*Jullyen El Jamaal

Varian Arabians is a very special place.  It is a place where many of the most beautiful and talented Arabian horses have been produced, trained, and celebrated. 

I have been fortunate enough to have my life’s passion for Arabian horses become a successful business and journey. It has always been my goal to breed towards my ideal horse.  For over 60 years I have bred equally for Arabian type, performance qualities, disposition and trainability.  With these goals in mind Varian Arabians has enjoyed a rich history of success.

This successful business and exciting journey has been a lot of work, and I have been fortunate enough to have intelligent and dedicated people to work with.  People who share my breeding goals and training style become incredibly valuable to the success of Varian Arabians.  There are a number of employees who have been with me for more than ten years. Angela Alvarez, our Breeding Manager and Co-Farm Manager, has worked for me for thirty years. It is all of us together that make Varian Arabians the very unique and beautiful farm that it is.

                                                                                        ~ Sheila

  • KASHMIR NA (Bravado Bey V x *Kwestura) & KWESTURAS JEWEL V (x *Jullyen El Jamaal)

    70% of the show horses winning today carry Varian blood.

  • According to Arabian Horse World magazine's statistics, Varian Arabians is the all time leading breeder of English horses and the all time leading breeder of Western horses.

  • Of the five Sires of Significance that have sired Sires of Significance, three were bred by Varian Arabians and one is by a Varian stallion.

  • Known for its sterling reputation, Varian Arabians has over 60 years of breeding success.

  • Varian Arabians has bred nine generations of Arabian horses since importing *Bachantka from Poland in 1961.
















Hands On Clinic The Varian Way, Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd and 24th

Sheila Varian and her experienced staff welcome you to learn how we train and handle our horses so that you and your horses will have better communication and a greater ability to learn together.


Summer Jubilee, Saturday and Sunday, August 6th and 7th

Enjoy a delightful weekend on the beautiful Central Coast of California.
There will be a presentation of our breeding stallions and horses available for purchase under saddle and at liberty. Relax and enjoy an amazing weekend with some of the most incredibly bred horses in the world.  


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Congratulations to Joe Reser, Monticello V and owner Lesley farms LLC for their stunning performance and Gold Medal win at the Chronicle of the Horse in New York’s Central Park.


















New Trailer Loading DVD Available

This instructional video shows Sheila Varian’s unique  and proven method of teaching horses to load in a trailer (or anything else you want them to go into or over.)  Watch Sheila take a young horse through every phase of learning to load in a trailer.  Filmed at the 2015 Summer Jubilee.

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  Scottsdale 2015
Sheila Varian - Breeder of the Year
AHT Reader's Choice Awards

I am so appreciative of the support the Arabian world gives me. Thank you for Breeder of the Year once more. I'll see you around the show grounds and am so glad to be here.. Sheila Varian













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(Ali Jamaal x Jullye El Ludjin)
August 10, 1996 - September 2, 2014

Varian Arabians mourns the loss of *Jullyen El Jamaal, one of the great sires of our breed.









 Sheila's Last Ride - Print available of painting by T.P. Haigh

 "Sheila's Last Ride"  by T.P. Haigh

Signed Open Edition Giclee Print on Canvas - 20" x 16"

$250 Unframed/ $400 Framed

Each print Hand-Color enhanced by the Artist

Proceeds benefit Varian Arabians

"This painting was a very emotional one for me to paint. I started with a photo that Barbara Varian took of John Varian on the V6 Ranch. She kindly gave me permission to use it, but I felt I needed to paint Sheila instead. The sunset had some of her favorite colors taht she os frequently wore - the blues, pinks and yellows. I completed the painting the morning of Sheila's passing...I felt she had a hand in it. Therefore, a portion of each sale will go to the preservation of Varian Arabians, and her legacy of outstanding Arabian horses and the Vaquero tradition. Long live the V."

~ Toni P. Haigh



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What does the "V" mean?

Many of you will have noticed by now that there are many horses with the “V” following their names: Desperado V, Maclintock V, Sundance Kid V, Afire Bey V and so on. This simply signifies Varian-bred horses, and we are exceedingly proud of the contributions our horses have made in pedigrees around the globe. Some people have thought the “V” stands for a Roman numeral five, so we would like to set the record straight. Please go to the “VA History” page for more details.


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