Starfix - purebred Arabian mare of SAX Morabs in Kentucky

Our stallion SAX Gold Dust was bred by our beautiful mare Starfix, with lines to the champion stallion *Serafix.

 
 

SX Starfix

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SX Starfix was the broodmare I was looking for with considerable *Serafix blood. She was already bred to a Morgan, at purchase as a maiden mare, and produced a very large and leggy 1999 Morab filly.  The filly was returned to the former owner of Star and has since been sold to others. ‘Star’, as shown here, has the tall, sleek, leggy, full hip and slender neck qualities that I wanted from the Arabian.  She is very feminine and has very good Arabian type. She is a SX Staley’s Gemini (*Serafix) x SX La Quinta (*Serafix) cross.

Eager to proceed with my breeding program, I had explored the world of Morgan stallions.  I had seen an attractive cremello stallion at the Tennessee Horse Fair in the mid 1990's and thought that some day I would go this route.  Now that I was ready, I searched the Morgan Sire Directory and found a cremello that would be a possible match for ‘Star’. I viewed the video tape, got information of his get already on the ground and had input from my trainer, Jennifer Hudson. MEMC Tequila Cuervo had the Morgan phenotype that would complement my Arabian, SX Starfix, in hopes to produce that ‘complementary’ blend of both equine worlds, the Morab. MEMC Tequila Cuervo had already put several very nice Morabs on the ground and was becoming a noted Morgan sire for color Morabs.

Star foaled a beautiful Palomino Morab colt in May, 2000. This youngster, who is a very out-going, energetic and athletic will now take me down another path of Morabs.

As of June 2012, Starfix is owned by Suzanne Sheppard of Hazel Green, Alabama.  Star is reunited with her half sister (same sire) from when she was a youngster.  Suzanne is knowledgeable of the *Serafix bloodlines and Susie Ernest is planning on showing ‘Star’ in the near future.

 

*Serafix Bloodlines

There has been a resurgence in capturing the *Serafix bloodlines in Arabian or part Arabian breeding in the early 21st Century. SX Starfix is a double *Serafix granddaughter making her 50% *Serafix.

There have been several requests to lease SX Starfix as a breeding mare. This is possible with the condition that 'Star' remains on the owners' premises for the breeding and foaling. When the foal is ready to be transported, the owner makes arrangements for transport.

 

SX Staleys Gemini — sire of *Starfix

SX Staleys Gemini is a product of *Serafix x Neecheza, a Netez daughter, thus, combining the well-known excellence of the Naseem/Odir cross.  This was one of Roger's carefully planned crosses of *Serafix on these particular mare lines.  A former owner of Gemini, Corey Sayen of Standord, Michigan, says of his pedigree: "It was clear that Gemini's pedigree was truly that of a herd sire; he simply didn't have a hole anywhere in his pedigree, just generations of excellent Arabians.  This speaks so well of how John Rogers bred *Serafix and the consistent quality of Arabians that were produced through selective breeding.  Ms. Sayen had been breeding grandsons of *Serafix for her breeding program and was destined to some day line breed *Serafix.  Gemini, foaled in Fort Meyers, Florida, at John Betty Evan's Staleys Farms, had started off as a youngster with wins in halter and was named High Point Halter Stallion in Florida as a two and three year old.  Gemini went on to be a performance horse and was shown extensively in Canada.  He has won championships in English and Western Pleasure and placed well in Park classes.  He was also a favorite in Liberty and won every class. He was later, with his half sister SX La Quinta, moved to Pegasus Park Arabians, Temecula, California February 2002 to spend his remaining years. He sired one last foal, SX Geminis Glory at age 30.

 

SX La Quinta — dam of *Starfix

La Quinta was the last product of *Serafix x Cobah.  *Serafix passed away on June 30, 1973, thus ending a terrific mating nick between these two great Arabians. Cobah was the maternal granddaughter of the great broodmare sire Farana.  Farana was a great broodmare sire as well as a highly competitive cow horse. This Arabian sire was so competitive to the point that many people did not even try to compete against him as he was always the winner, and that was in mixed breed classes as well.

It was this particular match between sire and these mares that caused the Farana mares to out-produce themselves in several notches at a time, as well as the ability to produce leggy, long-necked horses that have a good deal of refinement and type.  Quote: "The *Serafix-Farana cross is the result of a nick and not an accident, and record of 100% Champions for ten foals produced and shown speaks for itself."  Bob Stratmore, Arabian Horse, September 1976.

The gist of an article written by James A. Nehring titled The Philosophy of Breeding Aristocrats is that Arabian owners underestimate the importance of the tail-female line and the value of the mare's contribution to the success of mating.  Though this article was published in Arabian Visions in 1987 and additional data on Aristocrats may have accumulated since then, the 94 Aristocrats at the time produced 489 champions by 162 stallions and 74 champions were sired by one stallion!  This particular stallion was mated to 10 Aristocrats.  The breeding strategy was evident.  To whom do you think was given the title of Leading Sire of Champions?  The literature points to *Serafix.

 

Greener Pastures

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SX La Quinta with SX Staleys Gemini

The era of direct descendants of the infamous imported Crabbet Stud stallion *Serafix is coming to a close with the passing on of SX Staley’s Gemini and SX LaQuinta.

The son and daughter duo (each 29 years old) of *Serafix had been under the care of Cory Sayen in Michigan in semi-retirement. Cory made arrangements in February 2002 for them to travel together and live out their remaining lives at Pegasus Park Arabians, Temecula, California.

The pair were returned to ‘show ring’ luster and were shown at the Sierra Empire AHA at Pomona, California on April 14, 2002. Show ring presence and skill still in their blood, they each walked off with trophies. Gemini won the 15 and Over Stallion class and the Narab Perpetural Trophy and LaQuinta won the 15 and Over Mare class and the Perzahna Perpetural Trophy . SX Staley’s Gemini went on to win Reserve Champion Show Stallion against younger horses. Later that year, he went on to win Region 1 Top Five Stallion.

Gemini was well known in the performance arena (English and western) during his show career and yet Ms. Sayen was able to take him on a rugged 230+ mile Michigan Shore to Shore Trail Ride at the age of 19. The ability of *Serafix offspring to go beyond the ‘halter’ component of the ‘show ring’ is truly representative of the breeding philosophy of John Rogers.

LaQuinta left her mark as a broodmare and produced 14 foals of which two are still very much recognizable. La Quinta sons of note were, Lyphard by *Padron and Vaguely Noble by *Muscat. These two sons sired over 600 foals in LaQuinta’s second generation progeny.

The duo was the joy of Pegasus Park Arabians and received many visitors during their remaining years. La Quinta died in 2004 at the age of 31 and Gemini at the age of 33 in 2006. SX Gemini, believed to be the last son of *Serafix, sired his last progeny, SX Geminis Glory, at the age of 30.

 
 
 
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