The famed Arabian horse stud of Reinhard Sax, Sax Arabians in Germany, is located in scenic Bavaria, 70 km to the north of the city of Munich and only 10 km away from the picturesque city of Landshut. Surrounded by around 50 hectares of pastures, the well-designed premises contains a residential building as well as spacious stables for more than 100 pure-bred Arabians. Every day, Reinhard fulfilled his life´s dream when he puts his herd of pure-bred Arabians – greys, bays, chestnuts and blacks – out on to these vast pastures.
Since 1988, Reinhard has been breeding pure-bred Arabians of a very high quality. The bloodstock is based on Russian lines, but in recent years, Egytpian and Spanish sires have been crossed with great success. This change in the breeding programme has the advantage that Reinhard took a new and more extensive look into the Arabian horse world at large.
Reinhard´s greatest success and deepest satisfaction to date is Essteema, a mare presented in specialised magazines across the world and the winner of the Triple Crown Plus as well as Arabian Horse of the Year 1999. It was with the birth of Essteema that Reinhard entered the world of Arabian horses as a renowned breeder. In the past few years, an average of 25-30 foals are born every year and the constant success of the stud is due to the extremely high quality of the broodmares at the farm and, obviously, to the choice of excellent breeding stallions. Excellent young stock bred by Sax Arabians have been sold to Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates.
For the love of the breed
The most exciting time for us is at foaling time. Both Reinhard and myself always try to be at home during this time so that we can stay with the mare during the birth, until the foal is standing and drinking its first milk. Foaling time at Sax Arabians is from January to June. Sometimes the results are better than is hoped for and sometimes the results are not as good as you dreamed about – but that´s breeding, that´s excitement and that´s our love.
Seeing the foals grow up, working with them, enjoying watching them out in the pasture, spending time with them in the stable as well in the arena – moments like these make it worth all the daily hard work. We also enjoy watching our beautiful horses presented in hand by our resident trainer Simon Kelly – and together, we make plans as to which horses will be shown, which horses will not and those that will come out later in the season.
Reinhard and myself are no friends of embryo transfer. Maybe this is the future, but it will not be the future for Sax Arabians. We both like to see the foal, for example, out of Al Amrya in the box with Al Amrya, not a surrogate mare. We also like to see the foal out of Essteema in Essteema´s stable with her. Essteema is an amazing good broodmare and excellent mum: she enjoys her foals so much that we could not think about having her foal out of another mare. We like to see both mare and foal running together in the field so that we can compare, see what is similar and above all, enjoy them.
We can understand breeders that have the knowledge and opportunity to do embryo transfer and who do this because it is, for sure, an amazing business, but we enjoy a more natural way of life.
Everybody is welcome at Sax Arabians – we always try to make the visitor´s stay as comfortable as possible. We always try to offer our horses in price ranges that everybody can afford, although this does, of course, depend on the quality of the horse, show results and breeding results. But we always try to have for every new Arabian horse lover horses in different price categories.
Happy clients is another important and good feeling for us. At the end, it is always important that the new owner and ourselves are happy with the agreement. This is our main goal and we really must say that most of our owners are more than happy with their horses, we have good relationships with many of them and continue to receive many lovely letters and photographs of the horses after they have joined their new home.
With Simon Kelly we are able to take some outside horses in training
Next year will be the fourth season, that Simon Kelly from United Kingdom is working for Sax Arabians. Reinhard says: “We would really like to thank Simon for his work, his personality and for the success and all the trophies that he has brought home for us. It is a great feeling to have a trainer like Simon standing behind us, our farm and our horses.” Because of Simon´s support and ability, we are able to take in some outside horses for training. All breeders and owners can be sure that we will all do the best we can to get the horses also from our clients conditioned and trained for Arabian horse shows.
Taymar (Kyro KA – Tamara), our Egyptian-related stallion, took the gold ribbon and Supreme Championship at the 2009 German Stallion Licensing show in Aachen. This is the third time that one of Reinhard´s homebred stallions has taken the gold ribbon at this show as well as the third Supreme Champion Stallion title. In 2007, Al Milan (Al Lahab – Milena) achieved the gold ribbon and supreme title and back in 1998, the straight Russian-bred stallion Taman II (Vympel –Takema) also took gold and walked away with the Supreme Stallion Championship.
Sax Arabians have again enjoyed a great season in the show-ring, with the Arabica Frankfurt Show being the first highlight of 2009. Among the many successes at this show, Farids Meshana (Meshan ibn Kubinec – Farids Mandolin) was a class winner and Reserve Champion, Al Maraan (Al Milan – Marena) won his class and went Junior Male Champion and Laminka (Laman HVP – Taminka) also won her class and went Champion. More success followed at the
Kauber Platte, where four out of five horses won their class, all going on to be placed in the championships including two champion titles for Monopol Ibn Al Milan (Al Milan – Monah) and Orea Khidara (Khidar – Orea Noomi En Gedi). A successful show at Arabian Impressions Sickendorf followed before the Sax Arabians show team went to Aachen for the German Nationals and Arabian Futurity Europe. Four bronze champions and three class wins followed with the beautiful Amyra Bint Khidar (Khidar – Al Amrya) taking not only the German National Champion title, but also the Reserve Female title in the Arabian Futurity Europe. A successful season for the Sax Arabians team!
Reinhard has high hopes of the young colt Europe Al Khidar, a son of the Reserve World Champion Khidar by Ansata Sinan and out of our Triple Crown winning mare, Essteema by Essteem, who was also a Triple Crown winner. Eight mares are in foal to this young promising colt, with five of these foals due at Sax Arabians. Everybody here is eagerly anticipating the 2010 foals by Europe Al Khidar!
The dark bay elegant stallion Massimo Ibn Mirokan (ex Marenga) was recently exported to Denmark. The bay sire Mirokan (Mirok Monpelou – Merana by Menes) has been sold to Slovakia, although he still currently stands at Sax Arabians.
Everybody is invited to the next open day at Sax Arabians, to be held on Easter Saturday, 3 April at 2:00p.m. Visitors are also welcome by appointment.