In Memory Of

GRAND SHOWOFF

Grand ShowoffWith 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 very much

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….."



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