May 2018: Silver Maple Farm is closing its doors as a breeding farm. It has been a wonderful journey but it is time to pursue other ventures. Of course, I will always have an Arabian to ride, one to look at and possibly use for mentoring another younger breeder. I encourage those of you who have held off purchasing an SMF horse to do so now, while there are still five horses representing a multi generational program. They are beautiful horses with lovely minds, so willing and kind. Just the type that lived in the tents long ago. It is raere to even find a program these days but I believe that the continuum will go forward ion seom way somehow. If you want to visit with me about your role in that incredible linking of life with Arabians I am available. I will also be consulting as a mentor to a few people exclusively. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first horse purchased in 1989 was the Egyptian sired mare, Isah (El Hilal x Shar Mar Gailisa by Azraaf). While following her pregnancy Henry and I became more and more enthralled with breeding Arabian horses. Our next purchase and our very first straight Egyptian Arabian mare was Glorietasayonaara (Ansata Abu Nazeer x Glorieta Shahlima by Ansata Shah Zaman). Mike and Kiki Case of Glorieta Ranch bred her dam and produced the mare. Their breeding program was based on the Ansata Arabian Stud owned by Judith and Don Forbis.
I chose this mare not really knowing or understanding her origins but based solely on the emotion that she evoked in me. When I saw her, I just knew that she was amazing and special. Sayo (Sigh-oh as we called her) was a silvery white dream of an Arabian. She made my heart thump and gave me goose bumps when I watched her galloping while she played in a field. She seemed to float around that grassy area, so incredibly light on her feet, they didn’t seem to touch the ground!
When I would go to ride at my friend Judy's Atallah Arabian Farm, I often saw our mare, Isah and Sayo grooming one another. They were equine friends. Of course, their interaction captured my attention and charmed me and I just could not get Sayo out of my mind. She seemed ethereal to me, one of those magical, mythical creatures that flew instead of trotted.
Judy Jones, her owner, was not very interested in selling this mare but I kept asking until finally one day as we were riding together she said yes! Henry and I purchased her that day and Sayo became the foundation straight Egyptian mare for the Silver Maple breeding program. This ONE significant mare was the beginning for our straight Egyptian breeding program.
So you see...the numbe ONE is very powerful!