Our goal will always be, to continue on with Annette Weber’s dream of perpetuating the Lewisfield Sun God horses from Phara Farm. Following is an article written by Gaye Meyers, originally published in the November-December 1995 issue of Arabian Visions. This article tells the story of Lewisfield Sun God. Without him, there would be no Sunh-Kyst Arabians.
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“A masterpiece, is that rare item that is extraordinary in kind or quality.”
~ Webster ~
We at Sunh-Kyst Arabians have been preserving the blood of Lewisfield Sun God for over a decade now. We also have a few select foals for sale containing this RARE Crabbet/Blunt blood. Please contact us for further information.
This is Sun God’s story – a legendary stallion whose memory has not diminished in the hearts and minds of a handful of Arabian breeders seeking to preserve this blood.
Lewisfield Sun God was born on April 27th, 1962, bred by James F. Lewis, Jr. of Lewisfield Farms in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sun God was the result of a full brother and full sister mating, making him a double *Raffles grandson.
Sun God’s sire, Aaraf 2748, was a champion in halter and park. His dam, the famous Aarafa 2872, who also produced the Reserve National Champion Lewisfield Bold Hawk, was a champion in halter and performance. It is easy to see why Sun God was destined for greatness.
Lewisfield Sun God was considered one of the most brilliant upcoming stallions in the country, along with having the great potential to be a top sire of champions. As it sadly turned out, Sun God developed founder at the young age of three. His show career had to be ended, but not before he became Most Classic Arabian and Reserve Junior Champion at Dallas. Sun God had also been shown in seven Class A shows to this point and had become Grand Champion or Reserve Champion at all of them.
For the next two years, James Lewis Jr. tried everything possible to improve Sun God’s condition. Finally at the age of five, Sun God started to regain the weight he had lost and seemed to be improving. Although Sun God still could not move as beautifully as he once did, he was able to be used as a breeding stallion. Sun God had only 24 offspring, but we as breeders of this precious blood are thankful it was not lost forever. Sun God had to be humanely put down at the age of seven.
Lewisfield Sun God was two years old when he bred his first two mares. Of these, Sunny Acres Cherie 10838 produced the 1965 filly Sun Goddess 31386, considered by many to be one of Sun God’s most beautiful offspring.
In 1966, Sun God bred eight mares. Of the resulting foals, Lewisfield Sunlea 41766 went on to win her Legion of Merit award. Her dam was the imported mare *Snowfire 31944, bred by Miss M. Evans of England. The mare Raffbah 10564, dam of national winner Lewisfield Nizzor, was bred to Sun God, producing the grey colt Lewisfield Sunraf 42038. He became one of the many later sold at the Beehive International Horse Sale held in Richmond, Virginia, August 31 and September 1, 1973. This was the beginning of the end of the Lewisfield bred Arabian horses. Lewis’s program lasted only about 10 years. Many people attribute this dispersal to the loss of Lewisfield Sun God, as Mr. Lewis was never the same afterward.
Among the 1967 foals, Aazalia 13629 produced the filly Azz-Star 42464. Azz-Star went on to produce the national winner Dashan 114439. The last foal of 1967, born on September 5, was a chestnut filly FC Sun Sprite 45036, her dam being Farsanna 12572, who produced national winner Lewsifield Nizan 31178. FC Sun Sprite’s name was later changed to Lewisfield Sunny. She was owned by Annette Patti of Phara Farm. Lewisfield Sunny became one of Phara Farm’s important broodmares and produced some exceptional offspring.
Lewisfield Sun God bred only one mare in 1967: Tailormade Binta 24907, producing a filly, Madcap Sun Sprite 52474. Her name was later changed to Dixie Sunrise by Mr. Lewis and changed again to Sun God Heiress when Phara Farm acquired her. Mr. Lewis praised this filly as Sun God’s best offspring.
Lewisfield Sun God was to be bred to his three last mares in 1969 before his breeding career came to a tragic ending. Founder had taken its toll and Sun God was laid to rest in August of 1969. Out of Sun God’s 24 offspring, he sired twelve sons and twelve daughters. May you ever remain immortal Sun God, for you possessed “The Look of Eagles.” And none shall soar higher.
We saw the Phara-bred stallion Eclipse ofthe Sun
and fell in love. The rest is, well, history.
It was that moment I knew what the breeding vision of Sunh-Kyst Arabians would be.
Sunh-Kyst Arabians has spent the past 30 plus years breeding line-bred Lewisfield/Phara Arabian horses. Over the years we have acquired and bred individuals that carry on the lines of Lewisfield Sun God - the stallion who was Annette Weber's inspiration in her breeding program at Phara Farm.