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A Prince's Dream By
Joe Ferris (continued)
was Fa-Serr like as an individual? He was known to have been the kind of horse
that made a lasting and memorable impression on those who came in contact with
him. Many said that he was the epitome of the antique-type Arabian typically
illustrated in old engravings. In addition to his type, his rich black color
made him stand out from the crowd as well.
essence is perhaps best described by Walter Schimanski of
was standing quietly in the stall looking out of the window, his head turned
away from me. Even in this position I could see his huge black eyes protruding
from his head. His tail was always held in a high arch, even as he stood
he was led outside for me to photograph, his blue-black coat gleamed as he
pranced around Homer Watson. He was the blackest horse I have ever seen. He set
himself up naturally, arching and stretching his neck to an advantage. He was an
elegant, typey, exotic and obviously loved old gentleman. It was one of those
horse thrills one never forgets."
Atkinson of Anchor Hill Ranch in Rogersville
Missouri, remembered Fa-Serr as having had an
extremely kind temperament combined with a special peacock-like presence, an
extra spark which made him stand out.
late Homer Watson, longtime manager of the Babson Farm, said Fa-Serr was very
typical of the best Babson stallions, in some ways a little bit better and a
little more special, but always an excellent sire. And to Watson, this was most
a sire, Fa-Serr proved to be extraordinary. He was born at a time when there
were little more than 4,000 Arabians alive in this country. Traditionally, the
Babson Farm did not stand its stallions to the public, so Fa-Serr's tenure at
stud was primarily limited to Babson-owned mares. This accounts for Fa-Serr
breeding only 13 outside mares during his lifetime. Despite this restriction,
Fa-Serr sired 75 foals, making him one of the most heavily used stallions in
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