Legendary Arabians began in 1998, when friends Betsy Teeter and Sharon Byford-Ruth pooled their resources to acquire a fourteen-year-old, untrained Arabian stallion named Aul Magic.
Both women had owned Arabian horses for many years and each had bred a few foals at the time they acquired Aul Magic from his breeder, Sandy Warren, of Sanger, California.
Sharon had been a fan of the Aurab sireline since she had seen Aul Magic's sire Aulrab as a three-year-old.
In the early 1990s, she introduced Betsy to breeder Sandy Warren and the horses of the Warren Park Stud. Betsy was equally impressed by the outstanding movement and overall athleticism of the horses of those boodlines.
Aul Magic's professional training did not begin until the autumn of his fifteenth year. Then, during one brief year of showing at the national level (during which he was also shown in both Arabian and open dressage competition), he set a record that would be difficult to match.
Aul Magic's multitude of show and dressage titles include two U.S. Reserve National Championships (for 1st and 2nd Level Dressage). He was USEF National Champion Horse of the Year in Arabian Dressage and won two USDF All Breed Awards (for First and Second Level Dressage, Arabian Division).
In the Arabian show ring, Aul Magic+/ was a multi-champion in English Show Hack, English Side Saddle, Country English Pleasure, Native Costume, and Sport Horse Under Saddle classes at Class A and Regional Championship shows.
Aul Magic+/ also was the first Scottsdale Champion Sport Horse In-Hand Stallion. He was awarded an impressive 86.5 points overall, with a score of 9 of 10 points for movement, by Olympic champion rider Hilda Gurney. (Shown by Betsy in the Amateur SHIH Stallion class, he got 9.5 points for movement!) [Aul Magic's show record]
At the end of Aul Magic's brief but meteroric show career, he was given the honor of being the second of only three purebred Arabian stallions (among many inspected by the the American Trakehner Association) to be approved to sire registered Trakehners.
While many find the Legendary story surprising, Betsy and Sharon were never surprised by the success of Aul Magic and his descendants and relatives. From the beginning, they had recognized the outstanding qualities for which this family is so prepotent, and glad to help others discover these wonderful Arabians.
Because Betsy and Sharon had a limited budget for showing and because Aul Magic had only a handful of foals by the time they bought him, Aul Magic was retired from the show ring for breeding in 2002. Today, there are enough sons and daughters to hope that Legendary's mission to help preserve Aul Magic's bloodlines will succeed, and that Aul Magic's name will continue to be found in the pedigrees of high-quality Arabians and Trakehners in the future.
Sadly, Aul Magic+/ was laid to rest on October 4, 2010 at age 25, as a result of abdominal cancer. But his remarkable story does not end there....
Shortly before Aul Magic's death, his Half-Arabian son Aul Gold was busy carrying on his sire's legacy of winning. At the 2010 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, Aul Gold won three U.S. National Championships and two Top Tens in dressage, ridden by his breeder and owner,Debbie Ross. It was the first time he had competed at the Nationals.
The next year, at the 2011 Sport Horse Nationals, four other Aul Magic sons and daughters took home one U.S National Championship, one U.S. Reserve National Championship, and 14 U.S. National Top Ten awards.
Two of the winning horses were full brothers bred by Legendary (Aulways Magic++/ and Aul Turbo Charged+). The other two winning mares were the products of outside breedings to Aul Magic+/. Because of the success of these four, Aul Magic+/ was one of the two leading sires of winners at the 2011 U.S. Sport Horse Nationals. This year, it was Turbo's chance to win a U.S. National Championship at his first Nationals.
From the start, Legendary's mission was to promote and perpetuate the historic CMK bloodlines that had produced Aul Magic, his sire Aulrab, and his grandsire Aurab. All were descended from the bloodlines of the Crabbet Arabian Stud of England (with a heavy concentration of bloodlines from the early American breeding programs of W.R. Brown and W.K. Kellogg).
Unlike many CMK Arabians, the horses at Legendary have a surprisingly low percentage of Skowronek bloodlines. Instead, their pedigrees are heavily infused with Mesaoud lines. Their pedigrees contain a concentration of the blood of well-known historic ancestors who were known for their athletic ability and outstanding movement.
The linebred Mesaoud bloodlines featured at Legendary consistently produce versatility, a great work ethic, agility, and outstanding dressage movement. Matings have been based upon both pedigree (genotype) and individual excellence (phenotype). As a result, Legendary's small but select breeding program has produced a high percentage of world-class Arabian, Half-Arabian, and Trakehner sport horses.
Today, Betsy Teeter continues to operate Legendary Arabians on a small scale, with the help of
Gary Brandt, DVM, MS, DACT, a noted authority on equine reproduction. Although Sharon is no longer a partner in the business, she continues to assist with the Legendary website, pedigrees, etc.
Both Sharon and Betsy welcome all inquiries about Arabian horses, and Dr. Brandt is available for veterinary services and consultation.
A few outstanding Arabians and Trakehners sired by Aul Magic+/
are available for sale or lease. A limited amount of frozen semen from Aul Magic+/ also may be available.
Please contact Betsy for details.