Pat Slater photos above and below right
Kapehr (imp US) - Sariah (UK)
Chestnut mare 26/8/1978 - 20/12/2002

1980 Victorian Classic Supreme Exhibit
1985 Victorian Classic Supreme Exhibit (photo left)
1982 Victorian Classic Supreme Female
1984 Victorian Classic Supreme Female
1980 National Arabian Stud Show Champion Filly
1982 Australian National Champion Top Ten Mare
1986 Australian National Champion Top Ten Mare

Sarika is quite simply the inspiration behind Syrah Arabians. A stunningly beautiful mare, Sarika was incapable of looking anything other than beautiful – even in her twenties after having been in the paddock for many years. Every foal bred by Syrah has at least one line to Sarika. The noted German breeder Holger Ismer said of Sarika "If this is the standard towards which Australian breeders are aiming, they will do very well indeed"

Sarika Sarika was an outstanding success in the show ring, as her partial show record indicates. More importantly, her beauty breeds on. Her daughter Malmsbury Samira and son Malmsbury Sami were Australian National Futurity Champions, her grandson Sarezin and granddaughter Valouria are Australian National Champions and granddaughter Safiyah is a dual Australian National Reserve Champion, both as a filly and as a mare. Furthermore, all of Sarika's children have been at least A Class Champions.

We were lucky enough to acquire Sarika in 1992, and the first foal bred by Syrah was her daughter Salida. Elmridge acquired Malmsbury Samira at the same time, and the first foal bred by Elmridge was Sarezin. Both these foals have grown up to prove invaluable to the Syrah breeding programme.

Sarika was laid to rest in December 2002. She lives on in the beautiful Arabians which share our lives.

Malmsbury Samira 1982 Chestnut filly by Amir El Shaklan (imp UK)
Malmsbury Sami (dec.) 1984 Chestnut colt by Amir El Shaklan (imp UK)
Malmsbury Saki 1985 Chestnut colt by Amir El Shaklan (imp UK)
Malmsbury Sarossa 1986 Grey filly by Robinvale Rossakha
Wildon Sonika (dec.) 1990 Chestnut filly by PVA Sonbali (imp US)
Salida 1993 Chestnut filly by Simeon Sa'ar (imp UK)
Svezda (dec.) 1996 Chestnut filly by Amir El Shaklan (imp UK)

Verity Smith photo
Sarika in 1998
Pat Slater photo     (click to enlarge)

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