Leaders of the Times
by Colleen Scott
Michael Phelps gliding effortlessly through the water. Carly Patterson vaulting gracefully through the air. Justin Gatlin flying to the finish line. The 2004 Summer Olympics produced an array of talented athletes that will be forever immortalized on Wheaties boxes, in Olympic flashbacks and on the covers of Sports Illustrated. They were, each and every one of them, inspiring and unforgettable - not just for their medal performances, but also for the hard work and determination that produced those performances.
If ever there were an Arabian Olympics, one horse would stand proudly on the middle platform decorated with the gold and an olive branch wreath. One horse's accomplishments have made him reining king of the Olympic throne - representing not only the finest in the United States, but perhaps in the world.
While judging any Olympic event, including our imaginary Arabian Olympics, is a completely subjective matter, clearly there is a forerunner - a breeding stallion that is, quite simply, the best of the best. His name is Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle).
Let's start with the Olympic 'trials.' Born on May 2, 1995, the flawless chestnut stallion made his show ring debut in 1996, when he captured the Buckeye Junior Colt Championship and Region XII Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt Championship, the later with the most points ever awarded by the judges using the European Judging System.
In 1998, his mark would be made on the Arabian show ring forever when he claimed the title of National Champion Stallion in both the United States and Canada. In 1999, Magnum went global with the Argentine National Champion Stallion title.
While the international show ring accolades would be enough for this amazing stallion to qualify for the Arabian Olympics, it is his unmatchable record as a sire that would guarantee him a spot on the winner's podium. Magnum's more than 350 champion offspring have given him the ammunition to shatter all previous siring records. His accomplishments include:
- Leading Halter Sire at Scottsdale 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
- Leading Sire at the United States Championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003
- Leading Sire at the Canadian National Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
- Leading Sire of Breeders Sweepstakes Champions 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 (including yearling champions in all three categories)
- Leading Juvenile Sire 2001, 2002 and 2003 (setting an all-time industry record)
- Leading Sire of champions at the Minnesota Breeders Fall Festival in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003
- Leading Sire of Argentine National Show Champions in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
- Leading Sire at the 2002 Brazilian Breeders Cup Championships " Leading import sire of Arabians into the United States
- Leading export sire of Arabians to other countries
While Magnum's natural perfection, his presence in the show ring and incomparable siring abilities are enough to raise him to world-class status, the climb hasn't been without a support team.
Owned by a gentle man, Mr. Fernando de Santibanes, and his family of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the stallion stands at Midwest Stallion Station, Elk River, Minn. Long before the world knew of Magnum, his future as a legendary horse was carved in stone when de Santibanes chose David Boggs as the stallion's partner, coach and friend.
Says David, "From the moment I saw him, I knew he might possibly be the most important horse in my entire life of working in the Arabian industry. He isn't just legacy or legend material; he is the best of the best. He is world-class - unforgettable, awe-inspiring and is setting records that may never be broken. And he has the spirit of his grandsire, *Padron."
Not words to be taken lightly when they come from the likes of David, who owns and operates, along with his wife, Terry Anne, one of the most successful and well-known Arabian breeding, marketing, training and sales organizations in the world - Midwest Stallion Station and Training Centre. Having worked with countless national champions and top-notch breeding stallions, David knows Olympic legend material when he sees it.
But, Boggs is quick to point out, Magnum's legend and timelessness isn't just about medals, rose garlands and numbers of progeny. It is about his uncanny ability to reproduce his likeness, time and time again. Some of the Magnum-sired superstars include: *Magnum Chall (Magnum Psyche x Taamara HVP, by Don El Chall), 2003 Scottsdale Junior Champion Colt; Absolut Magnum (Magnum Psyche x Lady Auria, by *Padron), Ames Charisma (Magnum Psyche x Ames Mirage, by Brass), 2003 Unanimous U.S. National Champion Yearling Sweepstakes Colt; Iimagine (Magnum Psyche x RD Kashandra by WA Kash), 2004 Region VII Champion Stallion and Estancia LL (Magnum Psyche x DF Khashmir, by Khemosabi), 2004 Scottsdale Grand Champion Mare.
Magnum's popularity transcends the United States' borders, with pillars of Arabian horse breeding worldwide recognizing his flawless conformation. Breeding programs all across North America, Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Australia and the United Arab Emirates have all called upon Magnum through the satellite breeding stations managed by David Boggs. Many national champion mares have been, or will be bred to the legend, including Battaglia Farms' multi-titled Monrovia X and Cedar Ridge's Toi Jabaska.
"I believe in my heart that Magnum is the closest stallion I've ever known to be the perfect standard of the Arabian horse. Many people - breeders, trainers and judges, feel the same," says David. "And every breeder dreams and is anxious to replicate that in a foal, it is something that will carry on the Magnum tradition and outlive him."
As great as Magnum's accomplishments have been, the stallion has only just begun his journey in life, according to David. The tremendous support from his owner has allowed Magnum to become "all that is possible." In 2003, he competed for the first time in a 25-mile endurance ride, winning the stallion competition, thus preparing the champion for his re-entry into Freedom Hall as a senior stallion in Louisville, Ky. Could it be his time to stand on the Olympic podium once again, joining legendary horses and athletes alike from around the world? David, Magnum and the de Santibanes Family could not be more excited and ready for the challenge. In the meantime, his progeny continue to claim title after title, elevating their father to the same heights as those inspiring Olympic athletes like Phelps, Patterson and Gatlin. He is, along with our medal-winning athletes, alone in the spotlight, representing the best in the world.