(IMARISS X MALAK)
July 14, 1974 - February 16, 2001
Sometimes in the horse
breeding business you come across a broodmare that takes motherhood
to a whole new level. SUN-DAWN was just such a mare.
SUN-DAWN was a beautiful
chestnut mare that took her job in life seriously. Purchased from
My-Bon Arabians in
North Dakota, she became one of our first broodmares at NLA. Having
already produced a number of gorgeous babies for My-Bon SUN-DAWN
continued her tradition of producing beautiful, functional foals
produced size, bone, type and balance along with a workable, willing
attitude. SUN-DAWN's foals also had a love of people and marigolds.
OK, I'll explain.
When SUN-DAWN first
foaled out for us, we still had a lot of fencing to do on our
new property and since there was an abundance of grass in our
yard, we let SUN-DAWN and her colt graze. Now, NL SUN FOX was
very intrigued with my sisters small patch of marigolds in front
of the house and would come and delicately bite the flowers off
the stems. Even after repeated talking to's, SUN FOX just had
to have those little yellow blossoms. SUN-DAWN being the consummate
mother solved the problem quickly. She ripped the whole bloody
plant right out of the ground.
SUN-DAWN was a very
strict and protective mama. You only had so long to imprint her
foal, then it was adios. She also ruled her babies with an iron
fist. Those poor kids could never get out of her sight or there
was hell to pay. She occasionally got stuck baby-sitting all the
other babies while the other girls went out to graze. She lived
the life she was meant to...a grand broodmare.
will always be felt in our herd through her daughters and granddaughters.
She was a grand old girl who always carried herself with grace
and a fiery but friendly spirit. We will miss her greatly...I
think I'll plant a whole bed of marigolds.