THE DIFFERENCE FOR SPANISH ARABIANS
By BettyLu Bendeke
of all, we must remember two things: 1) that there are more Arabians
in Scottsdale than in all of Spain, and 2) there are only approximately
400 Arabians of Spanish blood in the United States. These two factors
will help put Garbo into perspective.
first point is, with approximately 1500 Arabians in all of Spain, why would
any breeder want to sell the very best that he has? There are only
four known Garbo sons in the United States and about 19 daughters.
interesting point is the number of get produced by the most popular stallions
used in the United States. The total offspring count is:
ZANCUDO Total offspring:
JACIO Total offspring:
GALERO Total offspring:
DANDI II Total offspring:
BAMBU Total offspring:
GARBO Total offspring:
is the producer of more offspring than any of the other past premier breeding
stallions. And yet, less of his get have been sold by the Spanish,
or permitted to leave Spain. Why? The Military never sells
stallions under any circumstances, and most of the Garbo sons born to the
Military are being retained. And those breeders who are allowed to
breed to Military stallions are not letting their Garbo sons go.
is considered by the Spanish to be the “perfect model” stallion, both in
temperament and physical conformation. Some years ago, Mally Stanley
of SRSA was granted special permission to measure Garbo at the Depot near
Madrid. Her findings are very interesting.
HEIGHT AT WITHERS: 59
LENGTH OF BACK: 21 ½”
(Middle of with to sacrum)
LENGTH OF HIP: 24 ¼”
(sacrum to outside edge of hindquarter)
to the above measurements, it is considered an ideal to have the length
of back no longer than the length of hip. Very unusual to find a
horse so near the ideal!
LENGTH OF NECK: 38 ½”
(Poll to middle of wither, at rest)
POLL TO BOTTOM OF EYE:
BOTTOM OF EYE TO TIP OF MUZZLE:
interesting measurement – as the ideal is to have the head divided in half
by the eye.
WIDTH BETWEEN EYES: 9
WIDTH BETWEEN JOWLS:
measurement is important as a horse’s jowls must fit around the windpipe
when the head is set if the horse is to be able to breathe!
WIDTH BETWEEN THE FRONT LEGS
AT CHEST: 7”
POINT OF SHOULDER TO MIDDLE
OF WITHER: 29 ¼” (Angle)
CIRCUMFERENCE OF GIRTH:
71” (Middle of wither and around)
for athletic ability – lung and heart room. Another important measurement
in any horse is the forearm-cannon bone relationship. The highest
percentage of unsoundness in horses is from the knee down in the front
legs. Therefore, a short, strong cannon bone is vitally important.
The forearm, which is not very prone to unsoundness, and also contains
the lifting muscles for the leg, should be longer.
FOREARM: 18 5/8” (Elbow
to center of knee)
CANNON BONE: 10 5/8”
(Center of knee to center of fetlock)
measurement that horsemen rely on is that the topline of a horse (middle
of wither to sacrum) is appreciably shorter than the underline (point of
elbow to point of stifle)
TOPLINE: 21 ½”
UNDERLINE: 33 ¼”
other measurement of interest is the width of the hindquarters at point
of hip – in Garbo it’s 19”!
does not permit a study of Garbo’s sire (Orive) and dam (Baldosa).
In-depth information may be obtained by writing the author of this article.
the four known Garbo sons in the United States, the two top producing sons
(based on number of get and showring records) are *Padre (x Yucca) and
*Armado (x Elegancia). *Padre (Spanish registered as El Saucejo),
is a Spanish Supreme National Champion who has sired numerous champions
in the United States as well as in three other countries. In addition,
in 1988 he was awarded the coveted title of Spanish National Get-of-Sire
second is *Armado, who made his showring debut at the prestigious Scottsdale
All Arabian Horse Show and came out in the Top Ten. The first mare
he ever bred produced a filly (Alfana) who was rarely beaten in the showring,
and won a regional championship as a 2-year-old. Many other *Armando
get have followed this top filly.
earned several more championships and reserves before being retired at
the early age of 4 years to fulfill his demand in the breeding shed.
In 1985, however, he won the distinction of being named Get-of-Sire champion
at the Arizona-bred Futurity in Scottsdale.
so few breeders have risked their Garbo offspring to the rigors and dangers
of the showring, Garbo has been denied his due. But a few have been
shown, among them, the gorgeous Galana (Garbo x Ochava). Galana has
earned her place by winning, among many others, Junior Champion Mare and
Senior Champion Mare. She has further shown her great value by producing
two outstanding stallions, Firestone (*Al Cobre) and Gavilan (Caracas).
And, the lovely mare *Marsala (Garbo x Colima), who was Scottsdale Top
Ten Mare, and has since returned to Spain.
more important to Garbo is that his influence carries on to grandget as
well. Again, space does not permit an indepth listing of the many
ribbons being won by those few, rare Garbo-related Spanish and Spanish-cross
Arabians. Armado has produced several daughters who have won in both
halter AND performance! Now, both stallions, Armado (Garbo x Elegancia)
and Firestone (*Al Cobre x *Galana) are being put to the supreme test –
dressage and free style!
As more and more breeders
of Spanish Arabians are becoming aware that “new” Spanish blood is going
to have to be infused into their programs in order to keep the delicate
balance between elegance and performance, Garbo is becoming the stallion
of us who have Garbo blood in our breeding programs extend to this outstanding
stallion of the Yeguada Militar our salute! We feel he has earned
his place! Garbo – he’ll make a difference!
(Note: The author wishes
to thank Mally Stanley of Sitting Rock Spanish Arabians who provided the
facts needed to compile this feature!)
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