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From: Mark Rector, director

To: Ganna Zernova
Club "Insterburg"
46-b, Gusevskoe shoße,
Cherniahovsk, 238150, Russia
fax: +7-4012-578910

Date: 20 March 2009 / 20.03.2009

Topic: You wrote "We are looking for a partner to open up all the potentials of our Akhal-Teke breeding farm/dressage club ... Maybe you can simply write us a couple of good ideas or supporting words. We will be happy to hear from your and will reply as soon as we can."

My Dearest Ganna,

Perhaps I may provide a little support, and some good words?
I first learned of Akhal-teke horses when the Turkmenistan Jockey Club (and Turkmen Atlari and the Turkmenistan State Association in Ashgabat) asked us to provide grasstrack racecourse.
I studied the breed's history, watched videos, read books.
I have decided to breed my mare to an Akhalteke stallion.

Please find below:

Please reply with:
The price for shipping an appropriate stud semen to Seattle, Washington, USA.

best regards,
mark rector
mobile: 425 XXX-XXXX (seattle, washington)
ranch: 765 XXX-XXXX (lafayette, indiana, usa)
home: 360 XXX-XXXX (monroe, washington, usa)
Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/markrector
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Mark Rector
Director, International Equestrian Product Development
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Postal Address:
Eco-Terr Distributing Inc.
(a Washington State Corporation)
3020 Iss-Pn Lk Rd PMB 202
Sammamish, WA 98075 USA
Phone: (425) XXX-XXXX
CELLULAR: (425) XXX-XXXX << Please use this number
FAX: (425) XXX-XXXX
"If we always do what we have always done,
we may only expect to achieve what we already have achieved."
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A.  I am writing to you because of your concern for others (equine therapeutic riding), and because of your access to a wide variety of Akhalteke stallions.
Good work and kudos on your endeavors.
We appreciate your good works.
We also endeavor to provide therapeutic riding for physically disabled and emotionally fragile children,
however we are designing/building horse carts for children (and adults) who are confined to wheelchairs, and are not able to sit a saddle.
May I ask, "How do you provide riding to persons who are in wheelchairs?"
Reason: We are also training/breeding American Miniature Horse Stallions, to pull our custom-designed mini-horse carts for wheelchairs.
This allows the child to easily mount the cart, take the reins, and drive the cart,
without/sans: many adults using cranes, ropes and pulleys, ramps to load the wheelchair into the driving cart.
Reason:
(i) a standard driving horse is too tall, the wheelchair must be lifted to app. 1 meter or more above the ground, in order for the disabled child to see over the standard driving horse.
(ii) with a miniature stallion, the child may (by himself) wheel up a small ramp at the back of the cart, take the reins himself, and drive the horse himself.
(iii) We believe this "I can do it, all by myself ! " riding style provides the best therapy for children with physical and emotional problems.
I believe you are using a pony yourself (picture below). My stallion is much smaller + much stronger than your pony (bred as a draft horse, to haul coal cars from underground coal mines to the surface) + very gentle with the smallest of children (including my 4 year old severely injured grandson).
See the American Miniature Horse stallion here:
Pictures:
» www.lazyrminis.com/x_marks_the_spot.htm
Pedigree/Topline Sires:
» www.lazyrminis.com/miniature_stallion_lazy_r_ranch_x_marks_the_spot_bloodlines.htm
See the miniature horse cart for wheelchairs here:
» www.lazyrminis.com/ada_mini_horse_cart_lazy_r_ranch.htm

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B.  about an Akhalteke stallion ...
Question: are you able to ship frozen semen to the USA, with appropriate breeding papers?
If "yes," then: what is the price + estimated collection/shipping costs, shipped to Seattle, Washington, USA?
NOTE: I have already determined to breed this KY/TB mare to an AT stallion.
I have decided that I may as well support your operation with my fees.
I have contacted a few breeders in the USA.
However, I do not know that their stallions would be the best choice, for cross-breeding with my Thoroughbred mare.
The foal WILL be used for: hunter, trail riding, cross country pleasure rides (across the USA).
The foal will NOT be used for: show jumping in arenas (springen), breeding, dressage (dresseur).
Required Stud's Characteristics, (Priorities, in this order):
Soundness of lower leg (sturdy/strong cannon bone and hoof structure)
Stamina & Endurance
Athletic + Smoothe Gait
Temperament

About the Mare: See the mare here » www.lazyrminis.com/rody_the_showjumping_tb_mare.htm

The semen will be for: cross-breeding to a high-pedigree Kentucky Racing Thoroughbred mare:
Registered name: "Wannabeajumper" (United States Jockey Club)
Barn Name: "Rody"
Competition Name: "Ain't she sweet?"
Born: 2001.05.12 (May 12, 2001)
Pedigree: see » (see also attached pedigrees from her topline sires)
Sire (topline): Grand Passage, by Son of a Buck, by Buckpasser out of Busanda by War Admiral by Man O War, by Tom Fool.
Dam (bottomline): Tender Alert 86 CH, out of San Jes Hope 76 CH, out of Teepee Lass 61 RO, out of Salt 'n Pepper 51 DK GR.
Training: excelled in Hunter Class, also Jumping (springen)
Racing History: Although a purebred Thoroughbred out of Kentucky Horse-of-The-Year racing bloodlines, Rody has never been raced.

Status Today: Rody exhibits her sires' explosiveness and speed, perfect conformation and athleticism; which makes me think, "Perhaps the previous owners should have raced her, instead of training her to hunt/jump ?"

Follows: From Ganna's Web Site ...
Riding Therapy
The district of Cherniahovsk, where our club is situated is one the largest in Kaliningrad region. It has got almost 60,000 inhabitants. It happens that in our district live more than 300 handicapped children with problems in physical or mental development. Unfortunately, the government provides too little help for these kids and their families and all of them without exception need regular support and regular rehabilitation program.

Riding therapy is a wonderful, not-harming mean to improve physical, emotional and mental being of handicapped children, to help them integrate themselves into big society.
The lesson is over but kids don't want to leave...
Horse back riding club INSTERBURG is the only organisation in the region who is seriously involved into riding therapy. These days we provide regular riding lessons to 17 disabled kids from the city of Cherniahovsk. The lessons are absolutely FREE for the children and their families. Our lessons help handicapped children improve their physical, emotional and mental being, to realise their potentials, to see themselves as treasured members of the society. The lessons are hold every other Saturday at the territory of the club INSTERBURG. During the lessons kids are in loving and strong hands of our experienced trainers and instructors under supervision of a nurse.

We have been providing riding therapy to some handicapped kids for 5 years. Only to "some", because we did not have our own territory where we could invite more of special students. In August 1999 we moved to our own territory - a former military base - and started fixing it according to the needs of the club. As soon as we could provide the necessary safe environment for riding therapy lessons, we started them again. It was April of 2000. Today we work with 17 disabled kids from 5 to 18 years old with different forms of disabilities: Dawn syndrome, autism, spine problems after accidents etc. Kids just love our lessons. They actively communicate with horses, together with their 4 legs friends they get involved into the process of rehabilitation. Kids and young people develop great interest to the lessons and it forms a powerful driving force for rehabilitation process, for achieving positive results. After a year of lessons, provided by INSTERBURG, parents and teachers noticed significant improvements made by our disabled students. Kids have got stronger nervous system, became more kind and patient; improved co-ordination of movements, the number of chaotic movement has decreased. All the kids now have much higher level of self-esteem, better understanding of themselves.

All the kids wait for the next regular lesson and meeting with their friends - horses (of which they were afraid at the beginning) as they wait for a holiday. Indeed, horses improve the health of these children and children pay them back with their love. They now draw horses, talk about horses and horses have become a great part of their life. Club Insterburg is proud about visible success of our special students. Keep it on, dear kids!

Somebody of special Olympics participants said:
"I look at other people from below to up
when I sit in a wheelchair;
they look at me from below to up
when I sit on my horse!"
Some of our disabled students with their teacher
Looking for a partner
We are looking for a partner to open up all the potentials of our Akhal-Teke breeding farm/dressage club.
We have the most beautiful horses, we have good basics for breeding and sport training. Just one "thing" is missing for the moment - real money. We work hard and able to earn money. WE JUST NEED A CHANCE! Our horses and sportsmen are fully prepared to take part in big scale equine events, we are winners of most regional competition and we are looking a sponsor to take part in bigger events.
Slowly, with the help of friends we are  building the real breeding farm and dressage club, we are no more in danger of starvation. But the task ahead of us is still very big. We believe that with people's help and God's blessing we can achieve the goal - establishing a safe permanent home for the horses and children, with bright future in sport.
If you are looking for a qualified Akhal-Teke, graded by MAAK, would you like to buy it from our small stud to support the other horses?
Would you like to be a God-parent for an Akhal-Teke horse? Have it picture, learn about it's achievements in competitions?
If you wish to join us, please let us know via e-mail: ganna.zernova at XXX.XX
or fax: +7-4012-578910.
Maybe you can simply write us a couple of good ideas or supporting words. We will be happy to hear from your and will reply as soon as we can.
Sincerely,
Ganna Zernova
Club "Insterburg",
46-b, Gusevskoe shosse,
Cherniahovsk, 238150,
Russia
Akhal-Teke breeding farm and dressage club "Insterburg"
How it started… In 1996 a group of 16 Akhal-Teke horses of different lines Caplan, Peren, El and Gelishikly were brought to Kaliningrad region of Russian from Uzbekistan. The horses went though many troubles and after 3 years in Kaliningrad region they joined the horseback riding club "Insterburg". We instantly felt in love with the breed and since then we've been taking care about these heavenly creatures. The club is owned and run by enthusiasts and horse-lovers. We are not rich in money, but we always offer to the horses plenty of love and care.

The Akhal-Teke horses found a new home 90 km from Kaliningrad, in the city named Cherniahovsk. Kaliningrad region is an enclave of Russia, situated at the coat of Baltic sea between Poland and Lithuania, across Denmark and Sweden. Soviet Union got this territory after the Second World War in 1946. In the first part of 20th century German city Insterburg (today's Cherniahovsk) was famous for it's horse-breeding farms where well-known Trakenen breed of horses was started and for it's horseracing track - the biggest in Europe in that time. We have finally gotten our own property of 4 ha and now are slowly building Akhal-Teke breeding farm/dressage club, relying on ourselves and with a help of friends from around the world. We have already built comfortable stables, roomy paddocks and pastures, large outdoor arena with draining system. Our biggest task and dream for the future is building a modern indoor arena, where our horses, kids and handicapped kids from the club could train in wintertime.

Akhal-Teke breeding farm and dressage club "Insterburg" is proud to be a member of MAAK. We use every opportunity to have our horses judged by MAAK specialists and to have a consultation about the breeding program.

People, working at the farm:

Galina Ocenenko - our chief trainer. She grew up, graduated and made her carrier in Tashkent. Tashkent historically had great equine school. The school kept shining traditions of the old Russian horse army. Victor Ugrumov, Urii Kovshov (von silver at Moscow Olympics), Mamajon Ismailov, Anatolii Tankov and others, who got medals at world class events, worked there. Galina benefited from all of them. For 17 years she coached the Uzbekistan national team, she prepared 28 horses for Grand Prize class and 17 sportsmen who got the title "master of sport". We hope that her new "students" - both people and horses will also get to the top of dressage sport.

Not so "originally horse-related" people:
Ganna Zernova, Ph.D. - she is in charge for development program, horse sales, public relationships, this web site etc;
Elena Kamaeva - she is in charge for the farm constructing and maintenance.
There is a number of kids and young people, trained at the farm, now competing successfully at local and international events - Olga Osenenko, Ulia Marheliuk, Alexandr Dergachev, Diana Babushkina and others.

"Insterburg" provides free riding lessons for more than 30 kids from local poor families and ~golden-horses/disable.htm"17 handicapped kids. We overcame bad times and we know how important is help and friendship…

We welcome you to visit us! The farm is 600 km from Berlin and 1200 km from Moscow. There are direct flights to Kaliningrad from Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Riga . You can also come from Moscow and St.Petersburg (flight or train), take a bus or drive from Poland or Lithuania. You will meet friendly people and see beautiful Akhal-Teke horses and if you have never ridden them - it might become a life changing experience. You will also see historical places of former Prussia Empire, enjoy long deserted sandy beaches of Russian part of Baltic sea and lot's of natural horse trails near Cherniahovsk.

Welcome to Kaliningrad region - the unique Russian territory in Europe, hosting a farm, breeding unique Akhal-Teke horses.