This & That

(R)evolution of Reproduction

Thanks to modern reproduction technology, we have today a wide range of possibilities of how to bring oocytes (eggcells) and sperms together. But is everything that is technically possible also sensible, desireable and ethically justifiable? The fertility of his breeding stock is an important factor for any breeder not only with regards to breeding as …

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Pianissima –
The Queen of Janow is Dead

Queen Pianissima is dead – this incredible message travels around the globe since this morning. She was the icon of Polish, yes, of global Arabian breeding. She was the most successful show horse of all time and she was a lovable personality, with friends around the globe, who brought her banana, one of her favorite …

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Knowledge ensures Safety

The Arabian horse does no more or less than other breeds suffer from genetic defects, but each breed has some specific hereditary diseases, which breeders should know in order to make a responsible breeding plan. In the following article Alban Krösbacher explains the major hereditary diseases in Arabian horses, and those which are predominantely found …

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Selection of a Special Kind

Recently, I witnessed how a DC has actually applied and enforced the rules in the “Blue Book”. Much to the dismay of the affected exhibitors whose horses were disqualified because they did not show up on time in the collecting ring and thereby missed the common walk round in the main ring (see rule 23b …

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Über die Regenbogenbrücke – Normativ

And again, one of the performance stallions has left us by the rainbow bridge: The stallion Normativ (Mascat / Narta by Topol), born 1987 at the Russian State Stud Chrenovoje, peacefully died earlier this month. I saw him in 2003 at his last home, the Doubravsky Stud of Jürgen Schäfer in Czechia – what a …

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Thank You, Totilas!

There is currently a lot of turmoil and public outrage in dressage about the pictures seen of a “semi-lame” Totilas at the European Championship of dressage in Aachen. In addition, to make matters worse, there were “live” demonstrations of the infamous Rollkur by a representative of the Dutch team in the warm-up arena. Experts say …

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Over the Rainbowbridge – Vodolej

And another legend has left us: Vodolej now trots on greener pastures. Who does not remember his appearance at Aachen 2003, when he outtrotted any of the handlers who took him in turns. His trot was his trade mark, he was never tired to show himself trotting – goosbumps included. Horses like him will stay …

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Over the Rainbow Bridge – Ezz Ezzain

Born in Kuwait, Ezz Ezzain (Ansata Almurtajiz / Najeiah) was probably the most well-known representative of the breeding of Uzamah Al Kazemi in Europe, as this stallion had already a “guest performance” at the Egyptian Event in Dillenburg 2006, where he was Junior Champion. I saw the stallion again in 2010 in Egypt, at that …

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Happy Birthday – CH El Brillo (*1985)

Early August, CH El Brillo (El Shaklan / AZH Basknaborra) celebrated his 30th birthday. It was a stroke of luck for La Movida Stud, when this El Shaklan son came into the stud in 1999. Ferdinand Huemer was actually looking for some El Shaklan daughters for his Ali Jamaal stallions, when he heard that Fritz …

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Über die Regenbogenbrücke – Esparto

One of the best Polish stallions died a few days ago: Esparto (Ekstern / Ekspozycja). In the show ring, he has won numerous titles, e.g. he was Polish National Champion, All Nations Cup and European Champion. During 2007 – 2008, he was leased to Sh. Ammar in Ajman and won Champion titles in Sharjah and …

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