purchased our first registered Arabian mare from the U.S. Remount
Station at Kellogg's, Pomona, California in 1947 ~ Diana (Farana x
Hazzadina). This mare was in foal at the time and produced Rommel sired by
*Lotnik on March 8, 1948. She was then bred to Ramah
and produced Capri in 1949 (photo at left). In 1949 we purchased our second Farana
daughter, Luna out of the mare Kehefe, again from the Remount
Station at Pomona, California [W.K. Kellogg Ranch].
In 1947 we purchased two Arabian mares from Dr. Claude Steen of La Brea,
California. Ma Ahla (Sahiby x Ghrazal) (photo at
right) was in foal to Al Farabi at the
time of purchase and produced Al Sirat, foaled in 1948. She was
then re-bred to Bataan and produced Ta An Ahla, in 1949. The
other mare we bought was Murtah (Sanad x Carshena). Her first registered
foal was Witar, foaled 1950, by the imported stallion *Witez II.
In 1979 we have standing at stud Rahmoun (Rahas
x Mounigha) owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Hearst Jr., New York, N.Y. and
Holy Smoke (Courier x Katherine).
This year  we have eight mares that are producing foals. The
largest number of mares we had in production was 24 in 1974 (figures
taken from annual Stallion Report forms).
We have produced three
Bint Diana (Rahmoun x Diana), National Futurity Champion Mare
Katherine (Rahmoun x Rose of Tra Lee), U.S. National Top Ten Mare
Pico Moon (Asil Altair x Mounigha), U.S. National
Top Ten Trail 1977.
We also produced
1978 Legion of Merit winner Rahmouns Lancer (Rahmoun X Rose of Tra
Here are a few other important wins:
Rose of Tra Lee (Rommel
x Murtah), champion mare (photo above). We showed this mare to many wins for a period
of nine years, and she produced a foal each year of her show career.
(Al Sirat x Diana), many early wins; injured as a two-year-old and
retired to broodmare band.
Austine (Rahmoun x Diana), champion
mare (photo at left taken as Harry Harness
accepts the winning trophy for Austine's being named Show Champion Mare
at the Las Vegas, Nevada All-Arabian Show, April 1963).
Rahmouns Sierra (Rahmoun x Sierra Dawn), reserve champion
Bluchip By Altair (Asil Altair x Zamajwas
Rahmoun (Rahas x Mounigha), winner of the largest
get-of-sire class we are aware of ~ 15 entries of three horses each (San
Fernando Show at Santa Barbara, 1968). He won it with Katherine, Bint Diana,
and Jani Moun.
Karen By Altair (Asil Altair x Zamajwas
Nanni), High Point Award winner western pleasure in open showing by
Tammy Thalmayer ~ we are proud of Tammy and her accomplishments in
promoting the Arabian in the open shows against all breeds.
our stallions, we purchased Asil Altair (Rafferty x Afara) from Alice
Payne as a weanling in 1959. He was 68 3/4% *Raffles breeding and we
bred him to Rahmoun daughters very successfully.
Baha x Tahir) was leased by us for three years, getting some excellent
sons and daughters. He was, among many other wins, Canadian national
Champion Park Horse. He fit well into our breeding program as his
bloodlines were similar to those of Rahmoun but not too close.
(photo at left) was the last registered get of Rahas, one of the very successful
early-day sires of action horses. We have leased Rahmoun since 1960. He
has sired many champions at halter and performance and is hale and
hearty at age 24.
Our breeding program has been based on breeding
Arabians with type, substance and uniformity. We have bred six
generations of purebred Arabians with many lines going back to Mesaoud,
Skowronek, and Farana.
These Arabians have beautiful dispositions, are sound and strong, with
excellent feet and legs, extremely deep heart firths, well-sprung rib
cages, beautiful heads and long necks. When you look at these Arabians
you know they are purebred Arabians ~ they fit the description of
Arabian type and conformation as specified in the AHSA Rule Book:
Arabian Division. Through the use of Rahmoun as a sire, and the mare
Nanni (*Zamal x *Rajwa
~ both imported from the Arabian desert by Sunical Land and Livestock
Dept. of Hearst Magazines Inc. in their Importation
of 1947, we added a very important source of blood to our program.
think there is a place for the small Arabian breeders today provided
they have a goal of breeding top quality Arabians and the courage to
stay with their goal and not get involved with whatever source of
imported blood happens to be in vogue at the moment. They should plan to
keep the top third of the fillies for replacement mares.
many years of breeding Arabians we have enjoyed our horses and the many
friends we have come to know through association with the Arabian horse
and those who own and love them.
I strongly feel that letting a
young boy or girl have an Arabian horse to work with and enjoy is the
best possible incentive for that youngster to grow into a son or
daughter the parents can be proud of. I have never known a youngster
interested in an Arabian horse who has been a juvenile delinquent.
you for the opportunity to participate in this [Centennial] issue."
and Katy Harness