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Double Take


Truly a pedigree built from the ground up...

On the Arabian Side

SAVANA ROSE, Double Take’s dam, is an elegant bay tobiano mare with an exceptional pedigree. She is sired by VANIDIUM, who represents the classic nick of HUCKLEBERRY BEY++ on BALAQUINA, a *BASK++ daughter. An excellent combination - bringing together the best bloodlines Arabian breeding has to offer.

VANADIUM, a pure black Arabian, is a ¾ brother to three-times U.S. National Champion English Pleasure HUCKLEBEY BERRY+ (sire of 23 National winners and the leading living sire of performance winners at the 1998 Canadian National show) and to U.S. Top Ten Park AFIRE BEY V (sire of 17 National winners and just named leading living sire of halter and performance winners at the 1998 Canadian National show). He is also a full blood brother to 1992 U.S. and Canadian Top Ten English Pleasure Junior Horse and 1995 U.S. and Canadian Top Ten English Pleasure AOTR 18-39 BENEVOLENCE V (who is by HUCKLEBERRY BEY++ out of BASQUISETE, a full sister to VANADIUM's dam BALAQUINA).

BALAQUINA, VANADIUM's dam, also produced halter reserve champion CHASE MANHATTANN. She is double-bred to U.S. National Champion Stallion and Park *BASK++, the Arabian breed's all time Leading Sire of Champions, as she is both sired by *BASK++, and foaled out of a *BASK++ granddaughter.

BALAQUINA's dam BASQUISETTE is by U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion and Park *GWALIOR++ out of the *BASK++ daughter BASQUINA++, a Canadian National Champion Mare and U.S. National Champion English Pleasure winner. BASQUINA++'s son BEZIQUE+/ (by *BASK++ and thus a ¾ brother to BALAQUINA) is a U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure JOTR winner. Her daughter BASKABELLE (a full sister to BEZIQUE+/) is the maternal granddam of Canadian Top Ten English Pleasure MAD MAX VF. BASQUINA++ is one of 6 National winners produced by Canadian Reserve National Champion Mare HABINA++.

*BASK++ When it comes to this amazing stallion, the question is where to start! *BASK++ has distinctively set himself apart from all other influential Arabian stallions. With 1,046 registered purebred get, *BASK++ is the Arabian breed's all time Leading Sire of Champions, and he was the leading sire of Arabians for several years after his death. As a sire of broodmares, *BASK++ has over 250 purebred daughters who have gone on to produce National winners themselves - a feat that no other stallion in the breed has ever equaled. *BASK++ was also one of those rare U.S. National Champion Stallions to sire a U.S. National Champion Stallion. *BASK++ left behind an impressive siring record that includes close to 500 champions, of which nearly 200 are National winners. And last but certainly not least, It is estimated that nearly 25% of purebred Arabians registered with AHRA are descended from *BASK++ in some way, often with multiple lines to *BASK++.

In addition to his national halter title, *BASK++ was named U.S. National Champion Park, U.S. National Reserve Champion Formal Combination, and U.S. National Reserve Champion Formal Driving. He was the first Arabian to win National Championships in both halter and performance.

*BASK++ Show Highlights:
1964 US National Arabian Stallion Breeding Champion
1964 Scottsdale Park Champion
1964 Scottsdale Arabian Stallion Breeding Champion
1965 Birmingham Charity Horse Show - Park Champion
1965 Legion of Merit Award
1965 US National Park Champion
1967 5th Annual All Arabian, Region 1 - Park Champion
1967 2nd Annual All Arab Region 2 - Park Champion
1967 US Nationals - Arabian Formal Driving - Reserve
1967 US Nationals - Arabian Formal Combination – Reserve

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VANADIUM's sire HUCKLEBERRY BEY++ is a U.S. Reserve National Champion Futurity Colt and English Pleasure winner, and is one of the breed's all time leading Sire of Champions with 224 champions and 92 National winners. HUKLEBERRY BEY++ is by Canadian National Champion Stallion and U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion BAY EL BEY++, sire of 96 champions, 34 National winners, and 36 producers of National winners. He is still one of the leading sires of halter/performance horses, a sire who truly proved the Arabian's versatility.

HUCKELBERRY BEY++ Show Highlights:
1979 Cal-Bred Futurity Championship (which he won unanimously)
1979 U.S. National Futurities National Reserve Champion
1981 U.S. National Top Ten Stallion
1984 U.S. Reserve National English Pleasure Champion
Also four-time U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure Champion



HUCKLEBERRY BEY++ is out of junior halter champion TAFFONA, dam of 3 champions and 3 producers of National winners. TAFFONA's other National winner producers include HONEYSUCKLE BAY (a full sister to HUCKLEBERRY BEY++ and dam of Canadian Top Ten Country Pleasure and Country Pleasure AOTR HORIZON ONE) and FITZ MARGIE (a ¾ sister to HUCKLEBERRY BE++ and dam of Canadian Reserve National Champion Western Pleasure Junior Horse CA PROTÉGÉ).


HUCKLEBERRY BEY’s sire, BAY EL BEY++, had an impact on Arabians best described by film producer and Arabian owner Mike Nichols: "BAY EL BEY++ changed the Arabian horse in America and then in the rest of the world. He put on long, arched necks that are set on very high. His special combination of intelligence, disposition, size, motion, and type redefined the horses we are breeding. Through his three great sons, Huckleberry Bey, Bey Shah, and Barbary, three great horses who made very different contributions, Bay El Bey has created the Arabian of today. He is not gone and will never be forgotten."

His parents were illustrious: His sire BAY ABI++, a U.S. National Champion Stallion and U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure and Western Pleasure winner. BAY ALBI's first national winners won their titles in the year of BAY EL BEY's birth, and BAY ALBI's final tally of national winning offspring is 24. His dam *NAGANKA, an import from Poland, produced four champions, three of them national winners including BAY EL BEY's full brother MIKADO, a U.S. National Park Champion and sire of national champions in english pleasure and park.

His show career was stellar: He had eight national wins in halter, including 1977 Canadian National Champion Stallion and 1974 and 1976 U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion. He was also a successful english pleasure horse, and was named the 1976 Region 2 English Pleasure Champion. He was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit award in 1976.

His career as a sire was legendary: BAY EL BEY++ sired a total of 441 registered foals, of which 96 are champions and 34 have won national titles. A total of 253 National Winners through 1996 are his direct grandget. Of the 1996 U.S. and Canadian National Leading Halter Sires, five of the ten trace to BAY EL BEY++, as do five of the ten Leading Halter and Performance sires.
BAY EL BEY’s legendary record as a sire is based on his gift for siring breeding stallions. The three most famous are U.S. Reserve National Champion Futurity Colt and English Pleasure HUCKELBERRY BEY++, U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion BEY SHAH, and Canadian Reserve National Champion Park BARBARY (who has a total of seven national titles).

BAY EL BEY++ had a tremendous overall influence on the breed, best described by Greg Gallun of Ventura Farms: "BAY EL BEY++ has had the profoundest effect on the modern Arabian horse. His get and their respective get will continue to dominate both the show arena as well as untold numbers of breeding farms for decades to come. His accomplishments can only be enjoyed by himself and *Bask."

BAY ABI++, (BAY EL BEY’s sire) was his dam's first foal. ANGYL, a U.S. Top Ten halter mare, was 10 years old when bred to ERRABI. A *RAYSSEN daughter, ANGYL was out of the Polish mare *WIERNA, who was by OFIR, and out of KAMEA, a FARYS daughter. This "melting pot" of bloodlines gave BAY ABI++ the best each had to offer, resulting in a superior individual.

“BAY ABI++ was a very powerfully strong breeding horse who seemed able to take the best from the mares and make it better. He was a very correct horse and always produced athletes.”

1962 Unanimous winner of the most sought-after award in the Arabian horse industry - U.S. National Stallion Halter Champion.
U.S. National Top Ten awards in both English and Western pleasure.

BAY ABI++ sired 275 registered Arabians, of which 65 are champions and 24 are national winners. Four were national champions or reserves in halter. Six were national champions in performance. Further, BAY ABI++ get shown at the Nationals consistently won a Top Ten or better award.



On the Andalusian Side

It is said that the crowned heads of Europe dreamed of these horses and coveted them to such a degree that the promise of one was sufficient to bend their political ambitions, to seal alliances, or even cool their warlike passions.

"The Lion of Spain"
16.1hh, PRE Stallion, Imported, Approved in Spain by the Cria Caballar.

Indiano XVIII is a Spanish born treasure, representing the Romero Benitez bloodlines of Spain as both his sire and dam were of that lineage - and through them, he is heavily "Bocado" or "Cartujano" in his ancient and modern origins. This important stallion was twice a Champion in Spain. After his departure for the New World, he was twice Grand Champion in Mexico and Best Movement Champion each time out. In the United States he was the Regional Best Movement Champion in one of only two times he was shown. His Reserve Nation Champion, Best Movement title came at the end of a hard breeding season in California. Sons and daughters of Indiano XVIII are currently winning Gold Medals in Sevilla, Madrid, as well as Mexico, Costa Rica and the USA. He is 16.1 hands tall, with a pearly white coat and thin skin displaying his pure heritage. His beauty, nobility, correctness, type and loose movement must be seen to be believed. His 1997 breeding season was the most successful of any Andalusian horse in the United States. He is now proudly owned by the Indiano Syndicate, available for the approved Spanish mares of the owners of the Syndicate. His foals are being sought after for breeding and show programs throughout the country and in other countries as well. His arrogant bearing and nobility confirm his heavily influenced "Bocado" pedigree. His fine skin and pearly coat tell of the purity of his blood. His loose flowing movements are an electrifying testament to the athletic potential of superb conformation. What a sire he is, this extraordinary personification of the "Pure Spanish Horse".




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