Fascination of the Turf
|Purebred Arabians are among the horses especially suited for galloping; they are the ancestors of today's racehorse, the Thoroughbred. Racing is the oldest method of performance testing, known even to the Bedouins in the deserts of Arabia.|
Countries that still use racing as a method of selection are among the leading nations of Arabian horse breeders, for example the Russian Istatestud Tersk, where colts as well as fillies are put in training at the early age of two years. In Poland, too, Arabian racing has a long tradition.
| ||In France, racing was for a long time the mainstay of Arabian breeding, and racing is strongly supported and highly professional.|
As a result, France has developed its own strain of racing Arabians, including the leading international racing sires Manganate, Tidjani, and Dormane.
These horses are not for everyone, however, as the selection for speed alone has resulted in a loss of Arabian type.
This is very different in Poland, where racing is used only as a test for athletic ability and constitution rather than an end in itself, and type still remains of utmost importance.
| ||Racing in Germany|
The first German racing association for Arabians was founded in the middle 70s by Heinz Lyra and Holger Ismer. From 1978, stallions could be performance tested on the racetrack.
The first training centre for Arabian racehorses was established at the Ismer stud, and the first race was held in 1977 at Dortmund. While the spectators loved it, the Thoroughbred racing association of Germany was not; pleased and ruled that Arabians were allowed to race only at the smaller and less frequented tracks.
|In 1982, the German Arabian racing association DRAV was founded, but at first was equally unsuccessful in establishing a racing scene in Germany.|
This family changed in 1995, when Princess Milana zu Fürstenberg became President of the DRAV. Walter Fath was named vice president and Hubert Lorenz secretary. Through contacts to Arabian countries, it was possible to find Sponsors for German racing.
| ||In 1997, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan from the UAE sponsored a race day in Hamburg-Horn, leading to more such events and an increasing in prize money.|
In 1999 an agreement was finally reached with the Thoroughbred racing association, enabling Arabian to race at the major racetracks.
|Great Arabian race horses and their sires|
A prominent name in German racing is the pure Polish stallion Santhos (Pierrot/Saika), whose get won a total sum of 42.509,19 _ by 2000.
His best offspring were Marquis, winner of the German Derby in 1993 and most successful Arabian racehorse of that year, and Maxim with three wins and four placings in 1999.
| ||With 14 horses, he is the German stallion who has sired the largest number of racing offspring. In the statistics for 2000, the Russian-bred, Drakon (Prizrak/Prikhot) has taken the lead. Though he has only seven racing offspring to Santhos's 14, they have amassed a sum of 51.26,91 €. |