THE EGYPTIAN ALTERNATIVE - BREEDING THE ARABIAN HORSE VOLUME I BY PHILLIPE PARASKEVAS
“Who is responsible for the current state of the Egyptian Arabian horse in Egypt? In a nutshell, the market is. In equal measure perhaps, so is the Egyptian breeders’ reaction to the market’s predictable influence.” Philippe Paraskevas is an Egyptian of Greek origin who has been a serious breeder of Egyptian Arabians for over 25 years. He founded the stud farms of El Ateya and Hoor el Eyoun in the countryside at the edge of the desert. The breeding programs of these farms are geared toward preservation breeding, while also striving to develop a distinctive identity by the exclusive use of their own group of stallions of EAO origins. Building on his in-depth study and analysis of the history of the Arabian, he is attempting to breed in a way that preserves what he views as the horse as “a national treasure” to be honored for its spirit, character, and athletic ability as well as its beauty. He is a strong proponent of an alternative breeding programme for the Egyptian Arabian. Hardback, 232pp, illustrated.
THE EGYPTIAN ALTERNATIVE - IN SEARCH OF THE IDENTITY OF THE EGYPTIAN ARABIAN BLOODLINES VOLUME II BY PHILLIPE PARASKEVAS
This book is a clarion call for revolution in the way breeders view, and breed, Egyptian Arabian Horses. Philippe Paraskevas examines in great detail the E.A.O. bloodpool - its different strains and sire lines, its antecedents and potential. He delves into the complexities of reading pedigrees, describing strains, sub-strains and horse families as well as the benefits of preservation breeding and outcrossing. This is a breeder's guide to the detailed genealogies of different strains as this writer choses to read the vertical charts.
The author takes a critical look at the effect of the fragmentation of what once was simply the Desert Arabian into a multitude of sub-categories as defined by a variety of associations of breeders. He defines the principles and plan of action required to ensure the rebirth of the Desert Arabian and gives us hope that there is still a way forward.
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