In 1976 the Rochester family purchased their first Arabian Horse at auction. It did
not take long for Richard and Sarah Rochester's love of the Arabian horse and its
legacy to take on a larger role in their life. Fascinated with the history of the
Arabian horse and specifically the stallion Azraff the Rochester's founded Pajarito
Arabians, Inc. the same year. Mentored by Duane and Laurie Leach of Barnstable
Arabians in Texas, Richard and Sarah purchased two more mares to start their
Azraff/Ferzon based breeding program. Both of these mares were granddaughters
of the great stallion Azraff.
Azraff was born June 4, 1949. During his breeding career, Azraff sired 500 foals,
which consisted of 55% fillies, 10% geldings, and 35% that remained stallions.
Azraff was the son of *Raffles by *Skowronek out of the Polish mare *Azja IV, by
the desert-bred stallion, Landsknecht, who was of the Koheilan strain that traces
directly to the desert. *Azja IV was out of Asra of the Dyra 1878 family, which
originated in Yugoslavia. Unfortunately this entire mare line was wiped out when
the German Army invaded Poland in 1939. Fortunately, *Azja IV was exported to
the United States in 1938 by Henry Babson and thus *Azja IV bloodlines continue.
The ironic twist in bloodlines is the term "Polish-bred" horses such as *Bask and
*Witez II being termed as Polish. Azraff can also fit this term, as his pedigree goes
directly to the Polish stud of Count Joseph of Poland and to the desert.
The goal of every breeder is to produce a horse that will improve and upgrade the
next generation, and Azraff does both. He had the typey *Raffles Arabian head but
was in proportion to being a larger horse in size. He had a longer length of neck,
short back, and a smooth level hip and top line. He also had more length of leg,
was well mannered, and thus was a well-balanced stallion. Azraff had a nice top line
and clean, sound, straight legs -- traits he passed to his progeny.
They outcrossed these mares with the Ferzon son, Sir Ferzon and the resulting
foals became foundational components of their breeding program.
Ferzon was bred by Frank McCoy and later sold to Daniel Gainey. Ferzon was by
Ferneyn by Ferseyn, who was by the imported stallion *Raseyn. His dam, Fersara,
was by the same stallion Ferseyn, and thus, Ferzon, as well as Azraff, were both
inbred and direct Crabbet bred.
After Ferzon's fourth breeding season, Gainey realized what Ferzon was capable of
producing. He began many discussions with Jimmy Dean, and the term "The
Golden Cross" was begun. Gainey's ideal was a horse that had dry, fine bones, a
small dry head with small ears, a big eye, and overall extreme refinement. He also
wanted a good walk, smooth trot, and a soft gallop. He crossed the Ferzon
daughters to Azraff, and the results were a good body, good legs, and a good
mover. By crossing Ferzon to the Azraff daughters, the results were excellent hip
and hind quarters, straight, sound legs, and a level top line.
After line breeding their mares, Pajarito Arabians, Inc. then began outcrossing.
They then used the offspring to breed back to their own stallions again. The
outcross produced animals of 75% Azraff/Ferzon blood and 25% outcross, thus
adding strength and size, without losing type.
Richard and Sarah Rochester and Pajarito Arabians, Inc. have bred numerous
horses over the years and continue to breed today holding true to their original
The Rochester Family
After graduating from Willamette University in 1993, Mark began his professional
equestrian career by founding Rochester Show Horses, LLC. Originally, Mark
predominantly showed halter horses. Not until his youth program began to grow
did he make a shift to the performance division. Today, Mark's focus is almost
100% in the performance division. Competing internationally in the Western
Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure and Reining divisions Mark and his amateur riders have
won numerous National Titles.
In 1997 Mark married his wife Monique who at the time showed Paints and Quarter
Horses. "Monique is the epitome of a horse lover", says Mark. When Mark first
met Monique she was perhaps the most widely decorated amateur he had ever
met. Monique had over 20 World Champion titles under her belt. She competed
predominantly in the western pleasure, english pleasure as well as working hunter
Mark and Monique expanded the already successful breeding program of Pajarito
Arabians to include Half-Arabians. Monique has numerous World Champion stock
horses as well as warmblood mares that have been thoughtfully crossed with
Today, Monique shows exclusively in the Arabian and Half-Arabian industry.
Although, all of her horses she has become the consummate fan of the Arabian and
Monique and Mark's Son, Chase also rides and shows successfully. However
playing hockey and tennis tend to consume most of his time.
• Hard Work and Tenacity
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The Rochester Family
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