At Stavropol Stud farm, we have opportunity to meet and see some friends and family members:
Paykend, whom we saw a year earlier winning the Derby race.
Akvamarin, a stallion whom my friend Henio Lasota instantly got to love.
He later won the championship for elder stallions and some important races. Unhappily - have died soon after.
Our Melesugun's father, Serasker. Sere's son about whom Mrs Raja Kirsh has expressed her worst opinion, as "Hispano-like, heavy, non typical, over-fed".
However, Serasker was 20+ years old at the time when we saw him - and was in constant use as a stallion! I was deeply moved by his dignity and apparent wisdom...
Serasker - different view
Melesugun's mother, Monogramma. She was affected by several shocks, making her hooves deformed and causing her to almost loose the ability of movement. As a dam she was frequently paired with Serasker, producing a long line of excellent offspring. Melesugun (then 2-years old) wasn't her last child!
Our Margire's sire, Gazanch. Margire has come to Poland inside her mother, Melemahmal.
A filly without coat, Malyshka. This is very rare genetic disease. Few years later, I've found description of a similar case in a relation of a Polish embassy to Sublime Port in a year 1700 A.D.
Malyshka has died that summer - the summer was exceptionally hot, and she has had problems with thermoregulation.
Henio with his favorit Stavropol's horse
The mare we definitely DIDN'T WANT: Tachta. She is Malyshka's sister and bears some white signs on her coat, an AT horse mustn't have.
Having bought two "girls": Melemahmal and Melesugun, we went back next year to Stavropol, to collect them and bring them home. We had a lot of adventures during this trip, some of them I can't describe even now (have to wait few years more, to do that safely...).
As, I have had no trailer at that moment, I have hired my friend, Henio Lasota, one of the best horse carriers in Warsaw:
Having to wait for documents, we used the time to visit studfarms around. As the first come Tersk horses (half-blood Arabian breed, a result of the Soviet experiment with the restoration of Strelecky breed, extinct during Civil War):
Finally, creme de la creme: Tersk stallion Tarantul:
I know no details concerning this horse. I was said, he belongs to a private person and is stabled at the stud farm. Allegedly, his owner wanted to sell him. However, when I was calling later - nobody knew anything about him.
I don't know these two. I thought them the ugliest fillies on the whole pasture. However, as soon, as I've come inside the fences - they immediately came to me and we were walking like this all the time. I was surprised at that time. Now, I know - this is typically "Teke-like-behavior". Our Margire does the same with visitors...
Melesugun once more time
And Rovana (?)
TThe next day we have spent at Piatigorsk racetrack. So, see tomorrow some pics from Teke's Derby race - and from our trip back home.