WHAT IS A CRANE ARABIAN
Our story of our interest in the Crane Arabians started because we were looking for something different. We had done the
Show ring, and Eqyptian Breeding, and were wanting something special. We saw too many poorly conformed Arabians even in
the Show ring. So if it was possible that we could make a difference doing something for the betterment of a cause, and still do
Arabians, and what we liked, then we were interested! We had always had a fondness for the non-profit organization Al Khamsa.
We learned about the group after buying one of our first horses. What we found so refreshing about the group was all the
informative learning information it offered. When we became a member, we received in the mail, the publication, The Khamsat.
Upon our first read we loved it. It was so much more than the junk photo magazines we were subscribed too. It had REAL articles!
And not just about the most common or popular show ring winner. Gone were the pages, upon pages, upon pages of photo ads.
There was some actual content here.
Since the group is non-profit they are all about research and learning. A new world had been opened up and we dove
right in. Since my first two Arabians were mere pups, we had a couple years before I would be riding, so
we read up on everything we would need to know about training them, attended tons of Clinics, and learned all about the
bloodlines and what makes an actual Arabian.
In the world of AK we learned all about our original imports. All imports that came into the US, were viewed and researched.
From there all imports that were known to be pure Arabian were recorded as Al Khamsa Arabians. Now what
constitutes a ‘pure Arabian’? There are many definitions. Heck, we started out with two Arabians and found that only one
qualified as AK. Yet we had two Arabian Horse Registry of America titles. So what gives?
Al Khamsa uses the definition of the actual people who bred the Arabians – the Bedouins. The Bedouins were extremely strict in their
breeding practice. Since there are horse passages in the Koran, horses were taken very seriously. Their environment, their standards,
their harshness produced an amazingly hearty horse. We had read fascinating diaries of Europeans who had visited these horses and
how they wanted some because of their amazing strengths. So we like history. And we learned that the Europeans brought back
Arabians in order to improve their local breeding programs. We think that we can all learn from history. To learn why AK Arabians are
so amazing, please read AK Arabians. You might realize why so many people think they are special.
HOW WE ACQUIRED THE CRANES
We used to correspond with a really wonderful person named Carol Lyons – and also an entire group of Arabian enthusiasts back
when list serve groups were the means of communication. Carol was an encyclopedia of information when it came to knowing all about
Arabian bloodlines and history. She helped us into owning Crane Arabians because she knew we were looking for a special project. We
had done the typical Egyptian breeding and Show Ring stuff and were in need of something more - something special. She,
herself, was involved with Doyle Arabians, but she said if you really want to help the breed, go find the Cranes! She gave us some
leads and after heavy studying, poking, and thought, we purchased 2/4 of the last living AK Crane Arabians left alive in the United
States. The Crane Element within Al Khamsa is the rarest element there is. It needs supporters!
The Cranes started out right, and their blood can still be found outside of AK mixed with
some great lines, but it hardly survived pure within AK. This can happen before you know it.
Over the years these horses ended up in “collectors” hands that absolutely did them no good.
We all know the stories of too many horses, auctions, un-papered horses….It is a shame
when this happens to good horses.
And good they were. When the old Stallion, Naiyir La Tisa stepped off his traveling Van we just
wanted to cry. What a great old guy, a beautiful long neck, a well balanced body, big bones and
the strength of all the old blood that the Bedouins bred for. And yet we knew he would only be with
us for a short time. You see, we knew Naiyir was dying.
In a way he reminded us of a Thoroughbred, but that might have been his age. Yet he had a certain
refinement that said, I am Arabian, and I am something special. He lasted a mere 2 weeks with us
before he had to be put down for cancer. We tried to chemically collect him with Texas A&M
but the cancer made the semen unviable. It was very sad to see the old man go knowing the
special secret he had in him that very few were privileged to see.
His daughter Favaras Sabrina came with him and it is her legacy that still lives on at
Callegari. We have two daughters of Sabrina that are now within breeding age,
Cale La Tisa (named after her daddy) and Cale Noor Al Amar (light of the moon).
Sabrina, like her father, was a solid mare with amazing bone and body. She also had a
certain look to her that said I am beautiful, independent and confident. She had a very
pretty face. Her daughters have all of the strengths of their mother. A son of Sabrina’s,
Tessorio, was sold to a lady and later she acquired Sabrina also. Sadly Sabrina died
before having another foal.
THE NEXT GENERATION
We finally have a first generation, full Callegari baby out of Cale La Tisa and Cale Thee Xtreme. He is a spectacular chestnut colt,
Cale Xcellenc, who is un-faultable and very pretty. You will love the cross of Xtreme on these gorgeous old blood lines. If you are
interested in joining us and becoming a Crane owner and supporter we welcome your inquiry! Both Tisa and Maggie are
breedable age now and can be leased. They are also getting ready for their performance carreers.
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