am sure that others dealing with more horses could better
address the "business of stallions." However, we would like
to share some of the things we feel are important in making
a decision to keep and stand a stallion," says Jim Maroney.
"A stallion must, first and foremost, have the personality
to be a stallion. He must not fuss and worry because he is a
stallion and he must take comfort in his living situation.
He must accommodate the resources of his humans - if they
can only afford an electric fence for him, he must respect
an electric fence. Secondly, a stallion should have enough
to contribute in beauty, structure, and talent to make the
extra management considerations worth the trouble and
expense. Third, and finally, the stallion must demonstrate a
capacity to sire those qualities for which he is admired.
"At Ennistymon we place an emphasis on having a lovely
setting in which to admire the horses. We have a monkey,
some camels, an aviary, and a fishpond to enhance the
experience of coming to the farm. Horses that are
compatible with camels can generally learn to navigate a
trail class. We also prefer that the horses be "ears up"
and affectionate with all humans, so there are always
plenty of carrots on hand for the many groups that come
to the farm to learn about the animals. We have had
school classes, 4-Hers, clubs, elder hostel
participants, scouts, foreign exchange students, and
horse lovers come to the farm in the last year and we
were gratified by their appreciation of the beauty and
gentle nature of our horses.
Both Sensational Bey (Bey Shah x TW Forteyna) and KS
Beywatch (Sensational Bey x KS Siroune), 1998 U.S. National
Top Ten Futurity Colt, are real hams during presentations.
Both are animated, elegant, powerful, and athletic when
their turned loose to "do their thing."
They are also kind and responsive horses who are compatible
with each other.
"Sensational Bey has
proven to be a marvelous sire with a high
percentage of champions in both halter and
performance. Not only did Beywatch go Top Ten in
1998, but Bey Sensation (Sensational Bey x
Spring Symphony ASB) was Canadian Reserve
Champion Half-Arabian Mare Stock/Hunter, and the
evening before she went U.S. National Top Ten
Half-Arabian Mare, she was named 1998 U.S.
Reserve National Champion Half-Arabian Hunter
Pleasure Junior Horse. Beywatch is at Stachowski
Farms where he is being prepared for performance
in the English division. He will stand there for
the 1999 season. His semen ships very well.
"Sensational Bey, whose semen does not ship
well, does just fine settling mares by natural
cover (which he likes a lot better anyway). The
limited amount of stalls we have at Ennistymon
sets a natural limit on the amount of mares
Sensational Bey can breed. That will hopefully
enhance the value of his foals.
"At Ennistymon, we try to be very honest when
evaluating and pricing horses. We point out the
negative qualities as well as the positive. We
appreciate those in the Arabian business who
treat us with the same candor. Ralph Sessa and
Cory Soltau of Blackhawk Valley have been very
honest and helpful over the years. Jim and Peter
Stachowski have been similarly forthright and
productive for us. Our experience with the
Gallun-Heathcott team was very positive and John
Rannenberg of Rohara Arabians was cordial and
helpful at the U.S. Nationals. Wendi Snook has
done a super job with our performance horses. We
have also had some bad experiences in this
business and we will not participate in the "win
at all costs" mentality.
"We invite everyone to come visit Ennistymon and
enjoy our horses. We always know where there is
a good horse for sale, but we really like to
share the Arabian experience with others."
Oswego, New York 13126