Arabian Horse Times and Jeff Wallace European Summer Tour of 2015
Tom Oben is not only a passionate horseman but a true gentleman as well. I was looking forward to visiting him in Belgium earlier this week as I have been closely following his ascending career as of late.
What I found was a nice warm handshake from Tom and a personal tour of his Obi Training facility.
My new favorite friend Hilke was on site as well and was gracious enough to grab lunch. Hilke keeps of course a few of the Al Thumama beauties inside the gates of Obi. The gorgeous grey Gazal daughter Alabama with her third filly by Abyad AA was there and the beautiful QR Marc daughter Penelope KA. Also a new bay and beautiful coming sensation they were both excited for me to see. She will be beyond appreciated I assure you. Hilke and Tom are a dynamic duo in terms of putting together an array of impressive horses for Al Thumama. Just the way it should be.
There were several Al Shahania lovelies and last but not least my good friend Chen Kedar’s stunning chestnut filly Vision of Marwan AA, by Marwan AL Shaqab and out of the Ariela Aristocrat mare The Vision, dam to many important horses in our breed today. Vision is a perfect word to be associated with this family.
Ps. Yes I did see the gorgeous grey Marwan daughter from a Khidar daughter! WOW! My kinda mare – all I can say.
—Jeff Wallace for AHT Abroad