Sire: Dykedale Winston Dam: Swayfield Bella
Date and place of birth: June 12, 2013, Raspotnik Farm, Wisconsin
Height: 13.3+ hands
Fading black with no white markings
Arabella has been special to Shuna since she first saw a video of her. In the video she was a small, finer-boned and beautifully put together 3 year old filly. At the time, we were thinking of getting one Dales Pony mare and breeding her via AI. Shuna loved Arabella. George had other preferences. When we decided our initial herd would include 3 mares and 1 stallion, Shuna wanted Arabella to be one of the mares. Arabella had no training, and George said he’d agree to buy her only if she was started in driving. Ken Raspotnik agreed to start Arabella in driving before we picked her up. When we arrived, he said he’d hitched her twice and all had gone well, but she was very green. We’d hauled a horse trailer almost all the way across the country to get these ponies. Shuna ground drove Arabella and she was nervous, quick, challenging. We loaded her up. When we arrived home, Arabella was a wild thing. She ran away when approached and was quite difficult to catch. But within a few days she’d accepted us, and the bond she formed with our young son was so beautiful. We took her for walks, ground drove her calmly, and she was lovely to work with. After a few months Shuna started her under saddle and rode her on the trails she’d been ridden and ground driven on. Arabella took it all in stride. She won the Dales Pony suitability for dressage class at the USDF Northwest Sporthorse Breeders Classic. She carried our 3 year old son on trails while being ponied, as solid as a horse can be. She carried Shuna’s mother on the trails, and Shuna’s mother said we should never sell her for any price. Later she pulled a cart on the road with no concerns, conquered an obstacle course within a hour of being introduced to it, competed in a USDF ridden Dressage Show and an event derby, learned about being a Mounted Archery pony, and proved to us that we needed to keep her in our family. This, all within a year of being started under saddle. She is comfortable to ride, wicked smart, as kind and tolerant as a pony can be, athletic, and beautiful. She is irreplaceable.