JEDANIA - Arabian Horse Stud
About Jedania
The name is Jean Lübech Laursen; at present I work as a college teacher – teaching the subjects: biology, chemistry and astronomy (I graduated from the University of Aarhus, Denmark). Some of my spare time is spent on one of my great passions: The Arabian Horse.
The Jedania stud is situated a bit north of the town Ikast – right in the heart of the peninsula Jutland, Denmark.
The involvement with Arabian horses goes back to 1975 and throughout the years, the art of breeding these fine creatures has been both a joy and a great challenge. The inspiration and driving force has always been the Arabian horse itself - its natural beauty, sweet disposition, athletic versatility, and its high spirit.
From the start I've had no preferences regarding national labels – the fundamental criteria have been and still are that the horses must be of good quality and of course recognized as purebred Arabians by the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO). Today the horses at Jedania represent some of the most valuable Egyptian, English, Polish, and Russian bloodlines. The horses have been selected for soundness, correct conformation, good type, and character as well as performance potential. (See under the individual horses (Mares and Stallions) and History - Foundation Horses and Reference Stallions)
View from the Office
In order to secure their health and wellbeing the horses are living a life which is as natural as possible – staying out night and day from about the end of April till November – in the winter season the horses are stabled, but let out in the daytime as often as the weather and the time schedule allows (See also photos under Year of the Horse) In the wintertime the horses are preferably kept a bit lean in order to mimic the season and to strengthen the longevity and fertility of the horses. One of the first Arabian proverbs I read said: ”Fat is the horse's worst enemy”. And indeed science has shown (from mice to men) that overfeeding and lack of exercise in general shortens the lifespan and also influences the fertility.
The means by which the breeding goals are pursued are practical and theoretical knowledge about the horses combined with sound horsemanship (Furusiyya) and an objective eye. My background as a biologist gives me the best possible platform to study and evaluate genetic information and understand issues of physiology and anatomy (I'm still learning though). Studies about the history of the Arabian horse and the different lines within the breed is also an important and inspiring aspect and the ”library” is constantly expanding. Being in charge of the entire regimen of care and rewarding daily work: mucking out, grooming, hoof care, training, handling etc… gives me an important firsthand knowledge about the individual horses.
View from the Office
View from the Office
Until now the Jedania horses have been bred from the foundation mares that we started with – some of our horses represent 5th or 6th generation of our breeding. Outside stallions are always evaluated and considered as potential mates to the Jedania mares.
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 millennium 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.
"Aridu ana hamra shenuf,
Hamra seryeh aruddeha"