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  • Sponsor
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
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  • Title: McKinstry Arabians Records
    Creator: McKinstry, Neal
    Creator: McKinstry, Marjorie
    Creator: McKinstry Arabians
    Identifier/Call Number: 0065
    Contributing Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.92 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1950-1983
    Abstract: The collection includes photographic prints, photographic slides, pedigree charts, and other information about horses that were bred by Neal and Marjorie McKinstry of McKinstry Arabians in Colorado.


    The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], McKinstry Arabians Records, Collection no. 0065, W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was donated to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona by Neal McKinstry in 2000 and 2003.

    Biographical / Historical

    Marjorie (Widmoyer) McKinstry (1922-2002), was born in Oklahoma and earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas. Neal McKinstry (1919-2007) was born in Jackson, Wyoming and earned a degree in Ranch Management from Colorado A & M and served in the Army during World War II. Neal later worked for the Soil Conservation Service, which was part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), from 1945 to 1974.
    The two met while Neal was stationed in Texas during World War II. After marrying in 1945, Neal and Marjorie moved to Montana for two years before relocating to Briggsdale, Colorado. While living in Briggsdale, the couple bought their first Arabian horse in 1949 named Ramly (Rabiyas x Ferdana) through auction. The horse had been bred at the Kellogg Ranch in Pomona, California during the time it was used as a Remount Depot for the U.S. Cavalry.
    Neal and Marjorie McKinstry later moved to Kremling, Colorado and finally settled north of Craig, Colorado in 1959 where they bought 230 acres, which would be home to the McKinstry Arabians. In 1960, the couple bought the filly Famyr and over the next several years added other horses, including Cythera, Sue-Zee and Zeus. Marjorie researched pedigrees while Neal did much of the work with the horses. Two of the couple's horses, Pico Bay Bee and Scharif, were competitive in showings and won trophies and other awards. In 1978, Scharif was named the U.S. National Champion in Formal Driving. In the mid-1970s, Neal also began competing in trail riding events with Zeus.
    Neal and Marjorie retired from breeding in 1982 and later moved to Fruita, Colorado. However, the couple still stayed active in the Arabian horse community. For example, Neal rode Schar Royal who won the IAHA (International Arabian Horse Association) Competitive Trail Championship in 1993.
    Marjorie McKinstry died on April 16, 2002, and Neal McKinstry died several years later on April 30, 2007.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes photographic prints, photographic slides, pedigree charts, newspaper clippings, and other information about horses that were bred by Neal and Marjorie McKinstry of McKinstry Arabians in Colorado. Many of the items were included in files of the horses kept by McKinstry Arabians.
    Horses in the collection include Ramly (Rabiyas x Ferdana), Famyr, Zeus (Ramly x Cythera), Scharif (Habbub x Scharifa), Schar Royal (Scharif x Queen Ann), and Pico Bay Bee (Bay Abi x Zamiga).
    The collection also includes sales sheets and ads from McKinstry Arabians. One item of note is a postcard featuring a painting of *Witez II by Gladys Brown Edwards.


    The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed and cataloged by Rob Strauss and Alex Dan in 2018.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Arabian horse
    Horsemen and horsewomen
    Horse breeders