"The Life Of A LEGEND "
NABOR - Grey Stallion 1950
(Negatiw (SU x Lagodna (PL) by Poseidon (PL))
|breeder:||Tersk Stud, RU |
|sire line:||Ibrahim d.b. 1899, b. Obdurahm Abdullah, imp. 1907 Antoniny (PL)|
|dam line:||Szweykowska ~1800, b. Sławuta (PL)|
The following excellent article written by Mary Jane Parkinson originally appeared in the November 1984 issue of Arabian Horse World Magazine and is reprinted here in its entirety .
Please keep in mind that many years have passed since, and many events have changed. Tom and Deedie Chauncey, who were the significant people in *Naborr's life from 1969 to his death in 1977, eventually were divorced and both have since died. But what is important is that together they owned a legendary stallion whose impact on the Arabian breed will remain. They continued to promote the *Naborr line in the show rings of the United States and the world and continued to breed horses of this important bloodline. *Naborr was a famous horse before their involvement, but his final chapters would have been vastly different without the extreme dedication, promotion, and love that Tom and Deedie Chauncey provided to his life.
Many *Naborr sons and daughters mentioned here have also since died, but many more became show champions after this article was written. In fact, some direct *Naborr get are still showing--at age 20 and more! The final chapter of *Naborr's history will never be written. It is an ongoing saga of one incredible horse.
*NABORR SEEMS TO HAVE captivated the international Arabian horse community. Very quietly, very regally, and very definitively. His extraordinary beauty, his merit as a sire, his nobility and bearing, and his ability to emotionally involve the persons in his life made him nearly irresistible to anyone touched in any way by Arabian horses.
We first heard about *Naborr in 1958 when Patricia Lindsay of Stockings Farm in England wrote of her visit to Poland that year. She spent time at Michalow State Stud and described *Naborr there: "Particularly interesting was the pure white Nabor, probably the best of the imports from Russia. This horse is a grandson of Naseem by direct male line and was bought to reintroduce the blood of Skowronek to Poland. He already has some very good progeny, stamping them all with lovely heads and a charming gaiety of carriage." A grandson of Naseem? Imports to Poland from Russia? All news, and highly intriguing, to Americans who wondered how Arabian horse breeding in Poland and Russia had survived World War II.
*Naborr's foaling at Tersk Stud in Russia, only five years after the end of World War II in Europe, was part of the aftermath of the capture and removal of horses as war booty. His granddam Obra (Hardy x Ikwa) was foaled at Janow-Podlaski Stud in Poland in 1933 and went to a private breeder, Stanislaw Magielski at Jablonka Stud in the Konin District. There she was bred to Posejdon (a son of Ibrahim, the sire of Skowronek) and foaled a grey filly in 1939 for her first foal. The filly was named Lagodna, which means "gentle" in Polish. Lagodna and Obra disappeared in 1939; however, they were not among the 100+ choice Arabians scooped up by the Russians as they swept through Poland. Sometime between 1939 and 1945 (probably in 1943), Lagodna was taken to the German Trakhener State Stud where she was known as "Odilgard"or "Lagodna Odilgard." She apparently was bred to Trakhener stallions there, although we know the Polish-bred Arabian stallion Lowelas (Koheilan I x Elegantka) was taken to the same stud.
In early 1946, the Russians took Lagodna, along with five other Polish-bred mares, to Tersk Stud. Lagodna had her 1946 Trakhener foal at her side and she was again in foal to a Trakhener stallion. Both foals are listed in Volume I of the Russian Arabian Stud Book. In 1944, the Soviet government granted to Tersk the exclusive right to breed purebred Arabians; all partbreds at Tersk were moved to Stavropol Stud Farm, so Lagodna's foals may have been sent there.
At Tersk, Lagodna produced four more foals (three colts and one filly), and then was sold. In 1949 she was bred to the stallion Negatiw, a son of Naseem (by the Polish-bred stallion Skowronek). In 1936, when he was 14, Naseem was included in the 25 Crabbet-bred Arabians Lady Wentworth sold to representatives of the Russian government. Of the six stallions in the Crabbet purchase, Naseem is the only one whose line was perpetuated at Tersk. From 1936 to 1951, he sired 87 purebreds and 50 partbred Arabians. Of his 45 purebred sons, six were entered in the stud book, and 20 of his 42 daughters were entered. Negatiw, foaled in 1945, was out of Taraszcza (Enwer-Bey x Gazella II), a Polish-bred mare confiscated by the Russians at Janow-Podlaski in 1939. Negatiw's first foals were born in 1949--a colt and a filly--and Lagodna was one of 12 mares selected to be bred to him for 1950. She foaled a grey colt on April 13, 1950, and he was named "Nabor."
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*Naborr (Nabor) was entered in Volume I of the Russian Arabian Stud Book with the notation that he was considered "Grade I." His measurements are listed at 149 centimeters (height at the withers), 147 centimeters (from point of shoulder to point of buttock), 172 centimeters (girth), and 18 centimeters (bone). When *Naborr was two he raced at Piatygorsk, winning two of eight races. His times are recorded as 1,500 meters in 1:54, 1,600 meters in 1:55, and 1,800 meters in 2:10.
In 1954, the Tersk Arabians won their first awards at the All-Union Agricultural Fair in Moscow, where they competed against all Russian breeds of horses. *Naborr, at age four, was awarded the "Certificate of the First Class" (the equivalent of our National Reserve Championship), and his sire Negatiw was awarded the championship. That same year, *Naborr was first used at stud at Tersk; four foals were born in 1955 and five in 1956, for a total of six colts and three fillies. One colt King, out of Kompositsia (Korej x Mulatka), was registered in the stud book; none of the fillies were registered. King, in turn, sired one filly who was not registered as a broodmare, so the *Naborr line was not continued at Tersk.
As the Poles rebuilt their shattered and scattered Arabian breeding program after World War II, they realized they had no stallions of the Ibrahim sire line. The desert-bred Ibrahim had been imported to Poland by Count Josef Potocki for Antoniny Stud in 1907, but no direct sire line descendants were available to the program. By that time, Ibrahim's son Skowronek was acclaimed as "the horse of the century," "the great progenitor," and as one of the most influential sires of the breed. The Poles knew of his son Naseem and grandson Negatiw as highly successful sires at Tersk. In 1955 they obtained *Naborr, a direct sire line descendant of Ibrahim (and with two more crosses to Ibrahim), for the Polish State Studs. *Naborr arrived in Poland in the fall of 1955 and was taken to the Klikowa Stallion Depot for a short time. The Poles loved him, for they found in *Naborr a resemblance to the Arabian horses painted by Juliusz Kossak, considered the best painter of oriental horses. *Naborr's remarkable Arabian type, dry fine head, swan-like neck, and milk-white hair (unusual for his age) all related to the Poles' ideal Arabian.
*Naborr's first year at stud in Poland (1956) was at Albigowa State Stud in the Lancut District, a site used until Janow-Podlaski was rebuilt. Seven foals (four fillies and three colts) were born in 1957. The dams were daughters of the top Polish stallions Witraz, Wielki Szlem, and Koheilan I. *Naborr was moved to the recently established Michalow State Stud (in the Pinczow District) for the 1957 breeding season. There he came into the care of Ignacy Jaworowski, the Director of Michalow, who became a lifelong admirer of *Naborr. Mr. Jaworowski rode him and appreciated his docile character, his dignity, and innate intelligence. The first year at Michalow, *Naborr bred seven mares, plus one at Nowy Dwor Stud. The 1957 mares included three sired by Amurath Sahib (35. Amurath II AUST/PASB x Sahiba PASB). *Naborr stayed at Michalow through the 1963 breeding season when his life was again dramatically changed, this time by Americans.
*Naborr's daughters- At Michalow Stud -"the dancers." Gadzalski photo.
IN 1962, Dr. Eugene LaCroix of Lasma Arabians and his friend Dr. Howard F. Kale of Kale Arabians visited the Polish studs, some of the first Americans to travel there post-World War II. The trip was Dr. LaCroix's follow-through on his "Wow!" impression of the 1960-1961 Polish Arabians imported via the "mail order" Gladys Brown Edwards-Patricia Lindsay-Animex connection. Miss Lindsay brought the first Polish-bred Arabians since Skowronek into England in 1958 following her visit there and maintained good relations with the Poles. She was also an accomplished linguist, and this skill served her well. The imports to the United States, the first since the prizes of war in 1945, suggested Poland as a source of prime breeding stock, and Dr. LaCroix couldn't wait to get to the nest. He was not disappointed; he was overwhelmed. The beauty, elegance, athletic ability, and a certain exuberance were there in abundance, and he was ready to import a sampling to the United States. When he arrived back in Scottsdale, he told wonderful stories of the Polish Arabians, and he carried photos and movies to back up his stories. One of the persons who listened to his travel tales with unusual interest was Mrs. Anne McCormick, a Scottsdale Arabian breeder.
Mrs. McCormick, a Chicagoan transplanted to Scottsdale, was an independent thinker, known for her scholarly approach to livestock breeding. She was a highly successful cattle breeder and transferred her knowledge of genetics and breeding theories to Arabian horses. As she lis-tened to Dr. LaCroix's stories of the beauty and usefulness of the Polish Arabians, the appeal of importing was there. Dr. LaCroix showed her a photograph of a *Naborr son and suggested she might be able to acquire him. Her reaction, after seeing photos of *Naborr, was, "Well, *Naborr looks better to me. Why not import the sire?" Dr. LaCroix had toyed with this idea too, but had been told the Poles would not part with him. Mrs. McCormick was also known as a formidable and determined woman. She did not see the fact that *Naborr was not for sale as a deterrent. She in-sisted on a phone call ("I'm paying the tariff. You call.") to Patricia Lindsay in England who could contact Animex in Poland. The message to be relayed to the Poles: Mrs. McCormick wants to buy *Naborr. What is the price? Miss Lindsay reinforced Dr. LaCroix's feeling that *Naborr was too valuable to the Polish breeding program to consider selling him. She was reminded, "All they can do is say no." In time, the message came back via Miss Lindsay with a price obviously calculated to discourage the lady in Scottsdale. Instead, she said, "I'll take him."
Dr. LaCroix rallied other Scottsdale breeders and friends to join in the importation effort. After frustrating delays caused by a dockworkers' strike in New York and Poland's worst winter in 100 years, 15 Polish Arabians were loaded on board ship late in January 1963. The cargo was precious. It included the stallions *Naborr and *Bask, both to have unending influence on Arabian horse breeding worldwide, and mares of great merit. The crossing was not smooth. The ship ran into a wicked storm, made no progress westward for ten days, and food supplies ran low. Forty-four days later, on March 9, 1963, the ship docked in New York. One mare had aborted at sea and died within a few days All the horses were down in weight and generally battered and skinned. Except *Naborr. He was calm, unscathed, and had lost only about 50 pounds, much less than the others. Harold Daugherty, Mrs. McCormick's ranch manager, and her son Guy Stillman were in New York to meet *Naborr. Before the ship docked, they were on a launch in the harbor so they could go on board for their first look at *Naborr, the only horse in the lot with a five-figure price tag. Mr. Jaworowski, as one of Poland's leading horse specialists, accompanied the horses, and Harold Daugherty was able to visit with him--in spite of language problems--and learn more about *Naborr. After time in quarantine, *Naborr was taken to the McCormick ranch, where Mrs. McCormick immediately acknowledged his beauty and the wisdom of her purchase and began planning his contributions to her breeding program.
*Naborr was nearly limited to the McCormick breeding program. Mrs. McCormick was a woman of wealth and had no desire or need to make a profit with her Arabian horses, and she had no interest in the notoriety generated by *Naborr as the first Tersk-bred Arabian to arrive in the United States. The curious called, wrote, and stopped by. Many wanted to book mares, but Mrs. McCormick was concerned only with his influence on her Arabians. Other than her family members, only a favored few were approved to bring mares to *Naborr: Dr. LaCroix, Dr. Howard Kale, Daniel C. Gainey, Emile Goyette, and Bazy Tankersley.
MRS. McCORMICK DIED in 1969 at age 90, and her will stipulated that her Arabians be sold at public auction. A small, unpretentious, black and white catalog announced the liquidation sale at the McCormick Ranch on North Scottsdale Road in October. Of the 50 lots in the sale, only *Naborr was pictured. At age 19, the catalog stated, he was in excellent breeding condition, and a group of underwriters agreed to insure him for 80% of his purchase price, up to $100,000. The curiosity level was high, and the rumor mill produced more speculation each day. Pre-sale, there was talk of syndicates ready to buy *Naborr and that he might bring as much as $100,000, talk of celebrities interested in him, and talk of his going back to Europe.The speed and efficiency of the Arabian horse grapevine has evoked amazement for years, but Wednesday, October 15, 1969, must have been a record-setter. The news flash of the heretofore unheard of $150,000 for *Naborr and the name of the buyer sped from coast to coast, and almost as fast, the question came back, "Who is this Tom Chauncey who bought him?" A former Texan, jeweler, rancher (cattle, thoroughbreds, and quarter horses), respected civic leader in Phoenix, and owner of radio and television stations; a man who came under *Naborr's spell with the first look at the McCormick Ranch in 1963; and a man whose life would be wrapped around *Naborr from that day on.
Deedie Chauncey remembers the days prior to the auction and the day itself: "Tom had been a *Naborr fan since 1963 and asked me what I thought about buying him. I, of course, thought it would be wonderful, and we speculated about the price. Tom guessed about $40,000, and I thought that's an awful lot of money. He decided to bid up to that amount. So we were sitting in the bleachers in the sale tent and the bidding went past $40,000 very quickly. When it went to $140,000, Tom turned to me and said, 'What do you think? Should I keep bidding?' and I almost fell out of the bleachers. I had no idea he was still bidding. Several syndicates were bidding, and the members were having little meetings, but they dropped out, one by one, and Tom got him. My first thoughts when that gavel dropped were 'Oh, my God, where are we going to put him?' At that time we didn't even have a decent barn! Our whole operation was at Mayer, Arizona. A beautiful ranch, but nothing to house a valuable stallion. So Tom went to Gene LaCroix and asked if he would keep him until we got organized. So *Naborr went straight to Lasma where he got steamed bran as he did in Poland and was cared for by a Lasma employee who had known him in Poland. And the LaCroixes were thrilled to have him."
Before the McCormick auction, Tom Chauncey had visited with his friend Wayne Newton about buying *Naborr. The Chaunceys had known Newton since he was about 11 years old--the days when he and his brother Jerry were singing and playing banjos at supermarket openings. Later, the two appeared on Chauncey's television stations, and the friendship developed. Pre-auction, Wayne had agreed to go partners on *Naborr at the $40,000 price; however, at $150,000 Tom Chauncey figured he'd lost a potential partner. But post-auction, *Naborr and the partnership still looked good to Newton, and he became half-owner. The Chaunceys had sold a portion of the Mayer ranch to Wayne where he built a beautiful barn, and *Naborr was moved there from Lasma.
At this time, the Chaunceys had three mares and several Half-Arabians, a part of the working cattle ranch at Mayer. Deedie had her daydreams about becoming an Arabian breeder and wasted no time using *Naborr as a sire. She chose Bint Kholameh (Adibiyez x Kholameh), bred by her father Philip K. Wrigley at the family's El Rancho Escondido on Catalina Island, to go to *Naborr for his first Chauncey-bred foal. (A grey colt was foaled in October 1970; more about him later.)
Now the Chaunceys followed the traditional pattern: buy that special Arabian, acquire more Arabians, and become Arabian breeders. The "more" was easy. Deedie and her daughter Misdee went horse shopping on Catalina Island where they selected six mares. Others were added, and Tom Chauncey Arabians was founded.
By 1971, the Chaunceys had built horse facilities on raw land on North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, and *Naborr was moved there. The following year, Wayne Newton decided to relocate his Arabian breeding operation close to Las Vegas where he spent most of his time as an entertainer, and the Chaunceys were able to buy back Wayne's interest in *Naborr. Wayne's zooming career in show business boosted the *Naborr image during the time he was part owner. Wayne was called "the ambassador of the Arabian breed" and he talked about Arabian horses at every opportunity--in his shows, on television, and in special appearances. Wayne took *Naborr to the 1970 Nationals at Oklahoma City, where he was presented as one of the ten Living Legend Stallions, and where he was seen and admired by thousands.
*NABORR BECAME the celebrity-in-residence at Tom Chauncey Arabians, and his fans arrived in droves. He had been relatively unaccessible at the McCormick Ranch and off the path at Mayer, and persons who had never seen him in person wanted that long satisfying look. Before, during, and after the Scottsdale show was the time of heaviest traffic, and Deedie finally restricted the times. "I had it announced at the show that *Naborr would be shown only twice a day, because that poor horse was being pulled out of his stall from eight in the morning until 11 at night. There were people who didn't want to breed, couldn't afford to breed, maybe didn't even have a horse, but it was very important to them to see *Naborr in the flesh." *Naborr put up with the hordes, probably even liked them. He stood quietly letting people touch him and pat him, and was very responsive to a camera. Deedie recalls one lady who very plaintively asked if she might have a hair from *Naborr's tail for her daughter who could not be there. "I said, 'Of course, you may, and pulled the hair for her and put it in an envelope so she could mail it."
*Naborr settled into a comfortable routine with the Chaunceys. After breakfast, he was turned out into his paddock from about 7:30 to 11:00 and then he'd go back into his stall. In the afternoon, he took a nap. He didn't lie down, but stood with his head in the corner of the stall and slept for two hours each day. "And nobody better disturb him," Deedie says."I mean, he was grumpy. That was his time. At first, when visitors came, we'd wake him up and bring him out, but I finally realized it was not good for *Naborr or anyone else. It's like waking your husband up from a nap when there's company. A definite no-no. So I just started telling people *Naborr would be up from his nap later and they were welcome to come back in late afternoon. That's the way he was. He ran me. He ran the whole ranch."
Smokey Brazelton, who worked at Lasma before he came to the Chauncey ranch, took *Naborr for a walk around the ranch each day. And when Tom Chauncey came home in the evening, the two had their time alone. Tom had considered *Naborr perfect the first time he saw him, just shortly after his arrival at the McCormick Ranch, and he never revised his opinion. To Tom, *Naborr only became "more perfect." *Naborr knew the sound of Tom's car and his footstep and always greeted him with a special low chortle reserved for their conversations. Tom brought him carrots each evening, and they had their private talks--high quality moments for both of them.
Deedie's office at the ranch adjoined *Naborr's stall, and as she finished up ranch paperwork late at night, she could hear his every move. He was the last horse to whom she said her good nights at the end of the day. Deedie says, "I like to think he liked me a lot. He was very charismatic, of course, but also a little aloof. He wasn't the kind of horse who nuzzled you, but he would turn his head and he loved to be scratched. *Naborr was authoritative. There was no bluff about him. He was always totally honest, and you never had to guess what he was thinking. I was always in awe of him, a kind of mixed feeling of reverence, fear, and wonder. I also know he had a sense of humor; he would turn and roll his eyes at me to see if I really got the joke."
Deedie Chauncey has shared several stories of *Naborr's days at Tom Chauncey Arabians: "One day, I was out tending my little vegetable and flower garden at the ranch when all of a sudden I heard this frantic "Whoa, whoa, whoa!" from Smokey and a clatter of hooves, and *Naborr flew around the corner of the barn and headed out toward the pastures, Smokey hot on his heels. I had visions of *Naborr making a right turn onto Scottsdale Road, and that would be all she wrote. Fortunately, every mare in the pasture threw up her tail and galloped over to the fence, and a couple of them were in heat. Well, you know *Naborr screeched to a stop, and we caught him.
"Another time Smokey took *Naborr out for his daily walk, came back, and was holding him while he grazed around the stables. I was in my office and when Smokey called, 'Quick! Help! Come quick,' I went running out and there was *Naborr with the biggest gila monster I have ever ever seen attached to his halter. They are poisonous, and when a gila monster is attached, it's attached; there's no letting go. Smokey was as pale as a ghost, and we were both just terrified. *Naborr was absolutely cool as a cucumber. I ran into the barn, got another halter, and put it around *Naborr's neck, farther back, and told Smokey to unbuckle *Naborr's halter and just let it fall to the ground. Which he did and we got the other halter on him. *Naborr never turned a hair.
"WHEN WE FIRST got to the ranch, we used to breed out in the dirt in front of God and everybody, and I thought *Naborr, of all sires, deserved a breeding barn. I finally got it built, and I'll never forget the first day we used it. First, some background: We had an old brown--not bay but just uninteresting brown--mare who had had some good foals by *Naborr. She was dull, totally nondescript, but she turned *Naborr on more than any other mare he ever had, and she was the only mare he was ever truly in love with. When we went on A.I. and needed a collection mare, I combed the country and finally found a mare that looked like her. She had absolutely no libido, but I always hobbled her, just in case. So the day we were to use the new barn for the first time, 'Brownie' was in place. I was squatted down, putting the hobbles on her, and Doug McVicker was leading *Naborr in. All of a sudden Doug yelled at me, 'Mrs. C., look out! Look out!' With Brownie in his own breeding barn, *Naborr just went wild. I looked up and all I could see was this giant white apparition *Naborr on his hind legs, lunging toward Brownie. And me. I rolled out of the way, and everything was okay, but I was so scared I shook for an hour. When I asked Dr. Hancock what in God's name had gotten into *Naborr, always the gentle breeder, the only thing he could think of was that it was his first time in the breeding barn and he became the stereotypical old man getting into a hotel room."
Deedie remembers *Naborr never had to prove himself to the other Chauncey stallions or mares. The other stallions challenged each other, but never *Naborr, and passed his stall with a sense of deference. When they walked past the mare pastures, they puffed themselves up, whinnied, and bellowed, an exercise which usually attracted only the mares in season. *Naborr, in contrast, was calm, regal, and powerful without any great macho display, and every mare raised her head from grazing.
*Naborr seldom left the Chauncey ranch, a condition he liked and saw no reason to change. In 1975, Tom Chauncey promised Hal and Arlyne Clay that he would bring *Naborr to their ranch to be exhibited at the Clays' sale. Everything was ready. A police escort was standing by, the van was set up for *Naborr. But *Naborr wasn't going. No hysteria, no display of temper or bad behavior, just not putting even one hoof into the van. The Chaunceys acknowledged they'd been foiled, and *Naborr was returned to his stall.
In 1976, when *Naborr was 26, the Chaunceys held the first *Naborr Generation Sale, a Broadway stage-type production at the Chauncey ranch. Twelve *Naborr sons were paraded for the sale crowd, then *Naborr was led center stage. People were on their feet instantly, applauding and cheering. *Naborr was alabaster and majesty and red roses and took all the adulation as his due. He looked upon his sons only briefly and with some disdain. The sale grossed $813,000 for 31 lots, topped by TC Grand Slam, a two-year-old colt, at $105,000. All but two of the horses in the sale were of *Naborr breeding, or mares in foal to him or his son Kaborr.
A visitor from *Naborr's past came to call at the Chauncey ranch during Scottsdale week that year. Dr. Oleg Balakshin, then Head of the Horse Breeding Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Russia, and his interpreter. Dr. Balakshin knew *Naborr at Tersk but had not seen him since 1955, so he called to pay his respects. His reaction to seeing *Naborr again was tears, Deedie remembers.
*Naborr died on November 9, 1977. Doug phoned the news to Deedie at Catalina where she was visiting her family. She flew back to Scottsdale within hours, and she and Doug and Juan (a ranch worker) buried him near the stables that night in a cold dismal rain.
*Naborr's death was a low blow to Tom Chauncey, and for a time there was speculation that he might not go on with Arabian breeding. But by this time Kaborr (the grey colt foaled in October 1970- photo alongside) was more than living up to his label "the spittin' image son of *Naborr," and much of the caring was transferred to him. In 1979, Kaborr was Cana-dian National Champion Stallion and Canadian National Champion Western Pleasure, and U.S. National Reserve Champion Stallion for the second time. A few months later, Kaborr frosted this record and went even more international at Salon du Cheval in Paris when he was judged European Senior Male Champion. In 1982, Kaborr firmly established himself as a sire of merit and renewed and embellished the *Naborr image. Kaborr's daughter Kajora (x *Edjora), at age three, was U.S. National Champion Mare in a class of 52.
*Naborr's record as a sire is still being developed. By the end of the 1976 show season, 61 *Naborr sons and daughters had won a total of 693 championships. The championships included three double National Champions: *Aramus (x Amneris PASB), U.S. and Canadian National Champion Stallion; *Dornaba (x Darda PASB), U.S. and Canadian National Champion Mare; and Riffle (x *Rifilla), U.S. and Canadian National Champion Formal Driving.
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(*Naborr x Gavrelle)
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(*Naborr x Amneris PASB)
By the end of the 1982 show season, 121 *Naborr offspring had won a total of 1,130 Championships, Reserves, Top Tens, and Top Fives. The total of 1,130 establishes *Naborr as one of the sires with the most champions--a count not likely to be challenged by many. There are 109 wins at the National level, including 18 Championships; 150 wins at the Regional level; 34 at Pacific Slope, Pacific Northwest, and East Coast championship classes; and 793 (393 in halter and 400 in performance) at Class A shows.
THE 1,130 WINS are almost evenly divided, with 569 halter wins (50.4%) and 561 in performance (49.6%). At the U.S. and Canadian Nationals and at the Regional level,the performance Championships and Reserves include English pleasure, park, formal driving, pleasure driving, native costume, western pleasure, sidesaddle, and stock. Most of the championships were won by *Naborr sons; 75 stallions and six geldings (about 65%) had 877 wins for about 78% of the total.
Nine of *Naborr's top ten winning offspring are males. Desert Sands (x Esare), a *Naborr son foaled in 1965, has the highest number of wins with 59, all in performance. Next in *Naborr's top ten winning offspring is Riffle (x *Rifilla) with 54, again all in performance, followed by *Aramus (x Amneris PASB) with 49 in halter and performance. Then comes Kaborr (x Bint Kholameh) with 45, *Dornaba (x Darda PASB) (the only mare in the top ten) with 42, Gai-Adventure (x Gavrelle) with 32, Fire (x Bur Ann) with 32, Itsalancer (x Itsarada) with 31, *Madrygal (x Madiara PASB) with 29, and The Phoenician (x Sunny Acres Papaya) with 29.
Those 1,130 wins came to *Naborr in 20 years of showing. The first wins for *Naborr offspring were in 1963 when *Gwiazdor (x *Gwadiana), *Mirzaz (x Mira PASB), *Gwozdawa (x *Gwadiana), and *Dzisna (x Dyska PASB) brought home one halter championship, two halter reserves, a Pacific Slope Top Five Park, and a Reserve Park.The number of wins increased almost every year; 1972 was the highest year with 87, but there were 86 in 1975, and 81 in 1982. From 1963 to 1982, *Naborr offspring averaged 56.5 wins per year. The highest number of shows per year was 63 in 1982.
*Naborr sired a total of 365 foals (194 fillies and 171 colts) for his lifetime total in the United States, putting him well above 250 registered foals, the criterion for World Sires of Significance in this series. In addition to his foals sired in Russia and America, *Naborr sired 61 foals during his years at stud in Poland, for an international total of 435. *Naborr is one of the homozygous greys of the Skowronek line, so all 435 foals are grey.
Of *Naborr's 61 Polish-bred offspring, 25 daughters and 15 sons bred at Michalow were selected for purebred breeding. Fifteen of those daughters were exported, and all 15 of the stallions. The Poles sold *Naborr offspring to Sweden, Germany, Holland, and Mexico. In European shows, *Espartero (x Ela) was Swedish National Champion Stallion, Madar (x *Maritsa) was Swedish National Champion Stallion, and Dardir (x Darda) won his class at the Salon du Cheval. Thirteen sons and 14 daughters were imported to the United States. Two stallions, *Mirzaz and *Faraon, were imported before *Naborr was, and one son and five daughters arrived in 1963, along with *Naborr. Ten of the imported sons and nine of the daughters became champions.
By 1969, *Naborr had four sons who sired ten or more foals in that year's stud book, topped by his son *Aramus with 42. In 1974, he had seven sons with ten or more foals in three consecutive stud books. For Volume 33 of the stud book (1979), *Naborr himself was in the top five sires, all with 30 or more foals. *Naborr is one of eight World Sires of Significance who have sons who are Sires of Significance. With three sons (*Gwalior, *Aramus, and Gai-Adventure) already on the list, and a fourth son about to join them. Azh Naborr, owned by Sam and Gloria Azhderian, has 246 foals registered through Volume 45, with an additional 49 foals appearing in upcoming volumes 46 and 47. *Bask is the only other sire with four sons on the Sires of Significance list.
(*Naborr x *Gwadiana)
When the Chaunceys acquired *Naborr, they set his stud fee at $10,000 and later reduced it to $5,000. He remained at public stud the rest of his life; his book was limited but never closed. The Chaunceys bred 169 *Naborr foals and still have 13 daughters--daughters which Deedie describes as "treasures beyond measure." The pure Polish *Naborr daughters have been bred to Ben Bask (*Bask x *Maska by Negatiw). The merit of crossing *Naborr with the Ferzon lines is demonstrated by the Chauncey stallion Century Cytadel (Gai Parada x Tivolee), a Ferzon grandson, with whom the *Naborr daughters cross well. Other Chauncey *Naborr daughters have been to their National Champion Stallion *Asadd (*Sultann x Amani EAO). The *Serafix line has also been a good cross for the *Naborr blood.
Tom Chauncey collected choice mares for *Naborr (and the other Chauncey stallions) and through his collecting efforts became the legendary big spender at Scottsdale. *Bask daughters became a specialty in his buying, and this year, the Chaunceys' 52 *Bask daughters were all bred to Kaborr.
HOW TO SUM UP *NABORR? The narrative tells the story of his travels, and the numbers tell the story of *Naborr as a sire of champions. But the story of *Naborr the individual is found in the memories and appreciation of persons worldwide. Many persons shared those feelings when *Naborr died, such as this heartfelt tribute from a child who wrote: "I wanted to tell you how bad I feel about *Naborr. I know it was a great loss to everyone, for I am positive *Naborr meant a lot to the whole nation. No one knows how bad I feel. When I heard the news, I wanted to cry. I know it doesn't sound like much coming from a 12-year-old girl, but it's the best I can do."
When Wayne Newton learned of *Naborr's death, he wired the Chaunceys: "Trust me when I tell you we know how you feel. I once wrote a line that said simply, 'It really doesn't matter how it all ends. The only thing that truly matters are the hearts and souls you touch along the way.' You have touched his heart and soul, and we have all been touched by his."
*Naborr was born Nabor in Russia and is recorded as Sire #33 in the Russian Arabian Stud Book (RASB). In Poland he was also registered as Nabor. When imported to the United States in 1963, the name of that spelling was already taken, so he was registered as *Naborr, which is the spelling most commonly seen, but both are correct. The asterisk (*) was used before a name and became a part of the name to designate that the horse was imported (although it did not specify from what country).
His sire Negatiw (as registered in Poland) was born and bred by the Tersk Stud in Russia, where his name is spelled Negativ and he was Sire #40 in the Russian Arabian Stud Book. In 1961 he was exported to Poland. Therefore, both spellings are correct, but the more common usage is the Polish spelling, Negatiw.
Abbreviations for stud books used in this pedigree are as follows: PASB (Polish Arabian Stud Book); RASB (Russian Arabian Stud Book); GSB (General Stud Book - England); HUN (Babolna State Stud, Hungary); AUST (Austrian Arabian Stud Book). DB stands for Desertbred, meaning the horses are purebred but the records do not go back any further. Since many Arabians have been registered in more than one country, often two stud books are indicated. *Naborr himself was registered in three countries: Russia, Poland, and the United States.
When known, the name of the breeder and the year of foaling is shown. Colors are designated by the following abbreviations: Gr is Grey; Ch is Chestnut, and B is Bay.
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