JEDANIA - Arabian Horse Stud
A Brief History
The name is Jean Lübech Laursen; At present I'm making a living as a college teacher - teaching the subjects: biology, chemistry, and astronomy (I graduated from the University in Aarhus, Denmark). Some of my spare time is spent on one of my great passions: The Arabian Horse.
Looking back
I've been around horses for most of my life and my first vague childhood memories include a couple of Oldenburger draught horses that belonged to my parents. Then came years of "begging" for a pony, but I had to prove to my father (Harry) that I could take care of animals - chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cattle - before he finally gave in and the first ponies arrived. A lot of ponies followed - mainly of Welsh origin (Arabians "en miniature").
Golden Dream welsh pony
In our "hey-days" I rode this bold & beautiful palomino stallion to visit the local pony mares
After skiing
"After skiing"
William
William
The interest in horses was also nurtured by William - a friend of my parents. He was a true non-conformist, preferring a simple life with no car, but a horse-drawn cart. He had a great sense of humour - always told us stories and let us kids help with the horses. William and Harry taught me more about horses than anyone else.
Walter Farley
Walter Farley
As many others at that age I came across the Walter Farley books: "The Island Stallion" and "The Black Stallion" and the magic and fascination of the Arabian horses just galloped into the young boy's "fragile eggshell mind" - and they are still in there!!
Mifaleh
Mifaleh and
Nancy Backhouse
Silver Rain
Joe Backhouse instructing
me and the island stallion,
Silver Rain
Around 1975 the plans of owning Arabian horses had matured - I had acquired some literature about the breed - including the first Danish Arab Horse Studbook. At that time there were probably only about a hundred purebred Arabians on Danish soil and I had made efforts to see as many as possible - a few of those that were of sufficient quality had been imported from England - so I decided to go see for myself. Together with my father I ended up at The Backhouse family's stud at Horsey Island, Essex and what a great experience it was visiting this island - here we could see as many Arabians in one place as we had previously seen in Denmark in total and we were very impressed with a lot of what we saw!
The visit resulted in the importation of a mare in foal, two fillies, and a young colt and ever since I've been very grateful to the Backhouse family for letting us start with such nice and honest horses - the horses and all the documents and paperwork arrived before I had to ship the payment - all my savings and a little more.
Samirah and Sheila
Samirha with new-born Sheila
The mare in foal was SAMIRHA - a beautiful Nasmeshnik daughter out of Susannah. Samirha was in foal to Silver Scenario, a new stallion that had just arrived from the US and Samirha later gave birth to the lovely filly SHEILA that was to become one of our foundation mares.
Red Gipsy and Emba
Red Gipsy and Emba
The two fillies were RED GIPSY and EMBA. Red Gipsy was also by Nasmeshnik and out of Lady Nasam - a friend talked me into letting him have Red Gipsy, so she didn't leave any progeny with us. But EMBA by Kaspian and out of Red Star became one of our important foundation mares.
Pacific
Pacific
Pacific
Over the years Pacific
gave me many good rides
Before going to England I had had no plans of buying a stallion, but the beautiful bay colt PACIFIC - by Nasmeshnik and out of Peace - convinced me that he had to come along in the package - and I never regretted that decision!
The visit to Horsey Island also gave the first impression of the very cosmopolitic atmosphere within the Arabian Horse World. Kaspian, the sire of Emba, had just been sold to Algeria. Peace, the dam of Pacific, and a couple of very nice Nasmeshnik daughters were waiting for transport to Australia, and Nasmeshnik, who was originally one of the first imports to England from the Russian state stud Tersk, had just been bought by Howard Kale, Karho Farms, USA in exchange for Silver Scenario (Tornado x Countess Nabor) and later also the Tersk bred Nazim (Aswan x Nalpa).
In order to learn more about the Arabian horse I studied everything that I could get hold of, bought truckloads of books, subscribed to a number of magazines, visited as many studs and shows as possible around Europe, thus seeing a lot of horses and exchanging opinions with their owners. Apart from meeting some very interesting people - which I did! - the main objective of all these activities was the search for suitable stallions to breed to our mares - the results of many of these efforts are reflected in the list of reference stallions on this website. I have had no preference regarding the "national labels" of the stallions - my aim was to find the best ones possible. The stallions we have used are mainly of English, Egyptian, Polish and Russian origin and to us they represent some of the best lines within the breed.
Silver Shower
Silver Shower
Latakia and Latvia
Aino, Latakia, and Latvia
In the years that followed I returned to Horsey Island several times resulting in two more imports. The mare SILVER SHOWER (by Royal Gold out of Silver Rainbow) and LATVIA (by Nazim and out of the beautiful Silver Scenario daughter Latakia) - these mares were later sold, but they have both left descendants at Jedania.
Admiral
Admiral
Pavlova
Pavlova
Ampliton
Ampliton
New stallions were also added. ADMIRAL (by the Maritsa son RD Misha and out of the Bomarc daughter Aksamitna) was bought from the Egholm Stud in Denmark and later I imported the Balaton son AMPLITON (out of the Monogramma daughter Amplituda) from the Kossack Stud in Holland. In the autumn of 2006 the beautiful Peleng daughter PAVLOVA joined the flock. She is out of the British National Champion Mare Faery Rose (by Silver Scenario and out of Faery Snow), a mare that also traces to Horsey Island and to the same damline as the rest of our mares - Seglawieh Jedranieh of Ibn Sudan (Ghazala and Bint Helwa). For more information see also Foundation Horses.
Erica Harry
Our parents Erica and Harry
In the beginning the stud was run together with my sister (Aino) and our parents. Those were hectic years, but everyone participated so there was always someone to take care of the daily routines. By the late 80'ies both my sister and I established our own separate studs.
Paceba and Magnific
Aino and I at a horse show
Emba, Malina, Duany, and Sheila
The foundation mares at our parents' place
Malikah
Clara, Malikah, and I
Paceba
Paceba and Aino
The breeding goals have always been to breed correct and beautiful Arabians with nice characters and lots of performance potential and many of the horses we have sold have done well in both breeding, at shows, and in various performance disciplines.
For a couple of years we had horses at the racetrack - that stopped for mainly two reasons: this activity was not economically self-sustainable - not even for the winners and little by little the racing scene was "taken over" by horses that didn't quite match our ideals for the Arabian horse.
For many years - in accordance with good European tradition - I exhibited my horses and participated at Arabian horse shows - but I'm sad to say that this activity has also come to an end. In my opinion the shows have grown more and more absurd and meaningless as the judging seems to have less and less to do with the true qualities of the horse itself.
Gaia
Gaia
Algieba
Algieba
Aksinja
Aksinja
For several years I also served on the board of the Danish Arab Horse Society - among other things I was responsible for most of the publications from the society including the "Rules and Regulations for Registration" and - as a registrar - the DSAH Studbooks vol. III - VI. I also represented the society at several ECAHO and WAHO meetings.
The Future
Due to the lamentable market situation I haven't been doing nearly as much breeding as I could at the beginning of the new millenium and many breeding opportunities have been missed. The love and fascination of the Arabian horse is still intact though, and in the future the breeding goals are continued with the purpose of keeping the different lines intact, and making sure they evolve in the best way possible. In order to get more back into riding I also intend to breed myself a couple of strong and correct riding horses.
Dibha
"Aridu ana hamra shenuf,
Hamra seryeh aruddeha"