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SALON (Negatiw x Sonata) was born April 27, 1959 at the Tersk Stud in the former USSR. His sire, Negativ (Naseem x Taraxzcza), was a primary sire at Tersk at that time and was known for putting quality foals on the ground. His dam, Sonata (Skrzyp x Odaliska), was of that hazy Polish/Russian breeding, her sire having been captured by the Russians during World War II and taken back to Russia in 1939. At Tersk, where there were many good colts and stallions, Salon still managed to stand out. His race career, while not a blazing success, was acceptable, having a race record of one win, five seconds and three thirds out of the 19 starts in his two-and-three-year-old years. He was retired from the track in 1962 and was evaluated as a possible sire. Under the stringent requirements of the Tersk officials, the grey colt passed and was labeled "Elite," a title he would eagerly prove. Breeding just one colt that first year to a high of ten a few years later, the Russians knew they were looking at a top sire. Their best mares were brought to Salon, and each year he managed to live up to his heritage of quality and substance which were handed down to him by his own sire and dam. In 1969, at the age of 10 years, Salon was shown at the Moscow All-Union Exhibition where he won a Certificate of First Degree. Two of his four-year-old daughters, shown at the same time, also received their Certificates. Over the next several years, some of Salon's most beautiful daughters would win Certificates and Championships at the All-Union. By 1971, the stud at Tersk had 54 Salon get plus 10 additional mares bred to him for 1972 foals. Satisfied with his career at stud, Salon was reluctantly allowed to be exported to West Germany where he arrived with much fanfare. Despite the publicity and the fact that he was rated "Class I" which meant he was licensed to breed Arabians, Shagyas and Thoroughbreds, Salon was used very little over the next six years, in fact, only 24 purebred get were bred during all that time. It was not until American breeder Robert D. Stratmore of California tracked Salon down after seeing some of his sons and daughters in Russia, that Salon's use as a stud took a turn for the better. Salon was 21 years old now, and although he had been well taken care of, the thoughts of bringing him back to the United States in good health were of primary concern. Despite the worry, Salon made the trip in wonderful shape and by September of 1980, the stallion was residing in sunny California at Make-Believe Farms, a farm already known for its high quality Russian-bred Arabians. Although Salon's stud fee began at $15,000 and rose to $35,000, he remained busy, getting 119 purebred foals over the next three years. Comments Mr. Robert D. Stratmore, importer and owner at the time of Salon, "My guess is that it is still a record fee for an Arabian stallion anywhere. I believe market dictates value, and is a reflection of what the market believed to be Salon's worth as a proven sire." Unfortunately, by the middle of 1983, the old stallion was failing in health. He stopped breeding and was officially retired. That same year, Robert Stratmore sold the bulk of his breeding operation to Lasma, and, although Salon was part of the sale, Lasma agreed that the grand old horse could live out the rest of his days in his own stall. He died the following summer, on the Fourth of July, 1984 at the age of 25.
Sired 64 purebred Arabians for the Tersk Stud : amongst them:
* Nesvravnennaia 2/15(0-0-2-5), USSR All Union Exhibition Res Champion
- Nemka (Mukomol) 1/7(3-1-2-0)
- Navarra (Aswan)
- Nasyp (Pakistan) 1/5(2-2-0-0)
- Nagrada (Gwizd) 1/9(2-3-2-1)
* Pustynia 2/15(3-1-2-2)
- Panagia (Aswan)
- Princip (Nabeg)
- Balaton (Menes) 2/10(0-3-4), chief sire at Tersk Stud, European champ. and sire of World, European and Nat. champions
- Pakistan (Kumir), chief sire at Tersk stud, sire of Nat. European and World res. champ. Bespechny and of Kais.
- Poshlina (Naslednik) European champion mare
- Pustota (Aswan), dam of Anapa, our Gazzella's granddam.
- Pudra (Aswan), dam of Hiro (Menes)
- Pula (Aswan), Europ. class winner, Int and Nat champion
* Passia 1/9(2-1-1-1)
dam of Prononce (Nabeg)
* Nefisa 2/12(3-1-1-2)
- Pattronne (Patron) sire of high-level athletes, including both race and endurance winners
along with multi-national winners in Sport Horse In-Hand and Under Saddle, Dressage, and Sport Horse Show Hack.
- Nefison (Mag), sire of multiple in hand and sport horses champions
- Nanna (Neptun) dam of the multi-champion stallions and outstanding producers Neposzar and Marykov
* Korall 3/31(4-13-4-2) gr. I and gr. II multiple winner and placed
- Gomel (Peleng), dressage Int multiple champion and European and Nat show champion
- Mandat (Aswan) exp. USA
- Manich (Nabeg) in hand champion
- Aksioma (Kumir) 1/ /9 (1-3-0)
* Palmira - Elite mare - 2/7(1-2-1-0-3) 1000 - 1,10,3; 1200 - 1,26,3; 1600 - 1,59, Grade I certificate.
- Pristan (Aswan) Top ten National winner USA (out of 43 mares), 3rd in Nat Champ in Canada
- Prichal (Aswan), exp. Brazil, sire of significance (Don El Chall)
- Poznan (Nabeg), full sister to Peleng, Elite mare, 2/13 (1-4-5-0-3), 3 times US Top Ten mare and Canadian Top Ten mare
- Prichina (Aswan) exp USA
- Peleng (Nabeg), sold for 3,2 millions $ to the USA
- Gipnoz was placed in a Classic
- Vakansia won the Russian Derby
- Dnepr won and placed in UK & Russia
- Div is his most prominent racing son and a sire himself. AHS Premium rated
Grade One racehorse, he was also leading 4‐5 year old racehorse in 1990
Sire of numerous race winners inc. Faleh, Jumah, Divah & Listed
winner CS Corsair
- Parmant won three and was course record holder at Lingfield over two miles
- Arapka (Aswan) broodmare at Tersk Stud
- Viza (Aswan) 2/14 (4-3-2-0-5), sold to Darius Arabians, Ger.
- Diana (Aswan) 1/5 (1-0-1-1)
* Podsnejnik 1/10 (2-2-1-2) exp. USA - English pleasure champion, successful sire of performance horses in the USA
* Muslin 1/9 (2-1-3-3 European Gold champion, exp. USA
- Penza (Nabeg) European Gold champ. and Int. champ.
- Poltava (Aswan), dam of Purga (Gwizd), the dam of Padishah (Drug) and of Prisiage (Gordon)
* Malutka 1/7 (3-1-1-0)
dam of (between others)
- Malinka (Aswan)
- Madonna (Aswan) 1/6 (1-1-1-0-3)
- Mashuk (Aswan)
- Mascat (Aswan) Int A show gold champ. sire of great race horses
sire of a National Champion Halter, a major Stakes winner on the track
a 100 mile winner, and a Malvern Ridden winner
- Mamba (Balaton)
* Missia - French Nat. Champ.
* Moment - see his own page
* Palitra dam of
- Ponomarev (Salon) USA Nat Champ. sire of the Wchp Julia Bea
- Palisade AA (Menes), dam of Palnisia, dam of our Palatina F
- Palitrina (Menes) US Top ten Nat champ.
* Namiet 2 x Holland Nat. Champ. Exp USA
- Karavan (Naslednik)
- Kapron (Aswan) exp Italy
- Katliva (Aswan)
* Muscat US and Canada Nat champ. Sire of many Nat and Int champ.
* Solonka French National champ.
- Arzew (Masan) BRE + 24 - famous sire of endurance performers
* Pesenka US Nat res champ.
- Kapral (Pesniar)