The story of Aazari starts many years ago with our purchase
of Rasmara (Gaymet x Radsilla) from Audrey Paul. Rasmara was
a Crabbet/Old English mare who was very correct with enormous
movement and over the years she produced excellent foals; many
winning in the show ring. Until her final foal, for us, Rasmara
had had all boys. So imagine our delight when she produced a
big, beautiful chestnut filly, Mareesah by Mareshal. Rasmara
has since been sold to France and gone on to produce fine Endurance
Lisa and I had always loved Carmargue
and an opportunity arose to lease Arazi, a Carmargue son. Arazi
is a very handsome stallion that anyone would want to own! He
was British National Champion as a yearling, UK International
Champion at two and a class winner at Aachen. Alun Prothero
who bred Arazi also owned his dam First Blush, by Sanadik el
Shaklan. Lisa and I had fallen in love with Blush on a visit
to Aluns. We were smitten with Arazi and jumped at the chance
to lease him.
We decided that Mareesah was the ideal
choice for breeding to Arazi and were very excited when she
tested in foal. Her foal, Aazari arrived unexpectedly early
at about 11.00 am on 23rd March 1998 when Mareesah was grazing
in the field. She wasn’t due and didn’t even have
a bag and seemed very surprised by the event, as we were. She
didn’t know what to make of him! Unfortunately, we very
soon realised that she was becoming antagonistic towards him
and as he struggled to stand she began to kick him. Lisa and
I caught her and led them both into a stable.
The next four days
went by in a blur as Lisa and I took turns staying in
the stable, trying to get Mareesah to accept him. We enlisted
the help of Joanna Vardon at the Foaling Bank who despite
her best efforts could not find a foster mother for him.
We tried every remedy she suggested but eventually had
to separate mother and son as Mareesah was still not showing
any signs of maternal instincts and every time he wanted
to feed we had to protect him from her. By this time,
we were so tired and just could not cope with the situation
Aazari accepted us as his new ‘Mums’.
Things went well and feeding according to plan after we solved
problems with swollen joints which were rectified by halving
the recommended amount of milk powder. Our brood mare, Roxhalia,
who adored foals, came to our assistance and provided all the
love and companionship for the next ten months until he became
too big and coltish.
When Aazari was about 5 months old he
became very ill, running a high temperature with a rasping cough
and was very listless. None of the usual antibiotics would clear
it and eventually tests showed that he was suffering from a
Rhodococcus infection. This is a bacterial infection which is
not easy to diagnose and is uncommon in the UK. It causes abscesses
in both the lungs and abdominal lymph nodes and can also cause
ulceration of the bowel. No wonder the poor little lad was feeling
so low. Treatment is difficult but in this case it eventually
responded to a three month course of antibiotics normally prescribed
for humans. Yet another stressful time! Many months and a 1500
pound vet’s bill later he began to improve. Our vet, Chris
Pearce was marvellous throughout this worrying time and without
his expertise and dedication the result could have been a very
sad and premature end to our lovely colt. By this time we were
beginning to realise how very beautiful Aazari was and felt
that if we could only get him well we may have something very
special to show in 1999.
SANADIK EL SHAKLAN
His very first show in 99 was the Wessex
Spring Show and he thrilled us by becoming the Junior and Overall
In Hand Champion. His next shows proved equally successful with
1st and 2nds and Championships throughout the year. The best
moment of the year, for us, was his 1st placing at Malvern and
Reserve Best yearling. He was shown during that year by my daughter
and Emma Maxwell. All the successes we had that year and all
the lovely comments from friends and acquaintances made all
the worry and heartache we had encountered in the first few
months of his life seem worthwhile.
Photo By Pleasure Prints
Aazaria as a Yearling
From that time on Aazari has never looked
back. We realised that we had to place him in the hands of a
trainer who would not only be kind and loving to him, but bring
the best out in him and also be able to run!!! Being hand reared
he has only every known kindness and that could not change.
We decided that the right person for him, if he would take him
on would be Rod Jones. We were very fortunate because Rod said
yes, and so his partnership with Rod started from that time
and has never altered . They are a pair and people recognize
them as such. Aazari is a very big moving stallion and Rod loves
to run with him, they are poetry in motion together.
Photo By Pleasure Prints
Aazari & Rod Jones
The successes and Championships just
increased. He has never been less than 1st at Malvern culminating
in British National Champion at 4, which was a tremendous feeling
for us and very emotional. He had also been Futurity Champion
at 3. UK International Junior Champion at 3 and was UK International
Senior Champion Reserve at Towerlands as a four year old. What
else could he do for us. Full show results can be seen on our
Photo By Sweet
Photo By Sweet
Junior Male Champion Towerlands
He has not been shown since the age
of four. We decided that his stud duties for the next few years
must take president over showing. His first crop of foals, 5
in all, appeared on the show scene 2 years ago. All five were
in the rosettes and so many comments came our way regarding
how much they looked like their sire. Three of them were fillies,
Aazaria, bred by ourselves, Aazadia and Rizaari bred by clients.
They brought such joy this year when they won the Sire Produce
Group for us and Aazari. How proud we were that day. So he could
do something else for us.
Photo By Sweet
Photo By Sweet
At 6 years old Aazari with his first
crop of foals has won the Sir Produce Group . Is he the youngest
stallion in England to have done this?
His foals this year are yet again beautiful.
With studs such as Harwood Arabians, a very old established
stud having a lovely colt by him. Sandpiper Arabians have a
beautiful filly . In total this year he has had 5 fillies and
4 colts. We ourselves have 2 beautiful fillies Aazurra ex Dashan
and Aazekah ex Bey Sheba. One of these fillies we will unfortunately
have to sell., as numbers must be kept small at the moment due
to other commitments.
x Bey Sheba
Aazaria now aged two and owned by Sandy
Lugrin although bred by ourselves pleased us all by being joint
first at the UK International Towerlands this year. Both had
89.2 points, Aazaria being placed second as she had one less
point for type.
Hugh and Michelle Segre of Phoenix Arabians
have leased Aazari during the 2004 season having 16 mares tested
in foal to him. Two of these mares are British National Champions
, Jammillah by their own stallion Djammal owned by Jo Woodward
and their own mare Pjatakova. Hugh and Michelle have asked to
lease him again next year, which we have agreed to.
Aazari has proved to be a very prepotent
stallion passing on himself, Betty Finke wrote of him in the
"The yearling classes are always
most interesting as they mark the debut of young sires, and
this year was no exception. Besides Ruger AMW, other promising
yearlings seen in the ribbons were by Kordelas, recent imports
Ventican and Psyche's Spirit. The most remarkable debut, however,
must have been that of last year's National Champion Stallion
Aazari. Aazari, who descends from Carmargue and El Shaklan on
his sire's side and from entirely Crabbet-Old English breeding
on his dam's, is remarkable in himself in that he is a horse
of very distinctive type and colour who does not resemble either
of his parents at all. His entire first foal crop - two colts
and three fillies - were at the Show, and the most striking
aspect about these yearlings (apart from the fact that they
were all in the ribbons) is that with just one exception, they
resemble their sire so closely that they might have been cloned!
The moment you saw one of them coming, even from a distance,
you knew exactly who the sire had to be. It looks as if Aazari
is one of those rare individuals (FS Bengali is another example
to come to mind, also El Shaklan) who represent very much their
own type and are capable of reproducing it as well."
Aazari is 72 per cent Crabbet something
we are very proud of, with such wonderful sires as Bright Shadow,
Dancing King, Fari II , Dargee and Skowronek to name but a few
on the Crabbet side. Aazari can also boast the blood of the
very prepotent stallions Carmargue , El Shaklan and Bask. How
can he fail to be prepotent himself?
We have been asked many times when will
he be shown again. He will be back, watch this space.....
Joan & Lisa Culnane.
Joan Culnane (Back in UK Dec 04)
9 Rani Close , Jamboree Heights , Brisbane
Mrs Lisa Smith
The Warren, Birch Road, St Ives, Ringwood
Hampshire BH24 2DA England