our Arieana Notebook: There are simply not enough words nor
space on this website to describe the inspiration and influence Rabiyas
has had on our CMK Heritage breeding program here in Southern
California at Arieana Arabians.
As the descending next-in-line son of Rahas, Rabiyas carried forward
this highly-valued branch
of our Mesaoud linebreeding program
with his quality and substance, good temperament, and excellent action.
Herbert H. Reese, commenting on Rabiyas in his book The
Kellogg Arabians, mentions that he was an honest performer at any
task for which he was trained. Rabiyas was shown as a five-gaited
saddle horse in the
Kellogg Sunday Shows and was a well-conformed individual of striking presence, elegance,
and talent. His slow gait was stylish, his walk fast, and his canter
slow and easy; in short he was one of the best working Arabians ever
trained for five gaits. In total Rabiyas embodied all that we at Arieana Arabians believe in
as we strive to perpetuate those qualities and traits so needed to excel in the
Sport Horse endeavors of the show ring, at the track, out on the endurance trails, or for
family pleasure riding and companionship.
last foal bred by W.R. Brown, was
purchased in-utero with his dam Rabiyat
from the Maynesboro Dispersal Sale late Fall 1935 by Mr. W.K.
Kellogg and was foaled the following Spring at the Kellogg Ranch, Pomona,
California. Rabiyas served the Kellogg Ranch program both as an outstanding
sire and as a performer in their Sunday Shows. He was sold during the Remount Dispersal
in October, 1949 to Donald C. and Charles H. McKenna of Claremont,
California. In 1954, he was sold again, this
time his new home was in Cape Province, South Africa with P.J. Van der
Merwe where Rabiyas established yet another dynasty
of show champions renowned for their five-gaited ability, a popular
class in the show rings of South Africa.
Meanwhile his progeny and their descends
here in the
United States were establishing themselves as strong competitors in the show ring as well as Endurance Horses
Supreme starting with the amazing feats of his
son Damascus (x Rayza), winner of the
grueling Vermont Trail Ride. His son Abu Farwa established a dynasty of
his own and his name and influence is still sought in pedigrees today.
Rabiyas, true to the genetic trait
for longevity renowned of this sireline, lived to be
over 30 years old.
Edwards, Gladys Brown. The Arabian: War Horse to Show Horse.
Arabian Horse Trust of America, Denver, Colorado. 1980. p. 234
Parkinson, Mary Jane. The Kellogg Arabian Ranch: The First
Sixty Years. Cal Poly Kellogg Unit Foundation, Inc, California
State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. Third edition,
Reese, Herbert H. in collaboration with Edwards,
Gladys Brown. The Kellogg Arabians: Their Background and
Influence. Borden Publishing Company, Alhambra, California. 1958. pp.