short story about The Kellogg Sunday Shows
from Arabians (March 1985) by Suzi Morris
and enhanced with
notes and photos from various other sources.
1937 "Kellogg's" was a household word associated with
breakfast. While at this time the name did not have quite the same
national familiarly with regard to Arabian horses, it was becoming
well-known in California for the Sunday exhibitions at the ranch.
extravaganzas began as showings of the Kellogg horses at halter and a
display of their tricks in the stable courtyard. But soon, as more
and more spectators attended these weekly shows, a ring was built and the
program of events was expanded.
The exhibitions often resulted in
converting fans of other horse breeds into Arabian aficionados, as some
of the best-known Arabians of the day gave stellar performances in
events ranging from jumping to stockhorse work.
the Kellogg performances also included many other breeds of horses ~
all of which descended from the Arabian ~ to show the influence of the
"proud breed." Even Percherons, because of a claim to some
long ago Arabian infusion, were shown in an eight-horse hitch.
famous *Raseyn (Skowronek x Rayya), first shown as a jumper but later shown five-gaited, was
renowned for his ability at the rack.
The Kellogg stallion Ralet
(*Raseyn x Sherlet) excelled as a liberty jumper in the Sunday shows. He was always a crowd
pleaser, leaping high hurdles with ears pricked forward and wearing nothing but a
equine movie stars were used for years in the exhibitions. Jadaan
(*Abbeian x Amran), who
had been ridden by Rudolph Valentino in the film Son of the Sheik,
was the main native costume horse at the ranch. The desert bred and
imported *King John appeared in
several movies including Lives of a Bengal Lancer and The Scarlet
Empress, in which he was ridden by Marlene Deitrich. He was shown in
Russian regalia at the Kellogg shows with Mrs. Mark Smith astride. He was
also frequently shown as a three-gaited horse.
(*Deyr x Sankirah)
"high school" horse turned trick horse, as he would perform
both the Spanish Walk and "jumping the rope." The later was
performed by the rider holding a curved "rope" of flexible
wood in both hands in the manner of a jump rope and, as it came over
Hanad's head and in front of him, he would leap over it.
(*Nasik x *Farasin),
who was first shown in harness at the Spanish Walk, later became known
for his prowess as a stock horse. He was thereafter shown only in that
division, for his feline agility ad amazing speed never failed to thrill
Each event was performed solo so that the spectators could
concentrate on individuals separately. The grand finale
was the liberty drill with a total of eight stallions and mares in harnesses which spelled
out K-E-L-L-O-G-G-S. (Rifnas had his turn
as one of the liberty drill leaders as did also *Nasik; others in Arieana's
pedigrees who were singularly featured at various times through the years:
Abu Farwa, Raad,
Rabiyas, Rabiyat, *Rasafa,
Roshana, and Rossdin.)
Needless to say, this was no ordinary horse
show. Thousands of visitors attended the shows annually, and more than a
few of them left as the proud new owners of a son or daughter of their
favorite "star" in the show. The Kellogg exhibitions were
proof to many seasoned horsemen as well as novices that the Arabian
breed was truly the most versatile of all.