Jane Myhra won a Straight Egyptian (SE) Arabian Weanling Gelding while taking a tour at Hadaya Arabians.
“I was attending a tour of farms sponsored by the Wisconsin Egyptian Arabian Horse Alliance (WEAHA),” said Myhra. “I joined the tour at Hadaya Arabians, just outside of Waupaca on County A. There they had a chance to sign up and win a horse.”
Myhra, who has owned horses most of her life, was thrilled when she got a call from Mark Rustebakke, of WEAHA, letting her know she had won.
“I didn’t realize how much I have missed having a horse of my own,” she said.
“This is our 4th Annual WEAHA Tour,” said Jaleen Hacklander, who operates Hadaya Arabians. “We followed the same focus as our previous years, welcoming breeders in the area to visit our new horses and foals. More importantly, it is an outreach to the community, to invite people who have horses of other breeds or possibly have never been up close and personal to a horse before to come and visit.”
She said, “This is true enjoyment for us to share with people the love of the horse, as we have the opportunity to do on a daily basis. We have wanted to create a stronger outreach to our community and felt what better way to do so, than to have a drawing for one of our treasured weanlings.
“Our hope is that we can stay in contact with these people, and they become part of our horse family. There are two yearlings from last year that are going into a therapy program for inner city children. I hope to keep these stories and uses growing bigger and bigger year after year.”
The horse named Hadaya Nile Majeed – Majeed for short – is a Straight Egyptian (SE) Arabian Weanling Gelding.
He comes from a cross of two well-known Arabian breeders from back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The family continues world-wide.
“Egyptian Arabians are literally a breed within a breed,” says Hacklander. “They are noted for their beauty, grace and athletic ability.” Hacklander said, “They have a close bond with people. I feel that you have to gain their trust; gain their trust and love, and they will do so very much for you.”
Myhra will share ownership of the horse with her niece, Terri Smith.
“Terri will be Majeed’s trainer as well,” said Myhra. “She has trained many horses over the years and will train him in Dressage.”
According to Hacklander, Dressage training is the guiding of a horse through a series of complex maneuvers, by the slight movement of the rider’s hands, legs and weight.
“This, in my opinion, is a wonderful way to become a team with the horse. As the horse learns the language they feel as though they are an active team member as well,” she said. “They are not being told what to do; they are being asked and guided through steps.”
Currently, Majeed is being boarded until Myhra can get her farm ready for the horse.
“We are hoping to move him to my farm sometime this spring,” she said.