Like the eagerly awaited return of Brett Favre to the football field, Dara Torres to the swimming pool and Lance Armstrong to the streets of France, the return of Magnum Psyche to the show ring at the 2009 Scottsdale Show was highly anticipated by Arabian enthusiasts around the globe.
Although the stallion had never officially retired, he hadn’t been in a U.S. show ring since 2004 when he captured his last U.S. Nationals Championship title. Enthusiastic crowds were on hand to watch as long-time handler David Boggs led the legendary chestnut stallion to Wendell Arena. As the magnificent Magnum Psyche entered the show ring once more, there was no doubt to anyone watching that he still had what it took to be a champion.
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Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) certainly didn’t disappoint that beautiful sunny day, capturing first the Champion Senior Stallion title, then the Scottsdale Supreme Champion title. He was also the Leading Halter and Performance Sire of Purebred Winners (by number of Winning Get). He proved that not only was he still a force in the show ring, but that his progeny had the ability to carry on the tradition.
Interestingly though, for the first time at a major show, the old adage, “pretty is as pretty does” proved to be true in the case of Magnum Psyche. At the 2009 Scottsdale Show, his offspring had more major awards in performance hunter and western pleasure than in halter, including wins by Captain Magnum (x HR Bellena), HJ Famoso (x Poetry SMF), JK Magnetic (x JK Angelbasksko), Alerro (x Tuscany Bey) and Truly Magnetic CB (x Dar Nuba).
The Magnum Psyche get in the halter arena were successful as well, with DD Crown Jewel (x Crown Victoria) was Champion Halter Mare JTH, Fantastica HVP (x Taamara HVP) was Reserve Champion Halter Mare JTH and MM Magnum Butterfly (x Flameworthy) was Champion Half-Arabian Halter Stock/Hunter Mare.
- Leading Sire at Scottsdale 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (2007 and 2008, halter and performance).
- Leading Sire of Halter Champions at the U.S. National Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
- Leading Sire of Halter Champions at the Canadian National Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
- Leading Sire of Breeders Sweepstakes Champions in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
- Leading Juvenile Sire 2001, 2002 and 2003, setting an all-time industry record.
- Leading Sire of Champions 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 at the MAHB Fall Festival, the richest futurity in the country.
- Leading Sire of Argentine National Show Championships 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Truly, the legend of Magnum Psyche continues on. While it seems everyone knows his story, for the sake of any newcomers to the industry or any who might have doubted his influence, let’s review. Magnum Psyche holds the following titles, a feat absolutely unparalleled in the industry (See Achievements).
Abroad, the influence of Magnum Psyche continues to be a force in the Arabian horse industry, with the chestnut stallion holding the position of leading sire of Arabian horses exported from America as well as the leading sire of Arabian horses imported to America. The fees paid for breedings to Magnum have topped the charts at the nation’s richest futurities, the Iowa Gold Star, Minnesota (MAHB) and Arizona Arabian Horse Breeders. At this year’s Iowa Gold Star Auction, the Magnum Psyche breeding again took the top bid at $26,000. He was also awarded the Sire of Significance Award at the show, and met with a standing ovation.
Lists, numbers, championship titles and awards don’t tell the entire story of Magnum Psyche. One also has to examine and then appreciate the relationship between the stallion and David Boggs. “To be entrusted with the care of such a great horse is a tremendous honor,” says long-time handler David Boggs, who still clearly delights in the stallion’s presence. “He is not only a bright light shining the way to the future for the Arabian breed, he is also a bright light in the hearts and lives of everyone that has the privilege of coming into contact with him.”
Indeed, it is not Magnum’s titles that are impressive to those unfamiliar with such measurements of greatness; it is his larger-than-life presence, coupled with a kind and gentle spirit. At any Midwest celebration, Magnum is the center of attention, sweetly accepting the fond pats of well-wishers, tenderly nibbling treats from the small hands of adoring children and regally standing himself up from a mere nod from Boggs.
How Magnum Psyche rose to the top of the industry and remains there with absolutely no other stallion close to touching his many records, is part hereditary, part mystery, part magic and part teamwork.
Genetically speaking, Magnum Psyche comes from fine stock. He was born in 1995, sired by Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) and out of A Fancy Miracle (*Sasaki x *Medina Azahara), champion Arabians in their own right. Entering the show ring the next year, he was named Buckeye Junior Champion Colt, Region 4 Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt, and, in his first of record-setting accomplishments, became the U.S. National Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt, receiving the highest points ever awarded by the judges using the European Judging System.
In 1998, he followed up those wins with the U.S. and Canadian National titles as well as the Ohio Buckeye Champion Stallion title. In 2000, he made his foray into the international show ring, capturing the Argentine National Champion Stallion title with a unanimous decision. He returned, triumphantly, to the show ring in 2004, capturing the U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion title unanimously. At that same U.S. Nationals, Magnum’s progeny captured multiple titles, including that of Reserve National Champion Senior Stallion, making it the first time a father (Magnum) and son (Jaayd) were named to the top two positions.
The mystery and magic that is Magnum is just that…..part mystery, part magic—and thankfully, for the entire Arabian industry, timeless. As his more than 1,250 registered get make their mark in the show ring and are adored by countless Arabian enthusiasts around the world, the legend of Magnum Psyche continues.