KARAMEA BAY SHADOW – 2012 WAHO Trophy Winner – New Zealand

KARAMEA BAY SHADOW, Bay Gelding, *1991 (El Kheir Galal/Karamea Mira). Breeder: Alison Steward. Owner: Sandra Haywood. Strain: Dahman Umm Amer of Ibn Hemsi (Dahma, 1876)

Karamea Bay Shadow was bred by Alison Steward of Karamea Arabians. Karamea Bay Shadow (known as Shadow to his friends) is by the late El Kheir Galal who is the sire of many very successful halter and performance horses and his dam is Karamea Mira. His pedigree traces on the female line to some of the earliest imports to Australia and thence to New Zealand.

Shadow started his show career in 1995 with breeder Alison and was later shown successfully through to March 2000 with owner Robyn Barker. Shadow excelled in the show ring and took many major placings in several A Class Shows and also many wins and placings at local A & P Shows. The biggest highlight of Shadow’s show career was winning the title of Reserve National Champion Inhand Gelding at the NZ National Arabian Championships in 1999.

Listed below some of Shadow’s Major Show results:

  • 1995 – Arabian Spectacular – 1st Classic Action & Champion Gelding
  • 1996 – Northern All Arabian Show – Champion Gelding, 3rd in Top 5 of overall show
  • 1998 – North Island Arabian Championships – Champion Purebred Gelding
  • 1999 – North Island Arabian Championships – Champion Purebred Gelding
  • 1999 – NZ National Arabian Championships – Reserve National Champion In hand Gelding
  • 2000 – NZ National Arabian Championships – Reserve National Champion Costume & 1st Novice Ridden Purebred

Sandra Haywood purchased Shadow in June of 2000 knowing he would make the perfect family horse. It didn’t take long for Shadow to progress through the Endurance novice system to gain open status. Shadow excelled quickly and was the winner of many 40-80 kilometre rides in his first couple of seasons and continued this trait throughout his entire career whilst also excelling in FEI events up to 3 Star Level.

Shadow is a lovely natured horse with a laid back attitude, he does not waste any energy or get over excited. He also has a naturally low heart rate and his average lag time is between 2-3 minutes, this was a huge advantage especially in the longer distance rides where good lag times are essential for faster completion times and of course gaining leads on fellow competitors. Shadow was successful in both the Junior and Open divisions taking major placings in both, including three Championship Titles.

Listed below are Shadow’s major endurance results (Championship’s/FEI-CEI Star Events etc):

  • 2002 – Taupo World Masters Series Ride 1st 120k** Junior & Best Conditioned
  • 2003 – North Island Championships 1st 100k** Junior & Best Conditioned
  • 2003 – NZ National Championships 1st 100k** Junior & Best Conditioned
  • 2003 – North Island Championships 3rd 100k** Open
  • 2004 – NZ Horse of the Year Public Display Q 65k Open
  • 2005 – North Island Championships 10th 100k** Open
  • 2005 – NZ National Championships 4th 100k** Open
  • 2005 – Taupo Labour Weekend Ride Q 120k Open
  • 2006 – North Island Championships 9th 160k*** Open
  • 2006 – Ruahine Premier Points 3rd 100k Open
  • 2007 – Wellington Premier Points 3rd 100k Open
  • 2007 – NZ National Championships 1st 100k** Open
  • 2008 – NZ National Championships 9th 160k*** Open
  • 2009 – North Island Championships 4th 120k** Open
  • 2010 – North Island Championships 3rd= 80k CEN Open
  • 2011 – NZ National Championships 3rd 60K CEN Open

Shadow was twice the recipient of the beautiful “Registered Purebred Arabian Competing under its NZAHBS Registered Name” Sash – first in 2003 and again in 2004 in the 100k** Junior & Open events.

Shadow is now retired. At 21 years young he is sound and well. He competed right up until the end of last season. His total lifetime endurance kilometres are 6000, there are only a handful of horses that have completed this distance and those that have are on the Endurance Distance Roll of Merit for life. This is a huge achievement showing that Shadow is the perfect ambassador for the Arabian breed, versatile at excelling in both show ring and endurance and proving a worthy recipient of the WAHO Award.

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Karamea Bay Shadow with Sandra and Gemma Haywood