Sunday, 15 December 2019
The Arabian Magazine
Home Archive Derivatives with Talent

Derivatives with Talent

Derivatives with Talent

Words by Janet Turner

Introducing my homebred part-bred Arab mare, Semper Fay. Fay is eight years old and she is the third filly out of my Old English/Crabbet mare Silver Shareen (Gerizim x The New Dawn). Her sire is the very successful small thoroughbred stallion Groomsbridge May I (Makbul x Enamour VII). He was local to me at the time I used him and I have to admit that was the main reason I did so. It meant that I could walk the mare to him as she is a very bad loader. As it turned out, I chose very well! May I has produced some very talented offspring competing in all spheres.

Fay is a real character; just ask anyone who knows her, she is cheeky, naughty, hyperactive and very funny at times. She has several nick names at home, including ‘Duracell Bunny’ for her endless energy, and ‘Clockwork Orange’. But for all her antics, there isn’t a nasty bone in her body.

Semper Fay and Clare Wilson (Photo By JayPhotos).

She was shown successfully as a youngster but as she got older she found showing far too amusing. She was broken to ride but, unfortunately, soon afterwards she injured a tendon in her fore leg in a field accident. The injury was operated on, which resulted in a long period of recuperation. Luckily the tendon healed well so a brave sole was sought to start her ridden career again. Her sharpness has tested my confidence since then, almost to breaking point, but I do now really enjoy riding her.

Janet on Semper Fay (Photo By Cat Down).

Last year I introduced her to jumping under the expert guidance of Clare Wilson who is a lovely rider. This season she has successfully competed in four one day events and produced double clears (show jumping and cross country) in three of them. Fay even placed second in her second attempt at 90cm. It gives me enormous pleasure to see Clare and Fay flying around the cross country and I think that is her favourite phase.

Fay also loves fun rides and endurance rides. I am mindful of her leg so I don’t do big mileages with her, but we enjoy our outings together and get to ride in some beautiful countryside here in Somerset and the surrounding counties.

Of course, I would love to breed a foal from her one day, but to date I am yet to find a stallion suitably and sufficiently ‘chilled out’ to marry her with. But I’m keeping my eye open, and one day perhaps Fay will be a mum. For now though, she is a true all round sporting part-bred Arabian! 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Zagrobla 1994 – 2019

Fans of the Polish Arabian are in mourning once more as the amazing Polish mare Zagrobla has passed away at the age of 25....

RG Karat and RG Kalif win races celebrating the 48 years of the UAE

Two horses from breeder Cláudio Roberto Guimarães Ribas win the last races of the 2019 Brazilian racing calendar On Saturday 30 November, the Sheikh Sultan...

The Girl with the Jumping Arabs – The Eleventh Hour

Despite being the penultimate month of the year, November proved that 2019 was far from finished with a number of experiences and activities to...

The Greatest Show on Earth – Scottsdale 2020!

Plans are being finalised to make the 2020 running of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show the best yet, confirming its name of the greatest...

15 Years of… World Champions

As The Arabian Magazine celebrates 15 years this winter, we thought it would be interesting to share the last 15 years of World Champions...
error: Content is protected !!