While most purebred Arabians are not specifically bred for the sport disciplines, there are lineages within the breed that have been consistently bred for riding type and possess the structure, movement, athletic ability, and rideability to be successful in one or more of the sport disciplines.

The CMK bloodline group is one source of sport horse traits in Arabians with a focus on soundness, overall athleticism, longevity, and superlative temperaments as essential characteristics of the Arabian breed.   The majority of CMK breeding programs have involved purpose breeding for athleticism of some kind -- working western, flat racing, endurance, ranch work, dressage, fox hunting, eventing for example, so even when not purpose bred for sport relevant traits have still been emphasized.  Austine Hearst, Tish Hewitt, Bazy Tankersley, and Sandy Warren all had multi-generational breeding programs that specifically included purpose breeding sport horse athletes.

  Using carefully selected individual horses from specific CMK family lines that demonstrate desirable sport horse traits, we hope to be able to produce athletic horses that are a pleasure to handle, ride, and train, and some breeding stock that have the genetic base to reproduce those qualities.  As with any breeding lines, each of these elements tends to bring specific strengths and each requires attention to appropriate complimentary phenotypes and nicks.  The breeding program at Faerie Court Farm is still relatively young, but we have been encouraged by the quality of the youngsters that have been born here in the past few years using these proven CMK  family lines.

By using breeding stock with pedigrees that have been reinforced over generations for desirable riding horse qualities, Faerie Court Farm has been able to tap into the genetic potential of the target foundation lines.  The 1940 stallion, Noran, was by Oran and out of the Rissalix daughter, Nerina, who also traced to Skowronek.  Our 2010 stallion, FCF King ofthe Fairys doesn't descend from Noran, though he has 4 lines to Oran, seven to Rissalix, and many to Skowronek and displays a very similar phenotype.

For one perspective on the use of Arabians in sport horse breeding, Gerhard Schickedanz, a prominent breeder of international caliber Trakehners had this to say in regard to the use of Arabian blood in the Trakehner noting the Arabian influence in the great broodmare, Abiza, the dam of the internationally renowned show jumper, Abdullah, and several other elite horses:

As to the future of the Trakehner internationally, Gerhard is hopeful that the reign of the heavy horse is over and the Trakehner will return to the performance horse of memory. "The judging is beginning to change from the technical, methodical, type to freestyle . . . More and more emphasis on lightness and you can see how our horses are going to show well .. . It's changing back to what I remember in my childhood. It's not the real heavy one, it is the considerably refined."

Gerhard began breeding Trakehners because his early exposure to them convinced him that the Trakehner had the greatest potential to succeed in international competition. Toward this end, Gerhard has some, perhaps controversial, thoughts on the Arabian blood which has been fundamental in the success of his breeding program.

"I think we are not putting in enough, and by not putting in enough we are going to lack endurance and type, too, eventually. I have some Abiza daughters here and they look like they are Arab and they are only 1/16 Arab but the look is still there. Abiza was 1/8 Arab, look how the Arab is still in her, and Archie, her son, 21 now, still looks . . .[that way]. I bought one mare, I consider her the second best I bought, Heimische, (Hänsel's dam), . . .I simply liked her . . .most important thing was she was half-Arab. . .This is what the breed is all about. They found a good Arab and they brought him in." Gerhard is quick to point out this century's marker stallions are high percentage Thoroughbred and Arabian offspring. This is what makes the Trakehner a warmblood and a warmblood of a particularly sought-after type.

Charlotte, too, appreciates the need for Arabian blood. "I can't get enough of it, if I can get the good stuff. They're tough, and for performance you need good tough horses not wimps that break down. You want those tougher kinds of attributes that the Arab can give. That's why you crossbreed. I don't think you can get a better cross than the Arab-Trakehner or the Thoroughbred-Trakehner. [For a sport horse] that's the ultimate. A 50/50 blood cross. I can tell you with Astrahan, he has an easier time conditioning than Amiego or Anton ('92 Olympic qualifier). For him it comes easier. He's big, heavy boned, like an English-type Thoroughbred . . not any heavier than Amiego or Anton, but he has an easier time of it."

Full article here on the American Trakehner Association website.

There has been a resurgence of interest in the Arabian as a sport horse with the strong demographic shift in the horse world toward more discipline oriented interests.  As more Arabians are purpose bred for sport horse characteristics and demonstrate success in performance and in breeding, select individuals of the breed may once again contribute positive attributes to the further development of sport horses both within the Arabian breed and in the wider sport horse world.

About Us:

Faerie Court Farm is a small Arabian sport horse breeding farm located on nearly 40 acres in beautiful Addison County Vermont.

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Dawn & Thom Jones-Low

683 S Middlebrook Rd.

Vergennes, VT 05491

(802) 989-3562

 

 

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