The Story of Saber

Saber is the epitome of the Arabian horse and is displayed at the horse venues to collect donations for two worthy foundations: The Horsemen’s Distress Fund  and the Wounded Warrior Project.

In June 2013, during the Black Forest Fire, Grace Rushing has to evacuate her home and horses. During the evacuation, the Horsemen’s Distress Fund was the first to reach out and offer financial assistance. Saber is Grace’s way of giving back and paying it forward.

The Wounded Warrior Project is another foundation that will benefit from the donations. Grace & her husband are both retired U.S. Army veterans and have served over 44 years combined.

All donations are appreciated.

Saber is proudly owned by Grace Rushing (U.S. Army Retired) & lovingly hand painted by Kathy Scott.

Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund Benefit Auction – Dec 11th – Dec 18th

Ask any parent who has had a sick child: it is one of the worst feelings in the world. You’ll do just about anything to help that child get well. And when it is a serious illness, one with uncertain, sometimes scary, long term effects, it’s life-changing.

That is what is facing Scottsdale trainer Rob Long, whose daughter Teana, a popular and successful youth rider, was diagnosed with myoclonic juvenile epilepsy after seizures that began when she was 14. The difficulties facing Teana are not just the grand mals that can strike at any time, but also the injuries which can result from them (she has dislocated both shoulders to the point of needing surgical repair, among others). There is also the challenge of simply graduating from high school, and of losing friends who are afraid to be with her should a seizure happen.

That’s a lot to bear for her single parent dad, even with insurance—which nowhere near covers the costs—and the support of her 12-year-old brother, who displays empathy beyond his years.

Rob is trying not to sell Teana’s horse, because her Arabian is her passion, her consolation and therapy. But without that, remaining afloat is difficult. A private man and one who always would help a friend, he admits that it never occurred to him that one day he might be the one needing help.

That’s where the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund and this year’s Arabian Horse Times Online Auction, which runs December 11-18, 2015, come in.

imageProceeds from this year’s Christmas auction will be earmarked to assist the Long family. If you would like to donate directly, you can pay via Paypal® at or send a check to the AHDF, 236 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, CT 06752.

We invite you to go shopping for you and yours—and support a very deserving cause.


(This content is from Arabian Horse Times – Read Here)

U.S. Nationals AHDF Showdown

Join us Wednesday, October 28th, at 6:30 p.m. in Ford Truck Arena for fun as we watch Western and Halter trainers as they come together to ride for a good cause! Bid on your favorite team in a live auction!

The winning bigger of the champion team will receive a John Deere Gator, generously donated by Joan Abbett and Susan and Chad Chance.

The reserve champion bidder will receive a stay in a lovely Lake Tahoe vacation home also generously donated by The Sherman Ranch/Sherman Family.

Enjoy the fun, the music, food and signature stallion bars generously hosted by outstanding stallion owners, Shamrock Farms and the Arabian Horse Association.


Markel Stallion Fundraiser at Sport Horse Nationals

Markel Insurance is proud to support the AHDF and offer you an opportunity to Create Your Own Champion. Each of the nine stallions listed below have donated a breeding, winners of which will be drawn at Sport Horse Nationals. You may purchase as many tickets as you like and earmark them for as many stallions as you like. Tickets may either be purchased here online or at the Markel Insurance Booth during Sport Horse Nationals. Bidders need not be present to win.

To purchase tickets here on line using a secure credit card sight, simply click on the Donate Now button and enter your information. If you find an area that asks for Note:, please just put the words Markel/name of stallion you are purchasing a ticket for. ***Please send a copy of the automated receipt you will receive via email to, along with a note stipulating which stallion you are earmarking the ticket purchases for. DO NOT use the word “raffle” in your Paypal form. Any questions, please email or to reach Kimberly Douglas.

Winners will be drawn at the Chesapeake Training Center party – Barn A – Friday afternoon, September 19th, beginning at 5:30 pm.


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