Moragh Akhdhar

Mare

2003 chestnut Arab mare 1.58m high
Sire: Mendoza’s Moreno
Dam: Agar’s Haracha Star
Full pedigree: https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/moragh+akhdhar
Best results: 2 x 160 km (3* FEI)
2015 bronze medal Dutch championships (160 km average speed 17.58 km/h)
Performance premium mare of the Dutch Arab studbook (given after at least 3 rides over 120 km)

Moragh was bred by Esther, but without owning a mare and only a stallion, breeding is not that easy. She was offered a lease-mare by a friend and produced her first foal Mordysh that way. And in the year Mordysh was born she was able to lease Agar’s Haracha Star. Haracha was a lovely mare out of excellent and proven Russian racing lines so it was very fortunate to have this opportunity to use her.

Moragh was a slow developer, so she was ridden late and only started doing some longer distances when she was 6. She grew a lot when she was 4.5 years old and needed to rebalance herself. She needed time to adjust to shoes as well, with her long Bambi-legs everything was difficult balance wise. She was also a sweet and very talented, calm horse. The right mix between her mother and her father: Moreno’s fighting spirit, and her mothers sense not to take it too far. 

Esther’s first experience abroad was with Moragh, and Moragh was the horse she started doing FEI rides with. All new and exciting experiences. Both Moragh and one of Esther's other horses, Shadiya were doing their 120’s around the same time, and both their first 160’s had 2 weeks between them, tough going. Moragh’s first 160 was on home turf in Leersum, amazing riding: lots of sand and some small hills. Reasonably technical but enough possibility for speed. They rode nearly all of the 160 km’s on their own and in front (accidentally: they were riding at the speed that was planned). They got overtaken in the last 10 km of the race, but they just continued with their own ride: to finish was to win.

Moragh did a faster 160 km in 2015 when she did the Dutch Championship in Ermelo, coming 3rd with 17.58 km/h, earning them a bronze medal in the Dutch championship. Such a fantastic result, with a homebred, home trained horse, that often felt more like Bambi on ice than an endurance horse. 

In 2017 Moragh gave birth to Araghnid Akhdhar, a chestnut colt out of Spiderman Kossack. Arie is still with Esther, he is a lovely young gelding.

In 2020 Esther hopes to breed Moragh to Watt du Colombier

Moragh’s sire is Esther’s first horse Mendoza’s Moreno. In hindsight, he was not really good enough to sire offspring, but at the time he was Esther’s pride an joy so she made it happen anyway. Moreno was a good looking horse but did not have the best legs and a challenging temperament. He is out of Russian (and Crabbet) ancestors, some that have done well in showing, but not much in performance.

The performance genes come from Moraghs dam, and more specifically from her grandparents. Both Agar’s Habi and Rachanie have done really well on the racetrack. In fact, these 2 are line-bred (Habi’s dam is a full sister to Rachanie) combining the Russian performance or Purpur with the mix of Crabbet and Russian lines of Norka.

Grandsire Habi has also sired Zaira Star who has completed 4 160’s including the 2011 European Championships in Florac and several horses doing 80s and 120s.

Karaskan, Moragh’s half brother out of Haracha has also done well, he has done a 160 km ride as well. He is out of Sheikan Star (also sire to Esther’s Anglo Arab mare Nib Couldbe Star(link)) and 2017 born Shakan Akhdhar (link) is out of this Karaskan. A close-knit family.

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