“Our journey into the world of Arabians began when my wife, Sara started looking for a horse to rekindle her love of riding while growing up. Sara was immediately drawn to a black Half-Arabian gelding whose personality and beauty stole her heart. I quickly assessed that I too must become involved with horses if I was to spend time with Sara. Our great experiences with “Charlie” drew us to look closer at the Arabian breed.
Arabians are in short supply in this area so we ventured to the Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale, Arizona where we had the pleasure of meeting Sheila Varian who quickly became a mentor and great friend. Her guidance and support took us through the maze of becoming more involved with Arabians.
After enjoying the horse show in Scottsdale, we ventured to California to visit Varian Arabians. During our visit, we became the proud owners of three Varian Arabian bred horses. Subsequently, we purchased Sweet Saphire V, sister of Sundance Kid V. Sheila recommended Stanley White, Jr. of White Rock Farms as a western trainer for Sweet Saphire V.
It was Stanley who pointed us to Sundance Kid V’s potential for siring great western horses. Without realizing, we soon discovered many of the horses we were drawn to were sons and daughters of Sundance Kid V.
Our first foal was born on May 1, 2002 sired by Sundance and out of Fame VF daughter, Famous Lady EA. PA First Lady is a beautiful black filly with a sweet personality and impressive, correct conformation.
After our second foal season with 2 fillies and a colt, Sara and I were ready to search for a stallion to complement our breeding operation. We involved Rob Bick in this endeavor and soon realized we continued to be drawn to Sundance Kid V’s foals. Rob’s recommendation was to approach Shelia Varian and determine if purchasing Sundance might be a possibility. After numerous conversations, I finally convinced Sheila to agree to the sale. Sundance Kid V continues his legacy with us at Palmetto Arabians, LLC and we are are thrilled to be the proud owners. The rest … as they say is history in the making.
We continue to breed athletic horses who are functional and with purpose without compromising beauty and type. It’s a never-ending learning experience that has brought us great experiences, friends and memories. All of which we look forward to growing with.”
– Frank & Sara
Some of Our Accomplishments
- 2016-2018 Breeder of Champion or Reserve Champion in the AWPA Western Pleasure Futurity*
- Sundance Kid V ~ 2018 Overall Sire of The Year*
- Sundance Kid V ~ 2017 Overall Sire of The Year*
- 2017 APAHA Breeder of the Year Hall of Fame Inductee*
- Sundance Kid V ~ 2016 Performance Sire of The Year*
- 2016 APAHA Breeder of The Year*
- 2015 Leading Breeder of Hunter/Hack Champions*
- 2015 3rd Leading Breeder of Overall Futurity Program Champions*
- Always A Jullyen V ~ 2015 Leading National Hunter/Hack Sire*
- 2015 Spotlight Futurity Breeder Hall of Fame
- 2014 APAHA Breeder of The Year
- 2014 Leading Breeder of Overall Futurity Program Champions*
- Sundance Kid V ~ 2014 AHTimes Readers’ Choice Performance Sire of the Year*
- 2014 Spotlight Futurity Breeder of Distinction
- 2013 Leading Breeder of Overall Futurity Program Champions*
- 2014 & 2013 Spotlight Futurity Breeder of Distinction
- Sundance Kid V ~ 2013 Spotlight Futurity Sire of Distinction
- Sundance Kid V ~ 2013 2nd Leading Living Sire of Futurity Program Winners*
- 2012 Leading Breeder of Overall Futurity Program Champions*
- 2012 Leading Breeder of Halter Futurity Program Champions*
- Sundance Kid V ~ 2012 Leading Living Sire of Futurity Program Winners*
- 2012 Leading Breeder of Hunter/Hack Champions*
- 2012 APAHA Breeder of the Year
Frank & Sara Chisholm
4506 Langston Road, Timmonsville, SC 29161
Contact: Sarah O’Brien