"To keep a noble and authentic Arabian Horse and to raise it as much as possible in a natural way." I have been working for years to follow this breeding ethic, far from the blink-blink of the front stage, but with a view to the long-term future, of transmission to future generations.
To produce a healthy horse - physically and mentally - and well-built first and foremost. To seek improvement without distorting breed characteristics or losing diversity, through strict selection and systematic removal of individuals who transmit heavy flaws. To preserve rare lines, especially damlines, too, by breeding them intelligently, so as not to lose them.
The preservation of the original characteristics and qualities of the Arabian Horse requires a complete commitment, that of a lifetime: rigorous, objective, vigilant and above all, an ability to remain focused on one's choices and one's goal, without being influenced by fashion, the hyper performance, hyper types, hyper specialization, linked to disciplines, to the detriment of the breed and the animal. I also feel concerned by the well-being of the Arabian Horse and the selection must, in my opinion, avoid allowing the development of physical traits that hinder the meeting of the basic needs of the animal.
I have concentrated for almost 30 years now on the Russian bloodlines from Tersk Stud, because I believe that the breeding selection they have always carried out, both at the racetrack and in type and conformation competitions, has allowed to keep horses that are well-built, performing, beautiful and close to human, which fully meet the characteristics of the Arabian Horse.
These Russian bloodlines find their breeding cradle at the Haras de Tersk, in Stavropol, in the Caucasus, where they were created by the skilful marriage of the best Polish, Crabbet and French bloods, to which was added a little Egyptian touch. This breeding program was invariably supported by a careful selection of the breeding stock based on racetrack performance and beauty, whereby they retained nowadays their sporting potential, sound conformation and original type. They are the basis and make up the pedigrees of champions and producers of champions in all disciplines worldwide (let’s mention, among so many others, Persik, for endurance; Patron, for show) and these qualities, carried by today's Russian horses, constitute in my opinion an exceptional genetic reservoir which must be carefully protected and developed, so that owners and breeders can benefit from it now and in the future, both for their direct use under the saddle only to reinfuse and reinforce breeding programs.
I wish all of us, committed breeders, shadow workers, much success and joy in our daily passion, and to the wonderful breed that lives in our hearts, a healthy and long continuity.