Rest in Peace, Mrs. Bazy Tankersley of Al-Marah Arabians
Mrs. T passed away this morning. Over nearly 70 years, she bred over 2500 good riding type Arabians many of which competed in sport disciplines (as well as in endurance and working western disciplines) and some that were used in sport breeding including the ATA approved stallion, Al-Marah Quebec, and the hunter pony stallion, AM Lord Elope. Over her long lifetime, she generously contributed to education and historical preservation in the Arabian horse community. She was a grand human being and will be missed.
She was quite a woman. My mother bought my sisters an Indraff son at an Al Marah production auction in Potomac -- in 1961, probably -- and I had first a stumpy, mean little orphan gelding by A.M. Suleman's Flag (out of the famous broodmare Cassandra), and then, for twenty grand years, a Bazy-bred Radames son who was exceptional. The Raffles / Rissalix outcross that Mrs. T favored back then was a terrific nick. The farm in Barnesville, Maryland, was really something to see -- I think she had three hundred head out there in the early 1970s.
Condolences to her kids and all the rest of her family, friends, and staff. I just googled and learned that her daughter Tiffany died last fall at forty-five -- very sad.
Last edited by draftxfan; Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM.
Mrs. T and her Al-Marah Arabians were a fixture in our minds as we grew up...out West, where we rode Circle 2 Arabians, Al-Marah and her contribution to racing Arabians, inter alia, were a source of constant inspiration.She was truly an example of the old-style horsewoman.
My friend and I visited Al Marah, when it was in Barnesville, MD. We got to meet Count Bazy. Many years later, my DH and I lived in Clarksburg, which was not far from Barnesville. That area was such a lovely part of the country for horse farms, until overrun by housing developments.
That is really the end of an era. Way back when I was a pup, I was totally fascinated by the Al Marah Arabians. What a contribution she made to the development of the Arabian horse industry in this country. RIP to Mrs. Tankersley, and condolences to her family and friends.
I got my Al-Marah newsletter today, and there's a letter from Mrs. T's son, Mark Miller (Arabian Nights owner) saying he will take over. He says he plans to move the herd to Florida over the next two years, and Jerry Hamilton, the farm manager, will be moving as well.