HFA BREZNIR – 2011 WAHO Trophy Winner – New Zealand

HFA BREZNIR, Bay gelding, *1995 (Simeon Sadir / Shaaltarah).
Breeder: David Marshall. Owner: Paula Humphries.
Strain: Kehailan Dajani (Dajania, 1876).

“MY TRUE AMBASSADOR” by Paula Humphries, owner.

HFA Breznir is a bay Purebred Gelding, bred by David Marshall of Christchurch in 1995. He is by Simeon Sadir (AU) and out of Shaaltarah. Brez was purchased as a rising 3 year old from Monese Ball where she competed him to 1998 NZ National Champion Junior Led Gelding. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found him, standing at 16hh he was everything I was looking for, for endurance.

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HFA Breznir and owner, Paula Humphries
Photo credit Carmen Yuite

After only owning him a short time he injured his leg and was put on paddock rest for 6 months. This made for a slow start to his endurance career. He went on to complete nearly a thousand kilometres in endurance with only one vet out and has done distances up to 100km. He was found to have excellent heart rates and a natural ability. After receiving numerous offers on him, and not wanting to sell him I decided to start showing him. This was definitely the right choice.

Brez has been competing in Arabian classes under saddle since 2001 and has won 16 Champions or Reserves. He has been in the top placings at every show including being ridden in Western, Show Hunter, Endurance Classes and Paced and Mannered. Brez competed at the 2006 Fairlie A & P Show in the Open hack section. This show is the biggest one day A & P Show. He was awarded Reserve Champion hack against some very successful show hacks. Brez has done most of the Cromwell Mini Shows between 2003 – 2009, competing in the Arabian sections and also the Hack ring for Jumping, Dressage, Games, Cross Country, Round the Ring Jumping, Western Pleasure and Western Trail, always with a top 4 result. Brez has done FEI Jumping, Cross Country Jumping and Derby Jumping and been placed in the top 4 every time. Brez has won High Point of Show more than five times including at Mini Shows, has been Supreme Ridden and was awarded his Roll of Merit Led in 2004 and his Elite Roll of Merit in 2010.

Brez has been to Western Shows competing against very experienced Quarter horses to win in the Western Pleasure. He placed Top 3 in the Western Trail and Barrel Racing. It is amazing the great comments we get from people as they have never seen an Arabian compete against them. Brez was to be retired in 2008 after being found to have a rare form of cancer, but after his operation and two years off he yet again came out and showed his true worth taking home at the NZ National Championships 2010 the Champion Amateur Rider, Champion Paced and Mannered, Champion Western and also got Top 3 in the Led, Liberty and Show Hunter.

Brez has the most amazing nature and will try anything asked of him – and everything he does, he does it well. My young girls would rather ride him than their own ponies and it is not unusual for people to see us riding through the township on Brez and leading a pony off him.

HFA Breznir is a true ambassador for the Arabian breed.