Syrah's first Open Day

A very successful Open Day was held on 8 December 2007. A fabulous day was had by all.

See photos and read about it here.

Two gorgeous greys round out the foaling season

Our final two foals arrived in late November. First was the colt Zihayr (below right) on 22 November 2007, by Antaarez from Misaka. He has the huge eyes, stretch and movement you would expect.

He was followed by the lovely filly Sadiyya, by Madaan from Salida, also super elegant and with tons of movement. (Below left)


Two more lovely foals

The night of 18 November brought two wonderful arrivals. Just before midnight, Shakeelah produced a gorgeous tall colt by Sarezin, named Shahrak.

Kajora followed in the early hours of Monday morning with the exquisitely pretty Katifa. Katifa is our young sire Antaarez's first foal and we are delighted with her.


A Melbourne Cup Day Filly

On the evening of Tuesday 6 November, Tarlea Ellabrandi presented us with her second Valor foal, an exquisite filly, Exotika. This is Brandi's second Melbourne Cup Day filly. Her first foal, Etana, was also born on Cup Day in 2005.

Exotika is a full sister to beautiful Eklipse.


Our second glorious Valor filly...

Mahdiaa is proving to be a wonderful first time mother with her Valor filly, Mahvella, born on 6 October 2007.

Mahvella is an exotic little girl with great conformation to match. We are exceptionally happy with her.


Welcome, Varaz

The long wait was finally over on 20 September with the arrival of a glorious colt, Varaz.

When your dam is Australian National Champion, Valouria, and your sire is Australian National Champion, Sarezin, it creates pretty high expectations.

Varaz is most definitely up to the challenge. He is three days old here on his second day out, not fully pigmented or unfolded of course. Valouria is proving to be as great a mother as she is a show horse.

Our first foal for 2007

We are very pleased to welcome the delightful Avra, by Valor from Azima, born on 21 August. We have been very keen for a lovely daughter from one of our favourite mares and she has certainly obliged!

The 2006 show season in review and looking forward to 2007

KhadarThe show team for 2006 featured the return of an experienced campaigner, our beautiful mare Azima (Sarezin - Amira El Marieshaah) twice Top Ten at the Australian Championships as a filly, her two year old full brother Antaarez and some new faces, being the yearlings Khadar (Sarezin - Kajora), Shahzar (Sarezin - Shakeelah) and the baby, Aviva (Valor - Amira El Marieshaah). Aviva is from Valor’s first foal crop and debuted at the end of the season as she is a January foal.

Khadar (at right) proved to be a real star, despite missing some shows due to injury. His highlights include Supreme Champion Entire at the A Class Yarra Valley Show and Champion of Champions at the Features Show. He is getting more and more beautiful every day and will go from strength to strength as he matures.

Shahzar, despite very limited showing was a Finalist at the prestigious AA East Coast Championships.

Azima had a great season, carrying her Valor foal, due in August. She was Supreme Female at the Yarra Valley A Class, with her half sister D’Amors Maaritza Khan Reserve Champion to her in the Senior Mares. This was a reversal of Goulburn Valley A Class, where the two Amira El Marieshaah daughters were again Champion and Reserve Champion mare. Azima was also Top 5 at the Victorian Championships in another huge, high quality class.


Azima’s brother, Antaarez also added to the team's laurels with his Supreme Exhibit at Western Districts A Class and Champion Colt at Yarra Valley A Class.

The youngest Amira El Marieshaah daughter, our precious Aviva, was very lightly shown, as she was a late foal. She was very successful, including Reserve Champion Filly at both the Victorian Classic and the Feature Show and Finalist at the East Coast Championships.

Now on to 2007!

Aviva with Anne McIntosh

Azteq LBA arrives from the USA – February 2007

Azteq, just out of quarantine, surveys
his new Australian home

Vanessa with Gazal al Shaqab
Vanessa Crosland with Gazal Al Shaqab

We are delighted to have acquired the glorious weanling colt Azteq LBA.

Azteq is by the wonderful World Champion and US National Reserve Champion Stallion Gazal Al Shaqab. (pictured above right and below left)

Gazal is of course also a sire of significance. His progeny includes the World and US National Champions Marwan Al Shaqab and Pianissima.

Azteq's dam is the very beautiful US National Champion Amelia B. (pictured below right)

Amelia B is by the US National Champion Magnum Psyche and her dam is Amety B, who as well as being a successful show mare herself, is a daughter of US National Champion Eternety. Amety B is also the dam of the current US National Champion Yearling Filly, Goddess of Marwan.

Gazal al Shaqab
Amelia B

It's raining men (or colts!)

November continued the colt fiesta at Syrah.

First Misaka produced a gorgeous tall boy with tons of action by Sarezin, whom we have named Zakir.
Evan with Zakir

Shakeelah followed up with Shafiq (below), also by Sarezin, a stunning brother to the gorgeous Shahzar.

Consequently we have some lovely colts available for sale.

Meet Eklipse

On 21 October, Tarlea Ellabrandi produced a divine colt by Valor.

Pictured at less than 12 hours old, his name chose itself as a result of his unusual face marking.

Not only beautiful, he has enormous charisma and is already leading his dam a merry dance!

Eklipse will be available to a special home.

Welcome Mahsati


Our first foal of the season arrived on the evening of 18 September 2006.

Mahsati is an extremely pretty and athletic grey filly by Sarezin from Cherox Miguela and is a full sister to the very successful showhorses Madaan, Mazhar and Miraak.

This delightful little lady should in her turn be a very successful show horse in her own right and enquiries are invited.

Mahsati springs

Congratulations to the new owners of some lovely Syrah Arabians

ShakaraWinter has been busy with weaning and training weanlings to be good equine citizens. Many Syrah Arabians have found new homes and their new owners are unanimous in their praise of their lovely natures and how good they are to handle – something we place great importance on.

Prue Tipping and Rod Kloot have acquired the lovely 3 year old SK Shakla Khan - Shakeelah daughter, Shakara (right). Shakara was Champion Yearling Filly at the Victorian Championships and Reserve at the Geelong Indoor Titles. Prue and Rod are looking forward to showing her at a couple of shows this year in Victoria and are aiming for the Australian National Championships with her.

Etana (Sarezin - Tarlea Ellabrandi) a gorgeous blonde chestnut yearling is now with Abigail Arbuthnott in Knowsley, and she will also be out and about in the Victorian show scene.

Razaaan (Madaan - Rokewood Argentina) a very stylish yearling gelding is now owned by Jeanette Cheney, who is keen to show him as well. Razaan had a slow start as his mother had virtually no milk and he had to have supplementary feeding, but you’d never guess that now as he is a tall boy!

Kielee Hawtin is the proud owner of the gorgeous grey Zakiyyaa (Sarezin - Misaka) and the handsome colt Azzaam (Valor – Azima). Kielee has a passion for pintos so Azzaam’s sabino/rabicano colouring together with his type and athleticism made him irresistible. They too will be seen around the shows in the future.

Messalena (Sarezin - Cherox Miguela) is travelling to South Australia to the care of Alice Birch as her first Arabian, after a long history with thoroughbreds. Messalena will be the true versatile Arabian, trying her hand at Natural Horsemanship, endurance, halter, saddle and importantly, beloved companion!

Finally, Verve (TR Viktor (US) -Salida), bottom left, will be hitting the shows in the gelding ring, with Julie Smith.

The next generation.

The youngest human members of the Liapakis family enjoying the horses.
Spencer after his first show with Woranora Genevieve and Evan bonding with Razaan.

Ashika Shaklana shines at the East Coast Championships...
and finds a new home in the West.

L to R - Sarah Davies, Vanessa Crosland, Anne McIntosh with Ashika at the East Coast 2006.

We are very proud of Ashika Shaklana with her second East Coast Top Five in the hotly contested Junior Filly Class at the 2006 East Coast Championships.

The day before the finals, Sarah Davies from Western Australia purchased her to add to her stud. Sarah has been looking for a really top class filly for her breeding program and we predict great things for Sarah and Ashika! Sarah was there to cheer her new girl on to her success.

Current plans are to show her at the 2006 Western Australian State Championships before putting her in foal to the East Coast Champion Simeon Sadran.

Valouria and Antaarez triumph at the 2006 Feature Show.

2006 Feature ShowThe Feature Show is always one of the best shows in Victoria – an excellent entry from Victoria and interstate, great judges and brilliant organisation. So we were really looking forward to showing under Jay Constanti, from Om El International, home of some of the most lovely horses in the world.

It was a great thrill when our yearling colt Antaarez was awarded Champion Yearling Colt in strong company. The joy was compounded when Valouria was awarded Champion Intermediate Mare and Supreme Female Exhibit and Jay warmly congratulated me on having such an exceptional mare.

This is the the third time Valouria has been shown at the Feature Show, and the third time she has been awarded Supreme Female – under a UK, a European and an American Judge, as a yearling, a filly and now as a mare. Quite an incredible record.
(Right - Vanessa Crosland, Anne McIntosh, Valouria, Jay Constanti)

Valouria Champion mare at the Victorian Classic.

The 2005 Victorian Classic was judged by the well known Egyptian Horse enthusiast, Shawn Cruise. We were very pleased when Valouria was awarded Champion Mare, especially as she is Russian/El Shaklan bred, and was against some lovely Egyptian bred mares.

Shawn Cruise described the mares as awesome, and Valouria as world class.

Valor's first foals for Syrah.

Finally .... the long wait is over.

Valor was bred to three mares as a two year old, and Clint and Anna Salisbury's lovely Valeera (see story below) whetted our appetite for our own Valor foals.

Amira El Marieshaah was first, producing the glorious filly Aviva, on 6 January 2006 (above left).

Marieshaah's daughter Azima delighted us a week later when the beautiful colt, Azzaam, was born on 14 January 2006 (above right).

A photo essay of foals.

The glorious November Victorian weekend saw Michael Liapakis, talented photographer and invaluable support, take a stroll through the mare and foal paddocks. The result is some updated photos of our lovely 2005 foals. Enjoy!

Left to right- Etana, Zakiyyaa (top), Shahzar (centre), Salimah, Khadar (bottom).

A number of these outstanding babies are for sale, so please enquire about your favourite.

Mazhar triumphs at the 2005 Nationals.

Rhianna with MazharHuge congratulations to Rhianna Wynn for winning Champion Senior Gelding with Mazhar at the 2005 National Arabian Stud Horse Show.

It was a top class field, including the current Australian National Champion Gelding Bullion, the eventual Reserve. Mazhar is the very first Arabian owned by Rhianna and was completely prepared and shown by her against the top professionals. We are so proud of both of them.

We have some lovely sale horses for those who wish to realise their own dream.These include Mazhar's full sister Messalena, who is very like him and our 2005 foal Razaan, by Mazhar's brother Madaan, who will make a top class show gelding.


A chip off the old block.

On 11 November 2005 we were delighted to welcome Shahzar, by Sarezin from the multi champion Shakeelah. This glorious chestnut colt is ridiculously like his Australian National Champion sire and with his four crosses to El Shaklan and two to Sarika, should be incredibly prepotent.

Shakeelah of course will be rebred to Sarezin!

A rare opportunity exists for the right home to obtain this super colt – particularly if we can retain some services.

Madaan's first son arrives.

Razaan joined us on 10 November 2005.

This elegant colt is also the first foal of Rokewood Argentina (Shakla's Fame N Fortune - Simeon Shifrah) owned by Samantha Morris.

This delightful fellow should make an outstanding show gelding like his close relatives, Mazhar, Miraak and Electric Dreams.

He is available for sale.


Double Delight.

The wee hours of 9 November 2005 brought two very special new arrivals. First was a very beautiful grey filly by our young stallion Madaan (his first) from my beloved Salida - see left.

She was followed closely by a stunning bay colt, Khadar, by Sarezin from Kajora, our first foal from her - see below.

To say we are delighted with them is an understatement!



(Thanks to Laureen Schmidt for the lovely photos.)

Spring has arrived – with a flush of fillies.

We are very pleased to welcome our first two foals of the year, both gorgeous fillies.

On 24 October 2005, we welcomed the lovely Zakiyyaa (Sarezin - Misaka), see below left. She was followed on 1 November 2005 – Melbourne Cup day – by Tarlea Ellabrandi's first foal, Etana by Sarezin, below right.

Zakiyaa Etana

Just as excitingly, we congratulate Anna and Clint Salisbury of Clintana Arabians on their lovely filly, Clintana Valeera, born on 27 October 2005. (at right)

She is Valor's first foal. Her dam is Clintana Shakeera.

2005 East Coast Championships – Oh what a night!

The East Coast is always one of the most exciting shows of the year. The extremely high quality of the horses drawn to this AA show from around Australia and the excitement of the night finals always make it a show to remember.

The excitement was heightened by the stunning success of the Syrah bred Arabian horses under international judge Stephen McMorrow of the UK.

The first thrill for the night was when Miraak (Sarezin – Cherox Miguela) was awarded Reserve Champion Three Year Old Gelding for his ecstatic owner Julie Smith. Julie also showed her twelve year old Australian National Champion Gelding Lizwood Park Gazal, nicknamed Gazza, to a number of ridden awards including Reserve Champion Costume and Top 5 in both Hunter Hack and Bridle Path Hack. Miraak was acquired to be Gazza’s replacement, and as Gazza was himself an East Coast Reserve Champion in his youth, Miraak is following very closely in his footsteps! Ashika at East Coast

Our next thrill was the lovely Ashika Shaklana (Sarezin – Amira El Marieshaah) who was Top 5 in the 2 Year Old Filly class (see photo right). The judge made a point of saying how much he loved her and how very close the decision was.

Valouria (TR Viktor – Salida) at left with Vanessa followed up her 2003 Australian National Championship — after a year off in the paddock as a two year old! — by triumphing in the 3 Year Old Filly Class. Valouria was awarded Champion in strong competition. Again the judge was struck by her incredible beauty.

The night culminated in Mazhar (Sarezin – Cherox Miguela) see right, owned by Rhianna Wynn, being awarded Top 5 Senior Gelding in a huge class of well-performed senior geldings by Stephen McMorrow. At four, Mazhar was a baby in the class, and he was capably handled by his amateur owner, one of the few amateur handlers in the class. Mazhar had earlier been awarded Champion Classic Head and Top Five in Classic Trot by judge Denny Flissinger.

One of the most rewarding things as a breeder is seeing a wonderful relationship develop between horse and owner, like the total love and trust Mazhar demonstrates for Rhianna, at halter and under saddle.



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