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The Legacy of Al-Marah Arabian Horses

Posted by Margaret Wallis on Jan 5, 2017 9:30:00 AM

“The name “Al-Marah” means “the oasis,” a pretty, green, bountiful place. Mother’s farm started in Tucson, Arizona,” Mark tells me, mentioning that the farm was named by Carl Raswan, who visited the irrigated farm in the middle of the desert and claimed “This is a real Al-Marah.”

It’s immediately clear that Mark’s mother, Ruth “Bazy” Tankersley, shared her passion for preserving the integrity of the herd of Arabian horses with her son. When I ask Mark what sparked his mother’s interest in breeding Arabian horses, Mark’s eyes light up, as he begins a fantastic tale of the trail ride that started it all. “Mother liked wide open spaces,” he tells me, so it wasn’t out-of-the-ordinary when she took off on a 50-mile trail ride on her thoroughbred, with a guide who was riding a pony.

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Mark Miller predicts (and works to shape) a bright future for Osceola County

Posted by Margaret Wallis on Jun 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Mark_Miller.jpgMark Miller, owner of Al-Marah Arabian Horses, whose horses graced the ring at Arabian Nights Dinner Show for years, originally considered starting Arabian Nights in Orange County. Planners working with him to create the world famous dinner show told him to consider Kissimmee instead, insisting that he would find a home in Osceola County.


Miller has lived in Central Florida since he moved to the area in 1966 to attend Rollins College, and he tells me Rodeo Diner in Kissimmee is his favorite place to eat. “I love the county’s rodeo heritage,” he says, “If you have someplace that has history like Osceola County, it’d be tragic not to preserve it.”

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Topics: Al-Marah Arabian Horses, Mark Miller

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