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Shalimar Playboy

Shalimar Playboy, 2004 Grey Stallion

AM Good Oldboy x Brown R Yasmeen

(shown as a 3 year old in pasture picture)
Raffles on the top and bottom of his pedigree!!!

Shalimar Playboy Extended Pedigree at: 

AM Good Oldboy Extended Pedigree at:

Brown R Yasmeen Extended Pedigree at:

About Shalimar and Al Marah Horses

Shalimar Playboy

AM Good Oldboy x Brown R Yasmeen

AM Good Oldboy

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This stallion is one of the most significant sires of his generation. His progeny speak for themselves. They include numerous National Champions, 4 winners of Legions of Masters and Excellence (++++//), where he is tied with Bremervale Andronicus++++// as the leading sire of Masters and Excellence winners all time. His get includes the two time U.S. National Champion Sport Horse Mare AM Her Majesty Aerial++++//.   He is very prepotent for type and athleticism.


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Al-Marah Arabians is owned by Mark Miller, founder and owner of the world famous Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction which he closed at the end of 2013 in order to continue the Legacy of Al-Marah.  Mark’s mother, Bazy Tankersley, started breeding Arabian horses in the late 1930s, and founded her Al-Marah Arabian Horse Farm in Tucson, Arizona in 1942.

In 1956, Al-Marah Arabians added the horses from Crabbet Stud and Hanstead Stud to their herd and has been the principle breeder of the Arabian Horses first gathered from the desert by Abbas Pasha in 1815, making Al-Marah the oldest privately owned band of Arabian Horses in the world. Mark is the 6th person in the third family to have control of this herd.


(click on the link above to read about Shalimar Horses)

Shalimar Horses was founded by Dr. William L. Munson and his wife.  On January 16, 1944, they were married and established Shalimar Farms in Cambridge, Illinois, and so began one of the strongest and most important partnerships in the Arabian breed in the United States to date.

In 1943, the desert bred mare, Rihani had been leased from Dr. John Reardon of Peoria, Illinois. Rihani had been purchased from Margaret Shuey of the famed Sunny Acres Farm while in foal to *Raffles, producing Raffani. From that point on, Shalimar's *Raffles horses included some of *Raffles most successful offspring.

Sons of *Raffles owned by Shalimar included: our foundation stallion Garaff (*Raffles x Woengren), Imaraff, Handeyraff, Rafflesson, Rhazauraff, and the gelding Sanraff. Beginning in 1942, my grandpa purchased the *Raffles x Imagida foal in utero; the resulting foal turned out to be the mare Rafgida. Other *Raffles daughters have included: Flaia, Wadeya, Raffani, Ylla, Rafla, Rafeyma, Rafleyma, Rose of Raswan and Cassandra (with Bazy Tankersly).

During the 1950s and 1960s Shalimar Arabians was a family breeding and showing operation. Horses were shown throughout the Midwest and a strong *Raffles band of horses was developed.

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