John Givens was introduced to Arabian Horses in 1972 when he met JoReen Davis who owned a modest Arabian Horse breeding operation in Orofino, Idaho. The two married a year later and moved from Orofino to Clarkston, WA. based on a promotion tied to John’s professional commercial banking career. The couple purchased 10A and a home in Clarkston and constructed an indoor arena and 12 stall barn to house Jo’s horses. Over the next 22 years living in Clarkston their facilities expanded to accommodate up to 20 additional board horses while they continued the modest Arabian Horse breeding operation.
In 1996 the couple sold the Clarkston stable operation and relocated to Kennewick, Washington again following promotional opportunities to John’s professional career. They purchased a 3A hobby farm in Kennewick and took only four Arabian Horses from Clarkston with them. They curtailed the breeding operation opting to purchase horses instead. JoReen begin to show at expanded Regional and National competitions while John involved himself in club and regional board member responsibilities and horse show announcing.
In 2015 John retired from both his commercial banking and public administration professional careers in Washington State and the couple relocated to Scottsdale to retire. One of the major factors influencing their decision to move to Scottsdale was the large presence of Arabian Horses and competition activities in this area. JoReen stays busy these days riding and showing her Half Arabian Horse, Blueskyes, while John serves on the AHAA Board of Directors and is an Arizona elected member to the Region 7 Show Commission. JoReen and John have campaigned many Arabian and Half-Arabian horses to multi-Regional and/or National Amateur and Open Competition Championships.