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Sturgeon Creek Arabians Breeding Program Awarded Endurance Canada’s new “Award of Excellence"

Credit: Shereen Jerrett

We are pleased to announce that Carl Fudge, Managing Partner at Sturgeon Creek Arabians in Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada received Endurance Canada’s new award, the “Endurance Canada Award of Excellence 2014, For Exceptional Contribution to the Sport of Endurance".

The award was presented by Terre O’Brennan, Chair, Endurance Canada, in recognition of “Sturgeon Creek Arabians, Endurance Horse Breeder of Distinction”, on February 7, 2014 at the national equestrian governing body Equine Canada's Annual Convention held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

To read more about the history behind SCA and this prestigious award, here is an article edited by Daphne Richard, Past Chair, Endurance Canada, Sturgeon Creek Arabians.


SCA-bred horses have travelled around the Earth, and well beyond!

In January 2014, 27 SCA-bred horses travelled around the earth (24,902 miles at the equator) in AERC-sanctioned rides.  Since then, some horses we bred have continued to compete, and new endurance horses have begun their endurance careers, raising the total to more than 28,700 miles.

 For more details and ride statistics, please look at our Endurance page.



2018 News:

We are pleased to announce the sale of Perseverence (Pyatigorsk x Diligence by *SEKSTANS PASB) to David Steen of Touchwood Arabians, Balmoral, Manitoba.


Perseverence is one of the last sons of Pyatigorsk, one of the all-time leading sires of Arabians in Canada. Perseverence has his sire’s beautiful black bay colour and long mane. His dam, Diligence, was bred by SCA. Her sire was the Polish stallion *SEKSTANS PASB, who was a race winner in Poland before coming to North America and becoming a champion in Open English Pleasure.


Perseverence has great substance and a friendly personality.  He has offspring out of mares sired by different stallions. Percussion, a gelding out of Selebrity by *El Purchino NSB, stands 15’3 hands and has been competed in endurance, finishing in the Top Ten in five of eight AERC rides. A daughter, Dance Proudly, out of Dancing Queen by Philosophy, is in our broodmare band. Another daughter, SCA Ariel, is a 2016 filly out of Apperitif by PISTASCHIO. All three of the sires of these mares have *SALON RASB blood.


We wish David Steen all the best, as he adds Perseverence to his Arabian breeding program.






2017 News:

Four SCA-bred horses win the new AERC Equine Longevity Award!

Credit: Susan Friedman


A new AERC award, the Equine Longevity Award, honors equines with at least 50 miles of completions a year for 10, 15, 20, and 25 years. This can be done with LD miles or endurance miles with any number of riders.  The new Award took effect on November 30, 2016.  All horses that met the criteria up to that date were recognized.  The owners received Equine Longevity Award pins and a letter of congratulations from AERC.


BE MY LOVE, owned by Susan Friedman in California, received both the 10-year and 15-year Awards!

SPIRITED MUSIC (owned by Brooke Schick in California), SCA DARTAGNAN (owned by Myna Cryderman in Manitoba), and SAVOUR THE MOMENT (owned by Lois Wifall in California) received the 10-year Award.



BE MY LOVE (Pyatigorsk x Balalovja by *El Purchino NSB), 1996 mare

  SPIRITED MUSIC (PISTASCHIO x Kaluwa by Pyatigorsk), 1996 mare
SCA DARTAGNAN (*El Kasaka NSB x *Dolly NSB by *MUSLIN RASB), 1990 gelding   SAVOUR THE MOMENT (*SEKSTANS PASB x Moment Of Mine by *El Kasaka NSB), 1994 gelding

Both BE MY LOVE and SPIRITED MUSIC also are AERC 3000-mile Equines, and they continued to complete rides in 2016. They, and their respective owners, also are AERC Decade Team members, having competed together in AERC rides for at least 10 years in at least one 50-mile ride a year.

We are excited that these four horses are getting such prestigious recognition from AERC!  Terry Wooley Howe, AERC Competitions Committee Chair who created the Longevity Awards, indicated to Susan Friedman that Terry “sent out 685 pins to current members. Of those, 62 were 15 year pins.” 

Comments on Facebook: 

Carl Fudge: As the breeder of these great horses that have received this award, I am thrilled in the knowledge that all four of these horses were sired by different stallions and all four were out of different mares. The only commonality was our breeding program and that is very gratifying. My partners and I would like to thank the owners and riders of these horses for without their dedication and efforts the horses would not have accomplished what they did. Thank you! 

Susan Friedman: You are soooooo welcome and thank you for breeding my Dream Horse… I am in excellent company.

Brooke Schick: Spirit is still going strong and doing 50's. Her first 50 for this season will hopefully be Los Padres in April.

Myna Cryderman: I had no idea Dart and I received this award. Nice surprise… Very good idea to award longevity in this sport.


You can find more details about these four horses on our Endurance page.

We are pleased to announce that our 35th endurance horse, Inner Sanctum (IMAGINE THAT MA x Sound of Silence by Pyatigorsk), aka "Piper", completed his first endurance ride (50 miles) at the Cowichan Valley Rail Trail North ride in Duncan, BC on October 14, 2017.  Piper was born in 2011, and is owned by Christine Thomson of Delta, BC.  Chris has been riding in AERC endurance rides in the Northwest Region since 1997.


This was an historic ride for SCA – a BC “homecoming”. Christine and Piper’s ride buddies were Heidi Telstad and Independent Mover (IMAGINE THAT MA x Ballet In The Park by Pyatigorsk), aka “Indy”.  Piper and Indy were pasture buddies as they grew up in Manitoba, and they were ridden together for the first time at this ride.  Heidi purchased Indy from us in 2016.  Heidi was one of three co-winners of the 8th annual Mongol Derby endurance ride in 2016 in Mongolia.



Independent Mover ridden by Heidi Telstad at the Cowichan Valley Rail Trail North ride.


Independent Mover and Inner Sanctum ridden together at the Cowichan Valley Rail Trail North ride.

Credit: Christine Thomson


Credit: Carol Wolver



This Cowichan ride included some high trestle bridges and lower wood bridges.  Christine commented on the ride: “Piper completed his 1st 50 miler along with Heidi Telstad and Indy.  These 2 horses grew up together and had so much fun going together all day! Thanks to Carl Fudge for breeding them! We had soooo much fun and they were quite the pair...I think they enjoyed it too! … Piper really shined all day long.  So glad I did a 50 and not 25 as he was still full of himself at 30 miles!”


Congratulations, Christine and Piper, and Heidi and Indy!

SCA Mirror Image (left) and SCA My Imagination (right), Manitoba Endurance Championship, September 23, 2017.  Credit: Brenda Casement

We are pleased to announce that our 34th endurance horse, SCA Mirror Image (IMAGINE THAT MA x Mirasol by *Ghazni GASB), aka "Sparkle", owned by Sturgeon Creek Arabians, completed her first 25-mile endurance ride at the Manitoba Equestrian Championship at Birds Hill Park on September 23, 2017 ridden by Chris Paulus.  Sparkle was born in 2012.  Sparkle’s sire is the racing winning son of MONARCH AH, IMAGINE THAT MA.

Sparkle was trained by Jeff From.  In this same Championship ride, Jeff rode our 33rd endurance horse, SCA My Imagination, aka Merle (IMAGINE THAT MA x My Grand Madame by *Grandeur RASB), so “Merle” could “mentor” Sparkle.  Sparkle handled her first ride very well.  We are very proud of her!

Sparkle also loves to jump! 


SCA Mirror Image learns to jump, September 2017

SCA Mirror Image is for sale.  For more information, please go to our Sales page.

Credit: Trillium Equine Complex, Orono, Ontario

Congratulations to Tania Watchorn of Bowmanville, Ontario on her purchase of Positively Mee (Philosophy x Maybe Mee by Pyatigorsk)!

In 2016 and early 2017, Positively Mee was ridden in endurance competitions by Jeff From in Manitoba.  They placed 1st, including one Best Conditioned award, in two of his rides in 2016 and 2nd (senior rider) in his first ride in 2017, prior to being sold.

Tania Watchorn approached Sturgeon Creek Arabians, looking for a horse for pleasure riding.  Tania and her husband have three daughters, all riders, who also are getting to know Positively Mee.  Tania wrote on July 4, 2017: ”Yes they all ride.  Allie has 2 horses… Jamie just likes to tinker around on him in the open field. She likes speed.  We are gonna do ride and tie with him and possible set speed!   Avery is 5 and just gets to pony around on him!  We actually call him "Auggie" short for August!  Lol.”  On July 7th: “I am so happy with this wonderful boy!!!! He is smart and so eager to please ! So grateful for my boy !!!! Thank you SCA !!!!!”  On July 10th: “My girls don't go to the barn without me and I work all day so they have to wait for me to get home. Lol. Just wanna see my horse lol.  I'm in love.”

We wish Tania, her family, and “August” great success and many years of enjoyment together!

Congratulations to Angelica Polson of Beausejour, Manitoba on her purchase of SCA Malaya (Vested Legacy x Memorable Moment by Philosophy)! 

Malaya was born on June 28, 2016.  She has 15 crosses to PRIBOJ x TAKTIKA.  Malaya’s sire, Vested Legacy, is our young stallion in his second breeding season.  Malaya is her dam’s first foal; Memorable Moment was sired by Philosophy, whose sire, PISTASCHIO, set a track record. Philosophy’s full sister, Spirited Music, completed the Tevis Cup, and has earned over 3000 AERC miles, an AERC Decade Team Award and a 10-year AERC Equine Longevity Award.  Malaya’s great grand-dam was our foundation mare, Moment of Mine, dam of several excellent endurance horses.

We wish Angelica and Malaya all the best in the future as Malaya grows up!



2016 News:

Congratulations to Heidi Telstad of Langley, BC on her purchase of Independent Mover (IMAGINE THAT MA x Ballet In The Park by Pyatigorsk).  “Indy” is a 2011 chestnut gelding, 14’3” tall.

In 2016, "Indy" was ridden by Jeff From in Manitoba, and placed 5th and 2nd in his first two 25-mile rides.  In his first 50-mile ride, Indy tied for 3rd place at the Manitoba Equestrian Championship on September 17th, ridden by Chelsea Ashton.


Independent Mover, ridden by Chelsea Ashton, tied for 3rd place at the Manitoba Equestrian Championship 50--mile ride, September 17, 2016.


Independent Mover, ridden by Jeff From, at the Spruce Woods Sensation 25-mile ride, August 28, 2016.

Credit: Darice Whyte


Credit: Taylor Dowd Photography

Heidi Telstad approached Sturgeon Creek Arabians, looking for a horse to do the Tevis Cup (Western States Trail Ride).  Independent Mover is bred to run. His sire, IMAGINE THAT MA, was a race winner in Texas.  His dam, Ballet In The Park, was from the same dam family that produced US National Champion 100-mile horse, Reason To Believe.


Heidi, a corporate lawyer, has described herself as an "adventure junkie" (Chase Endurance blog, Horse-Canada magazine).  She is well-known in the Canadian and international endurance riding community.  Recently, Heidi was one of 40 riders invited to compete in the 8th annual Mongol Derby, 2016 in Mongolia.  Heidi was one of  three co-winners (with William Comiskey of Australia and Marcia Hefker-Miles of the USA).  The three riders crossed the finish line hand in hand, completing the ride in 10 days.  The Mongol Derby is the world’s longest horse race at 1000 kilometres, where riders use semi-wild horses changed every 40 kilometres, balancing survival skills with horsemanship.  It is considered by many in endurance riding to be the most grueling ride in the world.


"Indy” has settled in well in BC.  On May 16, 2017, Heidi Telstad wrote: I am so happy with Indy. He is such a kind and honest horse. We spent 5 days camping in the mountains in Merritt and he was definitely the most well behaved horse.


We wish Heidi and “Indy” great success as they embark on their endurance adventure!

  Positively Mee, ridden by Jeff From, placing 1st and Best Conditioned at the Spruce Woods Spectacular 25-mile ride, August 27, 2016.
  Credit: Taylor Dowd Photography.

We are pleased to announce that our 32nd endurance horse, Positively Mee (aka "Mikey"), owned by Sturgeon Creek Arabians, placed 1st and Best Conditioned in his last two 25-mile endurance rides in Manitoba, the Spruce Woods Spectacular on August 28, 2016 and the Manitoba Equestrian Championship on September 17, 2016.  Positively Mee was trained and ridden by Jeff From.  We are very proud of Mikey's success!

Positively Mee is for sale.  For more information, please go to our Sales page.





Congratulations to Brenda Casement of Living Sky Arabians in Leslie, Saskatchewan on her purchase of two 2015 fillies:  SCA Dance With Verve (Vested Legacy x Dancing Queen by Philosophy) and SCA Cassidy (Philosophy x Czorteena by *El Purchino NSB).


SCA Dance With Verve (barn name "Dana") was born June 2, 2015.  Dana is in-bred 3x3 on track record setter PISTASCHIO.   Her pedigree has eight crosses to PRIBOJ x TAKTIKA, and includes Russian speed record holder *PUSTINIA RASB and Polish race brood matron *SABELLINA PASB and her full sister *SAKWA PASB.

SCA Cassidy (barn name "Cassidy") was born on June 22, 2015.  Cassidy is a full sister to a gelding currently in endurance (Photon), and a half-sister to a gelding that has retired from endurance (Privy Councillor, sired by Pyatigorsk).  This filly has four crosses to PRIBOJ x TAKTIKA (all through Philosophy) and two crosses to *SABELLINA PASB.  Czorteena's dam, TW Czorta, was a full sister to SAMSUN, who held the North American speed record for 5 furlongs for twelve years.

We are excited for Brenda and Norman on their acquisition of these two fillies.  We look forward to watching Dana and Cassidy contribute to their breeding program!

Congratulations to Chris Thomson of Delta, British Columbia on her purchase of Inner Sanctum (IMAGINE THAT MA x Sound Of Silence by Pyatigorsk).  Inner Sanctum (aka “Sanka”), a 2011 gelding, was trained in Manitoba. 

The pedigree of IMAGINE THAT MA is power-packed with racing ancestors; 11 of his first 14 ancestors were race winners including his sire, MONARCH AH, US National Champion Race Horse who was later sold to the Middle East.  Inner Sanctum’s dam, the Pyatigorsk daughter Sound of Silence, was bred by Sturgeon Creek Arabians. 

Inner Sanctum is line-bred 5x4 to the great Polish race and broodmare *SABELLINA PASB in addition to three lines to *Pietuszok RASB and one to his Stakes winning full sister PTASHKA.  Inner Sanctum also carries three lines to the great Polish race stallion CZORT.

Chris Thomson has been riding in AERC endurance rides in the Northwest Region since 1997, including completing two 100-mile rides.  We are excited that Sanka is headed to BC.  We look forward to following the progress of Chris and Inner Sanctum in endurance, and we wish them many great endurance rides in the future!




Following racing convention, names of Stakes race winners have BOLD TYPE AND CAPITAL LETTERS. Horses that placed second in a Stakes race are Bolded But Not Capitalized. Race winners are in CAPITAL LETTERS. Horses that did not win, or did not race, have only the First Letter Of Each Word Capitalized. For horses imported to North America, a star * is placed in front of the horse’s name and its country of origin is added to the registered name. PASB = Polish Arabian Stud Book; RASB = Russian Arabian Stud Book; GASB = German Arabian Stud Book; NSB = Netherlands Stud Book.


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