About Us

My involvement with the arabian horse began in 1968, with my first visit to Gainey Arabians. How fortuitous to have lived just up the road from this iconic farm.  To gaze upon the collective beauty and fame of Ferzon, Gai Parada+++ and Gai Warsaw in a single glimpse was intoxicating.  And the mares, each a vision in themselves, taught me an early lesson that all was possible, and it fixed forever my eye for recognizable type in one's own breeding program. 


Boreau by *Naborr was my first great stallion, setting a look that would forever remain with me.  Later, other great stallions were owned by La Plata,  including *Sasaki, *Vallehermoso, *Almansor and Barita de Washoe.  All of them have moved on but the privilege of owning them was rewarding in every sense, and they remain with me in spirit. Today the stallions here at La Plata are no less stellar, including sons of Imperial Baarez, *El Shaklan, *Gazal al Shaqab, *HDC Ibn Gazal al Shaqab, WH Justice and DS Major Afire.

Mares have always been a source of pride to me. The first purebred mare that I owned was the Boreau daughter KA Samantha who, years later, would produce Top Ten Sanskrit by *El Shaklan for her new owners. Over the years, there have been wonderful daughters of Palas, *Penitent, *GG Samir, *An Malik, and countless others. Today, La Plata has an extraordinary collection of *Ecaho daughters that represent my commitment to owning daughters of great broodmare sires.  I believe that daughters of *Ecaho will be deemed some of the most valued broodmares ever. 


One of the most important components of La Plata is the inclusion of great dams in my pedigrees. Most notably, the endeavor to include the lines of Arabian Horse World Aristocrat Mares and National Champions. Great mares are not accidental and it is my goal to propogate great mare families through great broodmare sires such as *Ecaho.

La Plata stays out of the spotlight and is content to just enjoy the horses quietly here at home.  Just like everyone else, there are endless highs and lows, some losses and some gains.  I've met some wonderful friends and some real doozies.  But the fact remains that, just like you, my horses bring me great joy and, just like your horses, they are the best friends in the world. As we all move forward with these great horses, it is my hope that all of them will be loved and respected for the unique life force that they are.


~Steve Doran