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CONGRATULATIONS TO LANDON EQUESTRIAN CENTER on their purchase of the imported Australian Arabian stallion, *RHYTHMIC ASHA.
Owned by the Landon family and run by their 16-year-old daughter Brooke Landon, the Landon Equestrian Center and Arabian breeding program is located about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, California. Featuring 20 acres of lush grass pastures with 2 barns, paddocks, multiple arenas and a track, the Crabbet-bred Arabian stallion, *Rhythmic ASHA is a recent addition to the Landon program. Originally imported in 2020 by Shea and Liniger from Australia, *Rhythmic ASHA is a son of the mare, *Solitairey Dancer, the Landon’s foundation mare and an undoubted inspiration for their purchase of the elegant stallion.  Brooke Landon calls *Rhythmic ASHA “the outcross we’ve needed for our Arabian English Performance Division in America.”

 Foaled, October 15, 2017   Imported Spring, 2020
Robali Dargeeling x Solitairey Dancer by Lord Charles of Seven Oaks

Rhythmic AHSA, a 2017 bay stallion of predominantly Crabbet Arabian bloodlines, was imported from Australia by Maroon Fire Arabians and Shea Stables in early Spring 2020 as a prospective outcross for Afire Bey V and IXL Noble Express+ daughters. The striking youngster was purchased from Grand Ridge Stud and Nichole Emanuel, breeders, though his bloodlines hail from the breeding program of Seven Oaks Arabian Stud, Carlsruhe, Victoria, Australia, a well-respected 50-year-old Arabian farm located about an hour north of Melbourne, on Australia’s southeastern seaboard.

Rhythmic’s sire is a son of the famous Chip Chase Desert Wind, an elegant, noted Arabian stallion of the 1970’s. His dam’s bloodline carries a strong cross to the famous Ralvon Pilgrim, an international champion that travelled to England from Australia and won extensively there. Lines in earlier generations of Rhythmic’s pedigree feature legendary Crabbet bloodlines like *Count Dorsaz, imported to America by Al-Marah Arabians and an important sire of successful English-type Arabian saddle horses and broodmares in this country. Also noteworthy in the stallion’s pedigree is linebreeding to Raktha, the sire of John Roger’s *Serafix, a superb golden cross with *Bask++ for high performance Arabians, and to Oran, sire of multi-National Champion *Oran Van Crabbet, winner of the U.S. National Champion Park Horse (1966), Formal Driving (1969) and Formal Combination (1969). Dargee, brought into the Crabbet Stud in the 1940’s and bringing with him additional desert breeding and exceptional offspring, is also important in Rhythmic’s ancestry.

“Rhythmic has remarkable Arabian characteristics that inspired us to import him,” says Tim Shea.

• Finely wedge-shaped head with huge, liquid eyes, square nostrils and sharp ears
• Dry face with prominent cheek bones, dark black skin around eyes and muzzle
• Long neck, with fine, clean throat latch. Prominent shoulders, long with great
angulation. High, defined withers and a moderate length back that ties cor-
into his rear quarters. Strongly muscled with no loss of elasticity. Excellent
chest width, long forearms and some of the best legs and feet we have ever seen.
• Short cannons with additional bone but with no hint of coarseness. Round and
large feet, relatively level performance horse croup, and a beautiful, old-
fashioned, long tail bone, a classic characteristic of the Crabbet-bred Arabian.

“Rhythmic’s pedigree contains some of the greatest Crabbet breeding,” says Tim Shea, “including: Mesaoud, Oran, Raktha, Count Dorsaz, Indian Gold, Rissalix, Berk, Razina, Riffal, Blue Domino, Dargee, Rasim, Silver Fire, Nureddinn II, Indian Magic, Silver Vanity, Raseyn and Skowronek.

“We feel that, like most Crabbet horses, Rhythmic will sire offspring that are not reactive or explosive and can be handled by novice horsemen,” notes Tim. “Though he has just begun to breed he is totally quiet, never screaming, kicking or pacing as some stallions do. Progressing well under saddle, he has perhaps the strongest rear end of any 3-year-old we have ever ridden!”