Sturgeon Creek Arabians Breeding Program
“Award of Excellence"
Credit: Shereen Jerrett
pleased to announce that Carl Fudge,
Managing Partner at Sturgeon Creek
Arabians in Beausejour, Manitoba,
award, the “Endurance
Canada Award of
Excellence 2014, For Exceptional
Contribution to the Sport of
was presented by Terre O’Brennan, Chair,
recognition of “Sturgeon Creek Arabians,
Breeder of Distinction”, on February 7,
2014 at the national equestrian
governing body Equine
Canada's Annual Convention held
in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
the history behind SCA and this
prestigious award, here is an article
edited by Daphne Richard, Past Chair,
Sturgeon Creek Arabians.
SCA-bred horses have travelled
around the Earth, and well
In January 2014, 27
travelled around the
earth (24,902 miles
at the equator) in
then, some horses we
bred have continued
to compete, and
new endurance horses
have begun their
raising the total to
more than 28,700
more details and
please look at our
Four SCA-bred horses win the new AERC Equine Longevity
A new AERC award, the Equine
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
by Myna Cryderman in Manitoba), and SAVOUR
THE MOMENT (owned
by Lois Wifall in California) received the 10-year
MY LOVE and SPIRITED
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:
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
Susan Friedman: You
are soooooo welcome and thank you for breeding my
Dream Horse… I
am in excellent company.
Spirit is still going strong and doing 50's. Her
first 50 for this season will hopefully be Los
Padres in April.
I had no idea Dart and I received this award. Nice
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Mirror Image (left) and
SCA My Imagination
September 23, 2017. Credit:
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
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,
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
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
We wish Tania, her family, and
“August” great success and many
years of enjoyment together!
Congratulations to Angelica Polson
of Beausejour, Manitoba on her
(Vested Legacy x Memorable Moment by
Malaya was born on June 28, 2016.
She has 15 crosses to PRIBOJ x
sire, Vested Legacy, is our young
stallion in his second breeding
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
Malaya’s great grand-dam was our
foundation mare, Moment of Mine, dam
of several excellent endurance
We wish Angelica and Malaya all the
best in the future as Malaya grows
Congratulations to Heidi Telstad of
Langley, BC on her purchase of Independent
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
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,
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
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,
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
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
(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.
(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
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!
to Chris Thomson of Delta, British Columbia on her
purchase of Inner
THAT MA x Sound Of Silence by Pyatigorsk). Inner
Sanctum (aka “Sanka”), a 2011 gelding, was trained in
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
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!
HORSE NAMING CONVENTION USED ON THIS WEBSITE:
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.