the deepest of regrets we announce the sudden passing of
Grand Showoff (Grand Challenger x Honey) on July 16, 2003
due to complications from colic. Showoff will be sadly
missed by his caretaker and best friend Marylou Yuskiewicz
as well as all of us who had the pleasure to know him. We at
Fox Meadow Farm (The Yuskiewicz Family) miss and love you
At age 26, Showoff, a Half-Arabian Palomino gelding appeared
to be the picture of health. He possessed the true Arabian
spirit and a joy for life that would be envied by horses 10
years his junior. The mutual respect and love shared by
Showoff and Marylou was clearly evident at all times.
Together they exhibited a true bond of horse and human both
in and out of the showring.
Showoff had a long and successful show career competing in
the NYPEA and Arabian Show Circuits. His versatility in the
showring was evident in: Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunter
Pleasure, Reining, County English Pleasure, Native Costume,
Leadline and Walk-Trot.in both Open and Amateur classes.
From the littlest Leadliner to the professional rider -
everyone had a "one in a million" ride.
"Grand Showoff the name so perfect too, versatility, beauty
and presence known by few, To be a golden Palomino, so
special to view, Tis true, Trigger had nothing on you, said
Rebel View Acres (The Parizek Family).
A note from Mr.
Jim Maroney (owner of Sensational Bey, Oswego, NY):
I have been breeding Arabian horses since 1974. I showed
horses for PEG HARRIS, who owned GRAND CHALLENGER sired by
AL-MARAH GRANDEE. Time passed and I went on to show many
horses that were champions at class A, Regional and even the
national level. The stallions that stood at my farm were
successful both as show horses and as sires. I began to have
the managers of open shows request that I judge their shows.
It was at one of these shows that I first met GRAND SHOWOFF,
who was sired by GRAND CHALLENGER . All I could think when I
first saw him was that he was virtually the perfect horse.
He first appeared in a halter class, looking like a three
year old stallion. In fact, he was a twenty year old gelding
at the time. He had a lovely head, an upright and
clean-throated neck, a short back and a smooth topline. His
legs were clean and correct and he had that presence that
only special horses have. Needless to say, SHOWOFF was my
Champion that day, I was stunned to find out that he was
over twenty years old . He certainly was well represented by
his name. SHOWOFF was a dear friend to his loving owner
MARYLOU. Through some very tough times for her, SHOWOFF was
a bastion of strength, always there to be beautiful and
charismatic and to make some of her losses seem less
painful. Alas, when MARYLOU regained her emotional strength,
SHOWOFF seemed to know that it was time for him to depart.
He left us with his beauty and presence uncompromised and
with a legion of fans, myself included, who were better off
for knowing this magnificent horse that was always an
inspiration to those who saw him and a great friend to those
who loved him.
Thank you to Dr. Amy Leibeck of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic
of Scottsville, NY for her expert care in the 15 years we
have owned him.
Thank you to Maureen Quillin, Lisa Guran and Dawn Wedgewood
for your riding expertise.
"God looked around his garden and He found an empty place.
He looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face. He
put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden
must be Beautiful, he always takes the Best. It broke our
hearts to lose You but you didn't go alone, for part of us
went with you the day God took you home. Forever loved And
missed, always in our hearts….."