I was invited to visit Iran by the Turkmen Horse Breeding and Consulting Cooperative (THBCC). It’s founder, Dr. Abdoljalil Ghiadi, is the head of a group of eight breeders and researchers involved in Turkmen horse breeding, pedigree research and genotyping. They have worked as a cooperative since 1998, centred in Jergelan, Iran.
Check out my photo journal from my trip to Turkmenistan in October: Turkmenistan Celebrating 20 Years of Independence by Kerri-Jo Stewart
We were lucky to be invited to the opening day races of the Ahal Velayat Hippodrome. It was another cold and wet day but we had amazing seats inside the beautiful complex directly over the track. The building itself is beautiful and the design well thought out. I took some photos through the plexiglass but [...]
Some of the IATHA members (from the International Akhal-Teke Horse Association) had the opportunity to visit an Akhal-Teke studfarm in the mountains east of Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. It was dark and raining so the photos are not great, but at least you can check out their horses. It is in a wonderful setting and I [...]
Part VI of the Beauty Contest series, the horses were presented under saddle: 1. Melegush 2007 (Melekhan-Talvas) 363.1 points; 9th place 2. Khan Begler 2008 (Bitaraplyk x Gyulyalek) 401.9pts, 1st place, bred by Ovliakuli Scharipow 3. Kapdagy 2008 (Kararym-Karkara) 365.1 points, 8th place 4. Khanburgut 2005 (Bitaraplyk-Patma) 392.0 points; 4th place 5. Dostbag 2006 (Kararym-Adzhap) [...]
Here are my photos from the second component of the Beauty Contest, halter: 1. Melegush 2007 (Melekhan-Talvas) 363.1 points; 9th place 2. Khanbegler 2008 (Bitaraplyk x Gyulyalek) 401.9pts, 1st place 3. Kapdagy 2008 (Kararym-Karkara) 365.1 points, 8th place 4. Khanburgut 2005 (Bitaraplyk-Patma) 392.0 points; 4th place 5. Dostbag 2006 (Kararym-Adzhap) 368.8 points; 7th place 6. [...]
The final judging of the Beauty Contest for Akhal-Tekes bred in Turkmenistan at the Ashgabat Hippodrome and Equestrian complex. First some horses were presented to the President: 1. Melehan: 2. Melenan: 3. Dowletli: 4. Akhan: ______________ 5. _________ 6. ______________ 7. ______________ 8. ________________ 9. ________________ 10. Unfortunately the program didn’t come with the horse’s [...]
There wasn’t much going on at the track as it was the middle of the day. Again, as seems typical for the Turkmen people, there were lots of smiles and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves with the horses. Also, the horses were all very well behaved and calm. Most of the riders were exercise [...]
We visited the racetrack in the afternoon. One of the stables presented some of their horses to us. It was not a planned visit so they just brought them out as they were. The ones shown have finished their racing career and are currently in training for jumping. This hippodrome is not just set up [...]
Akhal Texas has kept Eramay, one of Arim’s sons out of Europa) for breeding this year. He has one filly on the ground (Kenar) and will have more for 2011. You can reserve your foal now!
My favourite Akhal-Teke stud in North America is Arim 1997 (Melesur-Abrai). He is standing at stud (live cover only) at Akhal-Texas. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit him in March. Even in his winter coat he looks amazing!
Aad from Pontecorvo Trust, TX Aliger from Sharon Saare, MT Aran from Akhal-Teke Ranch, ID Arhar from Silk Road Akhal-Tekes, MO Arim from Pontecorvo Trust, TX Chinook Reeh from Akhal-Teke Ranch, ID Dolomite from Golden Sand Farm, FL Durkkhal Shael from Jim & Lisbeth Oury, SD Dutar from La Liberal Endurance, Uruguay [...]
Murgab 1999 stallion (Murager x Gozakhal), imported from Sport Club Insterburg in Russia by Bold Vantage Farm “Murray” is standing at stud at Bold Vantage Farm in High River, Alberta. His beautiful movement and conformation is producing some great sport horses and he will have lots of foals on the ground that are available for [...]
Aad is a tall elegant older stallion. He is by Anchar and out of Azochka and was imported from Russia by Akhal Texas. Although he is older he is in good shape and hopefully we will see lots more of his foals! You can see all his photos on Flickr.
Kogan is another massive built stallion who jumps and does dressage. He is 16 years old and by Koshili and out of Gerel and owned by Akhal Texas. Kogan has been out of training for years but hopefully his training will resume shortly. You can see all his photos on Flickr.
Maruk is a big built buckskin stallion by Munir and out of Ataka bred by the Pontecorvos of Akhal Texas. He is a big bold golden stallion of the highly acclaimed Ak Sakal line for breeding traditional old style Turkoman horses. You can see all his photos on Flickr.
Helm is by Melesur out of Hanbibi, so is a half brother to Arim. Akhal Texas has sold him to a dressage rider and Helm is under advanced dressage training. He sure is a beauty to watch! We have a daughter of Helm in Canada, Mahiar, at Bold Vantage Farm! You can see all his [...]
Tarzan is a a stunning golden buckskin colt born in 2005 by Arim and out of Toscana bred by the Pontecorvos of Akhal Texas. He has a sweet and curious temperament and is just started training under saddle. You can see all his photos on Flickr.
Eramay is a a very elegant shining bay colt born in 2005 by Arim out of Europa bred by the Pontecorvos of Akhal Texas. He is truly stunning. You can see all his photos on Flickr.
Arim is a big handsome black stallion by Melesur out of Abrai bred by the Pontecorvos of Akhal Texas. He is a well behaved and polite stallion. They are just starting him under saddle. I want a colt out of this magnificent beast! You can see all his photos on Flickr.
Daper is a two year old grey colt by Pan and out of Dikarka bred by the Pontecorvos at Akhal Texas. He is breathtaking to watch. Although he is cautious as he hadn’t had any handling he is very curious and is mostly likely the type to closely bond with one person. He is offered [...]
Willy Lockheart is importing the first Akhal-Teke into South America. Dutar, born 1999 by Taigir and Duigurgush, was bred by the Pontecorvos in Russia and imported into the US as a colt. He will start training for endurance racing soon after arrival at his new home in Uruguay! See all the photos of Dutar on [...]
Koldune is available for lease or possibly sale to the right home. Koldune is currently being leased to the Golden Horses of Niobe Valley in Alberta. He has proven himself a sire of wonderful and correct part-breds and is considered an improver of all breeds. Although he is not considered a purebred by MAAK, he [...]
On the North American Stallion directory there are references posted to both the sire line and the dam’s sire line. It is only used as a classification system. It would be more relevant to actually post the dam families, however, which dams are classified as the base of the family is difficult to discover. I [...]
Aad from Pontecorvo Trust Aliger from Sharon Saare Arhar from Silk Road Akhal-Tekes Arim from Pontecorvo Trust Astrachan from Cascade Gold Akhal-Tekes Chinook Reeh from Akhal-Teke Ranch Dolomite from Golden Sand Farm Durkkhal Shael from Jim & Lisbeth Oury Dutar from Pontecorvo Trust Gam from Gisa Brinks & the Pontecorvo Trust Gidasp from Irus Stables [...]
Allevamento Santa Chiara is offering North America a sweet deal on frozen semen from Ornay & Arkadi. 1. ORNAY: 2000 Ashug x Olivia, line Kaplan, 160 cm, class elite Ornay is very well skipped on a hippodrome and winner of the AT Derby in 2003. He was also a prizewinner of AT Championship of Russia [...]
A quick visit to Bold Vantage Farm in a gorgeous location across from where I used to live when I was in High River. I want to move back!! Plus Cindy, the manager, is a very knowledgeable horsewoman from whom I hope to learn lots! Bold Vantage is a large Akhal-Teke breeding farm now. They [...]
A winter visit to Brent and Grace Seufert at BGD Ranch in Calgary, Alberta (At Boisin) to see the Akhal-Tekes and of course those cute Caspians!! The Akhal-Tekes were so cute and fuzzy (except for the Californian who seems to be taking the cold in stride!) The Caspians were the kid’s favourites and the cows [...]
***** NOTE: this post is still in progress, I’ll update as I learn more !!!!!!***** Potential inbreeding problems with Akhal-Tekes was brought up on the Yahoo list and got me curious to find out more. As Akhal-Tekes are still on the rare side, especially outside of Russia and Turkmenistan, one thing to watch with breeding [...]
BGD Ranch near Calgary is standing Dazyrdi, by Gindarkh 13 line Gelishikli. They also have a young bay mare, Dazzle, and a part-bred palomino gelding, Banjo Boogie (ATxArabian).
the upcoming 1,200m race in Pardubice is the first for purebred Akhal-Tekes being held outside Russia and Turkmenistan. Turkoman horse races are also popular in Iran, hopefully they will soon be held throughout many more regions. Meet the horses:
This directory was compiled by Shirley Schulz and Lisa Belhage. Thanks so much for all your work!!
You can browse the stallions listed by sire lines and download a printable version of the entire directory.
A positive story to bring in the New Year:
Saad is approved as a refiner for Danish Palomino Association and awarded with the title; Stallion of the Year 2007.
I am dismayed and upset by the reaction of the community to the images of Pan Tau posted previously. The images in no way reflect the character or the training of Pan Tau. (The photos on this header are from AkhalTeke.cc)
I am having a difficult time with this decision, but make me an offer on Salimrashid. I want to keep him but it is not practical.
He is an amazing typey and very tall colt, line Everdy Teleky. He will be both athletic and a showstopper!!
Habib is part of the famous Postman line which was revived by Gaigasiz. Here is some information about this preeminent line:
These amazing photos of Gajgysyz were taken by Natalia Kostikova (Russia)! Thanks!!
Here are some photos that Nadja took of Habib playing in the paddock.
June 6th is the new flight date.
As an update, everyone is doing very well and they should be on the plane from Amsterdam to LA on June 6th.
Here are some photos that Nadja took of Habib for me:
Here is a response by Leonid Babaev to Dr. Rjabovaâ€™s article about the new line of Sovhov-2, which appeared in the magazine Akhal-Teke Inform 2006.
We have listed our proposed breedings. Watch for some amazing foals coming for sale in 2008!!
Dr. Rjabova’s article appeared in the magazine Akhal-Teke Inform 2006.
2000 (Ashug x Olivia) line Kaplan, 160 cm, from Studfarm Veles
I think this guy will make a great Endurance horse!!
I think this guy is just so cool I had to make a post of all their great pictures of him!!
With such a beautiful mare as Pagoda I think these stallions would be more suitable…
Narrowing down the stallion choices to Mihman, Flamingo and Pegas…
We have chosen Metman from Freedom Run Farms as our stud for this year. We feel that Metman’s proven athleticism will produce the best sport foal from Darginka.
This directory was compiled voluntarily for the Teke community by Shirley Schulz with layout by Lisa Belhage.
Download a printable version of the entire directory from here and browse the stallions listed by sire lines.
Here is a list of the best stallion prospects and endurance horses I have found so far:
What do you think of these prospects, both as studs ans as endurance horses? Which ones would you choose for endurance racing? Which would you choose to breed to?
traditional sire lines: Ak Belek, Ak-Sakal, Arab, Dor Bairam, El, Everdy-Teleke, Fakir Pelvan, Gelishikli, Karlavach, Kir Sakar, Kaplan, Mele Kush, Peren, Posman, Sere, Skak, Toporbai
The quest is on to find a stud for Darginka. My top choices so far are Shayol, Salam and Metman…
I had to look up equine coat colour genetics to find out the chances of what colour mares would throw when matched to Habib, whom we think is a perlino but may be a cremello.