In Memoriam

In Memoriam – Jan Calis

In October, Jan told me that next year he wanted to show Lobeke at a show – he would be 72, Lobeke 28, together makes a whopping 100 years. It should not happen anymore. Jan Calis, “The Flyng Dutchman” died this morning. That’s how we knew the “Flying Dutchman”… Born in 1948, Jan grew up …

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In Memoriam – H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

HH. Sheik Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the second son of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, died on 18 November at the age of 64. The Sandhurst Military Academy graduate previously served as deputy prime minister, but then became the president’s representative, a post he held until his death.In Arabian horse …

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In Memoriam – Wolfgang Eberhardt

The news spreads like wildfire: Wolfgang Eberhardt died today surprisingly at the age of 71. Only a week ago, we spoke at the VHS and licensing in Alsfeld extensively with each other. And now there is only this void … A graduated engineer by profession and an expert for the reconstruction of traffic accidents, his …

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In Memoriam – Urszula (Ula) Sawicka

Sad news from Poland has just reached us that the photographer Urszula Magdalena Sawicka succumbed to her illness on July 28th. “Ula”, who was a germanist by profession and therefore spoke excellent German, was also known in Arabian horse circles. She photographed all breeds of horses, but her love belonged to the Arabians and so …

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In Memoriam – Ryan Jones

It is with a heavy heart to write these lines and to inform about the passing of Ryan Jones, one of the most talented handlers in the Arabian horse world. The tragedy happened at the British Nationals at Malvern last weekend where Ryan died very suddenly, presumably of a heart attack. Ryan was born in …

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In Memoriam – Horst Stern

Auch wenn Horst Stern primär nichts mit arabischen Pferden zu tun hatte, so hat er doch mit seinen Büchern “Bemerkungen über Pferde”, “Bemerkungen über das Pferd im Zirkus” und “So verdient man sich Sporen” viel für das Pferd in den 1980er Jahren getan. Jetzt ist Horst Stern im Alter von 96 Jahren gestorben. Horst Stern …

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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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