Root Sire Line: MIRAGE or. Ar. (1919)
Bred by the Dendnasha Tribe - Sebaa Anazeh Bedouin | Syria
Imported to Iraq & France | King Faisal (1921), the UK | Crabbet Park (1923) & the USA | Roger Selby (1930) 

Tail Female Dam Line: SAMBRY or. Ar. (1904)
Imported to Spain (Yeguada Militar) from Syria (1908)

MULAWA CHIEF SIRE

Bred by Joyce DeWitt & Laura Cleaves | USA
Imported 1996

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF FAME & FORTUNE
Featured in Studs & Stallions 2017

Twenty years ago, at the Australian National Championships in Victoria, an unforgettable horse redefined the standard of excellence for the Arabian breed in the show ring. Concluding an undefeated trio of shows in 1997, including the esteemed East Coast Championships and the always competitive Victorian Classic, the latter competition held just the week prior at the same Werribee venue, the horse that had travelled from the opposite side of the globe to captivate and inspire Australians as only he was so effortlessly capable laid the foundation for what is now immeasurably celebrated as the ever-expanding and profound legacy of FAME MAKER R.

A son of US National Champion and Arabian breed pillar FAME VF (Bey Shah x Raffoleta-Rose by Raffon) and the beautiful ¾-Spanish beauty INSCHALLAH EL SHAKLAN (El Shaklan x Prometida by Zanjar), FAME MAKER was bred in the United States by actress Joyce DeWitt of Three’s Company fame. The ‘R” in his registered name was attributed to his handler and promoter, internationally respected horseman Gene Reichardt, a long-time family friend of the Farrells who was responsible for introducing several key breeding horses of immense importance to the Mulawa programme over the years. FAME MAKER was first admired by Greg as a two year old at the annual Scottsdale Show, whom he followed back to his stables for a closer look after finishing second in his class. Five years later, with the important titles US & Canadian National Champion Futurity Stallion to his credit, FAME MAKER was offered as a premier attraction in the 1996 Arabco Auction during the Scottsdale Show. Eager to take advantage of the opportunity, Greg, Julie & Jane attended the auction, a vivid memory Jane recalls as “the only time we searched for a stallion and knew exactly who we were after. 

Keen interest by fellow Australian, David Westbrook, who had travelled specifically to Scottsdale to purchase FAME MAKER as well, could have complicated matters. In perfect Farrell Family ‘good fortune’ fashion, however, TS AL MALIK was also discovered on the same trip, and purchased prior to the auction through David Boggs and Midwest. Enthusiastic to create opportunity for both FAME MAKER R & TS AL MALIK in Australia, the Farrells & David Westbrook came to an agreement prior to the auction, the result of which was the Farrells abstaining from bidding on FAME MAKER, while at the same time, committing to promote and prepare FAME MAKER for the show ring under the Mulawa banner on David’s behalf, should he be the successful bidder. Never before were the Farrells so happy to see a horse they so fervently desired end up in another’s ownership at the end of an auction. A short three years later, both stallions would end up as unencumbered full-fledged members of the Mulawa programme on Australian soil.

“Attitude and presence with a capital ‘A’ and capital ‘P’”, acknowledges Jane, were two of the principal reasons FAME MAKER was purposefully sought as the logical next step for the Mulawa programme. It was these special qualities that Greg worked diligently to bring out in FAME MAKER after his arrival, having witnessed both in him in abundance as a youngster at Scottsdale. “FAME MAKER arrived in Australia completely over the machine-like stand-up and inability to express himself,” Greg candidly reveals. “It took considerable time and patience for him to really feel at home again in his own skin and for him to conquer the demons to which he had been subjected. When it finally all clicked for him, FAME MAKER understood very clearly that the show ring was his place to shine. From that moment forward, he never looked back. It was a wonderful privilege to be on the other end of the lead – I just had to praise him and hang on!”

FAME MAKER’s first show Down Under was the important National Stud Show in Sydney in 1996. Coming up against the King Estate-bred WANTED KE, an imposingly masculine stallion with a pure-Mulawa pedigree, FAME MAKER stood second, and eventually Reserve Champion Senior Stallion, for the one and only time in his career in Oz. Jane recalls this showdown as an “unbelievable show performance” for both stallions, giving the added edge to FAME MAKER his unrivalled “high opinion of himself.” Jane adds, “It felt incredibly special just to be there.”

FAME MAKER’s East Coast win under renowned Brazilian breeder Lenita Perroy at the same venue, the old Sydney Showgrounds in Moore Park, just a few months later was “exhilarating” according to Jane, and “perhaps the best class of stallions I can remember seeing to that time.” Julie remembers FAME MAKER as “the only horse in the ring, with his neck arched and tail flagged as he danced around the arena.” Greg recalls that championship with great clarity, “FAME MAKER absolutely loved the competitiveness of being in a ring full of stallions. He would light up as soon as he was asked to circle prior to his entrance, trotting and snorting and prancing with maximum effort the entire time. His show ring attitude was all natural charisma and pure exuberance.”

FAME MAKER’s final foray in the show ring was a back-to-back performance at the Victorian Classic & the Australian Championships a few weeks later. Typically against Mulawa policy to show the same horse two weekends in a row, FAME MAKER was scheduled to compete in the rare double header at co-owner David Westbrook’s request, as both shows were on his home turf in Victoria. FAME MAKER was his typical fully engaged self at the Victorian Classic – tail flagged, snorting, blowing and exuding his trademark commanding presence, so much so that “the committee had him swabbed three times in 24 hours between his qualifying class & the stallion championship” according to Julie, as they were certain “a stallion with that much charisma every single time he showed, must certainly be on something.” “Greg loved to lead him around after his class for spectators to pat,” Julie confesses, “to showcase his intelligence and kindness. Everyone was always surprised at what a gentle and composed gentleman he was. FAME MAKER won legions of fans as a result of these special post-show moments. Both Greg & FAME MAKER had such a great understanding between them.”

After successive standard-setting displays of show ring magnificence resulting in undeniable Senior Stallion Championships honours, only the Australian Championships lay yet ahead to conquer for FAME MAKER. The week in Victoria away from home took its toll on FAME MAKER’s attitude and energy, the result of which was a “quieter performance by FAME MAKER standards” in Jane’s words, but still “exuberant enough to inspire the crowd and the international panel judges”. Jane remembers one of the judges relating afterwards that “although FAME MAKER was winning the class when he came in at the trot, he won decisively at the walk, with his exceptional balance, quality and irresistible presence”. Jane shares that “it was a very satisfying win”, made sweeter by the fact that just a few days prior to the Australian National Championships, the Farrells were able to secure full ownership in FAME MAKER. It was the first Australian National Championships missed by Greg Farrell Sr., who was ill and unable to attend. He cried with tears of joy when phoned with the good news.

Two decades later, the FAME MAKER legacy has expanded from his own show ring brilliance to include generations of invaluable descendants who embody his best qualities. The trademark FAME MAKER “movement, tail carriage, balance, topline and show attitude,” according to Jane, are alive and well in his celebrated progeny & their descendants, including FAMES PRESENCE, GOLD N WINGS, MULAWA CLAIM TO FAME, FAMES PASSION, ANGEL OF FAME, BEFAME, MAKEHER JAZZ, MYSTIC FAME, FIRE FLAME, MISS FAME, BE MY FLAME, KARI MI FLAME, FOREVER FAME, FLAME AFIRE & MAKERS MARK, the vast majority of whom are honoured with some portion of their sire’s famous and instantly identifiable name. Greg, Julie & Jane are in unanimous agreement that FAMES HARMONY, FLAME MAKER & FAMES PHANTOM MI most faithfully represent the excellence of their sire phenotypically, with FAMES HARMONY proving her worth as his best producing and most broadly influential daughter, FLAME MAKER the most alike in sheer exuberance and presence, and FAMES PHANTOM as his sire’s best ambassador of versatile athleticism, willing trainability and naturally intelligent kindness.

“We would be remiss not to mention KLASSICAL FAME MI”, Greg shares enthusiastically, “a FAME MAKER granddaughter out of FOREVER FAME, who represents the best of the next generation”. Sired by KLASS, the premier son of TS AL MALIK, this “extraordinary filly embodies the perfect blending of both stallions” purchased during that decisive Scottsdale more than two decades ago. “We expect her to fly the Mulawa flag proudly both at home and abroad as she matures.”

Now, at nearly 29 years of age, every day with FAME MAKER is an extraordinary gift. “FAME MAKER loves to stand in the front corner of his paddock at Ambition, where he can observe the halter horses being exercised across the road at Mulawa,” Greg apprises. “I can see both from my office, and it always seems to me that FAME MAKER shows more interest in the horses with flagged tails and long strong straight docks, the vast majority of which are most likely his descendants.”

Jane shares these final thoughts. “The memory of Greg’s partnership with FAME MAKER is one I will always treasure. They had a special bond that few people and horses ever get to experience and share.”

“We always consider ourselves very fortunate that FAME MAKER found his way to Mulawa and into our lives. Conversely, we believe that FAME MAKER has been fortunate as well, as Mulawa has become the ideal home for a stallion of his calibre and unique character. Thank you, FAME MAKER, for the many blessings you have brought, and continue to bring, into our lives.”

Together, because of the good fortune of both FAME MAKER & the Farrell Family, we can look forward to many more years of FAME & Fortune ahead for the Arabian breed…

Read this article online, featured in the 2017 Studs & Stallions, by following the links below

https://issuu.com/vinkpublishing/docs/fame_maker


A special thank you to Vink Publishing for sharing this online feature with the Mulawa Community.

 

Accolades

  • Australian National Champion Senior Stallion | 1997
  • East Coast Champion Senior Stallion | 1997
  • Victorian Classic Champion Senior Stallion | 1997
  • Victorian Classic Supreme Champion Exhibit | 1997
  • National Stud Show Reserve Champion Senior Stallion | 1996
  • Regional Champion Stallion | 1995
  • US National Top Ten Stallion | 1995
  • Canadian National Top Ten Stallion | 1993
  • Regional Champion Stallion | 1993
  • Sahara Sands All Arabian Champion Stallion | 1993
  • Canadian National Champion Futurity Colt | 1992
  • Minnesota All Arabian Champion Stallion | 1992
  • Scottsdale Top Ten Three Year Old Colt | 1992
  • US National Champion Futurity Colt | 1992
  • Scottsdale Top Ten Two Year Old Colt | 1991
  • Regional Champion Breeders Sweepstakes Yearling Colt | 1990

ANGEL OF FAME 1997 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Mare (FAME MAKER R × MULAWA ANGELICA by WANTED K E )
  • East Coast Reserve Champion Yearling Filly | 1999
BE MY FLAME 2007 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Mare (FAME MAKER R × MULAWA BEHOLD by GLF APOLLO )
  • East Coast Champion Yearling Filly | 2009
FAMES HARMONY 1998 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Mare (FAME MAKER R × PERFECT HARMONY by GLF APOLLO )
  • Australian National Top Ten Mare | 2007
  • Australian National Reserve Champion Mare | 2006
  • Australian National Reserve Champion Mare | 2005
  • National Stud Show Champion Junior Filly | 2000
  • National Stud Show Supreme Champion Exhibit | 2000
  • Queensland Challenge Champion Yearling Filly | 1999
FAMES PASSION 1997 Grey Purebred Arabian Mare (FAME MAKER R × A PASSION by WN Dasjmir )
  • Australian National Champion Top Ten Senior Mare | 2005
  • National Stud Show Champion Yearling Filly | 1998
FAMES PHANTOM MI 2008 Bay Purebred Arabian Gelding (FAME MAKER R × MUSTANG'S MAGNUM by MAGNUM FORTY FOUR )
  • Australian National Champion Arabian Show Hunter | NPTR | 2017
  • Australian National Champion Top Ten Ridden Arabian | NPTR | 2017
  • Australian National Gold Champion Arabian Show Hunter | 2017
  • Australian National Silver Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2017
  • Fraser Coast All Breed Supreme Champion Hunter Hack | 2017
  • Pacific Coast Arabian Show Champion Arabian Gelding | 2017
  • Pacific Coast Arabian Show Champion Arabian Show Hunter | 2017
  • Pacific Coast Arabian Show Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2017
  • Pacific Coast Arabian Show Supreme Champion Arabian Under Saddle | 2017
  • Pacific Coast Arabian Show Supreme Champion Led Arabian | 2017
  • QLD Arabian HOTY Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2017
  • QLD Arabian HOTY Supreme Champion Ridden Arabian | 2017
  • QLD Challenge Champion Arabian Show Hunter | 2017
  • QLD Challenge Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2017
  • QLD Challenge Philippa Tyas Memorial Sash | Champion | 2017
  • QLD Challenge Supreme Champion Ridden Arabian | 2017
  • QLD Challenge Supreme Champion Ridden Exhibit | 2017
  • QLD Summer Show Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2017
  • QLD Summer Show Supreme Champion Ridden Arabian | 2017
  • Arabian Gala Event Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2016
  • Arabian Gala Event Supreme Champion Ridden Purebred | 2016
  • Australian National Champion Golden Spurs Purebred | 2016
  • Australian National Gold Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2016
  • East Coast Cup Champion Ridden Purebred | 2016
  • Mackay Champion Freestyle to Music | 2016
  • Mackay Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2016
  • Mackay Supreme Champion Ridden Arabian | 2016
  • Mackay Supreme Champion Ridden Exhibit | 2016
  • Top of the Range Champion Purebred Gala Event | 2016
  • Top of the Range Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2016
  • Top of the Range Supreme Champion Ridden Arabian Exhibit | 2016
  • Australian National Champion Arabian Gelding Under Sdalle | 2015
  • Australian National Champion Arabian Show Hunter Gelding | 2015
  • Australian National Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2015
  • East Coast Cup Champion | Purebred | 2015
  • East Coast Reserve Champion Ridden Arabian Freestyle | 2015
  • East Coast Reserve Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2015
  • QLD Horse of the Year Champion Ridden Gelding | 2015
  • QLD Horse of the Year Supreme Champion Saddle Horse | 2015
  • Top of the Range Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2015
  • Top of the Range Supreme Champion Ridden Arabian Exhibit | 2015
  • Australian National Champion Arabian Gelding Under Saddle | 2014
  • Australian National Reserve Champion Show Hunter Gelding | 2014
  • Australian National Top Ten Preliminary Dressage | 2014
  • East Coast Cup Top Five | Purebred | 2014
  • East Coast Top Five Arabian Gelding Under Saddle | 2014
  • National Stud Show Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2014
  • National Stud Show Supreme Saddle Horse of the Show | 2014
  • Australian National Top Ten Arabian Gelding Bridle Path Hack | 2013
  • Australian National Top Ten Arabian Gelding Under Saddle | 2013
  • Australian National Top Ten Arabian Show Hunter Over 15hh | 2013
  • Australian National Top Ten Arabian Silver Snaffle | 2013
  • East Coast Cup Champion | Purebred | 2013
  • National Capital Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2013
  • Victorian Classic Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2013
  • Victorian Classic Supreme Champion Ridden Arabian | 2013
  • National Stud Show Champion Four Year Old Snaffle Bit Futurity | 2012
  • National Stud Show Reserve Champion Ridden Arabian Gelding | 2012
FAMES PRESENCE 2001 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Stallion (FAME MAKER R × PRESENCE by GLF APOLLO )
  • Australian National Champion Freestyle Liberty | 2007
  • Australian National Top Ten Senior Stallion | 2007
  • NSW State Titles Champion Senior Stallion | 2006
  • Australian National Top Ten Senior Stallion | 2005
  • South Australian State Champion Senior Stallion | 2004
  • South Australian State Supreme Champion Exhibit | 2004
  • Australian National Champion Junior Colt | 2003
  • East Coast Reserve Champion Yearling Colt | 2002
  • National Stud Show Champion Jackpot Yearling Colt | 2001
  • National Stud Show Champion Yearling Colt | 2001
FLAME MAKER 2000 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Stallion (FAME MAKER R × MULAWA KARA MIA MI by GLF APOLLO )
  • Australian National Champion Freestyle Liberty | 2005
  • Australian National Champion Junior Colt | 2003
  • National Stud Show Champion Junior Colt | 2003
  • East Coast Champion Yearling Colt | 2002
  • Australian National Champion Yearling Colt | 2001
FOREVER FAME 2005 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Mare (FAME MAKER R × PRESENCE by GLF APOLLO )
  • Australian National Top Ten Senior Arabian Mare | 2011
GOLD N WINGS 2002 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Stallion (FAME MAKER R × ON ANGELS WINGS by TS AL MALIK )
  • Australian National Champion Senior Stallion | 2010
MULAWA CLAIM TO FAME 1997 Bay Purebred Arabian Mare (FAME MAKER R × PERFECT HARMONY by GLF APOLLO )
  • Australian National Top Ten Senior Mare | 2002
MYSTIC FAME 2006 Bay Purebred Arabian Mare (FAME MAKER R × PERFECT HARMONY by GLF APOLLO )
  • Australian National Top Ten Senior Mare | 2016
  • East Coast Champion Broodmare | 2016
  • Australian National Top Ten Senior Mare | 2015
  • East Coast Champion Broodmare | 2015
  • Frenchs Forest Senior Champion Mare | 2014
  • Frenchs Forest Supreme Champion Arabian Exhibit | 2014
  • National Stud Show Reserve Champion Senior Mare | 2014
PRECIDENCE 2002 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Gelding (FAME MAKER R × PRESENCE by GLF APOLLO )
  • Australian National Reserve Champion Junior Gelding | 2006
  • East Coast Champion Two Year Old Gelding | 2005
  • Australian National Reserve Champion Yearling Gelding | 2004
  • East Coast Champion Yearling Gelding | 2004
  • National Stud Show Champion Junior Gelding | 2004
  • National Stud Show Champion Jackpot Yearling Gelding | 2003
  • National Stud Show Champion Yearling Gelding | 2003
PRIME TIME 2003 Chestnut Purebred Arabian Gelding (FAME MAKER R × PRESENCE by GLF APOLLO )
  • WA All Arabian Reserve Champion Junior Gelding | 2006
  • WA State Championships Junior Gelding Finalist | 2006
  • WA All Arabian Champion Junior Gelding | 2005
  • WA State Championships Reserve Champion Junior Gelding | 2005
  • National Capital Champion Yearling Gelding | 2004
  • National Stud Show Champion Yearling Gelding | 2004
REMARK MI 2009 Bay Purebred Arabian Gelding (FAME MAKER R × RIMARAA by Marwan Al Shaqab )
  • East Coast Top Five Yearling Gelding | 2011