Breeding a Better Tomorrow
Hennessey Arabians - Breeding A Better Tomorrow
by RIYAN RIVERO
(for the Arabian Horse Times - April 2017)
Hennessey Arabians’ level of commitment to the Arabian horse is no secret to the community as a whole, but for those who have come to know Frank Hennessey and farm manager, George Z, commitment takes on a whole new meaning. Everything they do is evidence that they exist to nurture, cultivate, honor, respect and share their infectious love for the Arabian horse with the world.
Since 2007, the 93-acre farm in Ocala, Fla., has been evolving into a haven where the Arabian mares of the farm, along with their foals, dictate the environment in which they live. They work tirelessly to fulfill their mantra, “A Horse for Every Home – A Home for Every Horse”. Their mission is to provide the world with the highest quality Arabian horses available anywhere in the world today, at any level a horse enthusiast wishes to be involved. “We never believed the Arabian horse could make such a difference in our lives, but it has. Of all our commitments, nothing provides us with more pleasure than being on the farm,” shares Frank. “Because they give us so much in return, it is impossible for us to contain our enthusiasm.” As a result, they maintain an open door policy and allow visitors from all over the world to come and discover what has so beautifully changed their lives.
Their passion for breeding quality has led them to great success, especially in Region 12, their home region. 2016 marked the second year in a row that Hennessey Arabians was awarded the coveted Spotlight Breeder of Distinction. This award is a special honor for breeders as it is calculated by the success and accomplishments of the horses a given breeder has produced, rather than by ‘popular’ vote, as in many other award programs within the breed. The horses that have competed in the Region 12 Spotlight program include both halter and performance horses. Hennessey-bred Spotlight Futurity Champions include (to name a few):
• H Pepper H - Champion Western Pleasure Horse
• H Samba H - Champion Yearling Filly
• H Magic Mobility H - Champion English Pleasure Horse
• H Diyas H - Top Five Country English Pleasure
• H Amour H – Reserve Champion Hunter Horse
• H Entuition H - Champion 2-Year-Old Filly
These represent a small percentage of the number of horses that have successfully competed in nearly every division of the Spotlight Futurity over the years. The Hennessey Spotlight success begins with the quality horses bred by Hennessey Arabians, and is supported by a team that works overtime to ensure its success. From the early days of halter breaking by farm workers Jose and Adela, to the more advanced training and conditioning at Wilson Training Center, both in-hand by Mike Wilson and under saddle by Peri Wilson, Hennessey-bred horses are nurtured and transformed into champions that the entire team is proud to represent.
Hennessey Arabians also strives to support the success
of their friends, colleagues and new owners of Hennessey-bred horses. They encourage and offer valued friendship to all they come in contact with. Over the years, George Z has become famous for his ability to entertain and host fantastic gatherings. His crab cakes are coveted year round by all who have been lucky enough to enjoy them.
Though Hennessey Arabians is home to primarily broodmares and their foals, two stallions currently owned are H Mobility H and Jaipur El Perseus. H Mobility H has been everything they hoped he would be for the show and breeding program. Mo’s performance titles began in 2009 when he was named U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Futurity horse. Over the past four years, he has been named Regional and Scottsdale Unanimous Champion English Pleasure multiple times. As quoted by Dr. Jim Alderson DVM, Director of W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center at Cal Poly Pomona, “H Mobility H has been incredibly consistent in producing top quality foals for us. He passes on the exact traits needed to produce outstanding English type horses. The foals we have by him are beautiful, athletic, have long upright necks, and tons of trot!” Mo stands at Trowbridge’s Ltd. under the nurturing care of Mary Trowbridge.
The program is celebrating tremendous success with Jaipur el Perseus as well, especially in the international circuit. Jaipur's sire, Perseus el Jamaal is the super sire and son of three-time national champion and legendary Ali Jamaal. Jaipur is the most look-a-like son of his mother, known as the queen of Brazil, Jullye el Ludjin. His priceless genotype and extravagant phenotype, has made him the perfect choice to add exotic beauty and extreme type to today's show ring. Jaipur has produced multiple halter champions both in the U.S. and abroad. He currently stands at Christine Jamar’s, Jadem Arabians in Belgium.
Whether you are inspired to own, breed, show, or simply enjoy the lifestyle, Hennessey Arabians is a destination not to be missed. Plan a visit. You’ll be glad you did!
Special guests, Dynasty Arabians of China
Photo taken at a dinner hosted by "master entertainer', George Z in Scottsdale (2017)