The Astonishing Reality that IS Magnum
At the heart of humankind’s romance with the horse is the image of a glorious Arabian stallion, a creature of indescribable beauty that represents our most deeply cherished freedoms. Magnum Psyche epitomizes this vision. An undeniable gift from God, a paradox in the most elemental sense, Magnum mirrors the love and the liberty, the strength and the gentleness toward which we travel on this road of life.
Every day, a new chapter in the history of the Arabian horse is written. Since time immemorial, this noble creature has indelibly marked the hearts of the humans fortunate enough to know it. Since its origins in the cradle of civilization, the Arabian has enriched the lives of the people to whom it has been entrusted. And, throughout the ages, the potent blood of the Arabian has given birth to, or improved, every light horse breed that has served and been loved by horsemen the world over.
In twentieth century America we saw tremendous growth, change and improvement in the Arabian. Our love for and admiration of this unique horse grew exponentially with our understanding of the breed’s intrinsic value. Throughout this continuing journey we have been blessed by the contributions of a few magnificent stallions, horses like *BASK++, *Padron, *Aladdinn and Bey Shah that virtually changed the face and the direction of the breed. But never before have we seen transition occur with the speed and in the proportion we’re witnessing today as Magnum takes his place in the annals of breed history.
“Magnum is the most beautiful Arabian stallion I’ve seen since Aramus,” says Bob Battaglia. “And, as if his beauty weren’t enough, Magnum has proven himself an extraordinary sire. Early on, before his sons and daughters were old enough to ride, Magnum showed us—with awesome consistency—that he could sire halter champions. Now we’re seeing that he can also give us performance champions, horses that have the temperament and mental ability to be trained, horses that are both beautiful and tractable. I look forward to seeing more and more sons and daughters of this amazing stallion in the show ring, in both halter and performance.”
Fine accolades from a horseman of Bob Battaglia’s distinction. 5 times Horseman of the Year, Bob has earned 1525 career National titles, is a respected breeder and an Arabian horse industry leader of long standing. (WAYNE is there any way to update this?)
So what makes Magnum worthy of all this high praise?
“First of all,” says leading Brazilian breeder, Polé Levy, “it’s a rare and wonderful thing to run across a horse of Magnum’s stunning beauty and conformational perfection. But when such a horse turns out to be a great sire, invariably stamping his offspring with his own finest qualities ~ well ~ that’s just not too far short of a miracle.
And then, of course, there’s his virtually unparalleled record . . .
Magnum and the Show Ring
Magnum made his auspicious entrance into the world on May 2, 1995. From first time he danced into the show ring, he’s called that corner of our world his own.
- Magnum runs off with the coveted titles of Buckeye Junior Champion Colt
- Region 4 Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt
- U. S. National Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt with the highest points ever awarded by the judges using the European Judging System.
- At the tender age of just three years, Magnum becomes the youngest horse ever to earn the coveted titles of
- United States National Champion Stallion
- Unanimous Canadian National Champion Stallion
- Ohio Buckeye Champion Stallion
At the 2004 United States National Championships, Magnum makes history and sets phenomenal new standards!
- Magnum returns to triumph, running off with the UNANIMOUS title of 2004 United States National Champion Senior Stallion (6 years & over)
At the 2004 U. S. Nationals in Louisville, The sons and daughters of Magnum achieve these honors:
- 4 U.S. National Championships
- 4 U.S. National Reserve Championships
- 28 U. National Top Ten Championships
6 of the U. National Top Ten Champion Junior Mares are daughters of Magnum
The Magnum Daughter, Maggdalina is named 2004 United States National Champion Junior Mare
The Magnum son, Magnum Chall is named 2004 United States National Champion Junior Stallion (3 to 5 year olds)
The Magnum son, Jaayd stands beside his sire when he is named 2004 United States National Reserve Champion Senior Stallion
The Magnum son, Maximus is named 2004 U. S. National Champion Futurity Stallion
The Magnum son, Rohara American Idol 2004 U. S. National Breeders Sweepstakes Champion Half-Arabian Colt
Magnum –– THE Leading Sire of the New Millennium!
Magnum’s first foals were born in 1999. In 2000, those youngsters began taking the show ring by storm, as had their sire before them. Thus far, the Arabian horse show arena of the twenty-first century belongs to Magnum Psyche. With over 400 champion offspring throughout the world—to date—Magnum has obliterated previous siring records by earning the following unparalleled honors:
- Leading Halter Sire at Scottsdale 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
- Leading Sire of Halter Champions at the United States National Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004
- Leading Sire at the Canadian National Championships Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
- Leading Sire of Breeders Sweepstakes Champions 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004 (Including Yearling Champions in all 3 categories)
- Leading Juvenile Sire 2001, 2002, and 2003 (Setting an All Time Industry Record)
- Leading Sire of Champions 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 at the MAHB Fall Festival, (The Richest Futurity in the Nation)
- Leading Sire of Argentine National Show Champions 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
- Leading Sire at the 2002 Brazilian Breeders Cup Championship Show
A few highlights from the 2004 and 2005 seasons:
Scottsdale 2004 Magnum sires (in halter AND performance)
- 16 Scottsdale Champions
- 9 Scottsdale Reserve Champions
- 60 Top Ten winners
Scottsdale 2005 Magnum sires 49 different horses that earn (in halter AND performance)
- 5 Scottsdale Grand Champions (Three Unanimous!)
- 6 Scottsdale Reserve Grand Champions
- 3 Scottsdale Class Champions
- 4 Scottsdale Class Reserve Champions
- Fifty Nine Top Ten Award Winners
Magnum and the Market
Today, well into the sixth year of the twenty-first century, Magnum and the economy generated by the sale of his offspring represent the nucleus of the Arabian horse industry’s financial well being. This stallion’s impact on the breed and its commerce is a modern day phenomenon.
- Magnum is the undisputed leading sire in both the Arabian horse show arena and the Arabian horse marketplace ~ particularly as that market relates to yearlings.
- Magnum is the leading sire of Arabian horses exported from America.
- Magnum is the leading sire of Arabian horses imported to America.
- Magnum’s breedings topped each and every one of the charts at the Nation’s richest futurities . . . Minnesota (MAHA), Iowa Gold Star, and Arizona Arabian Horse Breeders.
- One Magnum Breeding sold at the 2004 MAHA Stallion Service Auction for $26,000, obliterating all previous records.
- One breeding sold it the Scottsdale Signature Sale for $30,000
- In Scottsdale, during the sale whirlwind of November 2004 to March 2005, several Magnum offspring were purchased by excited new owners through the Midwest Invitational Sale II, which grossed over $5 million dollars.
On the pages that follow, we offer a glimpse of Magnum and some of his outstanding sons and daughters. David . . . is this how we should introduce the rest of the brochure? Or do you want changes.
Magnum’s owners, Fernando and Joaquin de Santibanes of Haras Mayed, Argentina, as well as David and Terry Anne Boggs and Judi Boggs Anderson invite you to join us at Midwest summer headquarters in Minnesota and at our facility in Scottsdale, Arizona next winter. Together we’ll enjoy Magnum and his kids, and share our love of the greatest of God’s creatures . . . the beautiful Arabian horse.
Magnum and the Breeding Barn
Judi Boggs Anderson is among the world’s finest breeding managers, and rightfully so since she is responsible for the breeding health and success of conception for the world’s finest Arabian stallions.
Says David Boggs about his sister: “Judi is the heartbeat of Midwest’s breeding, mare care and foaling operations. Without her the wheels would fall off this fast moving train.
“Breeding at this level is not an easy operation. Not only is there the physical labor of mare care and teasing and stallion management and on and on, but there is also a huge amount of record keeping, report filing and all manner of paper work. Judi is an expert in every facet of this intense job. She is totally considerate of every horse and every human––and her dedication does not go unnoticed. Our breeding clients from all over the world trust and rely on Judi. Terry Ann and I love and appreciate her with all our hearts.”
And what does Judi have to say about the stallion that is in such large part responsible for her ultra busy life?
“Magnum is a breeding manager’s dream, come true,” Judi says. “He’s a delight to work with and his conception rate is superb.
“It’s a rare and wonderful honor to work with a stallion of this caliber––and with his sons, who are of the same rare quality. I deeply value the fact that Fernando and Joaquin de Santibanes, Lucky and Raegan Lurken, and all of the other owners entrust their great stallions to me.
“For me, this isn’t a job. It’s a way of life, a chance to follow in my Dad’s creative foot steps. To be there at conception, then to watch the resulting foal be born, and to follow that horse to the show ring, and on to the time when he or she becomes a breeding horse . . . there’s just no way to describe the sense of legacy and continuation of life this represents.
“In the case of Magnum, it’s awesome to now be handling some of his remarkable sons . . . and to see his daughters being bred. We Boggs are very family oriented and this horse, a descendant of our beloved *Padron, is extending our equine family in a most extraordinary way.
“Another benefit to working with Magnum, as well as his sons, Magnum Chall and Jaayd who both stand at Midwest, is sharing the satisfaction our breeding clients enjoy. These stallions so consistently sire beauty and excellence that we continually hear wonderful things.
We breed around 450 mares each year, including those covered at the farm and by shipped semen. About 250 of these mares are bred to Magnum. That’s a lot of babies and a lot of gratification!
“Oh, and one last thing,” Judi says, “The Magnum get and grand get are wonderful to work with––they’re smart, have great attitudes and are kind like Magnum himself. I most often get to work with the Magnum, Magnum Chall and Jaayd babies, but from all reports, the Magnum dispositions are as consistently excellent as is the beauty he passes from generation to generation.
“I just can’t say enough good about these horses. For me, this line, this life, this opportunity . . . well, it just doesn’t get any better.”
“I feel the same excitement every time I look at this horse. I still find it hard to believe that a stallion can be this beautiful, this perfect, almost ethereal. The partnership between us has grown beyond anything I’ve known before with any horse.
“While we are all very grateful for his successes today, I know Magnum’s journey has only just begun. There’s so much more he wants to accomplish . . . so many more blessings to share.
“ To Fernando de Santibanes . . . Thank you for all the goodness you bring to him—and to us—and for allowing Magnum to become All that is possible!” —David Boggs
Magnum and Fernando de Santibanes are connected to one another on a level that transcends simple understanding. Between them, there is an intangible loyalty, that defies explanation.
Magnum recognizes Fernando’s voice, even amidst the common hubbub and excitement that inevitably surrounds their visits. And when Fernando brings him carrots, Magnum clings to the man like a little boy, eager for love and approval. Theirs is, indeed, a union of spirit and a thing of beauty.