I am fairly "new" to breeding Al Khamsa, Asil horses, but not Arabians... I began with the purchase of my first purebred mare in 1996 and have been a student of the breed since I was around 2 years old and first began begging for my own Arabian horse! So suffice to say this breed has been in my heart for my entire life. I've attached pictures of my very special Al Khamsa mare, Shams Majiida MA. I spent two years searching, researching and saving before I found and purchased her... and it took me three months of negotiating and further saving to acquire her. She is my personal "ideal" and I will happily breed her and retain her offspring.
Now then... I've attached photos of her and her class A champion son, Serr Majiid to prove that there are judges out there who will reward the SE arabian in halter competition. Serr Majiid has been crowned champion more than once and placed well even as a yearling. He is K. Rodan in tail female and in my opinion his type and that of his mother respresents the Kuhaylan type AND the disposition they are well known for quite well. Imagine my own excitement when I found this mare! I had this idea in my head and heart of what I wanted in my Asil foundation mare and I traveled to a farm and saw many horses before finding this hidden gem. She has only had two Al Khamsa babies and her drop dead gorgeous filly is as yet unshown, but she would truly "OWN" the ring if she was exhibited in halter.
Disposition is my main goal. I feel the beauty is there, we can find beauty in our horses every day of the week, but the MIND? That is sometimes tough to come by and it's my personal focus and saddle is training too. You see I grew up longing to ride and in fact began riding horses when I was two years old. I was determined! I would scale the gate or fence and just wait for the horses to meander over and I'd climb on and "ride". Those horses were good babysitters.
I've had Arabians that were true pains in the rear-end to handle but were great under saddle and very much took care of me... but oh I could tell you tales of scary circumstances they put me in when the vet would come or we had something spook them. It has been my experience that has brought me to my current "preservation" program. A preservation of disposition, confident character and gentle, loyal horses that love being with people and being handled and trained. So yes, there are people like me working toward this goal.
As for Paraskevas' book, I have not read it, but have read excerpts of it on his website and commentary on it and I am intrigued to read it in its entirety and form an opinion on it. I am sure I won't agree totally with it, but I know there are portions of it that I will embrace. There is a great deal of info on it on the AHW website that I recently read through, great opinions and ideas, some that I agree with wholeheartedly and some that I do not, but all very interesting to read!
As for the different types, especially being presented in halter... here are the two examples I know of first-hand. I wish that more SE would exhibit. There are too few being shown in competitions like Class A and World Cup, Vegas. However... given the small amount shown, I think it's outstanding how they place when they ARE presented! If in a halter class there is only one Al Khamsa, SE presented and that horse places top three or better, I think that says a lot in and of itself!
I had so many compliments when I took Majiida to her first show in about ten years... she was 13 years old and it was a short time after the "Pierce" photo was taken... I showed her au natural too, NO shaving or clipping, just bathed and sparkling in all of her natural beauty. I had to chuckle though, at least three people asked me how old my gorgeous "filly" was!!!!
) Imagine their surprise when they saw her in the senior mare competition. (First photo is Majiida right before her show, second is her Champion son, third is her as a four year old mare)
QUOTE (Al Ubayyan @ Feb 7 2011, 09:25 AM)
One of the concepts Mr. Pasraskevas brings to the light of day is this...to breed horses not only by strain but to breed by bloodlines and then show those against each catagorically instead of this silly notion of breeding for the ideal Arabian.
Breeding for the "Ideal Arabian" he says is detrimental to the whole breed becasuse it is making to many cookie cutter beauty contestants out of the breed at large. This "ideal Arabian" way of breeding is also affecting the breed because disposition is not given first and foremost consideration. If it was, we would not be seeing so many horses with heads that are so extreme, legs like broken matchsticks and most all horses that are shown looking more like Saqlawi than anything else.
I say to for that matter, in the place where we all got this idea of the "Ideal Arabian" there would of been more pages written about disposition than written about the conformation, and that "the head is the hallmark" type stuff.
If we all had read about disposition being most important as we were all jumping on that
"Ideal" bandwagon I know the Arabian breed as a whole would be better for it. There is no sense crying over spilt milk though.
What we have to work with now is what is really important. Oh and not repeating past mistakes.
We could have shows where there is a Nazeer Champion. A Gassir Champion, A Morafic Champion. A Sameh champion etc.
Of course I agree with him. Wouldnt it be refreshing to show horses in this way? Then have ridden classes as well to include the same? Mr. Pasraskevas is mostly addressing his fellow Egyptian Breeders in Egypt because in essense the West has been dictating to the rest of the world including Egypt, how things should be done concerning the Arabian horse when maybe at least breeders in Egypt should really start thinking for themselves.
Today does anyone see horses shown in Halter anywhere in the world that dont look more like the Saqlawi type than any other? Im sure their is an exception to every rule but Id like to see multiple examples of other types in the showring, namely in Halter classes.