Cerridwyn Arabian Sporthorses' breeding program is the culmination of
a life long dream and a great deal of research into the future of the
Arabian horse business, riding and performance trends, and the demographics
of the future horse market--and then how to get there.
It was 1989. I came to the conclusion that by the end of the 1990's the
market for horses would be predominantly female, and the horse sport of
greatest choice would be Dressage. In another leap of instinct
born of 30 years of journalism, public relations and great success in
predicting trends, I projected that the horses for this market would need
to be intelligent, athletic, competitive, willing, loving, and not too
large for the average female rider--beginner or not--to manage. In 1989,
this horse was not being bred in any great numbers and seldom on purpose.
concluded I was going to be among the first to breed this horse and it
would be an Arabian of the old Original Warhorse type that would cross
well with warmbloods. With my son's encouragment (goading was more like
it), and to the derision of my warmblood friends and the upturned noses
of my new Arabian breeder acquaintances, I went looking for my Arabian
Sporthorse Foundation. And found the greatest horse love of my life in
a mare bred by Wayne Newton in 1972. Dervona (Derwisz by Galannie), was
older, but an experienced brood mare as well as a great performer. My
son gave her to me for Mother's Day. (Dervona's story is on the Foundation
the stallion to begin the program was not easy. The modern Arab just didn't
have what I was seeking. I didn't need to hurry. But I found him in the
athletic and beautifully bred AJ Ibn Negatiw being stood by Kit and Sandy
Carpenter. That nick was fabulous. All four of the babies from AJ and
Dervona are the epitome of the modern sporthorse. Two colts and two mares.
Dervatiw Kadyth, grey, and being shown on the Open dressage circuit by
his junior rider and owner, Jane Rangel, is always in the top ribbons.
Dervatiw Gwendlyn, chestnut, is a proven race mare, and now my riding
horse and brood mare. Dervatiw Eowyn, grey, is also having babies for
me, and will soon start her belated dressage and sporthorse career. And
then there is the baby in the family, The Big Red Horse, Dervatiw Gwyddion,
owned by Jean and Dave Peck, and who has just earned all of his points
toward Legion of Honor as a Sporthorse in Hand and in Dressage--in under
six-months of showing.
They aren't the only ones in my program. Eventually two fabulous stallionswith
archival bloodlines came my way. Also older, but still young at heart
and still very fertile. A
Classy McCoy son, Badi Beh Rhum, and another Wayne Newton bred horse,
the *Nabor son WN Winter Park. See the Stallion
page for their stories. And on the upcoming stars,
offspring, and horses
for sale pages you can see the results for yourself, as well as the
other fabulous mares in my mare bands.