"...But it's a real beauty,Anne-Louise Toner, of Al Atiq Arabians in Maryland is our newest entry in our growing SHERO list: Carol Maginn, Mari Silveus, Tzviah Idan and HRH Alia Al Hussein Al Saleh. Anne-Louise is a SHERO with a capital "S". I admire Anne-Louise and all that she has accomplished. From one beautiful mare, slowly and gradually, she has diligently created a most wonderful Egyptian Arabian breeding program, blending carefully the bloodlines of Imperial Egyptian Stud with the influence of Simeon Stud. I love her horses and in particular, Imperial Safilla's filly, sired by *Simeon Sachi. Anne-Louise is committed to her breeding program, to the vision of the ideal Egyptian Arabian Horse and to the community of straight Egyptian Arabian horse lovers.
A Mexican cutie,
How it got here I haven't a clue"-Jimmy Buffet from his song, Margaritaville
She did not wake up one morning and decide to adopt a senior-aged Percheron mare. However, she was visiting a rescue site and saw the video of this sweet-faced 17-year old draft mare and suddenly, Anne-Louise sprang into action. No "should I", "would I" or "could I" uttered on her part, just bold, swift action to save this mare from boarding a truck headed to slaughter in Mexico.
"After working 14 years as an Amish farmhorse, they sold her at age 17 to slaughter. It makes me so sad, and so mad - I fell in love with her beautiful face, had her pulled off the truck and she will live out her days here. She is a sweetheart."This is the Anne-Louise that I most admire and my SHERO, giving refuge and security to a mare, regardless of breed, who has worked her whole life, for the good of a human and now, it is her turn, for a human to return her willingness, her kindness, her generosity of spirit.
Thank you Anne-Louise for helping a beautiful mare to live with the dignity and grace owed to her.
One cannot fail in life, when surrounded by heroes, who live their lives exceptionally well,