The end of an era, penned by Susan George...
Over 25 years of breeding the Arabian purebred, Simon and I hosted many a showcase at Georgian Arabians, for our delight and audiences who came in their droves to share with us their love of horses. There are many amazing moments to remember; the time when Spirit of Esteem was presented teasing mare SG Isscia in the arena, how she got away from the handler and how incredibly well mannered Spirit was, presented with a mare running rings around him and I remeber my commentatiing words. "That I might soon be saying, this live covering is coming to you from Georgian Arabians!!!!"
The time when black stallion SG Indigo (always a crowd pleaser) was showing off his magnificent paces while snapping up an entire palm tree in his mouth and holding it high in the air for his glory moment. The quadrille that began so professionally, until Sparky George decided to head in the opposite direction from all others, causing momentary chaos.!! The emotional moments all too many, when Georgian Arabians Foundation mare Luzhana (dressed in authentic Egyptian costume) led her beautiful offspring around the arena with foal at foot SG Boranya and all to the music of "Lady in Red"
The little girl from the disabled riding school who fell in love on her visit and the smile on her face when she presented me with a bouquet of spring flowers, a moment I'll never forget. The fun and calamities behind the scenes and all the wonderful support from my team, headed up for years by my stud manager Kate Benson. Our housekeeper Ann and her extraordinary food fare, made to match the season. Nikki, Mandy and Kyle washing and preparing horses for days prior to the event, while Gwenda exercised ridden horses. Simon painting walls and me running ragged planting flowers and making final touches the day before, all such evocative memories of such special times gone by.
A best of best memory in 2010 when our renownedly famous stallion Artist turned 30 and Simon and I carried out a cake and we all sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY. That year I made a tearful speech about Georgian Arabians, the realisation of a dream and how one man's love and support had made everything possible. How could I ever have imagined what was to be.....
Life, saw irrevicable change after loosing Simon but I continued to work for and pursue all the Georgian Arabians plans we had begun together that have since come to fruition and I know would make him proud. In 2017 I surprised myself and others by accepting an offer to return to the screen for the BBC hit series The Real Marigold Hotel and spent a month filming in India. It was with out doubt a life time experience that renewed my spirit for adventure and the outcome, the opportunity to return to my former career. It’s been the hardest decision but I feel that the time is right. So for those joining us on the 30th June for this very special LASTING LIFE FUNDRAISING EVENT, they may also be celebrating the finale celebration Georgian Arabians showcase.
There will always be Arabians in my life just a few less and for enjoyment only. So at this fundraising event and through the coming months we will be offering a unique opportunity to own some of the horses competition and otherwise, that have given me so many smiles over 25 years and my hope, that new owners will take pride in all that we have achieved and continue to promote the legacy of Georgian Arabians. It is by no means the end of an era just the beginning of a new.