Bay gelding, 2 yrs
Three-quarter-bred Akhal-Teke, 98% Anglo-Teke
to make 15.2 – 16.0 hh
Baloo is primarily bred for eventing, and would make a first-class young person’s event horse. His Akhal-Teke genes and his long stride would also fit him for endurance. He is bold, curious, intelligent and laid-back, with excellent movement and beautiful natural balance. He is absolutely correct in his limbs and has very good feet.
He has been backed, bitted, lunged, led out in hand on short rides and attended his first show (placed third). Photos and short videos below. He loads like a pro, is easy to trim and has been generally thoroughly well handled.
His sire Kyzyl Double or Quits (Sam) has a unique cross of the best of British and Russian breeding, having in his genes such immortals as Double Trigger and Welton Crackerjack, as well as Gaigysis, the best Russian Akhal-Teke of his generation. A Grass Sickness survivor, Sam has won and been placed in dressage, show jumping and arena eventing.
His dam Ainur is a veteran of 10 BE-affiliated ODEs, as well as winner and placed in several unaffiliated disciplines, having been trained from scratch by her young rider. Her first foal, Baloo’s half-sister Firyuza, by the champion endurance Arab Chatanz, won endurance racing and completed FEI 1*.
Baloo has soundness and longevity bred into him. Ainur last went show jumping aged 19, between foals, and will return to competition when this year’s foal is weaned. Her full brother Tedzhen completed a full season’s eventing last year at 17 years; only Covid-19 has prevented me from competing him this year!
Aged 1 year: Rare Breeds class at Malvern, placed third, shown by Hazel Carter
Baloo is for sale at £3,950 to the very best home only, ideally for eventing, but endurance also considered. His sale is subject to a BHS-based contract with built-in legal conditions to safeguard his future welfare.