ISLAND ELEGANCE, Grey mare, *2003 (Couturier / Island Mist).
Breeders: Pat Simmonds and Don James. Owner: Don James.
Strain: Seglawieh Jedranieh (Urfah, 1898)
The Canadian Arabian Horse Registry is pleased to announce that Island Elegance is the recipient of the 2009 WAHO Trophy, the first time this Trophy has been awarded in the country.This mare is an exceptional example of Canada’s breeding programme. Bred by Pat Simmonds and Don James, of western Canada, her pedigree is deeply rooted in Canadian bloodlines, especially along each of her parent dam lines. In fact on her tail-female line, the first six generations in the pedigree of Island Elegance are all Canadian-bred mares.
She is by the Canadian-bred stallion, Couturier (Versace [US] x Evening Intrigue [CA]), and out of the Canadian-bred mare Island Mist who is out of KGB Spring Fire [CA] (by KGB Intrigue [CA] x Spring Classique [CA] by Jurafic [CA]).
Her recent accomplishments include the 2009 Canadian National Championship in Senior Mares and the US National Reserve Championship Mare title. She also represented Canadian breeding at the 2009 Scottsdale Championship and was Top Ten in the Open and Amateur to Handle classes in her age group. Her show ring accomplishments were largely credited to the training and handling of Canadian trainer John Pringle and his wife Andrea.
The CAHR selection committee feel that Island Elegance is a shining example of Canadian breeding at its best, and that she represents the high level of quality that the Arabian breeders of Canada can achieve.