Written by Guest Blogger – Kristi Hopp
(February 5, 2000 – August 25, 2018)
There are certain horses in our world that are simply timeless beauties. *Hafati Julianna was one.
Brazil is known for having some of the top breeding farms in the world. Haras Hafati would certainly make that list. The farm imported a special son of the legendary Bey Shah, a stallion by the name of RSD Dark Victory (x Kamasi Sabaha). The Hafati program was mainly focused on breeding for English style horses, but with the addition of RSD Dark Victory, began producing exceptional halter horses. News traveled fast about some of the great daughters Dark Victory was siring and the proof also was prevailing in the show ring. RSD Dark Victory was a top sire for many years at the Brazilian Nationals.
He was later purchased and headed back to the states where he would make Orrion Farms his new home, then under the ownership of Harold and Dolly Orr. The Orrs also purchased an Aristo Kossak daughter, PGN Flirtation (x Familia), who was in foal to RSD Dark Victory at the time, producing a fabulous black filly the following February.
With respect to the breeding program back in Brazil, the Hafati prefix was kept and they named their new treasure *Hafati Julianna. Not only was she an extraordinary black color, but her overall quality stood out. She instantly had the fire and showy disposition of RSD Dark Victory through Bey Shah, and the athleticism of her grandfather on the maternal side of Aristo Kossak, who was a top ten at U.S. Nationals in Informal Combination back in the day.
Julianna had a very limited show career, as her real value was as a broodmare; her daughters who would make her legendary. First was OFW Psylhouette (by Padrons Psyche), who once reached breeding age, would be matched up with the genetic giant Marwan Al Shaqab, producing the phenomenal EKS Alihandro. Needing no introduction, his unbeaten show accolades are a testament to what he has brought to the breed.
Another daughter was the lovely OFW Ana. Sired by DA Valentino, OFW Ana was sold to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she is proudly owned by Alrajhia Stud. She would go on to compete at the prestigious title show The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Arabian Horse Festival (Al Khalediah) and win Silver Senior Mare honors. “OFW Ana was our first horse that we could compete with on the international stage,” shares manager Abdullah Bin Mahmoud. “In 2017 at the title show of Al Khalediah, OFW Ana won Silver in a very tough Senior Mare Championship. We now have a superstar filly out of her sired by Marwan Al Shaqab. This bloodline is very good and a breeder’s dream.”
*Hafati Julianna would then be bred to Orrion’s own stallion OFW Magic Wan (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magna Prelude) with a resulting filly they would name OFW Rihanna. She was marketed as a yearling to Gary Kehl of GRK Farms. She would go on to be both a U.S. and Canadian Reserve National Champion Mare. Gary elaborates, “OFW Rihanna not only inherited *Hafati Julianna’s beauty, but her mother’s show attitude and her elegance, and she has already passed those attributes to her offspring. *Hafati Julianna has truly left a breeding legacy that will last for years to come.”
Orrion Farms Manager Doug Leadley sums it up perfectly, “There are few Arabian horses who have impacted the breed worldwide. Of those, even fewer were mares. Hafati Julianna is the mother or grandmother of national champions and world champions on several continents. Breeders from around the world will continue to benefit from her genetic strength through her sons and daughters. It was an honor to be part of your life Julianna.”
You will be greatly missed *Hafati Julianna. The breed thanks you for your beautiful and timeless contribution.
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