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Equifor preparing for his US debut

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Equifor by. Stuart Vesty (arch. Canterbury Farm)
Equifor by. Stuart Vesty (arch. Canterbury Farm)

Equifor arrived recently at Greg Gallun’s farm in California. We are looking forward to a great show with him – informs Marsha Parkinson, Equifor’s current leaser. – All things going with good fortune, he will start his US show career at Scottsdale.

Let’s recall that Janów Podlaski-bred 2003 colt Equifor (Gazal Al Shaqab – Eqviria/Pers) is already a title holder of 2005 Polish National Junior Reserve Champion, Junior Champion Stallion of Falborek and Reserve at Bełżyce shows in Poland as well as 2004 Bełżyce Reserve Champion Colt.

Equifor by Stuart Vesty (arch. Canterbury Farm)
Equifor by Stuart Vesty (arch. Canterbury Farm)

Shortly after returning from the track in August 2006 he was leased by Polish Arabian horse lover and breeder Marsha Parkinson of Canterbury Farm at Melfield, Maryland.
There are his first foals expected to be born at Canterbury Farm in January. One of the very first Equifor’s foals will be out of Michałów-bred Egeria (Eukaliptus – Emigracja/Palas), full sister to such international stars as famous Emigrantka, Emanacja and Elandra.

– With his pedigree, and individual qualities, he is bred to not only be a halter champion, which he already is, but to go on and be a significant sire in the US, elsewhere, and in the Polish State Studs – says Marsha Parkinson. – The power of the Polish breeding program for centuries stands behind this stallion through his distaff side and through Kajora in that of his

Equifor by Katarzyna Dolinska
Equifor by Katarzyna Dolinska

sire. Kajora certainly was one of the most beautiful of mares. Polish breeding is so consistent that one can, with a great deal of accuracy, know what is going to be the result. Of course, the great DNA dice do roll where they wish, and occasionally a surprise appears, which keeps us all humble!

– The Egyptian lines of Equifor’s sire are also known for the high quality of horses. This outcross on Polish horses with Gazal Al Shaqab, has repeatedly proven to be highly successful, and the best of all of the recent outcrosses with Egyptian bloodlines. I think that this outcross will be another significant addition to the Polish breeding program, such as was made with Palas and later Monogramm. ALL programs must seek outcrossing at some point, otherwise it begins to implode with size loss, genetic abnormalities and other unfortunate results. People didn’t use Eukaliptus to his best advantage when he was on lease to the US. He proved to be one of the great legends of his time. Opportunity awaits with Equifor! A new chapter is about to be written – Marsha says.

Equifor by Katarzyna Dolinska
Equifor by Katarzyna Dolinska

Equifor will be in the US until the end of breeding season in 2009 when he returns to Poland. In the meantime he has joined his stable mate Piaff, Michałów’s Emandoria and Polish-bred Hun (Białka Stud) and Elandra (Michałów Stud) also being trained by Grag Gallun. We are impatiently waiting for the news about first Equifor’s foals to be born as well as his US show debut at Scottsdale where he will be cheered by some big group of Polish breeders as well.

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