Mystic Arabians ... A Family Affair
AND RICK WITH MYSTIC JAZZ AND TIFFANY
TIFFANY, MELISSA, CAROL
AND RICK WITH MYSTIC TOI
It was August 1984, and
little did Rick and Carol Maitland know, but their perspective of the
Arabian horse world was about to be profoundly impacted. As they watched,
a young chestnut stallion trotted into the ring and the crowd erupted
in a frenzied roar. They knew they were about to witness something spectacular.
The chestnut stallion was Zodiac Matador. Under the
guidance of Mike Whelihan, Zodiac Matador was crowned Canadian Arabian
National Champion Park Horse that evening. Rick and Carol decided that
night that Bask breeding was the direction they would move with their
own breeding program, following the philosophies of Whelihan Equine,
Dolorosa, and Cedar Ridge Arabians, some of the top performance horse
breeders in the Arabian breed.
A true test of commitment came shortly
thereafter. Carol had been saving up to buy a new car, when the opportunity
to purchase a truly exceptional mare presented itself. It was one or
the other, and the mare was the easy choice. Baskess
(Posejdon x Witess) had a new home and was the first Bask-bred show
horse for her new owners. After several
successful years as Carol's show horse, Baskess was bred to Zodiac Matador.
The resulting filly, Mattess, reflected all that Mystic
Arabians stood for ... careful breeding and pure quality. Mattess developed
into a Regional and National quality Open and Amateur English performance
horse, winning many championships.
As this 'horse business' was going
on, Rick and Carol were raising two delightful young girls - Tiffany
and Melissa didn't have a chance! They were surrounded by horses and
horse people from the day they were born. They love every second they
spend with Mom, Dad, friends and the horses. For the Maitlands, horses
are truly a 'family affair.'
In 2000 Maitlands purchased the
Zodiac Matador son Mats Toi. Mats Toi and his offspring
acheived wonderful success in 2001 with seven Regional Championships
(five unanimous), two Reserve Regional Championships, three Regional
Top Five's and a Canadian National Reserve Championship by RB Secret
Toi. In his first year in the show ring, Mats Toi was unanimous Regional
Champion in Open Country English Pleasure with Mike Whelihan and unanimous
Regional Champion in Country English Pleasure AAOTR with Carol.
MATS TOI & CAROL
Unfortunately 2002 was an emotional
time for Mystic Arabians, as both Mats Toi and Baskess passed away.
But the future lives on in their offspring – that same year Baskess's
daughter Mattess (x Zodiac Matador) produced a beautiful
bay colt who is born to trot! High hopes are well entrusted to Mystic
Jazz (x Pension) who is the Maitland’s 3rd generation of Arabians. He was 2013 “Unanimous” Canadian National Champion CEP JTR and multi-Top Ten.Watch for the 4th generation as the Jazz foals are starting to arrive, coming soon to a show near you!
The Maitlands are quick to point
out that a large part of their enjoyment of the horses is the result
of the connections they help you make with other horse people and their
horses. Building on a solid past to create an exciting future, it all
comes down to the enjoyment of the beautiful, exciting Arabian horse.