October 1, 2016 archive

Following the Footsteps of Mary’s Legacy

Mary Gharagozlou, the “Grand Dame” of Persian Arabians, died 15 years ago. It was then, that I was in Iran for the first time. Now it was time to find out, if her legacy, the Iranian Asil Arabians, has survived. Unfortunately, I was a couple of days too late on my first trip to Iran …

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Preservation Breeding –
Dead End or Vision with a Future?

Exemplified by the Weil-Marbach breeding programme In 1817, King William I. of Württemberg founded his Royal Stud of Weil and Scharnhausen. Therefore, the Weil-Marbach Arabian breeding programme celebrates its 200-year-anniversary next year. Reason enough, to be concerned about the continued existence of this subpopulation within the Arabian horse breed. Preservation breeding means breeding of endangered …

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Merchant and Breeder – Baron von Fechtig

One name pops up again and again, when it comes to the foundation horses of European Arabian horse breeding: Baron von Fechtig. But actually, there is little known about this illustrious merchant, who imported Original Arabs from the Orient, that have decisively influenced many European Studs at the beginning of the 19th century. Basically, Baron …

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