The Egyptian Alternative-Breeding the Arabian Horse, Volume 1

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9789771788102: The Egyptian Alternative-Breeding the Arabian Horse, Volume 1

The author presents ideas, arguments and philosophies which have been discussed among the community of straight Egyptian Arabian Horse breeders. Some of these concepts have caused heated arguments in our community and caused heartache and trouble. It is important to recognize the passion these horses cause in the lives of the people who adore them. So, as far as presenting any new or extraordinary information, that's not this book. It's more like one man's love song to Egypt's national treasure: The Egyptian Arabian Horse. While I agree with the author on some points, there are many other areas which I strongly don't agree with or frankly, have not formed any opinion. That's good, because a book like this, forces me to examine and review these areas of study which maybe, I have avoided thinking about. I think the book succeeds no matter how you feel, because it pushes the reader out of his or her comfort zone and into provocative thought, followed by possibly, a refreshing change. Maybe even forcing the reader to take inventory of all he thinks he understands and may need to reevaluate. The book is controversial, especially in the author's criticism of Western Arabian Horse breeders and the subject of selective breeding (in-breeding). The author is not the first person to convict successful, long-time breeders of being more dollar-focused than horse-focused. I am certain that the controversy that this book will surely initiate, will also succeed in driving book sales out of curiosity or further divide the community into two camps: the mainstream, popular bloodline SE breeder and the eccentric, individualistic SE breeder working diligently to rescue obscure, key bloodlines from extinction. I know the author piqued my curiosity over volume 2 and the information that he is going to present on Shahloul and Nazeer. I am glad for the book and for the dialogue this book will cause, all over the world.

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As the source and foundation of Egyptian Arabian breeding, it is important for breeders to learn as much as possible about the E.A.O. and breeding in Egypt. El Zahraa is at the core of many of the key issues. The Egyptian Alternative presents a well thought out approach to preserving all the bloodlines and to utilizing them in a careful way that will insure they remain an integral part of our cultural heritage. --Ahmed S. Hamza, Former Chairman, E.A.O.

Through the years there have been many books and publications about the Egyptian Arabian horse but few have been written by an Egyptian. We now have The Egyptian Alternative which has been written by a local breeder who maintains a breeding philosophy that remains close to the traditional approach and does not follow the current strategy of adding specific refinement to the basic characteristics. He believes that many of the trends introduced by the West into the show ring have deviated from the original principles. Paraskevas also presents a different interpretation on the history of the Egyptian Arabian as published by several researchers, historians and breeders. He has done his research and homework in a very thorough manner and while occasionally controversial, the book will trigger discussions and debates for some time. As such it is a must read work. --Dr. Nasr Marei, Ph.D., Al Badeiya Stud Farm

I have known Philippe for over 25 years and have always felt that he is a real lover of the Arabian and a true breeder. In this time we need devoted people like him who still love and care about El Zahraa. Serious Arabian horse people should read this book to learn what is a real Arabian and how to live with this noble creature. --Dr. Ibrahim Zaghloul, Director E.A.O. (Retired)

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