This article, written by Jan Schuler, was originally published in Arabian Horse World Magazine in December 1993. Information has been updated to 1999.
"Breeding and owning Arabian horses has been a succession of accidental steps," says Jane Kadri of Al Waha Arabian Stud. "Nothing ever indicated or said to me, 'Jane - the Arabian horse will become a part of your life'..."
The connection is a natural one: the most international of breeds for a very international woman, "though I can't substantiate the purity of my bloodline," laughs Jane, who carries a British passport and was born in the north of Ireland. She lived for seven years in Mexico, and went to school and university in England where she taught for three years, then travelled to the U.S. to fly for Pan American. Marriage took Jane to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 1969, where she's been living for the last 30 years.
"My late husband George was born in Lebanon, and operated a successful building firm for many years in the Arabian Gulf" Jane continues. "In 1976, George decided we needed to have a base, and since there was no possibility of living in Lebanon at the time, we bought a beautiful house in England on the Surrey/Sussex borders, set on the highest point overlooking the South Downs with magnificent views. With the house were two stables and a three-acre field. It seemed a shame to leave them empty, so a 13-hand pony was bought the following year for the children to ride."
Top photo: the 1986 filly Inass (Gai Warsaw x Ivory Wings by Silver Blue), bred by Al Waha, was named Best Yearling at the National Show and was first in her class at the European Championships in 1987. Sold to Paolo Gucci, she was the 2nd highest seller at his dispersal sale, sold to France.