1991 golden palomino Akhal Teke stallion
Karlavach Sire Line
Breyer "Fighting Stallion" original finish glossy
Akhal Tekes are classified into three types:
Type #1, or "Main" is the most typical type. The lines include Gelishikili, Peren, and Kaplan.
Type #2 is smaller, but is regarded for its speed. The lines include Karlavach, and El.
Type #3, also known as "alaman-at" or "Massive" has a more massive body type, and is noted for its stamina. The lines include Arab, and Ak Sakal (Dor-Bairam).
Karakter's sire line is Karlavach, one of the chief Type 2 sires, and it is through this line that Karakter gets his brilliant metallic gold coloring. His great-grandsire was 885 Kambar, a son of Karlavach, and champion of the breed in 1970. However Karakter's solid build and frame may be attributed to the sire lines of his paternal grand dam and his dam.
Gizel, Karakter's paternal grand dam was a daughter of the great Absent, winner of the dressage gold medal in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games (and four other Olympic medals in his career). Absent, and his sire Arab, were not of the typical "Main" Akhal Teke type, but looked more like warmbloods.
Fergan, Karakter's dam, is one of the very few massive type Akhal-Teke mares in the US. Her bone and build are tremendous, yet she still retains the elegance and grace so prized in this breed. She is one of the last surviving daughters of the sensational mare Forgona, a daughter of the Ak Sakal line stallion Karakir. Fergan's sire Madras (El sire line) was still fertile and reproducing at 28 years old in 2007.
Please click on the links in Karakter's pedigree for additional photos and information on his illustrous ancestors.
Additional Akhal-Teke link with Type 3/Massive references:
Arab Sire Line with commentary on Absent