(Nazeer x Yosreia) 1958 - 1984
If you stand in the big entrance at Tersk, looking to
the stallion stables, you see two life-sizebronze sculptures - Aswan and Naturshitsa.
Rafaat (renamed Aswan by the Russians) was the biggest
lucky shot for Tersk. In 1963, as the Aswan High Dam was completed on the upper Nile, the
Egyptian government used the stallion as a thank-you gift to the U.S.S.R. for its
financial support in the building of the dam. In the beginning they didn't know exactly
what to do with such a dainty and typey stallion, but his grace and beauty fit the
athletic ability and correct conformation of the Tersk mares. He transmitted his
incomparable type to his descendants, as well as racing ability, which he inherited from
his father Nazeer, one of the best race horses in Egypt.
In 19 breeding seasons Aswan left 296 children. Many of
them achieved world wide influence and today you simply can't imagine the breed without
Among his most influential sons are Kilimanjaro (out of
Karta), who passed away last year at the age of 29. He was the first russian stallion who
had a lasting influence in Europe. Especially his daughters are well known for their world
wide influence, for example Neschi (out of Nevada), Nadesha (out of Nesnakomka) and
Nikarta (out of Nika). US-National Champion stallion Marsianin (out of Magnolia) had no
luck in Europe, he only left one son in Germany before he started a succesful breeding
career in the USA. Afterwards Europeans reimported Marsianin offspring, like Markema (out
of Takema) or Marsipan (out of TC Charm).
Mag, a full-brother to Marsianin, was exported to the
Netherlands, where he left some excellent offspring like Naturel (out of Nepriadwa). Mag
later was exported to the USA where he continued his breeding career.
Beside Kilimanjaro, the most succesful Aswan sons in
Europe were Palas (out of Panel) who was succesfully used in Poland, Antey (out of
Nemezida) who unfortunately died much to early, and Plakat (out of Pchelka). Plakat, in
the meantime also 29 years old and still in good health, probably was the most succesful
russian showhorse in Europe, the number of Champion titles this horse won, will be hard to
beat! At the age of 22 he still won the All-Nations-Cup at Aachen and was named Senior
Champion at Towerlands. But he was not only a succesful showhorse, with numerous offspring
he proved himself as a sire of excellent quality. Among his children are Warandes Plakat
(out of Barwna), Mangan (out of Mangani), Galba (out of Gza Gza), or the mare Khouri BB
(Khouros x Moncya) inbreed to Plakat, to name only a few.