"My wife, Carol, and I both have very busy and stressful careers," writes Danny, "she in training for nurse anesthesia, and I as a surgeon. So when we purchased our farm, Misty Valley Arabians, near the Tennessee-Georgia border, we were looking for peace, natural beauty and stress reduction." With the addition of Egyptian Arabian horses into the equation, Danny and Carol got even more than they were expecting. "For us, Egyptian Arabian horses have been the icing on the cake. They are so incredibly beautiful, loving, and have such an important history and connection to Judeo-Christian-Islamic heritage, we wanted to be a part of preserving them for future generations."
The Heithold's first filly, Thee Desert Rose, or "Rosebud," is a daughter of Alixir out of a Thee Infidel daughter, Nellys Rose. She has seen many championships with professional handlers, as well as with Carol and Danny at the lead. "Probably the highlight of her show career came when she won "Produce of Dam" at The Event in 2012 with two of her champion offspring," Danny said.
After being thrilled by Thee Desert Rose in the show ring, the Heitholds have gone on to choose a few other mares for their program, all of top quality and pedigrees. "We are breeding our mares to carefully chosen outcross stallions from Egypt and Germany, as well as the US," states Dr. Heithold, "We are also shareholders in the Egyptian Event 2nd Leading Sire, Scapa, and have had wonderful results with him.
Misty Valley's breeding strategy is to use outcross blood to obtain high quality individuals that can be bred back to Minstril/Desperado bloodlines, which the Heitholds note are consistently successful in the show ring and in marketing. "We want to keep our herd small and of only the highest quality. These horses have been bred for thousands of years, and we want to pass on this legacy to future generations."
Danny and Carol also love showing their horses and plan to continue showing some of their foals. "We've had very good success with our horses at The Event and at other shows. Interestingly, we've also been fortunate to be able to sell some of our foals to new people who are now enjoying them, showing them, and carrying on this legacy."
As Straight Egyptian breeders, Dr. and Mrs. Heithold consider the Pyramid Society to be of vital importance to breeders worldwide. Danny and Carol are Lifetime Members, and Danny also serves on the Society's Education Committee. "We always enjoy The Egyptian Event, including the show, the learning opportunities, and the friendships. I also particularly enjoy the Breeders' Conferences held around the country, and hope these will be continued."
Misty Valley Arabians is located between Chattanooga, TN and Dalton, GA with easy access off of I-75, I-24 and I-59. "We would love to have you visit, and are happy to share our farm and horses." For more information about Misty Valley Arabians and the horses there, you can also visit online at mistyvalleyarabians.com.