The entrance to Brusally Ranch
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Our breeding program involves producing half-Arabian sport horses by crossing Polish Arabian bloodlines, primarily those of the Brusally Ranch imports, with top warmblood stallions. Following is a short history of Brusally Arabians.
In 1950, Ed and Ruth Tweed, of Lake Forest, Illinois, bought 160 acres in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their farm in Illinois was called "Brusally" (after their children Bruce and Sally), and when they relocated to Scottsdale, they brought the name with them. Ed, a bank architect, built a Spanish-style home and barn in this small southwestern town.
The barn at Brusally Ranch
The Tweeds' first Arabians were of predominantly Crabbet and Egyptian bloodlines and included multi-champion Skorage (Gaysar x Rageyma), bred by Dan Gainey. In 1954, Ed was approached by Earl Hurlbutt, president of the International Arabian Horse Association, about starting a local club. Thus began the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, which counted among its founding members Fowler and Anne McCormick and Philip and Helen Wrigley. Ed was elected the club's first president. In 1955, the club held the first Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show.
Ed Tweed with Skorage
Skorage was not only a successful show horse; he also turned out to be an excellent sire, counting among his get the National winners Pulque, Skorata, Skor-Enne, Brusally Skorage, and Skordonas. In 1963, seeking an outcross for his Skorage daughters, Ed was quite taken with the Polish import *Muzulmanin (Doktryner x Mufta) and bred some mares to him. This was the time of the Arabian "Polish Invasion," when legends like *Naborr and *Bask were imported. Realizing that the taller, more athletic Polish Arabians were the way of the future for Brusally, Ed sent his trainer, Steve Spalding, to Poland in search of more horses like *Muzulmanin.
Brusally Gwiazdor and Shelley featured on a Farnam Horse Library cover
Fourteen Polish Arabian horses were selected for the 1963 Brusally Ranch importation from Poland. Of these, two were stallions: *Czester (Comet x Cerekiew) and *Gwiazdor (*Naborr x *Gwadiana). The twelve imported Arabian mares were *Abhazja (Omar II x Arfa), *Algorina (Ali Said x Alga), *Almeriaa (Faher x *Ambara), *Basta (Comet x Bajdara), *Chlosta (Faher x Carissima), *Daszenka (Trypolis x Dazma), *Genua (Grand x Gwara), *Gontyna (Doktryner x Gazella), *Miroluba (Faher x Mira), *Nawojka (Wielki Szlem x Najada), *Rifata (Faher x Rasima), and *Warna (*Naborr x Wielka Zorza). The stallion *Faraon (*Naborr x Forta) was bought the same year. Three foals imported in utero arrived in 1964. The stallion *Centaur (Comet x *Sabaa) was purchased around 1965.
Alson in 1963, Brusally mported three Russian horses: the stallion *Park (Knippel x Ptashka, a sister to *Pietuszok, sire of *Orzel), who was rated "elite" at Tersk Stud, and the mares *Napaika (Pomeranets x Nomenklatura) and *Palmira (Arax x Provincia). Unfortunately, restrictions imposed by the Arabian Horse Registry of America on the importation of Russian-bred horses meant that these three could not be be registered as purebreds until 1978. Until that year, their purebred offspring were eligible for registration only as half-Arabians. By 1978, *Park (who had sired one "half-Arabian" National winner) had been dead for four years, while *Palmira (dam of one "half-Arabian" National winner) and *Napaika (granddam of two National winners) were nearing the ends of their careers as broodmares. Tweed, understandably, was disappointed at the Registry's earlier decision to not register these horses because, as one Registry offical told him, "We mustn't deal with the Russians."
Brusally Arabian foals sired by *Zbrucz
In 1967, eleven more Arabian horses were imported from Poland by Brusally Ranch. Two were the stallions *Orzel (*Pietuszok x Ofirka) and *Zbrucz (Comet x Znachorka). The remainder were mares: *Bulawa (Laur x Bulgotka), *Cerera (Ferrum x Cerekiew), *Laura (Ariel x *Lawenda), *Lawenda (Doktryner x Laguna), *Manna (*Naborr x Manilla), *Paleta (Comet x Planeta) (imported for Daniel Gainey), *Prowizja (*Ego x Prowarda) (purchased by Leo Knight), *Salinaa (Comet x Salwa), and *Wislica (Branibor x Wataha). Three foals imported in utero arrived the following year. Also in 1967, Ed held the first Arabian horse auction in Scottsdale, paving the way for the legendary Lasma and Tom Chauncey sales of the 1970s and 1980s.
Brusally Orzelyna, two-time Top Ten Western Pleasure winner
The Tweeds' Polish Arabians, as well as their offspring, made quite an impression in the show ring and on the racetrack. *Gwiazdor, a Canadian Top Ten stallion, died young, but his sons Brusally Gwiazdor and Brusally Gwiaztyn went on to take National titles and become successful sires. *Czester was named U.S. and Canadian Top Ten Stallion, and sired one National winner. *Faraon was a Canadian National Top Ten Stallion and the sire of three National winners. *Centaur won two National titles in cutting. *Zbrucz was 1970 U.S. Reserve National Champion Park Horse, and sired five National winners, including Brusally Zbruina, a U.S. Top Ten Mare. *Zbrucz became an acclaimed progenitor of racing Arabians, predominantly through his son Brusally Zbruenu. And *Orzel was the biggest winner of the Tweeds' imported stallions, being named U.S. National Champion Racehorse, U.S. National Champion Sidesaddle, U.S. and Canadian Top Ten Stallion, and U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure. Although *Orzel is known today primarily as a sire of racehorses (including five stakes winners), his National-winning offspring include Brusally Orzetyn, U.S. National Champion Third Level Dressage; Arazel, U.S. National Champion Futurity Gelding with three other National titles; Brusally Orzelta, Canadian Reserve National Champion Stock and two other National titles; Brusally Orzelyna, twice U.S. Top Ten Western Pleasure; Mohawk Chief, U.S. Top Ten Sidesaddle; and Brusally Orin, with seven National titles in the Hunter division.
Brusally Zbruenu, Arabian racing sire and a foundation stallion for Casa Cassel Arabians
In 1972, Joe and Martha Cassel, of Lindale, Texas, bought the first of a string of Brusally horses, including Brusally Zbruenu, that would make up the core of their famed Casa Cassel breeding program.
Four years later, Ed suffered a paralyzing stroke, and he died in 1983, outliving wife Ruth by 12 years. In 1985, the ranch property, aside from the Spanish-style house, was bought by land developers and now is part of the Scottsdale Country Club. The house was donated by the Tweeds' daughter, Sally Tweed Groom, to the Mayo Clinic, which recently sold it to a developer.
Awards displayed in Brusally Ranch tack room bear witness to a winning breeding program.
From 1951 to 1985, the Tweeds bred nearly 375 Arabians. Today, Brusally Polish Arabians are synonymous with performance, especially racing. In 2013, Screenfold Press published a history of the Brusally breeding program. This book, The Polish and Russian Arabians of Ed Tweed's Brusally Ranch, is available at Amazon.com.