MIDWEST – The Power of Possibility and Sharing Success
The love of the Arabian horse has been a life long passion for internationally acclaimed horseman, David Boggs, and his greatest joy is sharing that passion with those he loves – his family and friends...
“The Arabian horse has enriched my life in countless ways, most significantly, through my family. My father and mother shared their love of the horses with my siblings and me, and now I am able to share that same love with my own family. I am fortunate that my children Lindsay and Courtney, who are twins, my daughter, Emma, and my son Jake, all enjoy the horses. The special friends we have made and the wonderful people we have met, the beautiful places we have visited and the exciting adventures we have had, are all because of the Arabian horse. Words cannot describe how blessed I feel. I want to share that with others.”
David Boggs’ heartfelt desire has become his life’s work. Over the past 30 years, he has traveled the world from Paris, France to Pewaukee, Wisconsin, from Dubai City, Dubai to Des Moines, Iowa, from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santa Ynez, California; David has visited every continent where Arabian horses live. Along the way, he has met members of royal families, rulers of nations, aristocrats, titans of industry, movie stars and rock stars. However, his favorite people are those who love the Arabian horse - breeders, trainers, grooms, those who own Arabian horses and those who dream of the possibility, especially the children.
“I love everything about the Arabian horse. To me, it is one of the most perfect creatures on earth. The beauty of the Arabian is incomparable, and their spirit, kindness, intelligence, courage, heart, gentleness, and love of people captivated me when I was just a boy. That connection has never diminished – every day I find something new to love about the horses. To work with them is a dream come true. Sure, it’s demanding - the horses need attention and care 24 hours a day and 365 days a year - but the personal and professional rewards are worth every minute.”
David Boggs’ passion for the Arabian horse is the key to the success of Midwest Training Center. His passion created his vision, it provides his energy, and it sustains his commitment to search out and find, acquire, transform, and showcase the crème de la crème of the breed. Thirty years of experience has trained David’s eye to see what others miss – potential. His ability to see beyond the immediate, and visualize the possibility, is not a skill – it is a gift.
David’s vision of the ideal Arabian horse has evolved over the years. Throughout his career, he has seen and evaluated thousands of Arabian horses. He studied, and mentally filed away, every facet, every conformational detail, and each individual’s pedigree in order to better understand their physical and genetic potential. His goal has always been to find horses that come the closest to his ideal – horses whose beauty, carriage, and attitude take his breath away.
“In my search for truly great Arabian horses, I keep an open mind. When a small breeder comes to me and tells me they have a super star, I listen. Many of the most influential horses in history are the result of small breeders’ programs. I believe these dedicated people are the backbone of our industry. I totally appreciate their commitment and respect the importance of their contributions. There is an indescribable thrill when I see a special horse that comes from a small breeder. I can see their pride in their accomplishment – it’s very rewarding!
Generally, if I see a horse that really impresses me, I am confident that I can find a buyer for it. If it’s a horse I would want to own for myself, then I know I can work with it – even if it’s not conditioned or trained. For me, finding a diamond in the rough is often the most exciting opportunity. Taking a horse that has unrealized potential and developing it into a show ring super star is a fantastic experience – it really doesn’t get much better than that.”
David Boggs’ success with Midwest Training Center was not achieved overnight. It is the result of more than 30 years of hard work and focused vision. David’s career began in the early 1970’s when he started grooming and training his parent’s horses, and then showing them on the local, regional and eventually the national level. David’s home state of Minnesota, as well as the neighboring state of Wisconsin, had some of the most active and influential Arabian horse breeders and owners in the world, including his parents, Don and Shorty Boggs. Among the other noteworthy breeders of the time were Daniel Gainey Sr. of Gainey Arabians, home of the great stallion Ferzon and the legendary Gainey-bred mares; Lloyd and Evelyn Burton’s Burton Arabians, home of Aramus; the Forehands, home of Gamaar; Dick and Lollie Ames’ Cedar Ridge Arabians, home of Hal Gazal and the great Bask son Brass; Paul and Ann Emerson’s Horseshoe Lake Arabians, home of Laddin’s Fire, and Walter Mishek of Misheks Arabians, home to many great, national champion Arabian mares.
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