Fadjur (Fadheilan x Bint Sahara) Bay Stallion 1968 Reserve U.S. National Champion Stallion Pictured above at age 26. 5 Time United States National Halter Stallion Top Ten Champion 2 TimeReserve National Champion Halter Stallion, 1960 and 1968. For his last Reserve National Championship, he was 16 years of age! He competed against 60 other Champions in this class, from 5 different countries. FADJUR was National Champion on TWO of the three judges cards and dropped to Reserve by one vote FADJUR tied for National Champion Halter Stallion a third time. He shared National Champion Position on the judges’ cards with his own son Ibn Fadjur, who would become Reserve National Champion Halter Stallion, and FADJUR, Top Ten. His daughter Jurneeka also won two National Performance Titles that year! FADJUR won a Canadian National Halter Stallion Top Ten Champion Award, his only time shown there, AT AGE 17, and received a standing ovation. FADJUR was FOUR times Pacific Coast Champion Stallion — the first at four, the last at nine years of age. FADJUR was Regional Champion Stallion twice, at fourteen and fifteen years of age! FADJUR was Great Plains Champion Stallion, at Eighteen years of age! 13 FADJUR sons have sired National winners — 8 of them have sired 2 or more National winners! 22 FADJUR sons are known to have sired champions (many more are undocumented) 26 FADJUR sons have sired 40 or more foals. Jurneeka is a daughter of “the Fabulous Fadjur”, a stallion known for both his presence and his kindness. Fadjur was bred by Frank McCoy but gained prominence as a show horse and sire after he was sold as a yearling to the Jack Tone’s of California. His Nationals’ career spanned Ten years from his first Top Ten in 1959 until his last at the 1969 Canadian show when he was 17. He was US Reserve National Champion Stallion in 1960 and 1968 and had US Top Tens in 1961 and 1963. Fadjur is the sire of 820 purebred foals (plus many part-breds) and was so popular that he was bred year-round in order to accommodate all his ladies. Long before exporting horses from the United States became the norm, Fadjur offspring were traveling to owners around the globe. Fadjur has nearly 120 champions with at least 16 of that number having won the Legion of Merit or Legion of Honor. He has 23 National winners, three of whom are part-breds. The list of National CHAMPIONSHIPS only includes Fadalan (Gelding Halter), Fadloren (Stock) Ibn Fadjur (Stallion Halter), Marjanazam (Pleasure Driving) Sakifa (Mare Halter) and Zanntara (Trail). Jurneeka’s dam Fadneeka is by Fadheilan (as is Fadjur) who was half-Egyption and half-Polish. Fadneeka is a full sister to the Top Ten Mare Neeka and to Fadduda, dam of 2 National winners- Top Ten Mare Neeka and Sun-Fadroyal, Top Ten Formal Combination. While Jurneeka is the only one to win National honors, Fadneeka’s daughter Bar Reefa (by Aarief) produced the Top Ten Sidesaddle and Costume winner Dixie Gem (by Galizon). Fadneeka’s total champion tally is 4 , thus matching that of her dam Raneeka.
Talasman+/’s sire was Nusabre, owned by Hazel Lucas, Nusabre had a long track racing career that included many stakes wins. In addition to Talasman+/, Nusabre sired many other get that excelled at the track and endurance.
Talasman+/’s dam was the mare Judi. Judi is the lone full sister to Bezatal. Judi produced another extremely talented endurance horse, AERC Hall of Fame stallion Sierra Fadwah+/.
L.A.S. Talasman+/’s endurance career spanned ten years and 4800 miles. Talasman+/ had never been pulled from a ride in ten years and had five best condition wins. Talasman+/ finished 58 of his 85 career rides in top ten, sixty eight percent. He had eight first to finish wins. He placed second with a time of twenty two hours forty one minutes at the August 1986 Great Basin 150 miles in 36 hour ride.
Talasman+/ sired many horses that also went on to great endurance careers: Talas Design, Talasmans Symbol, Talasmans Cruiser, Talashe and Talzetta.
Talas Final Fling, Talasmans Symbol, Talas Ladyhawke have finished their performance careers and now serve our broodmare band. These mares have formed a solid, well conformed group of young athletes, who are currently training for future endurance, dressage and racetrack success.
Talasman+/ was a great stallion that was lost way too soon and has been missed by all ever since.
1986 National Middleweight Champion
and 1986 Jim Jones Stallion Award
Wanda Myers and L.A.S. Talasman+/
Copied from the AERC 1986 Yearbook
The day this incredible stallion came into our live was unreal. Even today after three years and 3260 miles it still seems unreal. We did not want to stay home and decided to go for a drive. We had heard of a lady named Hazel Lucas in Fernley, Nevada, who had several horses on the racetrack. We drove over to see if she was home.
Hazel very kindly showed us her herd of horses. We were about to leave, but she had one more place to show us.
There he stood. I wish I could say here was the most breathtaking thing I had ever seen but I can’t. He was quiet, gentle, and gangly. The more I looked, the more I liked. I could picture the muscle, and those long legs with all that bone did something for me, but I DID NOTWANT A STUD! I asked if he was broke to ride. Hazel said he had been at the track and he could be ridden anywhere. I tried him, COMFORT PLUS! I wanted him and I could geld him.
Hazel, with great patience, explained that you do not geld horses like Talasman+/. He was the last of these two old and great bloodlines. Having heard nothing but horror stories about stallions, I was skeptical but decided to give it a try.
Talasman+/ was and still is the ultimate gentleman…
We started with only three rides in 1984. In 1985, our goal was 1,000 slow miles to see how he would do in different types of terrain. We did not plan to campaign Talas until he was 10 or 11, but in October 1985, at the end of his seventh year, he was ready.
In 1986, we had very high hopes for Talasman+/. We were lucky enough to meet them all. We rode 2,000 miles and placed in top 10 more than 95 percent of the time. It still seems impossible.
December 26, 1985, cold and foggy, we went to Las Vegas for three ays of racing. Sunshine! How nice that was. This was the start of living in a stock trailer for a year. Pack, go to a race, unpack, – what a life – cold, wet, hot and beautiful. We met a lot of nice people and saw a lot of country as we tested ourselves over and over again.
Talasman+/’s wonderful disposition made traveling a pleasure. He was always looking forward to the race. I wish I could describe the wonderful feeling when Talas hits his cruising speed and starts eating up the miles. Even after all this time, I still cannot feel Talas when he shifts into a higher gear; it is so smooth, we just go faster. We prefer the mountainous terrain. The wooded cross country mountains are our favorite.
He was wondering what happened toward the end of the season as his load got heavier. He had arried an average 170 pounds until September, when I gained weight and hurt my back. I had to switch to my stock saddle for a lot of the rides and he carried 200 pounds. Being the wonderful fellow he is, he accepted this in his stride.
As in all endeavors, you have to have support people in the background…There are the ones who stay at home and do chores and take care of the place – my mother Marie Dover; and the one s who crew, drive and keep things together – my friend Helyn Thompson.
Then, there is the one who really pays, the one who keeps everything rolling, who keeps you going when home looks much better, the one who will not let you give up, who holds your hand aor gives you a boot in the rear, whichever is needed at the time, the one who says “You can do it”, my husband, Clayton.
Thanks to all.