The end of an era, penned by Susan George...
Over 25 years of breeding the Arabian purebred, Simon and I hosted many a showcase at Georgian Arabians, for our delight and audiences who came in their droves to share with us their love of horses. There are many amazing moments to remember; the time when Spirit of Esteem was presented teasing mare SG Isscia in the arena, the handler letting her loose and how incredibly well mannered Spirit was, when I on the microphone was expecting to announce a live covering!!!!
The time when black stallion SG Indigo (always a crowd pleaser) was showing off his magnificent paces while snapping up an entire palm tree in his mouth and holding it high in the air for his glory moment. The quadrille that began so professionally, until Sparky George decided to head in the opposite direction from all others, causing momentary chaos.!! The emotional moments all too many, when Georgian Arabians Foundation mare Luzhana (dressed in authentic Egyptian costume) led her beautiful offspring around the arena, her daughter Boranya then just a foal and all to the music of "Lady in Red"
The little girl from the disabled riding school who fell in love on her visit and the smile on her face when she presented me with a bouquet of spring flowers, a moment I'll never forget. The fun and calamities behind the scenes and all the wonderful support from my team, headed up for years by my stud manager Kate Benson. Our housekeeper Ann and her extraordinary food fare, made to match the season. Nikki, Mandy and Kyle washing and preparing horses for days prior to the event while Gwenda exercised those that were ridden. Simon painting walls and I planting flowers till the day before, all such evocative memories of times gone by.
And the most remembered, when stallion Artist had his 30thbirthday and Simon and I carried out a cake and we all sang. That year I made a tearful speech about Georgian Arabians, the realisation of a dream and how one man's love and support had made everything possible. How could I ever have imagined it would be our last showcase together? So now after 8 years of a journey like no other, I have decided to host one more Georgian Arabians showcase and this to be the last.........
Life, as my friends know has taken on a very different meaning, only recently it has to be said but the positive, I have turned a huge corner with a renewed spirit, and surprising return of my former career. So with already many plans at foot, change has to be the focus.
It’s the hardest decision but I feel in my heart the right one. So please join me at Georgian Arabians for a farewell celebration showcase on Sunday September 16th in support of my charity Lasting Life. We will be offering a unique opportunity to own some of the horses that have given me so much pleasure through the years and my hope that new owners will take pride in all that we have achieved and continue to promote the legacy of Georgian Arabians. This time is by no means the end of an era just the beginning of a new.