Blue Gem Farms
Blue Gem Farms
I think I was born with horse crazy fever as Horses were always on my mind as a child, but the love of the Arabian was instilled into me from my oldest sister as I was growing up,
who use to raise and show Arabians with Ann Seymour .
One of the greatest Arabian that first caught my heart, was when I read the wonderful book called "King of the Wind" a story of the Godolphin Arabian, written by Marguerite Henry, and of course we can't forget all the books and adventures of the "Black Stallion" written by Walter Farley, You might think oh good grief another dreamer.. but aren't all breeders dreamers
For many years I helped others breed their horses or took care or built back up their farms and some of the ways things were being done made me really look at what was happening in today’s world -- over the years too many have taken the Arabian horse and turned it into a fad, looking for that perfect dish face but totally forgetting about the rest of the body. Those around me say Arabians are flighty horses, hard to manage and can’t do things. I wanted to show that the Arabian horse when bred correctly – not bred just because I can – will produce a great all-around horse that can do anything
The breeding philosophy?
I have to look at the stallion and the mare and be truly honest with myself on the faults of each horse, as no individual is truly perfect even though breeders strive hard for perfection. I look to see if each horse will fix any of those faults or if they will make them worse. And then I study the pedigree. I learned in my lifetime that one must go back more than 4 or 5 generations because the unforeseen can suddenly pop up out of nowhere. I don’t want an Arabian that just stands there and looks pretty all its life. I want to make an Arabian that works and that process starts from the ground up, for the feet and the legs are the foundations to the rest of the horse. So, I strive to make the all-around horse. I strive to make sure that my goal aims towards the future of the breed; I don’t just breed because I can.
Know the difference between the fad and the reality of the breed. Don’t ever breed for the fad. Breeding to improve type, movement, temperament, conformation and health must be the bottom line for every committed breeder. You must leave the breed in better shape than it was when you came upon it.
The Arabian Horse, A Journey into a Fascinating World