Nawal Media presents
the new Book of Hans Joachim Nagel

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Large size volume: 540 pages in full color, containing 430 illustrations. Hardcover heat-printed in gold and colour printing.

ISBN 978-88-908223-0-8

Published in English, Italian
and German language.

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This book has been written with the intention to make people who feel an affinity to horses, acquainted with one of the special horse breeds of today, the Arabian horse. The Arabian is the oldest horse breed known and, in the past, has made a unique and essential contribution to the English Thoroughbred, the French Anglo-Arab and the existence of all warmblood horses as well including all other standard breeds of national or local importance. All of them carry a good portion of Arabian blood. How did it happen that this particular exotic horse, brought up in the deserts of Arabia, bred by nomads in one of the poorest environments on earth, could reach and play such an important role; and why did, again and again, some of the greatest horsepeople, at different times in history, get fascinated by these horses as a pure breed, as an original? This book tells the story of Arabian horses, where they come from, and where they acquired all their appreciated virtues.

Furthermore, this book outlines how rural nobles and important state studs, mainly in East Europe, as well as dedicated private breeders, handled this breed: either as a heritage of ancient times, or as a subject of breeding that
required developing, putting the breeders’ own stamp on them, according to these breeders’ tastes, just the way the ancient Bedouin breeders used to do. No wonder that today, there is such a great variety of types existing within the breed. However, they now all share a common denominator, that essence which gave them their particular abilities and appearance – that special stamp that makes them Arabian horses.
Readers will find a lot of answers to questions such as these. They will also find interesting examples and ideas for breeding. Hopefully this will facilitate their understanding of why the fascination for this particular species and its outstanding qualities has never ceased.


I. The Arabian Breed

  • Living with Arabians
  • Arabia, the Historical Homeland
  • Arabians in the Middle East
  • Evolution and Features of the Arabian at Bedouin Times

II. Breeding Concepts of Important Arabian Studs

  • In Europe
    • The Polish Studs
    • Russian Arabian Breeding
    • Babolna State Stud /Hungary
    • The Crabbet Park/England
    • Weil/Marbach Stud /Germany
    • France – Country of Performance Horses
  • In Egypt
    • El Zahraa Arabian Stud/Egypt
  • In the United States
    • Ansata Arabians, USA
    • Al-Marah, USA
  • Shows, Breeding and Standard

III. A Breeding Concept in Detail

  • The Katharinenhof Approach
  • Breeding Aim and Historical Roots
  • Complications and Risks of a Closed Breeding Programme
  • Choices of Breeding Methods
  • Inheritance
  • Pure Breeding
  • Preferred Families in Egyptian Breeding
  • Katharinenhof’s Breeding Programme
  • Mare Families – Features
  • Stallions – Features and Influence
  • The Co-Operation Ansata Arabians/Katharinenhof
  • The Closed Breeding Programme
  • Generations and Sire Line
  • Following Sires and Generation Table
  • In-Breeding Index and Measurements
  • From the Past to the Present
  • Advice to a New Breeder
  • Epilogue


  • Pedigrees
  • Index of Horses and Persons
  • Reference Books
  • Reference of Illustrations
  • List of Paintings and Prints
  • Photographers