About The Book
This book is a mix of beautiful photographs and informative text. My Passion for Akhaltekes shows how devoted the author is to horses of the said breed. The book contains various articles about them.
This personal book shows the true beauty of the Akhalteke breed and how majestic they are. All the horses photographed in this book are bred by Tito Pontecorvo, and all of his writings are out of his personal experience in breeding horses.
The book is written in 2 languages – English and Russian.
I purchased My Passion for Akhaltekes by Tito Pontecorvo for the
beautiful pictures. When I got my book that week I was more than pleased
that the pictures exceeded my expectations. In addition, there was all
kinds of interesting information about the breed. It was also fun to see
that the book was written in English and Russian. As a life-time horse
lover and amateur artist, I highly recommend this book.
Bothell, Washington USA
March , 2017
REVIEW OF THE BOOK “MY PASSION FOR AKHALTEKES“ |
“My passion for Akhal Tekes» is a wonderful glimpse in the world of one of the most special and magical breeds, the Akhal Teke of Turkmenistan. It is also the reflection of Tito’s lifelong dedication to the breed and efforts to make it better known in the world as well as promoting it as a sport breed. Through the wonderful pictures in the book, the reader has the opportunity to learn about the different breeding lines. I highly recommend this book, for the sheer beauty of it and especially so if wanting to learn more about Akhal Teke horses and hopefully owning one one day.”
REVIEW OF THE BOOK “MY PASSION FOR AKHALTEKES“ |
About the Author
Tito Nils Pontecorvo was born in Canada and is a Russian and Canadian citizen. In 1969, he graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in oceanography. He worked for ten years as the chief of the Hawaiian Science Research in the Oceanographic expeditions.
In 1979, on the basis of scientific materials collected by him in the expeditions, he developed a PhD thesis from which the results are recognized as a classic scientific discovery.
From 1979 to present time, he continues breeding Akhalteke horses.
About The Photographers
I want to express my admiration for the infinite number of photographs of horses and deep gratitude to the people who filmed these pictures and give their consent to their use- U.Kuznetsova, O.Itina, J.Drake, K.-J.Stewart, B.Sellman, N.Tarasova, F.Floen, A.Luschnath Gebel, W.Lockhart, J.A.Krienke, C.Rawski, R.Dorsch, K.Ardiel, W.Askins, E.N.Chen-Walsh, M.Tudyk, V.Grishutina, P. Case, U. Ruppelt, S.-M. Thibault and S. Gontcharenko
The photos which do not have the information about the photographer are made by T.Pontecorvo.
From 1979 until now, I have bred Akhalteke horses along with many other breeds.
Akhalteke horses born in my farms in the United States and Russia were champions in breeding shows and winners in many highest ranking prestigious three-day event competitions in the United States, Russia, Canada, and Mexico.
I was repeatedly invited to judge the Akhalteke horses in the breeding shows in different countries. My articles were published in various journals and are about breeding and training the Akhalteke horses, using in training the shpringartens and others.
Briefly, here are some conclusions based on the results of my 36 years working with horses of the Akhalteke breed.
First of all, when I saw some Akhalteke horses for the first time, I was struck because of their original and unusual anatomy and bright style.
As I was increasing the number of Akhalteke horses in my herd, and was comparing them with the horses who belong to the other known in the world breeds, I came to the following conclusions:
- Akhalteke horses have a very strong frame and rarely get sick.
- Mares easily get pregnant – problems with that are rare.
- It is easy to break the young horses.
- The rumor that Ahaltekes are stubborn, can be aggressive, have bad health, are not strong enough and do not have the stamina to participate in classical equestrian sports, and similar statements do not correspond with the reality and give false information.
- Akhalteke horses are universal, unlike many other breeds of horses, and often the same individual horse can successfully participate in a variety of classic equestrian sports – the reason of the opportunity of their universal use in all kinds of classical equestrian sports, is because of the fact that most of them have all together elegant productive movements, jump perfectly, are very frisky and hardy.
- With the condition of the right way of training and taking into account the individual characteristics of each individual horse, the Akhalteke horses are trained much faster than other horses who belong to the traditional sportive breeds.
- Akhalteke horses are very good for participating in a 3 day event sport because they have great advantages in comparing with other breeds – which are endurance, elegant and productive movements, and they are good jumpers. As far as I know, no other breed of horses in the world does have all this positive peculiarities with the condition that they can exist all together in one horse.
- In addition, I must say about the amazing and aristocratic beauty of these horses what is correlated with some details of their type and anatomy which are: rare mane and tail, nearly no forelock, projecting bone above the eye covered with thin skin, long and narrow head, vertically going out neck and other.
These are my opinions which are not formed in a vacuum, but on the basis of my many years of practical experience with a large amount of Akhalteke horses. These results, due to the rather large number of horses, are statistically valid and therefore reliable.
For example, the opinion of their excellent ability for jumping is based on information received from training more than 200 young Akhalteke horses in the shpringarten.
I did not allow to cut the manes and forelocks of my Akhalteke horses because of the fact that most of these horses have a thin mane and do not have forelocks, which creates their original and uncommon look and differentiates them from horses of other breeds.
Better to not argue about tastes, but I, personally, like the unusual look of the Akhalteke horses which is connected with their rare manes and the absence of forelocks. By the way, in the Akhalteke breed shows the judges lower the score for the type if the horse has a thick mane and a long forelock.
I hope this book will be interesting and informative for many breeders from the International Akhalteke community, and that the photos of beautiful Akhalteke horses will bring joy to a lot of horse lovers.
All photos of horses in this book are taken of horses which were bred and born in my stud farms in the United States and Russia. Unfortunately, I do not have the photos of many other of my horses.
I never did cut the mane of my horses. If you will see few horses without their mane, it means that the photo was made in another stable after I sold this horse.