Polish Arabian horses are widely known not only for their beauty. Polish bloodlines, especially those tracking to Janow-bred El Paso, Witeź II or Albigowa-bred Bask are well known for their talented performance progeny. In March 2007 this fact was confirmed once again. American Endurance Ride Conference has chosen the 2006 National 100 Mile Award winner – the outstanding US endurance horse. Chase Thewind AH (*El Paso x Wind Sonja) is a 7/8 Polish gelding nearly 17 years old, son of legendary El Paso and on his dam’s side great grandson of Bask and further of Witeź II.
He wasn’t supposed to have much of an endurance career having a hock that has been described in colorful ways when viewed radiographically – probably from a long ago accident. However, he has competed every year since 1997, and at 16 years had his best year ever in 06’.
– Although it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, he still holds an 88% completion rate with me as his rider since 1998, mostly in Top Ten, including 13 one day 100’s, with 11 wins and 7 BC’s – says his owner Suzanne Ford Huff. Chase’s career has been distinguished by winning over $17,000 in sweepstakes money and now he became the National 100 Mile Awarded horse. The American Endurance award is based on points accumulated over the season, which extends from December to the following November. It is based on placement and the number of 100-mile races completed for the 2006 ride season.
– Chase makes doing 100’s easy because he travels to events so well, has a big trot, effortless canter, and has such a willing attitude – full of heart. Not only his outstanding athletic ability, but his tremendous “nothing bothers me” attitude is what makes him a true winner – Suzanne says. Following her big win, Huff expects to start working with her 12 other Arabians and possibly grooming a successor for Chase in her SuDar Arabians in Nevada. She is happy that Chase will be semi-retired now!