15.3½ hh metallic golden buckskin

by ATAMEKAN (Grade I) out of GULARA (Elite)



Photographs by courtesy of SORREL IRELAND 



XANADU is bold, athletic, highly intelligent, adores human attention and has been ridden out bareback in a headcollar.

He combines his sire's lightness of movement with his dam's greater substance. His sire Atamekan passed on his jumping ability to all his offspring, and we expect Xan to do the same. A potential sporthorse sire for quality mares, he would also make the perfect "improver" for the heavier mare.

Xan's sire Atamekan was a Grade I racehorse in his native Turkmenistan. He carried out two ultra-long-distance rides in Central Asia and Britain, won several times SJ and jumped Open XC. His progeny, both home-bred and from outside mares, include successful SJ, Eventing, Endurance and Show horses, illustrating the versatility of the Akhal-Teke horse. 

His dam Gulara is graded Elite by VNIIK (the All-Russia National Institute of Research and Horse-Breeding), which holds the Akhal-Teke "mother" studbook. She never competed due to a head injury at two years.

Xanadu is the only true "golden" Akhal-Teke at  stud in the UK. He has the dilution gene with one recessive gene for chestnut, enabling him to sire both palominos and buckskins.


2020 Foals

Xander, out of Scary Mary (ISH)

Emma says, "A temperament to die for!!

Full of character and a real sweet heart."



out of Annie (Another Dinkum), TB by Great Palm - Orwell Rose





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Xan meets his history, with Brooke Dickens

...with the help of Castle Yurts



MERLIN  by Xanadu out of Maggie (appaloosa cross) born May 2017

Merlin has the, long Akhal-Teke shoulder,.producing fabulous movement. Winner only time shown.



 LEILANADU, Xanadu's first foal,

born Thursday June 9th 2016

NOKANDU, full sister to Leilanadu,

born 23rd June 2018


                                        LEILANADU (buckskin tobiano), and NOKANDU (tobiano),  

out of Casa Heidi,  from 4* eventing family, half-sister on dam's side to:

Glengarnock (completed 3 x Badminton, 2 x Burghley and 15 x 3* events);

Glen Grant (on Olympic Pathways project for dressage);

two more currently eventing in the USA.


             A chip off the old block!

**PLEASE NOTE** In the breeding table below, Xanadu's grandsire is MAKSAD (black, b. 1980, Stud Book vol. IX), **NOT** SAINTWESTWELL MAKSAT (grey/buckskin, b. 1990)