Foaling season is a busy time at Eleanor’s Arabians. Breeding Manager, Mark Coombs makes it a point to have Eleanor’s mares foaling out in March, April and May, if at all possible, to coincide with springtime in Minnesota. This year’s first foal was a bay colt, sired by Eleanor’s great foundation sire, Hesa Zee+/ out of Hit The Highlights, a Quarter Horse mare of Gray’s Starlight, Joe Cody and King Fritz breeding. Hesa Zee+/ passed on several years ago but still managed 8 national winners at this year’s U.S. Nationals, four of them national champions! The second happy arrival was also a Hesa Zee+/ out of a good Quarter Horse mare named Eternaly Tuf N Chexy, a Tuf N Busy daughter. This was also a solid and sound bay colt and the farm named him Hesa Chexmate. The next March baby was by the Quarter Horse stallion Tinsel Jac out of the good Hesa Zee+/ daughter, Hezas Fire Fly. A liver chestnut, Mark Coombs thinks he is an exceptional youngster. “He’s got exactly what we want from this cross,” Mark laughs, “a strong, big hip and Quarter Horse body with an handsome Arabian head. He’s good-minded and good-sized. A real handsome youngster, we’re calling him Hesa Tincel Jac.” Also born in March was AM CapableClemmie’s grey filly by the pure Polish stallion Romanek. Loaded with type, personality and quality, the filly gets lots of attention from visitors.
With the first of April came the first Hesa Zee+/ filly out of Estrello Del Gallo, a Peppy San Badger granddaughter out of a Reminic daughter. This could be the best filly born this year among the half-Arabian offspring. The best filly among the purebreds is probably Zee Last Fire’s Romanek filly, a beautiful blood-bay with four perfect white socks that sold promptly to Kevin Simmons, a man who obviously knows precisely when to buy a good one and run for it. The month of April also brought some equine sunshine in the form of a golden Palomino filly quickly named Shesa Goldelocks. Sired by Hesa Zee+/ out of the Quarter Horse mare Leave The Lights On (Grays Starlight and Custom Crome breeding), the golden girl attracts a lot of attention. One of this year’s best colts came mid-April to the Crown Musc+ daughter CMS Centerfold. A handsome black-bay, this purebred Hesa Zee+/ son was dubbed Hesa Taylor Made. CMS Centerfold’s dam is the Xenophonn daughter, Zee Cover Girl, dam of the two-time 2018 U.S. Reserve National Champion HA Zee Ricky Bobby. Among the last group of April foals born at Eleanor’s was the bay purebred colt Sensational Jacinto (San Jacinto Jullyen V x Sheza Velvet Rose by Hesa Zee+/). The sire is a U.S. National Top Ten Western Pleasure Futurity and Sheza Velvet Rose is a full sister to Canadian National Top Ten Reining, Shez The One. Another half-Arabian Hesa Zee+/ gelding, Hesa Little Renegade, is a flashy chestnut out of the Quarter Horse mare, Neatnik Chex (Hollywood Jac 86 and Peppy San Badger breeding). When things were not going well with his mother, “Renegade” was moved to a new mom, Miss Eveningshade, a Crown Musc+ daughter and foundation stock for Eleanor’s. Nearly 26-years-old, Miss Eveningshade now qualifies as venerable but still, she was delighted with her adopted son and proudly showed him off as her own to all the other ladies.