Breeding Spanish and CMK Arabian ponies is becoming an essential element of life at Bitterroot Ranch.
Mel grew up with horses on a farm on base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. a neighbor, who had previously been the farming officer in Yemen, had a beautiful Arabian mare given by the area tribesman as a wedding present to his wife and delivered to their particular farm in Tanzania. This was the type of horse that Mel always wished-for and in 1983 on another continent the fantasy became reality as the woman Arabian horse breeding program in Wyoming began.
The first reproduction stock was acquired from a Wyoming next-door neighbor which in addition had a horse farm in Tx. These were mainly Egyptian (Gleannloch) crossed on domestic mares. We after that moved onto Polish outlines since our next-door neighbor obtained the racing sire *Sambor and soon after offered united states TC Mr Lucky, a pure Polish *Naborr child.
Among Mel’s favorite driving ponies for many years was an Abu Farwa grandson, who led us to the Crabbet ponies. The focus of this reproduction is definitely to produce solid household horses with great minds. We purchased *Indian Sundown, bred by the Duchess of Rutland and brought in through the UK, to cross on our mostly CMK mares. He had been 15.2 and dimensions was becoming important in enabling us to produce mounts for a wider array of visitors.
In 2003, Bayard and Mel went to an operating center in Spain and had been taken by our hosts to Diego Mendez’ Los Angeles Aldara Stud. We were extremely impressed utilizing the Spanish Arabians have been big, sports also had peaceful temperaments. We were fortunate enough to really have the utilization of the Stanley Ranch bred right Spanish Arabian horse Si Si Savvy owned by Ginna Frantz for two breeding months. This stallion ended up being the spot 7 USEF Arabian Dressage Champion in 2004. In rent agreements with all the Stanley Ranch we had the solutions of Wradar (*Esperanto x Granada 1) and Al Exstatic (Exodus1 x Pascion S). We acquired our own right Spanish stallion, Granizo (*Granizar x La Dulcinea) in 2007 plus 2008 included L Tivo (L Bravo x L Astar) on herd.
Since several of our CMK mares were getting older we made a decision to hold that range going through the athletic SSA Mistics Shadow PC (RAS Amyr Dargee Computer x FV Silver Mistic), who we leased for just two many years. We after that shifted to FV Aul Mystique (Aur Mystique x Aur Amber Magic) bought from Dr. David Ward of Fairview Arabian Stud in Canada and carrying proven overall performance outlines.
Our Arabian mares are mostly CMK and right Spanish. They could be ridden and when not-being bred are positioned to the office on our ranch. Our focus is on good gaits, kind temperaments, and a willingness to do whatever is asked of them; they could be required to herd cows one day and jump the cross-country program the second. The foals and young stock tend to be outside all the time, running in big pastures, which places a great foundation in it. We have an overall total of around 90 Arabian horses, and raise about 6 foals a year.