In Memoriam

In Memoriam – Wegdan (Dani) El Barbary

With Dani El Barbary one of the most passionate horse women of Egypt has died. Emancipated and self-assured, she followed her heart and devoted herself entirely to her horse breeding – not a given thing for a woman in Egypt. As a young woman she became, and learned in several stables in Europe. Horses became …

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In Memoriam – Lenita Perroy

Just a few months before her 81st birthday, Brazilian breeder and judge Lenita (Maria Helena Ribeiro) Perroy passed away yesterday. With her, the Arab world has lost a breeder, who has created her own “horse type” in 35 years of breeding, by line breeding and a very special eye for beauty. Lenita Perroy was born …

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In Memoriam – Hansi Heck-Melnyk

Yesterday, Hanna Luise (Hansi) Heck-Melnyk passed away at her farm in Hawthorne, Florida at the age of 86. With her, the Arabian horse world has lost a major breeder, but also a belligerent pedigree expert. Born in 1931, Hansi Heck-Melnyk emigrated to Canada at a young age. Her actual equestrian origin were warmblood horses, and …

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In Memoriam – Nasr Marei

A great breeder and mentor of the Arabian horse is no longer among us: Dr. Nasr Marei passed away this morning at the age of 75. I met him first some time in the 1990ies and finally visited him in his paradise-like stud Al Badeia in Cairo for the first time in 2003. Many more …

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In Memoriam – Erwin Escher

It is with a heavy heart that I write these lines – completely surprising our colleague and photographer Erwin Escher has passed away. I still cannot comprehend, that the next shows will be without him, without his grin, without his humor, without his sometimes snappy comments about the horses in the ring. Born in 1959, …

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In Memoriam – Sigi Siller

On 10th May 2016, Sigi Siller, founder of Om El arab passed away – the world of Arabian horses would look different without her influence, her vision and her drive. Om El Arab stud, which – with El Shaklan – gave the world one of the most important sires of all times, actually started with …

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Irina Filsinger passed away

Her logo “Fil” we know from many photos, that capture the true spirit and essence of the Arabian horse in a most unique way – no more, as the known and talented photographer Irina Filsinger passed away after a long illness. Irina Filsinger grew up with horses – her father, Dr. Erwin Filsinger, a vet …

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Alexander Ponomarev passed away

Today, Alexander Ponomarev died in the morning; on 27th December last year he celebrated his 76th birthday. Alexander Ponomarev studied veterinary medicine and afterwards spend some years in the former GDR to gain some work experience. Therefore he spoke some German, as well. In 1971, as a young vet, he was appointed as successor of …

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Elizabeth (Liz) Salmon passed away

Yesterday, Liz Salmon lost her battle against cancer, a battle she fought for such a long time in the most admirable way. Although she lost this last fight, she won the hearts of many with her positive and encouraging attitude and she was an inspiration for many with a similar fate. Born in England, she …

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Eilika Fürstin zu Leiningen gestorben

Kurz vor ihrem 88. Geburtstag starb am 26. Januar Eilika Fürstin zu Leiningen. Geboren wurde sie am 2. Februar 1928 in Ostholstein als viertes Kind (von neun) von Erbgroßherzogs Nikolaus von Oldenburg und der Prinzessin Helene zu Waldeck und Pyrmont. 1950 heiratete sie Emich Fürst zu Leiningen, mit dem Sie vier Kinder hatte, zwei Söhne …

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