It was with real saddness that I learned of the passing of one of New Zealands top Breeders.
Bev Morrissey and her husband John operated Taralea Arabians in Canterbury. Over three decades of breeding they have produced some of the best stock this country has seen.
Not only have the Taralea horses been successful in the showring and under saddle, they have served as invaluable foundation stones on which many studs throughout New Zealand have been based.
The breed has lost yet another invaluable enthusiast.
On the right is a very poor photo I took at this years National Champs. Bev is hugging the handler of her stallion Fairview Shakla's Khalif. Khalif has just been awarded 2008 Nat Ch Stallion. It was a very emotional occassion. Khalif had been knocking on the door for some years and 2008 was when the door was flung open and he was invited to join the ranks of other stallions to go into NZ Arabian history.