In Memorium, Jay Stream
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 man.
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 a 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 Arabian horses. Jay organized the first of IAHA's Judges' Seminars. He was instrumental in creating those wonderful IAHA Fairs that showcased our Arabian horses to the equine world.
At about the same time, the concept of the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) was in its 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 WAHO membership.
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 its 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 longer existed.
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!
The following is a memorial 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 website ( WAHO )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 they can also publish these on the WAHO website in a special "Book of Condolence."
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!