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Left to Right: Fadjur, Jack and Marge Tone, Saki
  Left to Right: Fadjur, Jack & Marge Tone, Saki  
   Daniel Gainey, Sr., and  his herd sire, Ferzon   


Ferzon and Robin Gainey, Fountainhead Arabians

Nearly 50 years ago, in the spring of 1952, at the farm of Frank and Helen McCoy, two remarkable purebred Arabian horses were born. Little did the McCoys realize how much a role in the Arabian Horse Industry both stallions, Fadjur and Ferzon, would play. Royal Pride Rythm (#520585), our 95%CMK Herd Sire, carries the blood of both of these fabulous progenitors. We consider it an honor, a privilege, and a duty to tell the story of Fadjur (Fadheilan x Bint Sahara, by Farawi) and Ferzon (Ferneyn x Fersara, by Ferseyn).

Fadjur was the result of breeding the McCoy mare, Bint Sahara, to Fadheilan, a son of the famous imported Babson stallion, *Fadl. Fadheilan would not have been the breeding choice of Frank McCoy, but it was the choice of Harry Linden, who bought Bint from the McCoys. Several years later Mr. Linden would finally choose to breed Bint Sahara to the Mc Coy stallion, Ferseyn. Ironically, Ferzon's dam., Fersara, was a daughter of Bint Sahara, so Fadjur and Ferzon are related on their tail-female line. Ferzon, however, was the result of line-breeding domestic Arabians who descended from the Crabbet/Blunt stock, whose major representatives in the United States were sons of Skowronek, the Polish-bred Arabian stallion acquired by Lady Wentworth of the Crabbet Stud.

To start with Fadjur and Ferzon did not look much alike. Fadjur was a red-bay with a prominent star. Ferzon was a gray who would eventually turn white. The McCoys themselves were partial to the greys. Therefore, when the 2 weanling colts whose names both began with the letter F were priced for sale, Fadjur was priced at $700 and Ferzon was priced at $10,000. It was by chance that Marjory Tone met the McCoys at some California horse shows. The Tones' daughter and son-in-law, the Polks, were the first to lay eyes on the beautiful bay Fadjur and shoot movie footage of him. As a result of the Polks' visit, Jack Tone would present Marjory with Fadjur as a birthday present in 1953. It would be a while, however, before someone could come up with the unheard of $10,000 price on Ferzon's head.

The Tones were a pioneer farming family. The original founding father, Jack Tone, had migrated to California to make his fortune in gold and wound up with a huge land stake which the Tones were able to preserve in spite of hard times. The Tones showed their own horses on their own terms back at a time when the individual exhibitor carried more weight and had a better opportunity to win in the show ring. The Tones did it their way and won with Fadjur until he was 16 years old.

In addition, Marjory Tone believed that Fadjur was the most perfect of horses, so perfect, in fact, that she bred him 165 times to his own daughters. Breeding consisted of live cover service twice a day for months. He produced a total of 820 foals in his lifetime, among them 19 National winners, 6 Reserve Champions, and 29 Top Tens, and 111 verified Class A winners. Among his Nationals Champions descendants are Exceladdin, Ali Jamaal, Echo Magnificoo, Amurath Bandolero, Kharben, Shahteyna, Bey Teyna, Keepsake V, Moonstone Bey V, Khemosabi, Autumn Fire (dam of Alyaska Bey V, Afire Bey V, and August Bey V). Thirteen Fadjur sons sired, in turn, 27 Nationals winners. Marjory Tone's philosophy was that Fadjur would improve on any mare, and so it was that Fadjur bred any and all mares that were offered.

It was Frank McCoy, the breeder of both Fadjur and Ferzon, who would remember Ferzon as "grey and spunky." Fersara was a grey daughter of two grey parents, Ferseyn and Bint Sahara. Since the McCoys favored greys, imagine their delight when the grey Ferzon was born, a son of Ferneyn and Fersara. Since Ferneyn was himself a son of Ferseyn, Ferzon can be said to be line-bred to Ferseyn. The McCoys promptly put a $10,000 price ticket on Ferzon's head, never dreaming that anyone would come up with that kind of money in the early 1950s when the average yearly salary was well under $5000.

Though pictures from the early 1950s reveal Ferzon as a dark-colored ordinary colt, McCoy showed Ferzon himself and walked away with a many ribbons while bringing distinction to Ferzon and his close equine relatives in California. For instance, on March 29, 1953, Ferzon was named reserve Champion stallion at the Palm Desert, California, First Annual All Arabian Show. At the same show Ferneyn, Ferzon's sire, took the grand championship. Moneyna, the dam of Ferneyn, was named reserve champion mare, while Hasa, a half sister to Ferneyn by Ferseyn, was the grand champion mare. This show was the beginning of clear evidence that the influence of Ferseyn was to be felt for a long time.

On June 7, 1953, in Long Beach, California, Ferzon won the yearling colt championship, followed by the yearling colt championship at the Desert Arabian Association of San Diego on July 18, 1953. Again he placed second to his own sire, Ferneyn, in the stallion championship. On August8, 1953, Ferzon was reserve champion yearling colt with his close relative, Fadjur, placing fourth. On September 26, 1953, Ferzon was the champion yearling colt at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Then came Daniel Gainey, Sr, with $10,000 to purchase Ferzon and to produce a distinctive look to Arabians that many people now call the Gainey-look. Mr. Gainey showed Ferzon lightly as a two year old and a three year old, although Ferzon no longer placed as spectacularly as he had during his yearling season.

In the breeding shed at Gainey Fountainhead Arabians, Ferzon produced 251 registered Purebred offspring and was the the grandsire of 7616 registered purebred get. Among the better known offspring of Ferzon, we can name BF Rageymazon, Gaffizon, BuZahr, Shar Mar Ferzay, Gazon (sire of Raffon), Perlezon (sire of Arn-ett Perlane), Comar Raffdan, Comar Rafeymon, Comar Regal, Gai Ferzon Louis, and most notably Gai Parada. Gai Parada was to take over the role of chief sire from his deceased sire at Fountainhead Arabians. In the year 2000, the Gai Parada son, Gai Monarch, won the Canadian Nationals Grand Championship, and appears to spell an influential return to favor of the old foundation lines produced by the many sons of Skowronek (Crabbet Stud, England) as a well-deserved source of Arabian blood.

The careers of Fadjur and Ferzon continued to cross during their long lifetimes. Ferzon died in 1982 at thirty years of age, but Fadjur would outlive him one year. Twenty years later it is easy to see how both stallions have profoundly affected the Arabian Horse Breed. How astounding that both of these prolific stallions started their days in the California pastures of Frank and Helen McCoy.


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