*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 over twenty 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.




  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















Sheila Varian and staff along with guest clinicians Brett and Marjie Becker offer two full days of Hands-On teaching. Choose In-Hand, Under Saddle or both. Clinics are appropriate for beginners, intermediate and experienced handlers/riders and offer techniques that will give you the skills to take your handling/riding to the next level and the skills to communicate with your horse as never before. You may also attend as a non-participating guest as well. 

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June 19-21, 2015

Sheila will be at the Montana Festival of the horse in Billings, Montana June 19-21. She will be joined by Brandon Carpenter, Jon Ensign and Lester Buckley as well as lecturers Temple Grandin and Rick Lamb at this first ever festival that will feature demonstrations, clinics, lectures along with live music, great food and family fun.








SUMMER JUBILEE - August 1st & 2nd 2015

Enjoy a weekend on the beautiful Central Coast of California. Rider, teacher and story-teller, Sheila Varian is thrilled to celebrate more than 60 years with the Arabian horse at this weekend event. We wil have
presentations of our breeding stallions and sale horses under saddle and at liberty. Spend the weekend with some of the most incredibly bred horses in the world and don’t miss the famous Varian Mare Walk on Sunday morning.

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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.










 V: The Legacy of Sheila Varian Documentary Film

Dive into this inspirational story of one of the world's most revered horse women and breeders. You'll follow her epic journey through adventures, trials, lessons and joys. But most of all, you'll be inspired by what can happen when someone digs deep to follow their calling... and ends up changing the world.

Running time: 128 minutes

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Click here to purchase a limited-edition film poster signed by Sheila Varian.










CLICK HERE to read the Arabian Horse Times article











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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