An Arabian gelding named Al-Marah Don Quixote (AM Power Raid+++/ x AM Power The Star) was raffled off on Sunday, October 10, on the last day of the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG). Khloe Case, age 6, daughter of Kendall and Lori Case of Waverly, Ohio, won the gelding after kissing her raffle ticket and telling her mother she knew she’d win.
In addition to the new horse, Khloe won a saddle donated by Kentucky Horse Supply and Circle Y Saddlery, a six month supply of Succeed and 10 bags of Pennfield Feed donated by Brumfield Hay and Grain of Lexington, Ky. Professional Arabian horse trainer Martha Murdock of Martha Murdock Stables in Versailles, Ky., coordinated the Arabian horse activities during WEG.
The 7 year-old gelding was donated by Mrs. Bazy Tankersley of Al-Marah Arabians in Tucson, Ariz., the naming sponsor of the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington. Proceeds from the raffle go to youth programs at the nonprofit Arabian Horse Association (AHA), the official breed organization in Canada and the United States headquartered in Aurora, Colo.
“We’re grateful to Bazy Tankersley, Martha Murdock and all the sponsors that made this possible. Khloe has been taking riding lessons and has two very supportive parents. Khloe and Don Quixote will make an excellent pair,” says AHA President, Lance Walters.
“This horse could not have been won by a better person if you hand picked the winner. Khloe and her new Arabian horse will be an ambassador for our breed for many years to come,” adds AHA board member, Dave Daugherty.
Don Quixote underwent endurance training during the last three months in Norristown, Pa. The gelding was kept at Brumfield Hay and Grain in Lexington on October 8 – 10 where he was available for a “meet and greet” for individuals interested in buying a raffle ticket.
A total of 1,497 raffle tickets were sold. Each ticket purchaser received a Ride Arabians T-shirt and four issues of Modern Arabian Horse magazine.
Tankersley leads the United States in breeding Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses and has registered 2,714 foals during her breeding career. She has produced numerous national champions. Her son Mark Miller brought his Arabian Nights act from Kissimmee, Fl., for breed demonstrations during the last week of WEG.