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    Founder - Owner Midwest

    When David Boggs was born his father was in his seventh year of owning Arabian horses. David, in turn, has made everything Arabian horse his entire life and considers that a blessing from the Man up above, to say the least. The Arabian horse has been good to David and David to it. Over the years, at his beloved Midwest Training and Breeding Center, David has been surrounded by his brothers and sisters such as Jim, who is now deceased, sisters Sandy and Judi, and brother Bob, with whom he showed horses alongside for many years.

    David is also surrounded by his four most prized possessions, not four-legged ones, but his wonderful children that mean everything to David and more. All four, like their Dad, love the Arabian world. Twin daughters Lyndsey and Courtney both are excellent riders. Courtney, now at Colorado State, is studying Equine Science and looking toward a career in reproduction or veterinary medicine while sister Lyndsey is in school in Minnesota and speaks fluent German. Lyndsey is hoping to teach at some point down the road. She is also a wonderful horse photographer whose exquisite photographs are proudly displayed on the Midwest website. Younger daughter Emma, a senior in high school this year, is planning on pursuing a career in fashion merchandising soon, is also a wonderful rider and Dad's star in the halter arena. Emma once showed 4 horses at the annual Scottsdale All Arabian show in the kids classes bringing home six trophies, quite an impressive week for Emma. Bringing up the rear is the only boy and the baby at that. Son Jake is adored by all and absolutely loves these horses. He announced to his Dad just the other day that he was trying to decide between Janey Morse' gorgeous Polish Princess *Wieza Mocy, 2014 Scottsdale Champion Mare Luxemere Jizette that belongs to Al Saqran Arabians or lastly the glorious Perfirka, longtime friends and Midwest clients Dick, Lollie and Lara aims new Polish purchase, as his halter entry for 2015 Scottsdale Show where he will debut in the kids halter division. Obviously Jake is a young man with exquisite taste. Let's also not forget that a seven year old Jake offered to buy American Triple Crown winning stallion *Pogrom from Director Marek Trela of Janow Podlaski in Poland, just prior to the stallion departing for home.

    Besides his immediate family and children, David Boggs also loves and adores his clients as his extended family. David simply dotes on them all night and day and loves every minute of it. You see from the very beginning of his life David has had the greatest teachers and mentors. First of course was his father Don and then close family friend Dick Ames, both enabling him to become the leader and nurturer of others that he has so become at the helm of Team Midwest.

    Subsequently, David has had a collection of wonderful mentors over the years, from the likes of Bob Stratemore, Gene LaCroix Jr, Tom Chauncey, Walter Mishek, Fernando de Santibanes, Dan Grossman, and Brazilian entrepreneur Palo Levy, all of whom in total David says taught him how to be not only an astute businessman but a good father to his children, as well. He is most grateful for each and everyone of those mentioned.

    David reflects, "I made my first trip to Scottsdale in 1975 and the immortal *Bask++ was the dream horse and Gene LaCroix was in the process of "creating the wheel" or making a business out of the Arabian horse which paved the way and opened doors for ambitious and passionate young guys like myself. *Bask++ was a phenomenon. It was only a decade or so later that I would walk up onstage as the agent on record, at one of the glamorous 1980's Lasma auctions, along with the buyer of NH Love Potion, a mare who sold for a then record price that I would lead her to a National Championship Mare title not too long after that. Those were truly amazing times".

    David has up until now had a glorious string of National Champion stallions such as *Padron, Magnum Psyche, DA Valentino, Almaden, *Pogrom, Valentino as well as a stunning collection of National Champion mares with the likes of Bask Calonet, Amber Satin, the aforementioned NH Love Potion and La Duquesa, to name just a few. The amazing thing about David Boggs career is that he is right now stronger than ever with gorgeous entries this year such as the one-in-a-million young great-granddaughter of legendary National Champion Mare *Wizja, the dazzling young *Wieza Mocy and the statuesque grey stallion Baahir El Marwan, both poised to soon add to David's National Championship roster.

    2014 is proving to be another very blessed year for the wonderful clientele and the entire family of Midwest. David will quickly tell you it is all part of God's plan and he is grateful for every minute and moment of it and wants nothing more than to share it with everyone who has become a part of the family of Midwest. David Boggs feels like a very blessed man and that he is.

    Alcides Rodrigues

    Longtime friend of Midwest, Alcides has assisted our Team for some years each time we’ve competed at the prestigious Brazilian Arabian National Championships.

    From a long line of Arabian horse Trainers in his native Brazil, Alcides is the son of the highly acclaimed Halter and Performance trainer, Zeze Rodriguez. Zeze, one of the most influential trainers in Brazil, has taught and turned out more halter trainers than any other mentor in Brazil. Alcides’ brother, Joao Rodriguez, trained for Bob and Janene Boggs. Alcides and Joao grew up learning the best in training skills from their father at Haras Capim Fino, the farm of legendary Brazilian Arabian Horse breeder, Pole Levy.

    At Haras Capim Fino, Alcides had the opportunity to hone his skills not only beside his father, but also through working with his uncle, Midwest’s lead halter trainer, Rinaldo Longuini.  “I grew up looking at the Midwest brochures and seeing Rinaldo working together with Midwest and David each year at the Brazilian Nationals. That was what I wanted. It was my ultimate dream to come to now be a part of “Team Midwest”. Thank you to David and the Boggs family; I am living my dream right now.”


    Dagmar Gordiano

    Glossary of Horse Terms

    • Hock: Financial condition of all horse owners.
    • Stall: What your rig does at rush hour in an unfamiliar city on the way to a big horse show .
    • A Bit: What you have left in your pocket after you've been to your favorite tack shop.
    • Fence: Decorative structure built to provide your horse with something to chew on.
    • Horse Auction: What you think of having after your horse bucks you off.
    • Pinto: Green coat pattern found on freshly washed light colored horses left unattended for 2 minutes.
    • Well Mannered: Hasn't stepped on, bitten, or kicked anyone for a week.
    • Rasp: Abrasive metal tool used to remove excess skin from ones knuckles.
    • Lunging: Popular training method in which a horse exercises their owner by spinning them in circles until dizzy.
    • Gallop: Customary gait a horse chooses when returning back to the barn.
    • Nicely Started: Lunges, but not enough health insurance to even think about riding him.
    • Colic: Gastrointestinal result of eating at horse fair food stands.
    • Colt: What your mare gives you when you want a filly.
    • Easy to Load: Only takes 3 hours, 4 men, a 50lb bag of oats, and a tractor with loader.
    • Easy to Catch: In a 10x10 stall.
    • Easy Rider: Rides good in a trailer; not to be confused with "ride-able".
    • Endurance Ride: End result when your horse spooks and runs away with you.
    • Hives: What you get when receive the vet bill for your 6 horses, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 1 donkey.
    • Hobbles: Walking gait of a horse owner after their foot has been stepped on by their horse.
    • Feed: Expensive substance used to manufacture manure.
    • Dog House: What you are in when you spend too much money on grooming supplies and pretty halters.
    • Light Cribber: We can't afford to build anymore fencing or box stalls for this buzz saw on four legs.
    • Three Gaited Horse: A horse that. 1) trips, 2) stumbles, 3) falls.


    1. To induce labor in a mare? Take a nap.
    2. To cure equine constipation? Load them in a clean trailer.
    3. To cure equine insomnia? Take them in a halter class.
    4. To get a horse to stay very calm and laid back? Enter them in a liberty class.
    5. To get a horse to wash their own feet? Clean the water trough and fill it with fresh water.
    6. To get a mare to come in heat? Take her to a show.
    7. To get a mare in foal the first cover? Let the wrong stallion get out of his stall.
    8. To make sure that a mare has that beautiful, perfectly marked foal you always wanted? Sell her before she foals.
    9. To get a show horse to set up perfect and really stretch? Get him out late at night or anytime no one is a round to see him.
    10. To induce a cold snap in the weather? Clip a horse.
    11. To make it rain? Mow a field of hay.
    12. To make a small fortune in the horse business? Start with a large one.

    Have A Great Day, Your Friends at Midwest.