The New Albion Stud

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Beautiful Riding Horses…
Tudor Minstrel at the Old Selam endurance ride — headed home with ears up! Photo by Paul Pedersen. Abu Zanzabar jumping, Lydia Bowling up.
2009 chestnut colt by Latitude HD out of Brandy Sioux Jeannate. Najih [Ben Rabba x Narah Bint Neziah] showing his liberty class-winning style.
…CMK Preservation Breeding

The New Albion program began to take its current shape here in northern California in the fall of 1980, growing out of Arabian horse ownership from the early 1960s. We typified each of the once-traditional pathways toward Arabian breeding: the Bowling horses in Maryland reflected my experiences with a sterling purebred gelding, while the Trommershausens’ Colorado program began with a half-Arab mare. Bellatrix and the Babera family are long gone, but the riding horse goals and the pedigree elements which produced them still are basic to the New Albion program.

At New Albion we emphasize the mare lines, and we actively seek out reinforcements of the dynastic matrons. We also work to accumulate multiple sources of any important influence, rather than continually seeking to add new elements—we see as particularly harmful what we have come to call “the cult of the sire” where all breeding decisions are cast in terms of some “sire of the moment.” We are producing and succeeding with horses as much as six generations from our own foundation mares. My first filly was five generations from Skowronek, which makes a comparison to conjure with. We direct  your attention to the classically bred representatives of this program we now have available:

CRYSTAL NAIAH 572664 b 1999 Quite possibly the most beautiful of the Najih daughters, reserve champion sport horse prospect as a filly, full sister to the show and endurance competitor Namib, and only daughter of the futurity-winning only sister to the race winner and sire Mackie’s Image

MALVINA 591106 ch 2001 Liver chestnut, solidly built, kind natured, by a 100% Kellogg sire out of the dam of the Tevis Cup winner Benjih; 90 days under saddle some years ago. Available now her 2019 filly (owned by Lisa Rushing) is weaned.

DONA ZORINA 605073 ch 2003 Glamorous pinto pony by a beautiful Skyline sire and out out of a three-quarters sister to the multi-champion (national champion side saddle) Benraz Dazzler+; shown under saddle and a winner at walk-trot dressage

NARITAH 616879 b 2004 Galan/Aulrab cross by the halter, English and driving multi-champion Merlann (blood brother to Green Acres Sage) and out of a three-quarters sister to Najih; a people horse, good mover and well started under saddle

KORALIE 622905 ch 2005 Look up her sire’s achievements; this Ludara family is small in numbers, but produced Cantador, G A Magellan (see his endurance record) Rifh, Beniciah and San ffrancisco (ditto)

ALYSSANDRA 627384 ch 2006 Double Kimfa, plainly marked herself but out of a mare who founded an international dynasty of particolor Arabians, from the dam line of the legendary Selby and Friendship producer Nima; sister to another endurance competitor Nikanor

We are a few miles out of the university town of Davis, California, convenient to I-5 and I-80, and just 30 minutes from Sacramento International Airport. It’s always fun to see how visitors and our horses appreciate one another.

—Michael Bowling

One thought on “The New Albion Stud

  1. Mary Meland

    I thought of my friend Ann Trommershausen when I recently visited a breeding farm for Akha-Teke horses in Turkmenistan. She could have explained their place in the lineage of the Arabian and thoroughbred horses.
    Another Carleton College friend was in the travel group and we recalled the fun we had with our college riding program.


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