The Story It all began the year of 1932, when Clifford "Umar" Alhberg and his wife, Ida Lee, established the ever-flourishing stud farm known as Hidden Oasis Ranch, located around the fringes of Nevada City, California. After spending thirty years traveling the Middle East and surrounding area for the ideal Arabian horse, he had finally gathered, raised, and bred enough of the highest quality horses to bring back to America with him to register into the Arabian Horse Association and keep their royal bloodlines running up until this very day and into the future. His two favourite and most famous studs, HOR [FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial][FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial]Qatadah[/FONT][/FONT] (the name of the last Islamic prophet, Muhammed's -pbuh-, companion), a gentle black rabicano raised by Saudi Arabian Bedouins, and HOR Jamal al-Din (meaning "glory of the faith"), a spunky 'bloody-shouldered' gray traded on the north Egypt-Libya border, had sired many memorable foals whose bloodlines are still very much alive to this day. Although Clifford may have died in 1959 at the mature age of 92, his legacy still lives on. His many family members, including what remains of his children today, his children and grandchildren, neices, nephews, and so forth have/had preserved the live of his stud farm and prized bloodlines. Several other breeds have been introduced into Hidden Oasis Ranch as well, including Quarter and Paint Horses in 1972 on the 40th anniversary of the farm's establishment, Miniatures in 1986, and the Appaloosa in 1990. The AHA (Arabian Horse Association), AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association), APHA (American Paint Horse Association), and AMHA & AMHR (both American Minature registries) have recognized Hidden Oasis Ranch for their superior breeding and riding programs, and have since had shows on their property. Board Your Horses Here Today! With Hidden Oasis's top notch facilities, your horse will be ensured a safe place to stay and you will be offered many riding opportunities. You will be given a boarding discount if your horse is registered within AHA, AQHA, or APHA, and along with this, any horses who happens to be registered within the latter registries or AMHA, AMHR, or ApHC (Appaloosa Horse Club) will be able to offer coverings to horses of the same breed or to horses of different breeds who can still be registered as a half breed using Hidden Oasis Ranch's quality facilities, or the other way around with a stud of the other breed offering coverings to registered mares. Riding areas include a large indoor arena that may be used for any prospect, an outdoor arena of comparable size and function, large stretches of trails connected to an endurance track and shooting on horseback range, and the showing arenas. Your horse will be given access to miles of natural pastures, separated into sections for mares, stallions & geldings, as well as a smaller area provided for newly weaned colts and fillies to roam and socialize. If your horse does not get along well with others or prefers to be kept in a smaller community of two to four others, paddocks are availiable. You have the option of rotating your horse between his or her stall during the night and pasture during the day, keeping him in a stall with or without a small paddock, or allowing him to be outdoors 24/7. Full and partial care is optional if you cannot care for your horse everyday for an additional fee of $100. In-barn leasing is also availiable, and tack can be rented by the day. You may also sign up to be a farm hand, which is highly reccommended for teenagers and young adults who require a job, home, and need a place for their horses to stay free of cost so long as they work. The Rules *All BYC rules apply *Please be realistic. Your characters cannot be perfect, magic is not allowed, etc. If you have a character like this, I will ask that you remake him/her. *Do not control characters that are not your own. *Keep things PG-13 at the most. Horses do breed and people may fall in love, as this is an equestrian centre thing, but do not go into detail about their, ehem, 'romantic excurions'. *If you happen to get into some sort of battle, no instant killing and be sure to only deal one blow per post. *Please use proper grammar. I cannot stress this enough; no one will understand you if you do not use punctuation or speak in text talk. *Please do not sign up as a character of important ranking and then never RP again. *Your horse can be any breed or mix, but do keep in mind that only the breeds mentioned may offer stud services to other purebreds or horses who may register at the facilities. If they decide to breed to a horse who cannot be registered, they must go elsewhere. *If your mare is in gestation, she will be in gestation for two real-life weeks Joining Forms Humans- Name: Age: Gender: Position (Ahlberg family, boarder, farm hand, vet): Appearance: Personality: History: **Horse(s): Other: Picture: Username: Horses- Registered name: Barn name: Age: Gender (stallion, mare, gelding, colt, filly): Breed: Appearance: Personality: History: **Owner(s): Prospect(s): Other: Picture: Username: **Your horse/horse's owner may be another person's character so long as they agree. The People Work in progress The Horses Registered name: HOS Sahalu al-Tarablos (roughly 'shores of Tripoli') Barn name: Tarisa Age: 7 Gender (stallion, mare, gelding, colt, filly): Mare Breed: Egyptian Arabian Appearance: A young dark bay mare, whose features prove to be quite slender and glossy. Stands at 14.2hh. Personality: Incredibly cocky and vain, she believes she is the best mare, let alone horse, living in the stable. She loves to show off as well, and loves a good competition. She only befriends the best horses. History: WIP **Owner(s): WIP Prospect(s): Halter & Liberty, Endurance. Other: Pregnant with her first foal. Picture: Username: Zinnia-Hen Registered name: HOS Winn Dixie Chic Barn name: Chica Age: 9 Gender (stallion, mare, gelding, colt, filly): Mare Breed: Quarter Horse Appearance: A stout dapple gray mare with a black mane and tail, as well as matching stockings on all fours. She retains a gentle, motherly appearance with a soft pink muzzle and friendly eyes. Stands at 15.2hh. Personality: Quite reserved and indifferent towards most, preferring not to stand out or show off while relaxing out in the pastures. She enjoys being ridden by all, and proves to be a very good horse for people of all ages. While she is gentle and patient with first time riders and children, she can still manage doing difficult tasks with the most advanced riders, her versatility and easygoing attitude enjoyed by all. History: WIP **Owner(s): WIP Prospect(s): Halter, pleasure & equitation classes. Tends to excel in slower, although more fluid and graceful classes. Other: An excellent broodmare. She has had six foals in the past, including the colt she is currently raising. Picture: Username: Zinnia-Hen Registered name: HOR Six Bux Barn name: Apache Age: 16 Gender (stallion, mare, gelding, colt, filly): Stallion Breed: Quarter Horse Appearance: A chunky bay roan stud who stands at the magnificent height of 16hh. Quite handsome, built very strong. Personality: Very mellow and calm, completely opposite of the image of stallions deployed in stud services. He loves foals, and can be trusted with just about anyone. Truly a gentle giant. History: Born and raised in HOR, the colt of one of the ranch's mares and an important stallion who was brought to sire Apache from across the state. He remains one of the most important stallions in the history of HOR, hitting many influential moments and making the stable a large hit with the AQHA. **Owner(s): TBA Prospect(s): Halter, stud, schooling shows/services, equitation/pleasure classes; you know, the slower things. He used to be a big reiner, gamer, and shooting on horseback horse until he hurt his hind leg in an accident three years ago. Other: Has sired many, many foals. He is currently standing at stud. Picture: Username: Zinnia-Hen Registered name: Barn name: Age: Gender (stallion, mare, gelding, colt, filly): Breed: Appearance: Personality: History: **Owner(s): Prospect(s): Other: Picture: Username: Maps & Pictures Key - 1. Guest parking 2. Cutaway of large show arena 3. Staff housing 4. Owner's residence and garden 5. Tack room with cross ties and washing station 6. Guest facilities 7. Main veterinary station w/ recovery paddocks 8. Main stables; one side for mares and the other for stallions and geldings 9. Outdoor arena 10. Large outdoor arena; normally used for showing 11. Large round pen 12. Broodmare facilities, along with another veterinary station and some spare stalls and an arena for young foal socialization. 13. Outdoor arena 14. Large round pen 15. Trailer parking 16. Trails for endurance riding, shooting on horseback, leisure, etc.