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About Cloud Song Arabians

Stephen and Colleen Payne
1047 H Avenue
Ogden, Iowa 50212

Our adventure with Arabian horses began at the Flynn Farm open house near Boone, IA. We were amazed that such beauty could be so near. The Arabian Horse Society of Iowa (AHSI) membership calendar was available to visitors. Later that summer, we picked another farm at Dallas Center to ask if we could visit. Richard & Jo Ellis welcomed us to GreenLea Arabians. Their foals approached for a welcoming pet before entering the stalls for supper. Our reaction was, "This is the way horses should be!" We were able to purchase a 15-month-old filly from them. The Ellis's were retiring and selling all the stock. One of their most beautiful mares, though older, was in foal to their champion stallion. That mare was sold to a couple in Minnesota. She delivered a colt, which we were able to buy as a mate for our filly.

Both horses have been more beautiful, intelligent, and gently friendly than we could have dreamed possible. What a miraculous gift God has given us in these quality horses! Never do we tire of their beauty as they run in the field. Our desire is to produce Arabians, that other families may enjoy this same quality.

Ellis's encouraged us to join AHSI. Families were raising Arabians of high quality, and raising their own children, and reaching out a welcoming hand to newcomers. They have been fine people to get to know. Just as we had found with Ellis's, answers to questions and help were freely offered. This is a goal of the Discovery Farm Program sponsored by the national Arabian Horse Association. We joined to make our farm available to visitors to see and to enjoy Arabian horses. As we have worked with these horses and begun to understand better the bloodlines which produce this quality, we have joined the Azraff/Ferzon breeders and the Eastern Crabbet Arabian Horse Society.

Steve and I used our initials, "C" & "S," to make a name, Cloud Song Arabians, for our farm. Later, I was reading Psalm 68:4. It seemed to fit both the name and our desire that whatever we do would honor the Lord. "Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds - his name is the Lord - and rejoice before him."