“Success is not final…failure is not fatal. It is the initial vision, and the courage to continue against all odds, which counts in life.”
“Talaria Type” really began over fifty years ago for Allison, as from the time she could first draw, she continually sketched horses…horses with big eyes, flaring nostrils, arched necks, gay tails and “dished” faces. Where did such a vision come from in a little urban girl? Who knows, but eventually her vision found a name: Arabian.
For Curt, his vision took shape one Saturday morning at Talaria when he saw a beautiful Bey Shah daughter dance out of her stall and his dream of combining that fire with Botswana’s beauty crystallized.
Our mutual vision has many facets…the farm itself and responsible stewardship of the facility and the land; our dedication to breed the very finest Arabian horses we can, given our combined resources; and our absolute commitment to give our horses the very best lives possible.
Talaria Farms, before our purchase of the facility, was home to the historic Ramses Herd of Straight Egyptian Arabians (which originated with Martin Loeber at his Plum Grove Farm, and was purchased and brought to Georgia by Herman and Judith Felton in 1988). Much of the Ramses Herd had been dispersed by the time we bought the farm, but gradually we brought back several of the original Ramses mares (particularly those with Prince Ibn Shaikh in their pedigree) to serve as foundation mares for our own emerging broodmare herd of fine purebred Arabian horses.
We both believe that contemporary breeders must try to preserve the older bloodlines (particularly the increasingly rare Straight Egyptian bloodlines) and, in addition to the Ramses mares, we have incorporated Soufian, Iknatoon, Babson and other older lines in the current herd—and continue to search for mares carrying rare or underused bloodlines to add to our program.
Underlining our breeding vision is a strong commitment to breeding a more “hybrid” Straight Egyptian and Egyptian Related Arabian. While we understand that line breeding is important to set type, we are also concerned that too much line-breeding (or worse, in-breeding) is dangerous, as such practices set undesirable traits and genetic problems along with the desirable qualities.
We believe a profile of our mutual vision is emerging…consistent enough to be termed “Talaria Type.”