Featured Breed- The Akhal Teke

Facts About Akhal Tekes

Akhal-Teke stallion, Pieter, exhibits the beautiful metallic color that is commonly found in the Akhal-Teke.  Pieter was owned by Terri Fender of Shah' zadeh Akhal-Tekes LLC and was their herd sire up until his death at the age of 17.  Pieter's son Jack, a yearling Akhal-Teke is a hopeful stallion prospect. Photo used with permission from Shah' zadeh Akhal-Tekes LLC.




Akhal Teke Breed Description
Akhal Tekes are elegant animals that hail from the country of Turkmenistan.  Often considered the equestrian version of the greyhound, these desert horses are powerful, yet sleek and refined.  A long, fine head with expressive, almond shaped eyes are the defining features of the face of the Akhal Teke.  A long, lean neck ties into a sloping shoulder.  The back of the Akhal Teke is lightly muscled and slim with the deep chest.  Akhal Tekes should possess long, slender- yet sturdy- legs that were ideal  for the stamina required in their desert origin.

Akhal Teke Color and Height
According to the Akhal-Teke Association of America, the ideal height of the Akhal-Teke ranges from 14.3 - 16 hh.  The coat of the Akhal-Teke is considered by some by the breed's most unique feature.  The coat usually has a metalic glow.  The predominant color is dun or another variation of a color requiring the cream gene such as Palomino, Cremello, Perlino, and Grulla.  However chestnuts, bays, greys, and blacks are also found.  Akhal-Tekes typically have white markings.  Sabino and Rabicano pinto markings can also be seen.  All colors are allowed by the Akhal-Teke Association of America.

Iermuk is an Akhal-Teke Stallion owned by Ozark Golden Akhal-Tekes (Bill and Martha Bowles) in Salem, MO.







Akhal Teke Breed History
The Akhal Teke breed is thought to be over three thousand years old.  This hardy breed hails from southern Turkmenistan where they were used by a nomadic tribe.  Today, the breed is quite rare.  There are approximately 3500 Akhal Teke horses in existence.  It was not until 1979, that the first Akhal Teke was imported to the United States.  Currently, 350 Akhal Tekes can be found in the U.S.

Because of the breeds low numbers, it is recommended that owners breed all their mares every year and to wait to castrate colts until they have been matured and graded by the breed advisor.  The Akhal Teke breed has a closed studbook and every horse worldwide is graded by the same breed advisor. 

Uses of the Akhal Teke
In the United States, the Akhal Teke is primarily used for jumping, dressage, and english riding.  The Akhal Teke  is also used in the development and refinement of other breeds including the Nez Perce Horse and Sporthorses.

Akhal Teke Miscellaneous Information
In 1960, an Akhal Teke stallion named Absent won the Prix de Dressage at the Olympics in Rome.  The stallion was ridden by Sergei Filatov.  The remarkable stallion won a bronze in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and a Soviet team gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. (
Source- Wikipedia)




Links for the Akhal Teke Horse

World Organizations National Organizations
Akhal Teke Horse Assocation Akhal-Teke Association of America
Akhal-Teke Association of Canada  
International Association of Akhal Teke Breeders  

Akhal-Teke Stallions



Buckskin Akhal Teke

Sired by Pieter



Akhal-Teke Stallion
Salem, MO



Bay Akhal-Teke
Imported From Russia




Elite Graded Stallion

Black Akhal Teke


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 --The Akhal-Teke Association of America
--Wikipedia- Akhal-Teke
--Akhal-Teke Association of American, Inc. Enter the World of the Heavenly Horse. By Martha Bowles.
--Munn, J. (personal interview, October 21, 2007)
--Fender, T. (personal interview, October 19, 2007)


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