Yes I am in the UAE which has a huge interest in equine sports (Pure Arabian breeding, TB and Arabian track racing, Arabian Endurance, Polo, Show Jumping, Dressage and recreational riding)... But is also really lacking in what is available. It is a VERY different market than the one in North America.
And there are really only two classes of riders: the schooling student or leisure owner, and the very wealthy competitor. In the show circuit there is currently only the very weather local arabs. And their horses are all imported Warmbloods. (and we're talking about showing levels of 1.0 m - 1.4 m). What is available to the rest of us are mostly ex-Endurance horses, which are not bred for jumpers or dressage enthusiasts. It really does say something when you go to a show and 80% of the competitors are locals, in a country where 80% of the population are EXPATS! And when I go to the stable to ride my leased 15 year old Selle Francais (the only one at a 30 stall barn), all I see are expats in the lessons!
My husbands uncle has an excellent breeding program for Straight Egyptian Arabians. He has asked me to come on board to help develop his farm and expand into other areas. Mostly interested in Endurance, so I have designed a track around his farm and a 14 stall barn which are underway. He is currently acquiring good Endurance stock for breeding and training (Arabians with some cross TB make the best) and is looking for an onsite trainer. I don't exactly have much experience with Stallions, but I will have many people around me who have the knowledge, as well as know the ABCs of genetics, and how to make a suitable match (including a cross-bred).
The warmblood I am looking at is in Germany, with Champion lines from Cassini I, as well as dam lines from VDL Stud, one of Europe's best. So he will only be bred with a suitable match (whether it be a imported Warmblood mare or an Arabian to make an excellent cross bred match)
On a side note, I think Arabians are beautiful horses, but I just do not enjoy riding them! Their frames are too petite for my liking!
But thank you all for the advice!
I really wasn't sure how the jumping circuit would suit a stallion
I know many actively bred Stallions are racing in Endurance, but are most often on their own, or in a small group, with everyone Running, So there is really no opportunity for him to mount there. LOl.
Last edited by BellaPrimo; 03-04-2012 at 04:45 AM.