Carolyn was born in the midst of The Great Depression in 1931. Her family lived in a small coastal town 30 miles east of Houston called Goose Creek in those days until it was incorporated by Baytown, TX. Carolyn was always interested in animals of all sorts, but her greatest love was horses and she meant to have them be a part of her life.
Carolyn Busch in 1949
Graduating from the University of Texas with a BA in journalism after just three years, Carolyn worked at KTBC for Lady Bird Johnson for two years before entering UT law school. She worked for several state agencies including Legal Counsel for the State Real Estate Commision, during this time she earned a Masters in Public Administration. In1977, she went to work for Bob Bullock, Comptroller of Public Accounts. She held several positions before retiring as an Administrative Law Judge in 1987. In December 2006, she received a 50 year Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Texas State Bar.
Carolyn with Jim Sirbasku
In 1974, she decided it was time to follow her heart and buy an Arabian horse. Her first show horse, a stallion named Cheque, who won many championships in halter, English Pleasure and Western Pleasure. Carolyn still speaks with pride about the time she and Cheque beat Tom McNair and Walter Chapman in an Western Pleasure class. In 1993 Martha Murdock guided Carolyn’s mare Tsarah to a unanimous Region 9 Championship in Show Hack. Later that year at the Canadian Nationals, she was watching Tsarah from ringside where she met David Gardner, Carolyn spoke glowingly of The Minstril and Thee Desperado who would be the first father/son combination to be in the ring for Top Ten Nationals honors that year. They struck a deal to breed her pure Polish mare Anit-Lass to the straight Egyptian Thee Desperado.
A colt, Aladro Desperado resulted and went on to win several Junior Championships but Carolyn was hooked on the straight Egyptian horses for their beauty and attitude and purchased Moonlight Sonataa (*Shahir IASB and April Sonataa) and the colt, Amir Amante (Thee Desperado x Amiri Sanaa). They were bred to produce the mare, Amiri Jolie, who she bred to Mishaal HP in 2005 to produce the gorgeous colt Paladium. Paladium was 2010 Egyptian Event Reserve Supreme Champion Stallion and has been purchased by the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Center in Saudi Arabia!
Mishaal HP x Amiri Jolie
KBF Starlight, Thee Desperado x MC Alexsis
Carolyn purchased the beautiful young mare KBF Starlight in 2008 from Karl and Jacki Breckon and Judy Sirbasku, shortly before her dam, MC Alexsis, was exported to the UAE. KBF Starlight was 2010 Egyptian Event Champion Amateur Mare with the Breckons’ daughter, Erika.
Carolyn speaks fondly of the relationship she developed with the Sirbaskus, Shawn and everyone at Arabians Ltd. She appreciates the help finding the right foundation stock and the continuing evaluation of her breeding program. She loves these beautiful horses and is so proud and thankful that she made that acquaintance at ringside so many years ago.