First published in The Arabian Breeders’ Magazine Volume I Issue IV July 2017.
Celebrating the Champions – Misunderstood
The beautiful and consistent Anglo-Arab mare Misunderstood has been in incredible form so far this season, with an impressive haul at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Even more impressive is that the mare is produced and shown by her breeder and owner, Angela Brown.
The 2006 Small Hack type mare, sired by Saroukh (Mudassah x Do Black Sarong) and out of My Sister Rachel (Vital Season x Sanber), has been a regular at the top of the lineup in the show-ring from a youngster, debuting at Devon County to take the youngstock and part-bred championships. Five more championships followed that same season, and even more in the following year, including the Supreme Champion honours at Dunster Agricultural Show and a Reserve in the Light Horse section at the AHS Nationals.
As Angela and ‘Mizzy’ stepped up to the ridden game, it was clear the mare was of great calibre and had the mind for the job with a win and reserve championship at the South West Arab Horse Group (SWAHG) to set the tone. Since then, they have toured all of Angela’s favourite shows, bringing home the ribbons and trophies. Her accolades include a British National Anglo Championship, Champion Arab at Royal Cornwall as well as the Queens Cup for the Supreme Light Horse at the show, multiple times Supreme Champion at South West Arabian Horse Group, Champion at Three Counties, and Supreme Champion at Chagford Agricultural Show, as well as excellent placings at the Cherif Championships.
Misunderstood. Credit Sweet photography.
Her seven seasons of showing under saddle have made her one of the most consistent horses on the circuit, as an Arabian derivative, and as a Show Hack and Intermediate. This year Angela and Mizzy won their part-bred class at the Royal Windsor, and took the Reserve Championship of the section. In the Hack ring, they took top honours in the Small Hack class before taking the Hack Championship, Reserve Member Supreme honours and Reserve Overall Supreme of the BSPS category. It really was a fairy tale show for them, but the product of so much hard work and preparation.
Angela says: “I don’t think I have ever pushed Mizzy or over-shown her. She makes me smile every day, whether we are hacking around the block, going on our annual trip to the beach or walking into the showring. Mizzy really is a horse of a lifetime and we’ve such incredible memories together. We have qualified in two classes for the Royal International this year, but we are going to the AHS Nationals as it’s a favourite of ours.
This will be her last season under saddle for a while as I plan to let her have a foal. So this year we are competing at the shows we love; she owes me nothing and I know the last shows I take her to this year will be very emotional regardless of results.”
Words by Angela Browne