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WELCOME TO THE PHARA HERITAGE SOCIETY
The Phara Heritage Society (PHS) was started in 2007 by a collective group of breeders dedicated to preserving the Phara Arabian. The mission of The Phara Heritage Society is to honor and celebrate the Phara horses. This is accomplished in many ways, including breeding to preserve the Phara bloodline, sharing with others what makes this bloodline special, raising awareness of this bloodline in the Arabian horse community, and sharing the unique and cherished qualities of the Phara Arabian.
The Phara Heritage Society welcomes all who love and appreciate this bloodline. PHS recognizes horses bred by Phara Arabians and ALL Arabian horses containing any percentage of Phara blood.
What is a Phara Arabian?
The 100% Phara Arabian is defined as a horse bred by or owned at one time by Annette Weber (formerly Annette Patti) of Phara Farm (Phara Stud Inc) or one whose sire and dam each contain 100% Phara blood. A horse contains some percentage of Phara blood if it has a Phara Arabian anywhere in its pedigree.
The Phara horses are the culmination of a dream which began in 1963 when Annette Patti first saw Lewisfield Sun God, the most classical of Crabbet descendants. Over the past 60 years Annette, founder of Phara Farm, has bred 100 purebred foals preserving the lines of Lewisfield Sun God. This line of horses is both rare and highly sought after for their beauty, temperament, athleticism and trademark coloring. Today, there are a handful of select breeders across the United States working to preserve these bloodlines.
“I was amazed at the consistency of Arabian type - particularly in the excellence of head, body, size and overall conformation. Not only were the heads every bit as good if not more beautiful in person, but you've achieved short coupled smoothness of body and remarkably consistent conformation as well. In addition, I was pleased to see your horses' beauty as natural - not the result of hours on a hot walker and in the grooming stall."
- Gari Dill-Marlow
History of the Phara Arabian
The Phara horses are the culmination of a dream inspired by the great Lewisfield Sun God (Aaraf by *Raffles x Aarafa by *Raffles). Back in the 1960's this dream began when Annette Patti was searching for her "ideal" specimen of the Arabian horse. At this time there were many imports coming to the States as well as many Saddlebred trainers transitioning into training and showing Arabian horses. Annette was extremely disillusioned at the direction our breed seemed to be going - moving from a classic, typey Arabian to a horse that more closely resembled the movement, size and look of the Saddlebred. Her search ended in 1963 at the Texas Fall Show in Dallas where the 1963 National Championships were being held.
In the arena stood a colt that, for Annette, represented the ideal most classic Arabian - LEWISFIELD SUN GOD (who was only a yearling at the time).
Annette tried several times, unsuccessfully, to purchase Sun God from his owner James Lewis Jr., but Sun God was not for sale at any price. Seeing him the first time that day in 1963 changed Annette's life forever - and since she could not have Sun God himself she made it her mission from that day forward to focus her breeding program on recreating her own Sun God.
She began by purchasing the best Sun God daughters (Lewisfield Sun God died tragically at 7 years of age, leaving only 24 foals), a full sibling to Sun God, and horses closely related to Sun God. That dream has been her reality for the past 60 years - in which time she has bred 100 foals carrying the lines of Lewisfield Sun God and closely resembling him in conformation and type. These horses have made their own legacy - the Arabian horses of Phara Farm.
Lewisfield Sun God
(Aaraf x Aarafa)
Left to right: Golden Pharao, sire of Golden Reflection, sire of SunGod Reflection, sire of Eclipse ofthe Sun
What Makes a Phara Arabian So Special?
The Phara Arabian is easily recognized by several prepotent physical characteristics: their world-renowned extreme jibbahs, expressive round eyes and fabled teacup muzzles. In addition to their extreme type the 100% Phara Arabian is chestnut in body color (with a select few exceptions in the early years of the program), ranging from golden chestnut to purple, nearly black chestnut. Mane and tail color are often flaxen, ranging from silver-white to orange flaxen locks.
Classic children of the sun, their distinctive beauty is unforgettable.
In disposition the Phara Arabian is truly a horse worthy of its Bedouin ancestors. Exhibiting loyal. loving dispositions that desire human companionship, the Phara Arabian is gentle to handle and easy to train. They possess a hearty work ethic and live to please.
Treasures beyond beauty...
The Phara Arabian is extremely athletic and are versatile across many disciplines. Originally shown in halter and most classic classes (which they dominated) the Phara Arabian has also proven itself a valued riding horse. Phara Arabians have excelled in English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, 3-Gaited (Park), Dressage, Driving, Reining and Endurance. With such tractable minds, many Phara Arabians have been used exclusively as pleasure and trail-riding mounts, their trustworthy dispositions make them invaluable riding horses the entire family can enjoy.
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