It is with great sorrow that we announce that Jay Stream, passed away
after a short illness on Sunday, January 22,
2006, at the age of 84. A wonderful Memorial
Service was held for Jay on the evening of May 19,
2006, at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo,
California. Organized by granddaughter Christy
Hart, this service featured speakers who had known
Jay for many years in different phases of Jay's life
and who truly captured the essence of Jay Stream in
their experiences with Jay which they shared with
us. People from all over the world were in
attendance, giving tribute and respect to this great
Lorry Wagner and
Sierra Dawn Arabians are very proud to have worked
with Jay for the Arabian horse. Since 1970, it is, indeed,
a privilege to call this giant of a man good friend.
Jay and his wife
Dorothy bred Arabian horses for many, many years at
their Greengate Farm in San Luis Obispo,
California. This farm continues under the
stewardship of daughter Linda Stream and her daughter Christy
Hart. Jay was a Past President of the
International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA),
inspired the Arabian Horse Society and was the
President Emeritus of WAHO, having served as
President for 31 years.
Jay's record of
contributions to the Arabian horse breed would fill
volumes. A few of his most notable
accomplishments over the last 35+ years started back
in 1969 when Jay became President of IAHA.
Upon Jay's election, in typical Jay-Stream fashion,
he took hold of the reins, put IAHA on the bit and
IAHA raced forward at full gallop to become a significant player in
the world of the Arabian horses. Jay
organized the first of IAHA's Judges's Seminars.
He was instrumental in creating those wonderful IAHA
Fairs that showcased our Arabian horses to the
At about the same time, the concept of
the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) was in
infancy and Jay, as President of IAHA, was asked to
attend those early organizing meetings in London,
England. The result of his participation was
that Jay was not only elected as WAHO's President,
but in his dedication to IAHA he insisted that
IAHA be brought into WAHO as a Registering
Authority member with voting rights.
In Jay's words "If you want me as your President,
you have to also take IAHA as a package deal."
WAHO did just that. IAHA remained the only
Registering Authority member of WAHO with all voting
rights which registered only Half and Anglo Arabians
until IAHA was dissolved in 2002.
Jay served as
President of WAHO from 1972 through 2003. WAHO
started with 7 countries and Jay brought this
organization forward to a present membership of 64
countries around the world. There are
currently several additional countries applying for
Back to Jay's IAHA
Presidency, during this time he went on to organize the Arabian
Horse Society (AHS) which was a liaison organization
between the Arabian Horse Club of America (AHCA,
which later changed their name to Arabian Horse
Registry of America) and IAHA. The purpose of
the AHS was to create an entity by which IAHA and
AHCA could communicate, cooperate, coordinate and
basically bring these two organizations together to work in the best interests of
the Arabian horse breed, since, at the time, there
were personality conflicts which seemed to get in
the way of cooperation. This concept worked
very well but faded away when the need no
Jay was a resounding
success in every endeavor he tackled throughout his
life. Jay got the job done! Working with
Jay over the past 30+ years was truly one of the
greatest experiences in my life. One just got
caught up in the hurricane of progress Jay always
created in everything he tackled. What a
mentor! Knowing and working with Jay has
enriched my life many-fold!
Following is a
Memoriam Announcement from WAHO!
"It is with great sorrow that we inform you that WAHO's President Emeritus, Jay Stream, passed away
after a short illness on Sunday, January 22,
2006, at the age of 85.
"This short obituary can also be found on the WAHO
http://www.waho.org and a longer one will be
placed there in due course. The WAHO office would
also very much like to hear from WAHO Members, or
people who knew Jay, with your memories and thoughts
of him, so these can also publish these on the WAHO
website in a special "Book of Condolence." Some
people will remember the days when Jay was President
of IAHA, or the earliest days of WAHO, others
perhaps have more recent memories. WAHO welcomes your contributions. Please send them to the WAHO Office
Farewell, Jay Stream! May you be found riding some
of your beloved Arabians forever in the hereafter!
A better friend the Arabian Horse has never had!