Arabian Horse Association Newsletter
May 2018
In This Issue
AHA Video Corner
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What's The Buzz?
Check out the standings and highlights from the 2018 Kentucky Derby:

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Dates & Deadlines
June 1, 2018
Performance Futurity/Maturity Nominations
Club Nominations for Board-Elected Positions Due

June 30, 2018
Final Club Membership Count Of Delegates And Alternates 

July 1, 2018
Second Payment Due For Performance Futurity/Maturity Nominat

July 21-28
Youth Nationals, Oklahoma City, Okla.

For a full list of dates and deadlines click here
Employee Spotlight
Every month, the AHA Insider showcases one of our employees. We want to give our readers an insight as to who works for AHA and what they do for the association. 

Lauren Beavers

My name is Lauren Beavers and I am a new Registry Service Representative for AHA. I am originally from the Denver area and recently moved back from Amarillo, Texas, where I was employed by the American Quarter Horse Association as a Customer Service Representative. I was introduced to the equine industry through my parents, who raised Missouri Fox Trotters while I was growing up in southern Missouri, and the horse bug hasn't left me since! I am very excited to be working closely with and getting to know our members. 

I am a proud dog mom to a Border Collie and Blue Heeler mix, Bear. We love going hiking together, and are very excited about being close to the mountains here.  

 I'm also an avid trail rider and have enjoyed seeing the country on horseback.  This past year, we have been through Palo Duro and Caprock Canyon in Texas, ridden many miles in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, and a few rides at Roman Nose State Park in Oklahoma. 

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Help in Keeping Our Sport a Safe Place

In today's day and age we find the topic of abuse to be at the forefront of many news headlines. It is a troubling topic and one that many would never consider to be a part of their world. However, it is one, that as an association, we urge our members and the equine community to be aware of and to educate themselves about.

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New Racing Partnership Offers Perfect Start for Newcomers

Racing partnerships are a perfect stepping stone for new enthusiasts to the sport of racing, and a new one is now available that is particularly suitable for newcomers. Former Thoroughbred jockey and professional racing manager Amanda Roxborough has fallen in love with Arabian racing over the last several years, and is now heading up a new racing syndicate called Goldensands Racing that offers a one-year lease on three high-quality racehorses... one of them won over $18,000 last year at Delaware Park! The unique syndicate offers 20 shares at a base fee of just $400/month with a one-time administration fee of $250 (visit for more details), providing all the excitement of Arabian racing without the high costs. Plus, members will receive positive mentorship, education, owner benefits (like back barn access, winners circle photos, owners boxes at the track, and more), and the best part: comradery and fun with new friends through social functions at the track, parties and more!
The syndicate will close at 20 shares. Learn more about the racehorses and the partnership at

Arabians Return to Churchill Downs September 2017

The Arabian Jockey Club recently announced that the $100,000 President of the UAE Cup (G1) will once again return to historic Churchill Downs on September 29, 2018 for its popular "Downs After Dark" day. Join us at the track, or watch the AJC's live broadcast at
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May 19 is Arabian Horse Day!

Join AHA and  Hope Reigns Arabians, LLC. for the 2018  Arabian Horse Day. There will be demonstrations from industry professionals, interactive tables and workshops and ways to get involved with the Arabian horse.

More updates can be found on the Arabian Horse Day   web page and on the Arabian Horse Day Facebook  event page. We look forward to seeing you at Hope Reigns!

Darley Awards HOLLYWOOD 2018 Recognizes the World's Best, Sets New Standards for Arabian Racing


Smyrna, DE - The Darley Awards HOLLYWOOD 2018 once again reached new heights celebrating the best horses and individuals in Arabian racing from both the United States and abroad in a glittering three-day affaire held April 6-8, 2018.
The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards ceremony kicked off the weekend in grand fashion at the historic Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) in Hollywood on Friday evening, April 6. The black-tie affair attracted more than 500 guests from around the world, as well as VIP guests of the United Arab Emirates, Hollywood, and the California Horse Racing Board, who walked the red carpet into the famous theatre. The event marked the 31st Annual USA Darley Awards which honors the best in USA Arabian racing, and the 7th Annual HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies International Awards which honors the best females internationally in the sport of Arabian racing.
Over the course of the three-hour ceremony, the following horses and individuals were named Darley winners in their categories for racing in 2017:
-        RB HOT DATE: Darley 3 Year Old Colt/Gelding of the Year
-        UPTOWN SANDY GIRL: Darley 3 Year Old Filly of the Year
-        RB NASH: Darley 4 Year Old Colt/Gelding of the Year
-        SWEET HONEY AA: Darley 4 Year Old Filly of the Year
-        PADDYS DAY: Darley Older Horse of the Year
-        IVORY SHORES: Darley Older Mare of the Year
-        JOSEPH A OR BETTY J GILLIS: Darley Breeder of the Year
-        JOSEPH A OR BETTY J GILLIS: Darley Owner of the Year
-        JERENESTO TORREZ: Darley Trainer of the Year
-        KEIBER COA: Darley Jockey of the Year
-        PADDYS DAY: Darley Horse of the Year

Two additional new USA Darley Awards were also presented:
-        HENDRIK & LETTIE SMEDING: New Breeder Award
-        LYNN BENNETT: New Owner Award

"The USA Darley awards have always been a consistent representation of the most accomplished leaders of the game in the United States, and this year was no exception," said Ms. Michelle Morgan, Chief Steward of the USA Darley Awards' Arabian Racing Cup (ARC) and owner of Mandolynn Hill Farm in Point Pilot, Texas.
Photo credit Stephanie J. Ruff 

Of particular note, the 7-year-old superstar Paddys Day (Burning Sand x AK Loretta)- who recently became the first Arabian racehorse to reach the million-dollar-mark in earnings - made history yet again when he was named Horse of the Year for the third consecutive year. Never in the history of the Darley Awards has a horse garnered this prestigious title more than twice; Paddys Day did it three years in a row. He is owned and trained by Scott and Lori Powell of Quarter Moon Ranch, who took home four Darley awards that evening.
"What a whirlwind of an evening!" Mrs. Powell exclaimed. "Winning one Darley is an honor of a lifetime, but winning four in one year is unprecedented for us! The icing on the cake was, of course, Paddys Day again making history by his Horse of the Year honors for a third year in a row. Scott and I are so very honored and proud of our magnificent boy."
The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies International Awards have become an annual tradition dedicated to women's issues in the UAE and around the world. These special awards recognize the leading female horses and industry leaders across the globe, and included four USA winners this year. Here are this year's Ladies International Award winners:

-        Best Breeder: BETTY J. GILLIS (USA)
-        Best Professional Jockey: NATALIA HENDZEL (POLAND)
-        Best Amateur Jockey: ALICE BERTIAUX (BELGIUM)
-        Best Apprentice Jockey: ALEXANDRA BIHARI (HUNGARY)
-        Best 3 Year Old Filly: BINT GRIME (MOROCCO)
-        Best 4 Year Old Filly: MUNEERA (FRANCE)
-        Best Older Mare: IVORY SHORES (USA)
-        Best Journalist: EVIE TUBBS SWEENEY (USA)
-        Best TV Presenter: AMANDA ROXBOROUGH (USA)
-        Best Photographer: HEDWIG ALLMUTH (ALGERIA)
-        Best Endurance Rider: PILAR SARAVIA (URUGUAY)
-        Lifetime Achievement Award: VAL BUNTING (FRANCE)

"The 2018 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Ladies International Awards and the USA Darley Awards ceremony were once again together a dazzling affair, and all the winners fully deserved the accolades," said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).

"The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies International Awards in particular has been conferred on some outstanding ladies who have been rock solid in the success of Purebred Arabian racing and its allied events, and the Festival congratulates each one of them," she continued.

It was a truly unforgettable evening that included emotional moments, moving speeches, Walk of Fame interviews by YAS TV, and the deserving recognition of so many in the sport from around the world.
Nearly the entire group of guests headed to nearby Santa Anita Park racetrack on Saturday afternoon for one of the most anticipated and exciting days of the year in USA Arabian racing: the $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stake (G1). Guests enjoyed the lavish surroundings of the track's most privileged VIP area, the Chandelier Room, which provided entertainment, gorgeous food buffets and open bar, private wagering areas, and an elevated view of the finish line. Adding to the excitement was the fact that this day happened to be the track's biggest day of the year, as the big Arabian race also shared the world stage with the $1 million Santa Anita Derby... arguably the West Coast's most important Thoroughbred race of the year and also a key qualifier for the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stake (G1), set against the pink hue of the setting sun that blanketed the San Gabriel Mountains as our backdrop, played out with equal adrenaline to the world stage it was being held on. It was Easter Man under jockey Carol Cedeno that seemed to be the one to beat in the 12-horse field, and he was a nose behind RB Nash ridden by Darley-winning jockey Keiber Cao leading the run down the stretch with Quick Sand AA in hot pursuit. Close to home, Quick Sand AA was driving hard under Sasha Risenhoover on the outside, and it took a photo finish to determine the final order.
The photo gave the verdict in favor of 5-year-old Quick Sand AA (Burning Sand x Triumphs Silkie) and it was the 27-year-old Oklahoma based Rivenhoover's biggest win. Appropriately, the win ales reflected a trifecta of Darley winners from the evening before: Darley Trainer of the Year Jerenesto Torrez and Darley Owners/Breeders of the Year Joseph and Betty Gillis.
Ms. Sawaya reflected on the race. "The icing on the cake was the winning jockey of the Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes for Purebred Arabian horses at Santa Anita Park being a lady - Sasha Risenhoover on Quick Sand AA - a reflection of the support that Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Mother of the UAE extends to women in all fields."
It was a breathtaking day of Arabian racing that not only helped set key rivalries to watch the rest of the year - assuredly among Quick Sand AA, Easter Man, and RB Nash, as well as Paddys Day when he returns from overseas - but also is a significant factor in decisions for next year's Darley winners as well. Guests returned to the weekend's host hotels, the Beverly Wilshire a Four Seasons Hotel and the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel to rest and recuperate before the grand finale event of the weekend, the Gala Dinner at the Beverley Wilshire.
This much-anticipated annual event is the perfect celebratory capstone of the weekend's incredible moments. Elaborate tables boasting gold-lined china and ornate flower artistry set the stage for an evening filled with top Hollywood entertainment talent, a moving presentation of the 5-minute trailer for the documentary "Leg Up" produced by Ladies International winner Amanda Roxborough, and a celebration of all the individuals and organizations who either won awards this weekend or supported the lavish activities guests enjoyed throughout the weekend. The Annual Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Auction, a long-standing tradition as one of the organizations most important fundraisers of the year, was also a huge success, bringing in a total of $52,000. Of note, the highest lot was a $13,000 breeding to Wathba stud's Munjiz, won by Jon & Krista Henningsgard of Uptown Arabians in Waller, Texas.
"We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs for his vision and support through the Festival," said Ms. Sawaya.
For the 7th consecutive year, the Darley Awards HOLLYWOOD 2018 were once again generously sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. The awards weekend seemed to reach new heights once again in its three days of lavish events. And in The Year of Zayed - the 100th birth anniversary of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - t his accomplishment was particularly poignant, and one felt throughout the weekend by all its distinguished guests.
"The year 2018 is being celebrated as Year of Zayed and the year also marks the 100th birth anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE and a passionate promoter of Arabian horses" Ms. Sawaya said. "It was a proud moment when the California Senate commended both the contribution of the Late Sheikh Zayed and also that of the Festival through a resolution presented at the conclusion of the Gala Dinner."
The ARC's Mrs. Morgan shared similar sentiments.
"There isn't a grander celebration of the Arabian racehorse and its people than the Darley Awards," said Ms. Morgan. "And with the generosity and vision-driven nature of Lara Sawaya and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, each year seems to outdo itself once again. This year was no different. It is a continual reminder of how international the sport of Arabian racing really is, and the international ambassador role the Arabian horse continues to play on the world stage. I believe Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan would have been extremely proud to see the grand stage given to the Arabian horse, and it is [the Arabian Racing Cup's] pleasure to play a part in it as we celebrate the best in Arabian racing both in the United States and around the world."
The Darley Awards HOLLYWOOD 2019 will be held April 5-7.
Photo credit Stephanie J. Ruff


Members' Tales
Ever Wanted to Own Your Own Racehorse? 

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Arabian racing world? Well, now you can get involved directly with Arabian race horses and individuals who are crazy about them!

Golden Sans Racing has a thrilling and hands-on opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved with Arabian racing and becoming a part of a growing sport.

A Lease Package Racing Syndicate was started in June of 2017 by Racing Manager-and former jockey and trainer-Amanda Roxborough, to grow the sport and get more people involved.

"I've done this in the past with Thoroughbreds; I wanted to create one directed at the Arabian breed," Roxborough said. "I'm trying to attract people that obviously have a love for horses and horse racing.

How It Works
This syndicate is a three-horse (3) Arabian racehorse lease package. Each share is $500 and the commitment is for one year. If you purchase one share you will own five percent of all three horses. There is a grand total of 20 shares available, which equals 100 percent interest for the three horses. This allows you to get involved and own the horses without the high cost of purchasing a race horse.

According to the web page, members can receive an all-access racetrack pass with an owner's license, including the following opportunities:
  • Visit the backstretch and watch your horse train in the mornings
  • Learn the inside information about racing from the pros
  • Watch your horse be saddled in the paddock and meet the jockeys
  • Enjoy watching races from an owner's box
  • Have your photo taken in the Winner's Circle
  • The chance to earn purse money
  • Weekly Horse Reports with photos and videos to stay informed anywhere
All of the horses are bred by CRE RUN Enterprises and stabled at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

"It's a pretty amazing opportunity that people don't know is here; I really love the sport and I'm happy to get more people involved," Roxborough said. "I really want to get across that for people who are new, it's a very daunting sport to people that don't understand. It's also misunderstood and there are preconceived notions about the sport. My driven goal is to do everything in the highest, most ethical horsemanship way."

She says that like any sport, there are positive and negative individuals and practices happening, but every decision made is to benefit the horses, and that anyone involved will know their horse is treated like a king or queen.
Roxborough's love for racing started in the 80s. She had her first race in 1984 as a jockey and said she fell in love with the sport. In mid-90s when she went to Dubai to work and gallop horses for four seasons.

"I had never sat on an Arabian race horse; in 1995 it was brought to my attention there. I would gallop two or three- out of six horses a day that were Arabians. When I retired I started working in the media production side of racing and I started my own production company."

Roxborough says this is something you can do with family members, and you don't have to be located in a specific area to get involved.

"You don't have to live that close. There are people involved from California, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina. It's a virtual world we live in and everyone gets a link to watch races live," Roxborough said. "Nobody misses out anywhere, that's the beauty of it."

For more information or to get involved contact Amanda Roxborough at 561-222-9300 or at .


If you or another AHA member has a story that you would like to share in the AHA Insider, please email Alleynah Cofas at  with the subject line: Member's Tale Story.