021!

Do you want to share a photo of your Arabian? E-mail us at for your chance to be featured!

Stay tuned to YourDressage all month long as we celebrate this breed, with photo galleries and exclusive stories from Arabian enthusiasts across the country!

Submitted by A. Roze W. – Finneas RZ future dressage star!! Dressage at Devon winner at 4 months old. Bred by Angela White and owned by Jennifer Jeffries-Chen. 
Submitted by Amanda C. – I also own a green broke PB gelding who went to his first schooling show a few weeks back to show some intro classes. Can’t wait to see how he develops in a few years. He’s a special guy
Submitted by Amanda O.
Submitted by Amanda P. – Jenna, elegant and sweet
Submitted by Amber L. – My 1st home born girl; A Fancy Mojito aka: Ava is Purebred Arabian who has my heart. My gorgeous mellow minded buddy & I walk around our neighborhood with Pygmy Goats, Dogs, past quads, motorcycles, UPS trucks, flags, active swings & basketball court, crab gear, thru puddles, & to the mailbox. She lgently nudges to let me know when I’v been chatting too long & we get back to our walk. I am Very Proud of her out in the pasture, in the Barn, when we are in Horse Show & in the day to day
Submitted by Amber S. – Arabians never fail to try their hardest once you’ve established a partnership with them. Sir Lance Sirlot – 1999 gelding
Submitted by Amy C. – Al Ibriiz 2010 SE Arabian gelding. He is the most wonderful partner to have fun adventures with
Submitted by Andrea J. – My half Arabian mare CL Khopi Kat
Submitted by April N. – TDR Sjoerds Sultana AHA 2 time National Champion, 7 time Reserve Champion at 1st-2nd as well as In-Hand. Making her National 3rd level debut in two weeks.
Submitted by April S. – My 21 year old, purebred Arabian gelding PBS Aurkyle. We practice dressage for fun and fitness.
Submitted by Ashley C. – AM Hamlet, 12 year old purebred gelding. I bought him as a 4 year old, 2 months under saddle. We spent five years competing in competitive trail and endurance. He completed every ride entered, including two three day 100 mile rides and was champion of several 50 and 60 mile rides. While we were always doing some dressage training and showing, last year we switched to it full time. We’re now two thirds of our way to my bronze medal and moving up to third level. Love the versatility and athleticism of this breed!
Submitted by Ashley R.  
Submitted by Ashlie R. – Miracana by Mirage V out of St. Pr. West Montana. PC: Cortney Drake
Submitted by Athena S. – So blessed to have Jenni Fugate and Jensem Sport Horses and her knowledge of the Arabian Horse, care and talent here on US soil from Australia working helping me with the start of my dressage career. Jenni pictured here with her precious, Australia-bred, trained, and imported purebred Arabian Mare winning unanimous National Champion Sport Horse after competing and taking home top 10s in Dressage at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in 2018! Jenni’s devotion to the breed goes beyond our US Border and I am thrilled she is here with her extensive knowledge!
Submitted by Audra M. – LJR Toadal Profection is a 17 year old NSH with a heart of gold. Even though he overthinks things sometimes, we make a great team. He captured my heart and keeps me passionate about dressage. He has taught me to be a better rider and overcome my fears. I Love this guy so much!
Submitted by Becca C. – My grey mare, Allie Bint Kedar ++//…. She’s a 2001 model, Arab/Percheron mare. Multiple regional championships/reserve championships/T5’s & multiple national T10’s ~~ All in dressage (traditional & western) and SHIH. #myhearthorse
Submitted by Betsy K.
Submitted by Caitlin H. – Groovin++// 10 year old purebred gelding. 5x time national champion and 3x reserve national champion at sport horse nationals. USDF region 2 2019, 6th place third level amateur and 5th place third level freestyle. USDF region 4 2016 training level 4th place amateur. Has qualified and shown at USDF finals 3 times. National dressage pony cup small horse year end champion in third and fourth level amateur and reserve in amateur freestyle in 2019. Has won numerous high score awards at open dressage shows. Currently competing psg. What he lacks in size he makes up for in work ethic, personality and heart. I’m an amateur owner who has trained him myself (with the help of my coach but I’m the only one that has ridden him since he was 4 years old) from training level to psg working towards the i1 and Grand Prix
Submitted by Caroline V. – Half Arabian Sport Horse gelding, R Kansas Cowboy. 4 year old just started under saddle and head to 2021 Sport Horse Nationals. I find Arabians and Half Arabians to be quick learners who are very eager to please and try very hard.
Submitted by Cathy R. – Riding my horse VF Cosm Cute in 1st Level Test 3 at the Region 7 Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale. We are now trying to qualify for the Dressage Region 5 Championship Show in September.
Submitted by Charma F. – This is my stallion Allemar by Allience. I bred, raised and trained him myself with help. He is my first dressage horse and I didn’t start riding until I was 40 years old. I got my bronze, silver and one score towards my gold until he had a tendon tear and I had breast cancer and we had to stop. I still have him and he is 27yo. He has been a fabulous horse to learn from and help me through some tough times. Love Arabians!! *Note: USDF strongly recommends all riders wear protective headgear when mounted.
Submitted by Chelsea L. – my half Arabian Magicaul Seekret GOA+ we are really good partners together and he’s more than happy to learn anything I teach him. He’s so smart!
Submitted by Chris B. – My purebred Arabian stallion, Jasman Raffdan. I have his lovely half Arabian Half Hanoverian daughter who is retired from the ring. She is my 8 year old granddaughters first “lesson” horse! Cannot say enough about this fantastic breed.
Submitted by Chris M. – My daughter, Abby Montoure and her arabian mare, SR The Perfect Storm…
Submitted by Christina H. – This is my purebred Arabian Millennium Wind. She’s 21 this year and still going strong.  She had ovarian surgery in 2017 and is back in shape and I hope to have her back out in the show ring this fall.
Submitted by Chrystal T. – Own an arabian. “Son on fyre”
Submitted by Cindy D. – Major Day+// Champion Half Arabian. He wasn’t broke to saddle until he was 9 years old and in the last six years I have earned my bronze medal on him, multiple national reserve championships in dressage, top tens, regional championships, etc. Recently was Region 12 fourth level champion. He gives his all to me every ride. I love him, quirks and all!
Submitted by Cindy G. – This is my my boy JP Moonlight Mirage. I love the challenge of Dressage and am fortunate enough to have a great trainer and coach. As his owner I’m coming along in my riding skills. 2020 he and my trainer were Champion Arabian Dressage Training Level Open. 2012 Top National Top 10 Sporthorse in hand gelding 2 year old. We continue to learn together, and I continue to take lessons. Occasionally as time allows we do light trail riding. My baby boy, my first Arabian, that I owned.
Submitted by Clare A. – Arabians can do everything!
Submitted by Corinda H.
Submitted by Corissa B. – CSP The Propozal – bred to be an English horse and she’s now starting a career as a dressage horse. Oh and I should mention she’s only been working as a dressage horse since March of this year! 
Submitted by Courtney A. – Samar Al Jood 2016 SE mare. Still learning the ropes but boy are we having fun!!
Submitted by Cynthia D. – Saintly Obsession (aka Obi) Half-Arabian/Oldenburg, 7 yr Gelding
Submitted by Dawn L. – FCF Oberons Vanity, my homebred Arabian stallion who was the 2020 USDF All-Breeds Champion at Intermediare I (Open) with his trainer/rider. He competed in DSHB classes at Dressage at Devon when he was just started under saddle as a young horse, in 2015 he earned the highest scores and placings of any Arabian-bred stallion to ever participate in the 70 day Stallion Performance Test in North America, and now he is being systematically developed towards a goal of competing at Grand Prix. Because of his exceptional temperament and rideability, he competed one season with a young rider and has served as a schoolmaster for a few riders to give them a feel for upper level movements. While many people cite the aesthetic qualities of Arabians, it was their people pleasing temperaments combined with their handy athleticism that drew me to them and inspired me to start a small breeding program for sport. (photo ©Dawn Jones-Low)
Submitted by Debbie M.
Submitted by Elizabeth B. – To all those women who are discouraged to keep riding/showing while raising children and managing a demanding career, this mare is a testament that it can be done. She had many years of stops and starts while my children were young. Lots of pasture time but she patiently put up with me with an occasional ride. She only had 90 days of training when I bought her. So you understand where we started from. It has been the last three years that I have ridden her consistently to get her back to a show ring with a well preserved 24 year body and the energy and spirit of a 8 year old. I love the resilience of the Arabian breed and the fire of a mare. Never give up
Submitted by Emily G. – Here is my new dressage pony! Diamondz R Divine DA (aka Jewel). We plan to start showing this Fall.
Submitted by Erika S.
Submitted by Gabriella S. – Samani D, 2010 Arabian Friesian cross mare who has won regional and national titles in dressage, sport horse under saddle, and show hack. We are hoping to debut at third level soon to gain scores for my bronze and are very excited for her future in dressage!
Submitted by Heather S. – HS Pageno after winning the GP at SHN in 2011. Owned by Inslee Baldwin and never forgotten by her or me. He was one of a kind and received his performance certificate from USDF at Grand Prix *Note: USDF strongly recommends all riders wear protective headgear when mounted.
Submitted by Hillary M. – Our purebred A Kartier #akartier #arabiansdoitbest #region16aha #ridefortheroses #sporthorsenationals #sporthorsenationals #shn2021
Submitted by Jamie P. – One Diva is 21 years young this year and not only keeps my 10 year old daughter Makayla safe, she continues to challenge and help me improve on my riding. Nothing beats an Arabian mare!
Submitted by Jane M. – Akai BBF purebred Arabian showing 2nd level
Submitted by Jennifer B. – I fell in love with Arabians and with dressage both on accident… but now I can’t imagine things any other way. Am so blessed with my beautiful “Bob” … from a western pleasure horse to showing up to Fourth Level, a 4x Sport Horse National Top Ten, and earning me every single score for my Bronze Medal. He has done everything for me, my heart horse. OFW Ambush+/, 2000 Gelding, Magnum Psyche x Salona Rose.  Photo by Terry Maupin aka Mom. Read Bob and Jennifer’s story in Bob, the Accidental Dressage Horse
Submitted by Jennifer S. –  Vincent AF purebred Arabian. I would of never gone out of my way to choose this breed. I am so lucky that he kept coming back in my life.
Submitted by Jessica A. 1 – One of my favorite pictures of my now 22 year old purebred mare. It doesn’t matter where we’re at or even what we’re both wearing, she gives me her all, every day. Still going strong in a regular training schedule with zero maintenance, plus many trail miles. They’re a phenomenal, capable breed, and I’m so glad to see USDF appreciation.
Submitted by Jessica A. 2 – Photos are 10 years apart – she barely ages!
Submitted by Jessica N. – Cashs Sunset Bey is a half Arabian, he is a phenomenal horse who always gives it his all! He is truly the ultimate representative of the versatility of the Arabian horse, he does 1st level dressage, hunter jumpers, carriage pleasure driving, In-hand, trail riding, and is more than happy to chase a cow or do anything else that is thrown his way!
Submitted by Jessica S. – My beloved Bea (Blue Elegance ASF+) 24 year-old Half-Arabian, Half-Morgan mare at our first and only Arabian Sport Horse Nationals. Photo credit: Star Horse Photography
Submitted by Jessy O. – I ride an Anglo Arabian who is 14 years old. She is incredibly sensitive and talented. She was unfortunately trained by someone who did not know how to work with a horse like her and I’ve spent the last 3 years really getting her to trust and blossom. We debuted 3rd level this year and I’m really excited for her future!
Submitted by Julie H. – RA Kharismic Danse (GS Khochise +++// x RC Polka Danse) 2001 7/8th Arabian. Bred by Nicole Rowley – rider featured in USDF post! She bred an amazing horse!
Submitted by Julie L. – ESF Nite Wings +///. Multiple National Championships at PSG, I1, Grand Prix. Age 20. Loves piaffe and passage and is the BEST friend and buddy.
Submitted by Karen B. – KA Khameo Bey, PB mare was my daughter’s hunter eq horse and then she turned into my dressage horse and earned me my bronze medal
Submitted by Karen S. – Photo by AJSK Photograph: G Ima Starr FA, my 17 year old Arabian. Together we earned our bronze medal last summer. He is now semi-retired being ridden at intro and training level by several ladies who want to lean more about dressage. “Speedy,” as he’s known around the barn, was my last endurance horse before I left that discipline in 2010. He has been a credit to his breed.
Submitted by Kari L. – Zulu LOA+// 15x National Champion Dressage & Dressage Seat Equitation. 2x Canadian National Champion Dressage. Still showing at 21!
Submitted by Karrah W. – Sparklin’ Red is a 22 year old Arabian. Sparky and I have been together for 13 years. We competed from training to Intermediate 1. We’ve earned our bronze and silver together and 2 scores towards our gold. He was regional champion in 4th level and reserve champion in Intermediate 1. He’s truly my heart horse 
Submitted by Katherine R. – BL Wilde Gambit my heart
Submitted by Katie A. – My purebred Arabian mare, Astara Afire, from a lesson this June. We are working on Second and Third Level movements. The thing about Arabians is that they have longevity, smarts, movement, and great personalities. An Arabian will always try to please and they truly do have a people pleasing personality. Although showing is something I do sporadically, my mare has taught me to be a sensitive, quiet, and to think outside the box rider, as we continue to move up the levels.
Submitted by Katie L. – Written In The Stars++ 11 year old half Arabian. Regional champion in hand, under saddle, and trail in hand. Dressage partner, trail partner (real trails, not trail classes), and kids horse
Submitted by Katie M. – My PB gelding, heart horse and dance partner of 16 years. He has a fantastic work ethic and an even bigger heart. We’ve done a little bit of everything together and I trust him so much that we just went for our First Level scores toward my bronze medal at 6 mos pregnant and we got some of our highest scores ever and took home the First Level High Score and Adult Amateur High Score for the weekend. He is hands down one of the best things that ever happened to me and I can’t wait to watch my daughters grow up enjoying him! *Note: USDF strongly recommends all riders wear protective headgear when mounted.
Submitted by Kayla S. – My 15 yr old home bred Half-Arabian/Shagya gelding, CS Ostentatious+. After a 5 year hiatus sitting out in pasture, last year he earned scores for USDF All-Breeds in both Training and First, many high point awards in clubs/organization, even received Ambassador Award through the Performance Shagya Registry.
Submitted by Margie M. – Golden Essence++++//
Submitted by Mary K. – My 19 year old gelding Royal Pain. We have enjoyed competing in All breeds!!
Submitted by Megan F. – Rekholection++++// is my homebred and shown Half Arabian dream horse! She’s got quite the story as a successful show horse, and now as a medical anomaly this year. She’s won a National Championship in hand and Reserve National Championship in dressage, but this year as a 6 year old she was New Bolton Equine Hospital’s first ever horse with a 15 lb leiomyoma. She’s always been an overachiever! After surgery, she’s now back to riding and, God willing, will be showing at East Coast Championships and Sport Horse Nationals in SHIH, dressage, and SHUS!
Submitted by Megan H. – GS Chief Justice RCF (Huey) – my once in a lifetime horse. We started dressage last year and love the challenge of the sport and the constant opportunity for growth! 2020 National Champion Arabian Training Level ATR, 2020 Reserve Champion Training Level AAOTR, 2020 Unanimous Champion Arabian SHUS Dressage Type ATR. Love my unicorn! Read Megan and Huey’s story New Horse – A Whole New Ballgame
Submitted by Nicole M. 
Submitted by Nina L. – Wistars Elegante. Multiple National Top 10: Dressage, Hunter over fences and SHUS
Submitted by Rene D. – NW Black Sunrise
Submitted by Susanne L. – Kai Eden
Submitted by Tena P. – Key Eloquence. Pretty good show record & A+ kid sitter.
Submitted by Tenn S. – *Note: USDF strongly recommends all riders wear protective headgear when mounted.
Submitted by Tiffany H. – D’light. Oldenburg/Arabian. Showing 3rd level. My perfect sports car! Bred and trained by me and out of my stallion Decoupage.
Submitted by Tracie O.

Related Links:

Breed of the Month – Arabians Part 2

Information about the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards

The Silver Lining

Small But Mighty: Calabash

Dynamic Duo

Heart of Steele


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