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ROMANCE!
The Romance that IS Magnum

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, 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 Psyche takes his place in the annals of breed history. "Magnum Psyche 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 us­with awesome consistency­that 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. __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. So what makes Magnum Psyche worthy of all this high praise? "First of all," says leading breeder in Brazil, 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.

Magnum and the Show Ring

Magnum Psyche made his auspicious entrance into the world on May 2, 1995. In 1996, he ran off with the coveted titles of Buckeye Junior Champion Colt and Region __ Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt with the highest points ever awarded by the judges using the European Judging System.. In 1998, at the tender age of just three years, Magnum became the youngest horse ever to earn the coveted title of National Champion Stallion when he danced off with this honor in both the United States and Canada. The following year, while on tour in South America, he added another yet another international title to his matchless record when he was named Argentine National Champion Stallion. 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 300 champion offspring throughout the world­to date­Magnum has obliterated previous siring records by earning the following unparalleled honors:

  • Leading Halter Sire at Scottsdale 2001 & 2002, 2003, and 2004
  • Leading Sire at the United States and Canadian National Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003
  • Leading Sire at The Canadian National Championships 2001, 2002, & 2003
  • Leading Sire of Breeders Sweepstakes Champions 2001 & 2002 
(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
 at the MAHB Fall Festival, (The Richest Futurity in the Nation)
  • Leading Sire of Argentine National Show Champions 2001, 2002, 2003, & 2004.
  • Leading Sire at the 2002 Brazilian Breeders Cup Championship Show

Magnum and the Market

Today, well into the fifth year of the twenty-first century, Magnum Psyche 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 Psyche 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 Naion's richest futurities . . . Minnesota (MAHA), Iowa Gold Star, and Arizona Arabian Horse Breeders.

On behalf of his owners, Fernando and Joaquin de Santibanes of Haras Mayed, of Argentina, we 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.

"My friend *Padron sent Magnum to me. Somehow I'm certain of that . . .

"I feel the same butterfly sensation every time I look at this horse. I still find it hard to believe that he could be this beautiful, this perfect, almost ethereal. And the partnership he and I have grown into together goes beyond anything I've known before.

"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 him­and to us­and for allowing Magnum to become All that is possible!" ­David Boggs

Magnum and Fernando de Santebanes 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.


 
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