Efforts of Okanagan Falls horse breeder rewarded

Okanagan Falls horse breeder Dr. David Ward gets news of horse having success during Tevis Cup

KEVIN MYERS and Far trot through Foresthill at just over 68 miles during Tevis 2012. Far was bred by Okanagan horse breeder Dr. David Ward. Two of his horses placed in the top four of the Tevis Cup.

KEVIN MYERS and Far trot through Foresthill at just over 68 miles during Tevis 2012. Far was bred by Okanagan horse breeder Dr. David Ward. Two of his horses placed in the top four of the Tevis Cup.

Breeding horses since 1972, Okanagan breeder and veterinarian Dr. David Ward’s efforts have been recognized.

In late August, Ward received news that two of his horses placed in the top four of the Tevis Cup, an internationally known horse endurance race that takes place annually in Auburn, Calif.

The Tevis Cup is considered to be the toughest endurance race in North America.  The ride is 100 miles, must be completed within 24 hours and is a challenging test of the human/equine team.

This year, only 98 horses completed the race.  In order to participate in an endurance race, it is not enough just to be the fastest. The horses are inspected at regular intervals to gauge their level of fitness and soundness.

“I am thrilled with the recent results of these two horses and their riders,” said Ward in a press release. “Well done and it is very rewarding to see horses out there doing it that have Fairview bred horses in their pedigree. It certainly makes all the past years of hard work worthwhile.”

Ward credits the insight of the breeders that came before him for his success.  The horses of Fairview Arabian stud have contributed to breeding programs around the world, most recently in Australia and South Africa.

“I have long been in awe of Dr. Ward’s breeding program,” said Kevin Myers, owner and rider of Auli Farwa. “Far now has 44 starts and 44 completions, including nine 100-mile events.  His perfect record speaks for itself, but what makes this horse even more exceptional is his love of people and his love of the journey. He is the benchmark; the ultimate horse.”

The CMK Arabian has a heritage based on the breeding programs of three major breeders,  Crabbet,  Maynesboro and Kellogg all of whom were dedicated breeders striving for specific qualities in the Purebred Arabian Horse. CMK Arabians excel at endurance, trail,  sport horse events and for pleasure riding and as companion horses.