Day of the Arabian Horse at Marbach State Stud

On the first weekend of June, the youngest “Marbachers” presented themselves to an expert audience in hot summer temperatures. 12 foals have fallen, the youngest just two weeks old, including seven colts and five fillies.
Naoufil (Mahadin / Namije) presented six offspring, followed by Musab with four foals. For the first time the international champion stallion El Nabila B (Kubinec / Elf Layla Walayla), bred in Bábolna, was also used.

Dahi and Shafali, two mares from the damline of Murana I-Line, traveled last year to Belgium to Johanna Ullström to be covered by El Nabila. The result was now a filly and a colt. In particular, the colt showed up here with a very nice galopp and neckset. The idea to use the stallion El Nabila B was based on the search for a representative of the Bairaktar sireline. This is actually only available through the Russian branch via Amurath Sahib – Arax – Nabeg. However, these horses are usually of the compact type, not the fine, elegant type, as one was used to from Dschehim, for example. Therefore, El Nabila B was chosen because he is not a typical representative of the Russian line due to his Egyptian dam, the outstanding Elf Layla Walayla. In addition, this choice was also linked to the centuries-old collaboration with the Hungarian state stud Bábolna, from which El Nabila B is known to come from.

“Our riders always wish for offspring from Musab, because they are so easy to handle and to break in,” explained stud director Astrid von Velsen-Zerweck. And so the riding squad can look forward to four successful Musab children in four years. Also the offspring of Naoufil promise to be good riding horses, and certainly the one or the other will bring the extra bit of “hardness and bite”, which their sire has.

The Mahadin-son Naoufil has got competition by the way: His half-brother Al Habib (Mahadin / Mahmeya v. Sheik Mabur) has moved in. Al Habib, however, is a completely different type of horse, he strongly resembles the old Marbach type, has a very nice head – without much dish, but with a beautiful eye, and also reminiscent of the Marbach horses of days gone by. Al Habib was presented to the public for the first time during the two-hour show in the large riding indoor arena. Stud manager Astrid von Velsen pointed to the valuable old German lines in this context, which unfortunately – especially with the private breeders – fall further behind. A State Stud may – or actually should – work contrary to the fashion trends and also get involved in one or the other breeding experiment.

The day was ended with a colorful show, in which of course the Salukis of Meike Göbel with her daughter Sarie, who is currently apprentice in Marbach, should not be missed. Both also showed two tandems – of course with Arabs – which is not so easy! Also presented were the chief stallions WM Nafis, Naoufil and Musab under the saddle. A highlight of the special kind, however, was the English thoroughbred and “fastest piebald in the world”, Silvery Moon, who showed himself quite relaxed under the western saddle. That a former racehorse is now presented in western style really testifies to his excellent interior. And no, in Marbach usually the horses are not trained in the Western style and Silvery Moon was not ridden by a member of the riding squad, but by the stud’s office staff Simon Goller. The silver herd – enriched by a splash of color called Maaza – formed the final picture as always. And the ladies knew exactly when the music is over and lined up at the exit.
Gudrun Waiditschka