approx 10 years old
This tremendously tough horse has been brought
out of Central Asia, having survived conditions of famine there
which would have killed many less tenacious horses - and did kill
Atamekan raced at the Ashkhabad Hippodrome for five full seasons, and
at two and three years was classed as a "Grade I" horse
under the Soviet grading system applied to all Akhal-Tekes in the former
He subsequently carried out a long-distance ride on the Silk Road
route from Nisa to Merv, covering between five and six hundred
kilometres unshod, and with little food other than grass.
On the Road to Merv
He has a big jump, beautiful paces, a wonderfully gentle,
affectionate temperament - and an iron-hard physique. He comes of a
breed which, although barely represented in Europe, has nevertheless
produced an Olympic Gold Medalist in dressage and a Grade A showjumper,
but which above all has been famed throughout its long history for feats
of endurance - the ultimate all-round sporting horse.
Atamekan has the potential to sire top-class horses in every field -
eventing, dressage or showing; and, most of all, endurance horses.
fee for this season: £200 (no foal, no fee)
Enquiries: Gill Suttle Tel/fax 01600 890730
pembridge stud 01646 01646 692555