It is never easy to say goodbye to a horse. It is always painful and leaves a hole in our hearts like no other. It is probably safe to say that it is the hardest part of owning horses. This past spring, the Arabian horse community lost the Arabian stallion Beon Eternety. He was an Eternety+ son out of a *Sambor++ granddaughter with lines going back to the infamous Brusally Orzelost and many other great horses.
Beon’s owner, Barbara Diaz, got him as a birthday present when he was a month old. At only four months, Beon won his first halter championship during the Arabian Horse Society’s All Arabian annual show. He won the yearling colts halter class showing against numerous individuals that were several months older than him. Highlights of Beon’s show career include a Top Ten in Halter at the Scottsdale Arabian Show with Leo Hansen as a yearling, multiple regional Western Pleasure championships with Renee Ramirez, as well as Sam Hernandez showing him to Champion Sport Horse Stallion at the 2005 Arizona Saguaro Classic.
Beon’s show career demonstrated the traditionally versatile Arabian horse. He was accomplished in several disciplines including Western, Sport Horse in Hand and Halter.
In 2004, this purebred Arabian stallion was accepted into the American Warmblood Registry. Criteria for the lifetime registration included disposition, ability to be a sport horse, and conformation. What an honor for a purebred Arabian!
In addition to Beon’s show record, he sired over 60 foals. Several went on to have their own show careers in many disciplines including national, regional, and Scottsdale championships. Beons Midnight Idol+ excelled in Western Pleasure. Beons Eternal Hope competed in Hunter Pleasure and Saddle Seat. Jill Loskill of Cave Creek, Ariz. has successfully shown Beon Alla Czar++++// in Dressage and Sport Horse to multiple regional and national wins and the revered Scottsdale Arabian Show. In 2018, Czar won the region five United States Dressage Federation second level championship, which gave him a special invitation to the United States Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky.
Sam Hernadez, who had been a part of Beon’s life since the beginning, shared that his fondest memory of Beon was when he would protect his owner Barbara. “When Barbara was in the stall with him no one else could get close to him.” He was a true desert Arabian. “He hated the rain and mud. He was a prima donna,” Sam chuckled as he recalled memories. Sam continued, “We never had to body clip him. If Barbara was cold that meant Beon needed a blanket and a light on. He owned more blankets than any other horse on the property. Barbara always kept him immaculate.”
The last time Sam showed Beon was at Westworld in Scottsdale, Ariz. during the Desert Classic. Due to a misstep, Sam hurt his leg. He could hear people in the audience exclaim, “He’s lame! He’s lame!” But they were talking about Sam not the horse. Sam limped around the ring showing Beon to his last Halter championship. That was the last time he was to be shown and officially retired. However, a little girl fell in love with Beon and begged Sam to let her show him in Western Pleasure. So, he was taken out of retirement for the 2019 Scottsdale Arabian Show and made an 11-year-old girl very happy.
Beon Eternety wasn’t just a show horse and a breeding stallion. He gave kids of all ages lessons. He was known as a real gentleman. In the turnout, he would run around like a wild man, but as soon as he was under saddle he would behave for the kids. “He had a liking for Granny Smith apples the lesson kids fed him,” Sam recollected. “I will always remember that because a lot of the other horses in the barn wouldn’t eat a Granny Smith.”
Beon Eternety’s last foal was Beon My Own, aka Solo, owned by Donna Burke of Phoenix, Ariz. Solo looked just like Beon Eternety’s first born baby Hope. Barbara said it gave her chills how they were exact replicas. Solo is in training for Hunter Under Saddle, and just like his sire, he is a good boy and loves Donna.
Beon’s owner, Barbara, was approaching her 80’s and had been in failing health. She said she was holding on to see one of Beon’s special foals, Above N Beon (aka Bobbie) make it to the show ring. Bobbie attended his first show at the 2019 Scottsdale Arabian Show. After Beon’s recent death, Barbara’s health declined significantly. She no longer wanted to go outside to see the horses. Every day she reiterated how badly her heart hurt after losing Beon at the young age of 18. Almost two months to the day of his death, Barbara passed away. Friends of hers truly believe she died of a broken heart.
It is no coincidence that we become so attached and bonded to these incredible animals. Arabians are known for intelligence and courage, but their loyalty is beyond measure. They have a spirited yet gentle disposition along with an amazing affinity for humans. For centuries, the Bedouin tribes treated their horses as members of the family. The foals were raised with their children, and the mares shared shelter in their tents.
Beon Eternety exemplified the epitome for what Arabian horses are known—the versatile family horse. Beon was Barbara’s pride and joy. He was a well-built bay with a sweet disposition that he passed on to all his babies. He made little girls happy and gave them their first experience in the show ring.
So why do we keep doing horses when they break our hearts and cause us so much pain? Because the bond we create with these animals is unexplainable. It is always difficult when we lose one, but it never stops us from getting another. It is the circle of life and the pure joy and unconditional love for the horse.
Now, go out to the barn and hug your horse. Seize every moment and every day you have with them because life is short, and in the current circumstances, we have no idea what the future holds.