A beautiful life with Arabian horses!
Ann was born and raised with Arabian horses. Her father saw a picture of a grey
Arabian stallion in a book when he was a young boy and vowed to one day own
one. That dream was fulfilled when he, along with Ann’s maternal grandfather,
purchased a yearling colt, Abu Ben Shannon, at a sale in 1958. Ann has horses
today that include lines from the first foal born on her parents’ ranch, a 1963 filly
The Arabian horse offers everything a person looks for in a horse: versatility, a
great work ethic, extreme intelligence, and a people-oriented disposition.
Compatriot, aka “CP,” a direct descendant Abu, epitomizes all of this at
Wanderlust. CP is a 2020 Regional USEF Horse Of The Year and 2021 Sport
Horse Nationals Reserve Champion in second level dressage. He is continuing
his dressage training and is currently training at fourth level.
These positive traits are the standard in Arabian horses. Ann shares how her
mare Nofoolyn, CP’s dam, persuaded others to appreciate the breed. While
stationed with her husband (USAF) in VA, Ann had a group of riding buddies at
the farm where she was boarding. Ann shares, “I was just starting Nofoolyn
under saddle, and every one of those women told me that my mare changed
their minds about Arabians as she was so level-headed and an exceptional trail
horse for such a young mare. And I never rode her in a bit; only in a rope
hackamore from my first ride on her until my last. Nofoolyn happily enjoyed her
retirement on the farm until her passing in January 2023.”
Learning responsibility as a young girl, as it was her job to feed the horses
growing up, Ann was taught that the needs of the horses always come before her
own. In return, horses taught her unconditional love and have seen her through
some very rough times. She recognizes a sense of spirituality that comes from
being in the presence of such magnificent animals. This has carried on in her
own small operation, leading to happy, healthy horses of all ages from mares in
foal and youngsters growing up to retired seniors.
A visit to Wanderlust Arabians will find you in the presence of and enjoying
beautiful, versatile, and intelligent horses.