The Arabian horse has grace, elegance and class. These three characteristics are often associated with Hollywood stars as well. No wonder there has been countless Arabian horses reaching star status through the years, from football mascots to famous horses in history, the Arabian horse has been in the spotlight numerous times. Here are three famous Arabians that have reached star status during their lifetime!
If you are a Denver Bronco fan, you probably knew about Thunder. Thunder is a grey Arabian gelding that storms the field during every Bronco touchdown. The current Thunder is entering his fifth year in 2018 as the team’s live mascot. Of course, the current Thunder has not been the mascot forever. The original live mascot made his first appearance at a Bronco’s game in 1993. The Arabian stallion carried the registered name of JB Kobak but took the stage name Thunder for the games. He retired in 2004, when Thunder II took over the position. It wasn’t until 2013 that the current Thunder began his campaign as the live mascot for the Broncos. Thunder is provided by Thunder Spirit LLC of Denver, Colorado. He is also trained and ridden by Ann Judge of Thunder Spirit LLC.
2. My Friend Flicka (TV Series)
For this famous Arabian, we are throwing it back a few years. The 1950s TV series starred a young Arabian, chestnut mare, whose real name was Wahana. The show was the very first series filmed in color and the first TV series produced by 20th Century Fox. The 15 hand mare, was out of the famed chestnut stallion, Abu Farwa and born at Kellogg Ranch in Ponoma, California. The TV series starred a young boy who owned Flicka and their journey together.
3. Godolphin Arabian
If you enjoy learning where breeds originated from then you are really going to enjoy this famous Arabian. This stallion was one of three Arabian horses that founded the modern Thoroughbred. The bay stallion was foaled around the year 1724 and exported through Syria to Tunis to be presented to the King of France. After his passing in 1753, at the age of 29, his influence in the Thoroughbred breed was proving to be lifelong. Fifty years after his death, the first 76 British Classic winners carried at least one strain of the Godolphin Arabian. If you study some of the great Thoroughbreds, including Seabiscuit and Man O’ War, they all have been descendants of the great Godolphin Arabian.
No matter if it’s across a movie screen or being a foundation of a breed, the Arabian horse has proven to be a famous breed. Next time you see a famous horse, it just may be an Arabian!