Coleal Farm is located in Northern California about 30 miles southeast of Sacramento in the lovely rural town of Herald, which is comprised of extensive vineyards, rolling hills, complete with picturesque horse, sheep and cattle ranches.
Coleal Farm started in 1964 and has been a family run operation ever since its inception. Today, the farm is run by three generations of Coleal women: Rhoda, Rhonda, and Ashlyn. Although it is a small farm, producing no more than 3-4 foals per year, the influence of the Coleal breeding program is found and respected around the world.
We started with our first two Arabian mares that we bought sight unseen from Dr Duffin’s farm in Canada, both of whom were in foal to El Sirocco. The following spring, our two beautiful fillies were born – as was Coleal Farm. El Nigmah, the older one, became a great show mare in her day, winning national titles and producing the beautiful filly and many time champion herself, Grande Duchess (by Raffon). We then bred Grande Duchess to SX Saladin (Serafix x Cobah) and produced the phenomenal producing mare, Siiri. This mare was the dam of US National Champion Futurity Filly and Scottsdale Reserve Junior Champion Mare Liberty Bey C (by Bey Shah). The younger filly of El Sirocco, El Nimrah, won many championships as well and was later sold to Bob Stratmore. She went on to produce some of *Padron’s (Patron x Odessa) best foals. Her most famous son was Brazilian Champion Padrons Image, who can be found in many pedigrees in Brazil today.
Back in those days, we decided we wanted to own a stallion, but he needed to be tall, elegant, correct, and beautiful. We went to John Roger’s Arabian Farm in Walnut Creek, California, and fell in love with the elegant mare Cobah (Pomona Ahmen x Faradina), who was in foal to *Serafix, and bought the baby she was carrying before it was born. That foal was SX Saladin, who later became the basis of our breeding program. SX Saladin was Canadian National Reserve Champion Stallion and US Top Ten Stallion in huge class of a hundred stallions. SX Saladin produced many aristocrat Mares and champions for us and the great breeding stallion in Brazil, Cobrah, who was Brazilian Reserve National Champion Stallion as well as the Leading Sire in Brazil for nine years.
We decided to breed our SX Saladin daughters to the super exotic colt *Padron. Those crosses produced fillies such as Porcelynn, who sold for a very large sum at only four months old to Brazil, where she was later named Brazilian Junior National Champion and her progeny are in the pedigrees of many champions today, too. Bey Shah (Bay el Bey x Star of Ofir) was introduced into our breeding program soon after with many great foals such as Liberty Bey C (Bey Shah x Siri), as well as Genesis C, who became our next foundation stallion. Genesis C was out of our Padron/SX Saladin cross mare Passionn, a full-sister to Porcelynn. Another Bey Shah son out of our SX Saladin daughter, Sociallite (x TW Bey Firelite), was Style SRA, who went on to be another Leading Sire in Brazil. Our idea of crossing Bey Shah and *Padron was the first time the cross was really used, and today, we see that cross over and over again with predictable and stunning results.
We began feeling successful as a breeding farm when our first stallion SX Saladin was breeding over 60 outside mares per year at a high stud fee while simultaneously horses we bred were winning everywhere, including outside the U.S. SX Saladin produced many mares that became aristocrat Mares and those mares produced the highest quality foals that won the top honors and sold for excellent prices. It was a massive compliment to us when other respected breeders were coming to our farm to buy mares and colts. It is still that way today.
When we bred the great colt Eden C, who is out of our Genesis C daughter, Silken Sable, we knew we had done what most farms dream of doing, and that is to breed a World Champion quality show horse and breeding stallion, one that the great breeding programs of the world, including the State Studs of Poland, have used. We have never had much of a problem selling our horses straight off the farm and we believe that is because our horses have many generations of our breeding in them and we know every one of those horses inside and out for sometimes four, five or even six generations back.
We believe to be considered a great breeder, it takes years of hard work and persistence of building an excellent base to the program where one will continually improve the horses he or she breeds for future generations. It takes studying and research and so much thought going into each and every breeding decision. We do not think one cannot simply breed some mare to whomever the popular stallion is at the moment and simply expect a great foal; it is much more deliberate and thought-out. One must know and understand pedigrees. What pedigree crosses well with what? Does this stallion produce consistent results or is he hit or miss? What qualities does this mare have or lack that this stallion may be able to fix or compliment in the potential foal? These are the types of questions we ask ourselves. We only breed three or four mares each year and the quality of our foals is extremely high. We do not believe in mass breeding with the hopes that one or two will be good enough to show, sell, or keep as a future breeding horse. With this strategy, over the years our farm has gained a distinctive look that we are very proud of.