About Us

Prince Sawda
Prince Sawda

Sawda Equestrian Center has been a key component in the Port Orchard equine community since 1983.  Owners, Herman and Kathy Aguayo, bring a wealth of knowledge, earned by years of experience, to the care of your horse.

At Sawda, we believe in providing a safe, caring, and fun learning environment. With quality care and top instruction, you and your horse, as a team, are sure to meet your top potential.

We show in open USDF shows as well as Arabian breed shows and host the LPSDC Schooling Show Series using graduates of the "L" Dressage Learners program as our judges.

Sawda Equestrian Center started in 1979 in Ojai California with a 3/4 Arabian mare who was a Witez II daughter, followed in 1981 with a yearling Arabian colt, Prince Sawda.

Following Herman's retirement from the Seabee branch of the US Navy, the farm and its 8 horses relocated to the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 1983.

The main emphasis during this time was to selectively breed the highest quality mares to our resident stallion, Prince Sawda, to produce athletic and utilitarian Arabians and Arabian crosses. We were blessed with an extremely prepotent sire in Prince, who consistantly stamped his offspring with a well laid back shoulder, large moving trot, correct conformation, intelligence, and loving attitudes. Even though we sadly lost Prince in 2008, his progeny continue to amaze us, especially in the dressage ring.

His son, Sawda Shetan, showed on the "A" circuit for Arabian Sport Horse in Hand and Dressage. He won Champion Sport Horse in Hand Stallion as a 2 year old in Salem, Oregon under the International judge Hugo Gore Vidal. In 2009 he completed his Legion of Honor and in 2010 he was Reserve Ch Sport Horse Under Saddle for Region 4.

His Half Arabian Pinto son SA Fair Dinkum took 1st place in his first Endurance ride in 2004. He has since won Reserve Champion Endurance for Region V in 2005 and Washington State Lightweight Champion in 2006.

His other son, SA Wasim +, was Top Five at Level 1 Dressage in Region IV for 2002, Top Five at Level 2 Dressage in Region IV for 2003, and achieved his Legion of Honor in 2004. This was after being taken from pasture at the age of 18 and having no previous dressage training!

His Anglo Arabian daughter, SA Springtime ++, was Region IV Champion Sport Horse in Hand in 2001. After producing a registered Oldenburg colt in 2002, R.G. Veneto, she was Region XVII Reserve Champion Sport Horse in hand in 2003, Region IV Reserve Champion Sport Horse in hand in 2004, and achieved BOTH her Legion of Honor and Legion of Merit in 2004.

His Half Arabian daughter, SA Secret Princess, was USDF Horse of the year in 2001.

The coffeepot is always on, just call first to make sure we can take the time to show you around and discuss how we can help you.

Herman with Nelita
Herman with Nelita

Sawda Equestrian is home to horses of many breeds, riding disciplines, and training levels
Sawda Equestrian is home to horses of many breeds, riding disciplines, and training levels

Herman and SA Wasimafter completing the USDF Century Ride
Herman and SA Wasim with wife, Kathy, and trainer, Shannon Lockwood, after completing the USDF Century Ride