Purebred Arabians

With the renewed interest for the horses heritage and cultural value, they are today used for racing and endurance rides. An important supporter of the Arabian thoroughbred racing was the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, founder and president of the seven Arab Emirates.

The sheikh built stables in the Emirates for breeding and re-invented a long tradition of the equestrian sport while encouraging local ownership.

To maintain the purity of the breed and promote the sport he rewarded race winners with large sums of money on the condition that they provide certificates to attest the purebred origin of the horses.

Horse owners, notably in France, were so impressed by Sheikh Zayed’s visions that they invited him to Chantilly in 1994 and then other European tracks followed.

The traditions continue with his son Sheikh Mansour who launched a world series that  takes place in Australia, Europe and the USA.

 

 

 Al Ahab is a four year old dapple grey who, in the backlit evening sun, shines like a chisled statue, his muscular body perfectly proportioned, while his strong, arched neck reflects a temper that could break out at any time.  

 

Until 2012 Dachsegg was Switzerland’s largest Arabian stud farm with over 50 horses from where stallions like El Sahir and Psykan have dispersed their genes all over the world.

 

Today there 25 mares and two stallions. Eight hectars of pasture surround the idyllic  stud where the mares are kept in open stables similar to those in their homeland while they are free to roam in a large, sandy paddock.

As they stand calmly and gracefully in the evening sun; a dapple grey mare fascinates with her look. Returns Bint Eternity is a pure Egyptian Arabian thoroughbred with a noble family tree. Der Glarner Voralp is reflected in her large black eyes that reveal a wonderful spirit, great force and gentleness.

 

The stud’s two stallions are stabled in the lower part of the building. Al Ahab is a four year old dapple grey who, in the backlit evening sun, shines like a chisled statue, his muscular body perfectly proportioned, while his strong, arched neck reflects a temper that could break out at any time. The elegant curve from his protruding forehead leads to his flared nostrils.    

He is incredibly handsome and he has a coveted bloodline.

„ His father was Al-Lahab, the famous German World Champion,” tells Ruth Mauer who has a clear opinion of what their breeding results should be.

She likes the horses with „Big eyes, sea horse shaped head, a neck that is not too short, strong hindquarters that I can work on, fines noses and large nostrils.“

 

Harmonious movements are also very important.

 

„For a successful breeding operation you need a good eye, a sound knowledge about the bloodlines and not least a good gut feeling…and then you don’t always get what you planned for. “

 

Photos by Vera Hartmann http://www.polyvas.com/photographers/vera_hartmann.html

 

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