By Denise P. Hearst
Arabian Horse World - April 1986
*Barich de Washoe's lush, grassy
paddock at Brumarba Arabians is fenced with weathered pine poles. From
there he can contemplate the broodmares in the surrounding
pastures throughout the winter, and cast a fatherly glance
toward the foals in the spring. Late in the day, when the fragrant
scene of pine hangs in the air, *Barich often lowers his head,
indulging in a siesta, his rich chestnut coat gleaming in the afternoon
sun. There he dozes, his eyes half-closed, occasionally swishing
his tail or cocking an ear toward a distance whinny. It is,
admittedly, a life of well deserved ease for this 21-year-old
ambassador of Spanish breeding.
When Charles Steen of Nevada made his importation of Spanish Arabian bloodstock in 1964, it was the largest ever made from Spain to the U.S. The shipment consisted of 17 mares plus seven foals imported in utero, born the following year, was a strapping chestnut colt named *Barich De Washoe.
When bankruptcy forced a dispersal of the Steen horses in 1967, a sale was held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Forty-five horses were sold, with several (including the majority of the Spanish lots) going to Mr. Jack Dunn of San Diego, CA. Among his purchases was *Barich De Washoe (Zurich x *Aldebaran II), acquired for $1,200. *Barich's dam, *Aldebaran II, also went through the sale, going to Jay and Dorothy Stream in foal to Imagin (Image x Rafina).
Tom Hoarth, Dunn's son-in-law, recalls, "We were a new farm, and what Jack was trying to do was gather together good horses of each major strain. We had Polish, American, pure Crabbet, and then finally, Spanish. Jack liked the Spanish horses, and he just had a feeling they would be popular one day."
"I worked with *Barich as a
young horse, and handled him at breeding," says Tom. "We stood 22
stallions at one time, so to us he was just another horse here.
But what he sired was outstanding. *Barich outdid himself."
Meanwhile, Bruce Clark and Gerry Alexander of BruMarBa Arabians, Mead, WA, were becoming increasingly curious about the Spanish horses. "At the early Nationals shows, many of the Champions were Draper-bred. They were Spanish tail-female, and by Sureyn," remembers Bruce. "Everyone gave the linebred *Raseyn credit, but we couldn't help wondering why other *Raseyn horses didn't look like that. Then the half-Spanish stallion, Pomona Ahmen (*Raseyn x *Nakkla by Fondak) came to Washington state and stood not far from us. He was an incredible stallion and crossed well with out Al-Marah Radames and Comar Bay Beau daughters." Another Spanish beauty who made an indelible impression was *Palabrita (Barquillo x Hacienda), who was shown by the Steens at the Colfax, WA, show. "She was bone skinny, but she was incredible," recalls Bruce. "Just beautiful, and real snorty and fancy. Her handler could barely hang on to her as she pranced around the arena."
Bruce's interest in the Spanish bloodlines was further piqued at the 1972 National Sale, when the Spanish mare *Dinorah III (Uah-Martin x Kirat), bred by Luis de Ybarra and imported in 1965 by John Rogers, sold for $22,500."She had an injured leg, which was heavily bandaged, but still, she was beautiful," remembers Bruce. "Every big breeder in the business was bidding on her. She sold for what was then an unheard-price." At the same show, Bruce and Gerry learned that two pure Spanish mares and a colt were for sale at Jack Dunn's place. They also discovered that a seven-year-old stallion was available there as well, referring to *Barich. In am impulsive move, Bruce phoned the Dunns and bought the mares *Yokohama (Fabuloso x Nubia II) and *Palabrita (Barquillo x Hacienda), and the colt JDAR Bari Brita (*Barich De Washoe x *Palabrita), all sight unseen. And Bruce's partner, Gerry, adds, "He didn't dare tell me, because those were the days when we were stopping at restaurants and having crackers and catsup." The acquisition had put enough strain on their budget, so they passed on the stallion.
Bruce had arranged to have the three Spanish horses shipped to BruMarBa, but when snow forced them to take the southern route home from the Nationals, they decided to swing by and take a look at the Dunn horses. "When we got there no one was home, so we walked out to the pastures, where we saw about 40 foals, 11 of which really stood out. They were from very different mares, but they were like peas in a pod. Just fantastic little babies. When the Dunns arrived home, they tooks us for a little tour. It turned out that all the foals we liked were by *Barich, so I went out to the stallion barns to have a look at him. I liked him immediately because he had gigantic eyes and he reminded me of my first horse. Gerry couldn't stand him. Later that evening over dinner, Gerry started to negotiate for the two Spanish mares and the colt, still not knowing that I had already bought them. Once the secret was out, I asked about *Barich. They said if we took the whole package, they would let us have him for $5,000. So we got the four of them for $30,000. Of course, we needed a partner, and called Dr. William Little of Montana, who supplied the down payment."
"We liked the Spanish horses we had seen," says Dr. Little, "but what we were really thinking was how nicely the Spanish mares would cross with Comar Bay Beau. And of the two stallions, JDAR Bari Brita was really the more impressive. When I eventually sold my interest back to Bruce and Gerry, I ended up with Bari Brita. It wasn't until after I'd seen *Barich's daughters that I changed my mind about him."
When *Barich arrived at BruMarBa, no one was quite sure what to do with him. "I was still breeding everything to Comar Bay Beau." says Bruce. "However, I decided to breed *Barich to the four mares who traced in tail-female to the Crabbet mare, Jalila. She was a Skowronek daughter out of *Rasima by Daoud, imported to Spain in 1931 by the Duke of Veragua. *Barich traces to Jalila twice, and I reasoned that if we were going to do anything with his pedigree, as concentrated as it was, that we should try and go in the tail-female with something similar."
Those were just about the only mares *Barich got at first. "Nobody else would breed to him," says Gerry. "We had always had real pretty horses, and *Barich was just the opposite, and so fat. On the other hand, there was a lot of interest in Bari Brita, who did very well for himself, both in the show ring and in the breeding shed. In our minds he was unquestionably the star."
*Barich's look is one
of great usefulness and durability---a look that horsemen of
any breed would admire. He has a handsome, breedy head,
with large well-placed expressive eyes, a very masculine cheek
and jowl, wide forehead, and neat ears. He is a balanced horse,
sturdy and strong, and very unlike anything the breeders in the
Washington area were used to seeing. Yet despite any initial uncertainty,
the fact that *Barich is Bruce Clark's third sire of significance
speaks well for his judgment and his intuition (his stallions
Al-Marah Radames [Indraff x Gutne] and Comar Bay Beau [Azraff
x Rose of Mirage] were sires of 286 and 349 foals respectively).
The first year at BruMarBa, Bruce broke *Barich to ride, and won the Western Pleasure championship at Salem, OR, with him. "He was a really nice horse to work with, and learned easily. But since I was a public trainer back then, was nearly 20 stallions between our own stallions and outside horses, we were always willing and able to lease one out." And Paul McDannald of Missouri was all too glad to take one in particular. "*Barich had some of the things my Skowronek mares lacked," says McDannald. "He had tremendous strength in the the loin, a real nice hip, and very good coupling.--which is the real strength of the Spanish horses. But we went to *Barich because we liked him, not necessarily because he was Spanish. "
*Barich stood at the McDannalds' for three years, breeding 15 outside mares and three or four of the McDannalds mares each year. His stud fee was $1,000. "He sired some super breeding mares here, and many, many champions. I still have one daughter, Touch of Spanish (x Expectation by Victor Hugo)," says McDannald. "I showed her at halter 12-15 times and she was either Champion or Reserve Champion every time out. The only horse that ever beat her was another Pure Spanish mare we had at the time.
"*Barich was a very nice horse, with an outstanding disposition. He was a real handy to have around and pleasant to handle. My children, who help me in all aspects of the business, were quite young when *Barich was here, and I trusted him completely. But, of course, I trust all the stallions here, because if I can't, they're geldings," says McDannald. "All in all, I think *Barich has done more to promote the Spanish Arabian than any other horse ever imported."
Meanwhile, *Barich's first BruMarBa foal crop had arrived. "And then we realized what we had," says Bruce. From that first crop, came La Tres (x Bint Elibn Mirage by Ibn Mirage), a Canadian Top Ten Mare, and to this day one of Bruce's favorites.
For the next three years,
*Barich spent half the breeding season at BruMarBa, and the
other half at Bill and Mary Ann Hughes' Will Mar Arabians in
Chino, CA. "We thought he was absolutely beautiful over the topline,"
says Mary Ann, "and all of his offspring were very strong there too.
He was big and bold, and he had a great personality, but I fell for
his Spanish eyes. My kids could lead him around with just a
lead rope---he was just a big gentle guy, more of a family
pet than a breeding stallion. We'd hop on him bareback and just
ride him around. "
The first of the Hugheses' *Barich get was a colt named WillMarGrande (x Bint Latseyna). He was also the first one they showed, winning 1980 Region 1 Reserve Champion gelding. Another *Barich gelding owned by Will Mar, WM Barcelona (x Bint Sapphire by Comar Bay Beau), was U.S National Top ten futurity Gelding in 1983. "He's been winning championships in driving this year with Bill in Open classes," says Mary Ann.
"Our pure Spanish *Barich daughters are being bred back to Spanish sires such as *An Malik (Galero x Ispahan) and *Aram (Bambu x Corteza), while we are breeding *Barich's half Spanish daughters to Polish stallions. We have one in foal to Zodiac Matador, and others may be bred to our *Bask/*Aladdinn son."
In 1979, *Barich came
home to BruMarBa's Garden Valley, CA, facility for good, and
in the years that followed, he found his niche at BruMarBa.
"His nick with the Comar Bay Beau daughters was the answer," says
Bruce. "He shortened the coupling and added inches to the legs,
especially with the little Skowronek mares. He gave them snort and
blow, which is what we needed. Our horses all had good conformation
(to me, Beau was the perfect horse), but *Barich put a certain
showiness into his foals."
One of the most striking things about the *Barich foals is their uniformity. It doesn't take much imagination to guess the outcome of a given mating. "We wanted an inbred of a different line---that strength of pedigree to breed with our linebred mares," says Bruce. "As it turns out, the poorer mares of a bloodline breed as well with *Barich as the best of that bloodline, which means that his strength is coming through the blending of the blood. But, of course, that's hybrid vigor--the crossing of two different inbred lines. "
After Bruce and Gerry saw the great consistency and the prettiness that *Barich was throwing, they went to Spain to research his pedigree, finding that there was nothing bred quite like him. They returned 13 times, subsequently importing several pure Spanish horses, including the handsome *Vallehermoso (Procyn x Betelgeuse by Tabal), who is being used on BruMarBa's *Barich daughters.
*Barich was bred by Luis De Ybarra's La Cascajera Stud, Seyville, Spain. He is the product of a 7/8ths brother-sister mating, with Zurich and *Aldebaran II both being sired by Malvito, and out of daughters of the mare Uganda. *Barich's sire, Zurich, left only one foal crop before his accidental death. "He was a very strong and athletic grey stallion, with a nice head and good way of moving," remembers Ybarra. "And Zurich's sire, Malvito, was one of the most beautiful stallions in Spain. Although small, he was very strong as well, with a very beautiful head and neck. He was very Arabic, with an extremely nice topline and wide chest. *Barich's dam, *Aldebaran II, was a big bay mare, very strong with gigantic eyes."
Although *Barich never got a lot of mares until relatively late in life, as of February 1986, the registry lists 351 purebred foals sired by *Barich, ranking him among the top 20 stallions on the World's all time leading sires list. All together, *Barich has appeared on stud book research lists for 15 volumes, and has been joined on those lists at different times by his sons JDAR Bari Brita and El Bahia (x Brumarba Azadream). *Barich's biggest foal crop was in 1980 when he sired 52 purebred foals.
*Barich Get include 17 National winners who have 30 National titles among them, including 1981 Canadian National Champion mare SB La Ina (x Jamal Colleen by Sur-Lee). Sixteen *Barich get are Regional winners, and an additional 49 are class A winners. Among his winning offspring are such super-achievers as: La Estrella Bahia (x Beaus Bay Love by Comar Bay Beau), 1983 Region 5 champion Mare, 1984 Whittier Lions club Champion mare, 1984 Scottsdale Top Ten Mare and 1984 Canadian National Top Ten Mare; Example (x *Makkora by *Makorr), who, as a two-year-old, won two Junior Championships, two Reserve Junior Championships, one Reserve Senior Mare Championship, one Senior Mare Championship, and Region 3 Top Five Mare---all in just six shows; and the beautiful bay Lomolin (x Beau Fancy by Comar Bay Beau), 1985 Region 8 Champion stallion. *Barich is also a leading sire of Sweepstakes winners, with two sons on the winning sires list as well as three Sweepstakes champions, two Reserves, and 11 Top Tens for get and grandget.
This is *Barich's last year at public stud (His fee is $10,000); his book will be closed to outside mares in 1987. "We are keeping our numbers way down so we can help out customers with marketing," says Bruce. *Barich's BruMarBa foals, about 15 each year, find ready markets, with their sale prices averaging $50,000 and up, with many selling in excess of $100,000. Prices for colts are higher than for fillies, because, as Bruce reasons, "If a colt is not worth more than a filly, it shouldn't be a stallion--a stallion is half the herd"
"Not many *Barich get have sold at auction, because I'm not supportive of sales," says Bruce. "We'd much rather sell our horses on a one-to-one basis. We like to know what's going to happen to them and where they're going."
*Barich's successor at BruMarBa is likely to be his young son Destinado (x *Zlabiya by Alhabac). A stunning 16-hand chestnut foaled in 1982, Destinado has been leased to the Tofts of Bremervale Stud, Queensland, Australia, for two years. The Tofts have developed a highly successful breeding program based on the Crabbet/Spanish cross. Destinado's full sister, Bint Zlabiya, is another BruMarBa keeper.
"The truly remarkable thing about *Barich is that he has done it on his own," concludes Gerry. "In the early days, we were having trouble feeding him, let alone advertising him. When it came to showing, well, Comar Bay Beau was the only horse in Bruce's world, so he was the only promoted in the ring. We didn't have time to make a name for *Barich. Most of his early champions were owned and shown by small, backyard breeders.
We are striving to breed
good Arab horses. We are not breeding Pyramids, Stars, or National
Show horses--nothing but good strong horses that look like Arabs
and can do something. Horses that families can enjoy." And
to that end, *Barich has not disappointed. Juan Ortega, who has
cared for *Barich for the past four years, says, "He's such a nice
horse, he's so quiet and gentle--muy amable. He knows
me, and when I bring him in at night, I call his name and he comes
to me. Even though I take care of many other horses, *Barich
is my favorite." Despite *Barich's look of tremendous
power, this restrained old fellow is not all dash and prance; he
asserts himself through subtler means. His sons and daughters do
his speaking for him--in the most enduring ways.
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