A life well lived and well lived to the fullest. The prince of Jade Creek, Brandon Bey JCA+, born April 17, 2001, peacefully laid to rest on November 11th after a tremendously fulfilling life here at Manny Lawrence’s Jade Creek Arabians. Born on our farm in Santa Ynez, California – Brandon’s journey into our life and into our hearts started even before his birth. Brandon’s dam Hushahby Bey had the entire Santa Barbara showgrounds abuzz after she had just won the Cal Bred futurity filly championship. Although Manny didn’t see the class, when Jim Lowe took Manny back to the barn and Hushahby Bey stuck her head out of the stall, Manny was smitten. Manny knew instantly that he had to have her and struck a deal, bringing the future Bey Shah brood matron home to Jade Creek Arabians.
Sired by the great Versace, Brandon Bey JCA was born with a genetic powerhouse blending in Hushahby’s Bey Shah and *Aladdinn blood. Perhaps though, aside from Brandon’s prowess of a breeding stallion and stellar show record — it was his quirky and unpredictable sensitive character that set Brandon apart from the rest.
Brandon Bey was the favorite of Manny’s better half, Lori Morss—the two quite connected – so connected that Brandon would nicker hearing the sound of her voice. Brandon’s harem Zonda JCA and Nina Rici JCA shared duties keeping Brandon company side-by-side in the barn and during turnout each day.
Sharing the breeding duties with stable mate Jake Jamaal JCA was no easy task — but Brandon never disappointed. He sired countless winners in halter and performance – many times a leading sire in the prestigious Scottsdale Signature Stallion futurity program. His son’s and daughters exported around the world influencing breeding programs globally, forging wonderful friendships, all while bringing joy and success to many.
Brandon Bey JCA and Manny shared a tremendous bond and a special friendship – together capturing many special titles in the show ring; a multitude of Regional Championships and highlight wins as both 2005 Canadian National Champion Stallion AAOTH and 2005 U.S. National Champion Stallion AAOTH.
While our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beloved Brandon Bey JCA, we find comfort knowing that waiting in the wings is a very special colt who we are so excited to share with the world — One and Only JCA, sired by the Brandon Bey JCA son Illuminati JCA — gives us hope and encouragement for the future — and while filling grandaddy Brandon’s shoes will be no easy task — we’re excited and so very fortunate we have this exceptional colt to carry on Brandon’s legacy for death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.