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post #11 of 18 Old 03-07-2016, 08:50 AM
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Sheila actually bred Huckleberry Bey (Bay el Bey X Taffona) and stood him and showed him and he's buried on her property.
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post #12 of 18 Old 03-07-2016, 12:23 PM
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That's very sad.
I 'discovered' her some years ago and was really impressed with both her riding skills and her untiring efforts to promote breeding and training the Arabian horse to be a useful all round riding horse and not just a pasture ornament
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-07-2016, 02:28 PM
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I got teary eyed watching this.
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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-08-2016, 09:40 AM
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I worked for Sheila one year at Scottsdale and we bred a mare to Huck when he was just starting out. I've been out of Arabians for YEARS, but came across her Caring Bridge site last year.....was so very sad to hear that she had passed. My husband is not sure why I'm so devastated over the passing of someone I hadn't talked to or thought much about in years, but she had an enormous impact on the young horse crazy girl that I was at the time, I wanted to be just like her! The world is a darker place without her in it.
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-08-2016, 10:21 AM
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She was the inspiration for me to start showing & continuing to show my Arab mare in reined cow horse. She was not only barrier breaker in many ways, she exemplified GOOD horsemanship while doing it. She will definitely be missed ... RIP Shelia ...
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post #16 of 18 Old 03-08-2016, 01:46 PM
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Very sad news, I send my heart out to her family, friends and those who were touched by her expertise. I could use her guidance as I'm interested in Arabians...thankfully her pain is no longer. God bless her.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-08-2016, 03:02 PM
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Back when I had an Arabian I was utterly entranced by her horses, and got to meet Desperado V. She was a pioneer, an amazing horsewoman, and will be missed.
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-08-2016, 10:54 PM
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My Charm's sire is Monarch V, by Huckleberry Bey. So Varian horses are close to my heart and though I never met her, I've never heard a bad thing about her and her record stands for itself. So sad.. but what a wonderful legacy!

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