the moment I laid eyes on her, Scandalous had my heart.
She was everything an Arabian mare should be and so much
more. Her beauty, quality, substance, type and conformation
were true to the breed standard and exemplified the very
best of her pedigree. Her kind disposition would have made
her a gracious guest in the Bedouin tents of old. Her loyalty
and heart were fierce as the mightiest of warriors.
Then to have all of these wonderful characteristics be prepotent
made her the kind of mare that legends are born of.
But Scandalous was more than
just an outstanding broodmare, she was my hope. She
gave me the courage to rise out of the darkness, like the
rainbow rises from the storm. She spoke to some part
of my soul and inspired me to reach for what I had only
dreamed of. She comforted me when I faltered.
She forgave me when I disappointed her. She consoled
me when I couldn't face the day. She gave me the faith
to keep trying even though the path was long and hard.
She was my friend.
Scandalous only had 3 foals
before we lost her. The first, Aidol,
was only shown one season as a 3-year-old — Reserve
Champion Daffodil Western Futurity, Top Five Region V Western
Futurity, Region IV Top Five Western Pleasure Junior Horse
and Region IV Top Five Western Futurity. The second,
Scandal Sheet, was shown
for 4 years while he battled an undiagnosed case of EPM
and yet he was consistently in the ribbons including Region
V Top Ten Bonanza. The third is Scandalous
To this day, that first memory
of her is etched in my mind's eye and, of course, joined
by a multitude of others. But none is as strong as
that first glimpse of the mare that changed my life.
Not a day goes by that I don't look upon her legacy, and
I am reminded of her and the gifts she's given to me...and
to the Arabian breed.
Mare, May 11 1981, AHR*239909
Rainbow Arabians MiKael and Dave Caillier
9900 288th Street East
Graham, WA 98338
Phone: (253) 846-1597