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Gloomy Prospects

Walking down the tree-lined avenue towards the iconic Clock-tower stable in Janow Podlaski, you breathe history. I’ve always loved to be here as I love both Arabian horses and history, and especially the history of Arabian horse breeding. Right now, we are witnessing another chapter in Arabian horse history unfolding – but I would rather …

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Commentary on Polish Situation

As a teenager, I had a favourite book: Erika Schiele’s “The Arab Horse in Europe” in which she described the history of Arabian horse breeding in each European country. Great emphasis was put on the state studs and one could locate them on a map. “If only I could go there once in my life”, …

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The “Case Pianissima”

The course of events that led to the death of the mare Pianissima according to the stud employees and the veterinary doctors reads as follows: “Pianissima took part in the breeding survery the day before and everyone could see she was in excellent condition. Marek Trela left for Rome, where he received the information that …

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And the dying goes on …

Less than a year ago, IN THE FOCUS reported about the intolerable situation of endurance riding in the United Arab Emirates and other countries of the Middle East (“Enough is Enough!”), but unfortunately, one has to say: Nothing much has changed since, but there is a thin silver lining at the horizon! Whoever saw video …

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Happy Birthday – Drug (*1985)

One of the very greats celebrated his 31st birthday these days: Drug (Prizrak / Karinka). The silver grey stallion was the first and only, who managed to be victorious at the top level races as well as shows and as such embodies the ideal of the Arabian horse: versatility, performance and beauty. Born at the …

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Happy Birthday – Bafran El Schachad (*1985)

Es war das Jahr 2007, die Veranstaltung war die Beständeschau in Bern. Es kommt mir ein wunderschöner, brauner Hengst an der Seite seiner stolzen Besitzerin entgegen. Beide strahlen etwas ganz Besonders aus – es war ein Augenblick, den ich nie vergessen werde. Das war meine erste Begegnung mit Bafran El Shachad, oder “Shachi”, wie er …

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Commentary on the European Championships 2015

Icomprehensible! Just imagine the following: There is the two-year-old Morion, who got not only the highest score in his respective classes at the All Nations Cup, the European and World Championships, but the highest score of all Junior Males. Human understanding would expect at least, that he would come home with three medals. But far …

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Ausgabe 4-2015 zum blättern

Turcmainatti – National Arabian or Turkmen?

Until the beginning of the 19th century, Arabian horses were rather rare in European stables, and more often than not, they actually were Oriental horses or originating from the fringes of the Arabian Peninsula, e.g. from Persia, Turkey or maybe even South Russia or Turkestan. Apart from that, the various authors had different definitions about …

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Hans Brabenetz ist gestorben

“I mag nimmer” tönte es in letzter Zeit öfters aus dem Telefon. In der Nacht vom 20. Auf den 21. November ist der Pferdekenner und Hippologe Hans Brabenetz im Alter von 92 Jahren friedlich eingeschlafen. Seinen Militärdienst und Rekrutenausbildung absolvierte er beim Reiterzug, die Kriegszeit verbrachte Hans Brabenetz zumeist an der Ostfront, zwischendurch auch einige …

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