If you are new to the Miniature industry you may not have heard of the Arenosa Miniature before. However, if you have been involved in the Miniature business for long you have undoubtedly heard the Arenosa "word" before and have probably had your socks whipped in the show ring by one of these truly outstanding horses.
Whether it be halter or performance, ASPC, AMHR, AMHA or Pinto, the Arenosa horses have had amazing show ring accomplishments and have made major contributions (unsurpassed by any other bloodline) to the breeding stock in the world of small equines.
Arenosa Pony Farm was born in 1941, when Audrey Barrett and husband, Clinton, moved to Victoria, Texas. Audrey was an outstanding horse expert who had a former riding academy in Arkansas. Children of friends and neighbors were always pestering Audrey to ride her fine saddle horses, which she did not allow. Because of this, a couple of grade ponies were purchased to occupy these area children. Little did Audrey know, but the love affair had begun, and the rest is part of Arenosa history!
In the late 1950's and early 1960's, the Barretts began acquiring nationally known show ponies for their breeding program, including Richardson's C-Jo Topper, a "Top Ten" harness pony and son of the $56,000 C-Jo's Topper. However, one illustrious Shetland sire has become synonymous with the Arenosa program - Kewpie Doll's Oracle, one of the breed's most influential stallions and champion in hand and harness.
An excerpt about Kewpie Doll's Oracle found in a Perry Carlisle sales catalogue: "Irregardless of their likes and dislikes, everyone who has seen this pony has kind words for him. He leaves a lasting impression that few can equal...with a natural spring to every stride, Kewpie has the greatest pair of natural hocks we have ever seen. Without benefit of training, he literally 'boxes' with his hind feet."
"He certainly had the ability to transmit quality," Audrey Barrett said of Kewpie Doll's Oracle. "To see him move was a joy to behold. He passed that down, too." Audrey couldn't have been more correct with that statement. Oracle sired some top ponies, including the sorrel and white, Kewpies Topper of Arenosa, and Kewpie Doll's Diablo, the sires of many champions in both the Classic Shetland and Miniature Horse divisions. What proved to be sheer genius, and has stood the test of time, was the crossing of the two half-brothers, Kewpies Topper of Arenosa and Kewpie Doll's Diablo. Intense linebreeding and ruthless culling was understood and practiced unconditionally by Audrey Barrett. This set the type forever and the "Arenosa look" was born.
Many other extremely exotic Arenosa horses were bred to carry into the next generations. Kewpie's El Monterry of Arenosa was nothing short of magnificent! This double registered ASPC/AMHR stallion was NEVER DEFEATED in model or in-hand. The list of Champion Arenosa ponies and Miniature Horses goes on and on and will continue to do so.
Today we are continuing the Arenosa Legacy and have one of the most concentrated and rare groups of Arenosa bloodlines within the height standards of AMHA. This feat was accomplished by crossing a group of fine 50% Arenosa mares with driving and halter legend, Flaby's Supreme. Supreme is a 30.5" son of the great Flying W Farms Charro of Arenosa and grandson of Kewpies Topper of Arenosa. An amazing stallion with the uncanny ability to pass on his athletic abilities and extreme refinement. FWF Kewpies Charro of Arenosa
The modern Miniature
with royal past and rich future!
This article was provided by, and reprinted here, with the kind permission of Janet Hughes