Al Azim is a dream come true,
a beautiful black Arabian stallion with a worldwide unique performance
achievement, and a friend with a flawless disposition who will take
you wherever you wish to go, whatever may come! Al Azim is the star
of our farm since years. He simply has it all; wherever he appears,
he is admired. He has a gleaming black coat, a small white star
shaped like a flame, and two white hind feet. His head is beautiful
with a broad forehead, large, dark eyes and small, well-shaped ears.
A silky mane flows over his well-shaped neck. He has a sloping shoulder,
a short back with an ideal topline, well-suited to take a saddle
(even at a mature age after many years of extreme performance!)
and strong, well-angulated hindquarters. He has correct legs (something
many Arabians lack) and good hooves and passes his qualities on
to his offspring.
These excellent conformation points as well as his
superb character and his very good movements, including a ground-covering
walk, an elevated trot with enormous power from the hindquarters,
and the powerful canter,
are reflected in his performance achievements.
Al Azim passed the very rigid, formerly state-run
stallion licensing, both for the VZAP (Arabian registry) and for
the ZfdP (German riding horses). Like all our horses, he is WAHO-accepted.
Among the many registered Arabian breeding stallions in Germany
there are only very few that have been licensed and performance-tested
and are approved for all Arabian breeds; and of those, there are
even fewer that are also black (this can be checked by consulting
the official VZAP stallion list).
Al Azim passed his performance test against the toughest competition.
For one season, he was raced successfully; a test that demands a
lot more from a horse than the usual 100-day performance test or
the basic test, in which the stallion has to show no more than his
gaits. After state stallion licensing was abolished, only few Arabianstallions
passed a performance test, and most that did, left it at that. Al
Azim, however, proved his toughness,
his health and his willingness to perform each year again,and is
still ridden almost every day. For many years he competed in endurance
rides, proving his athletic ability again and again, in all weathers
and surroundings and all kinds of terrain, successfully participating
in long international rides from Denmark to Spain.
Azim is a multi-champion; for a whole decade, he was among the best
of the endurance Arabian Top Ten, five times in succession he was
champion, several times Hessian regional champion, multiple winner
of best condition awards on endurance rides, and many years an endurance
His powerful, swinging movements, his catlike agility, and his absolute
surefootedness have taken him safely through many long distance
rides up to 160 km per day.
Al Azim is the dream Arabian, the black pearl found
in so many books, stories, films and TV serials.
From Fury to Black Beauty, from Bento to Blitz,
from Silas to Iltschi and many others - whatever their breed, it
was always black stallions that captured the imaginations of the
Wherever Al Azim appears, he is surrounded by new and old fans.
His success and his achievements are real. He embodies the reality
of the dream.
"In 1990, Al Azim carried his rider Doris Melzer
over 1,223 km successfully in endurance rides. He never once endangered
He was first in the Top Ten of Endurance Arabians 1990 and achieved
more than any other Arabian before in one year. Including training
rides, this amounts to more then 3,000 km per year under saddle.
On the Trabweg West 1990, the longest endurance
ride in Europe, he carried Doris Melzer from the north Vogeses in
France, through the mountainous Pfalz, across the heights of the
Hunsrueck; he camped by the banks of the Mosel and carried her through
the wild valleys of the Eifel, where in the Lotter Valley, a primeval
mountain gorge, the rocks and windfalls make passage almost impossible.
She already visualized herself falling from her horse, but she could
rely fully on her brave black stallion; on he carried her along
the Dutch border, assaulted by swarms of insects, through the Engden
desert, through heat, sand, and dust (1990 was one of the hottest,
driest summers on record), and he did not hesitate when he had to
pull her all alone (the second horse and many others had already
given up) through the moors, finally reaching the goal by the salty
Al Azim is the only state-approved
black Arabian stallion worldwide who, in addition to a very good
performance test at the racetrack, went over 6,000 km successfully
in competitive endurance rides.
Al Azim's sire is the black straight Egyptian El
Abd, who was the best purebred Arabian in show jumping in 1981.
He won the jumping against time at Aachen and demonstrated the exceptional
jumping ability inherited from his sire Gharib. Gharib was the black,
world-famous chief sire of Marbach state stud. He was imported from
the Egyptian state stud El Zahraa and sired many beautiful, tall,
and superbly gaited performance horses. Al Azim's granddam El Garia
was a black mare imported from the famous Egyptian Al Badeia Stables,
later exported to the USA.
His dam is the black mare Ramalla, of impeccable disposition, whose
ancestors include the famous bay Rualla and Wisznu, who greatly
influenced early German breeding with his refinement and hardiness;
also Bukra, and the famous Halef, whose performance ability and
reliability were proven during a harrowing flight with his rider
to Germany at the end of World War II.
With mainly black genes, Al Azim sires a majority
of black foals with few or no markings. He passes on type, disposition,
good conformation, correct legs, health and a robust constituion,
excellent movements, and the will and ability to perform. He is
a champion sire!
His offspring have proven themselves in trecking and endurance rides,
at shows up to the European Championships, in Western competition
and trail riding. One son for example went on a trek from Stuttgart
across the Alps far into Italy. His brown daughter Scarlet has successfully
participated in many endurance rides up to 103 km and has an overall
record of 2,335 km in competition; his daughter Al Shazima is one
of the typiest
and most successful black Arabian mares at European shows and got
1st and 2nd places at Langenfeld, Kauber Platte, and Gieboldehausen,
where she was Junior Reserve Female Champion; also at Altenstadt
and Aachen and at the European Championships in Holland, where she
was the 2nd best filly from Germany.
Al Azim's son Shazim has completed 1204 Endurance kilometers. He
has been taken part in endurance riding for several years and has
finished several long rides up to 134 km; he has won a 100 km ride
and finished most rides at high speed. Shazim's full brother Sawlan
has successfully finished rides up to 120 km. This performance ability
is also shown by Al Shamour, who has finished several long rides
won a 80 km ride, coming across the finish line at full gallop with
a pulse of 58; he also placed 2nd in a 90 km ride. Al Shamour competed
one of the best placed Endurance-Stallion-Performance-Test. His
owner credits the entire success to his horse; he says Al Shamour
is an endurance rider's dream, the horse is simply brilliant and
he would not sell him for a million. Other sons and daughters that
are successful at middle and long distances are, among others, the
black Al Asham, the black Al Ameerah, who has also successfully
competed the Endurance performance test for mares and Al Samura,
who competed at endurance rides and who is also a Therapy horse
The magazine "Freizeit im Sattel" featured
Al Azim on the cover and wrote: "Al Azim in front, followed
by a group of three; that is four purebred Arabian stallions on
the trail, cantering in a disciplined manner, the riders sitting
cheerfully and lightly in the saddles, the reins in some cased held
with one hand
Several times, Al Azim was honoured by Wolf Kröber in the main
ring of the Equitana. A 55 minute documentary film, "Arabians
- Drinkers of the Wind" featured Al Azim among others, showing
him extensively and praising him.
In the annual vote for the Arabian of the Year, mostly dominated
by show horses, the readers voted Al Azim 3rd because of his great
In order to save mare owners long journeys, Al Azim is also available
by Artifical Insemination. All bacteriological examinations, as
well as the examination for CEM, instantly yielded good results.
Further examinations showed that he has excellent sperm quality,
ideally suited for making frozen semen. According to the Arabian
registry, at most 50 % of all stallions are suited for frozen semen,
based solely on sperm quality.
The magazine "Araber Journal" writes: "Al
Azim has many qualities; he is a friend and companion, an excellent
sports horse and a successful sire. Small wonder that he has many
admirers, not only in Europe, but also overseas. There is
even an "Al Azim Fan Club". For many, he embodies the
dream of the Black Stallion, Black Beauty & Co., but - unlike
the film industry - Al Azim's achievements are authentic, unique,
and proven. To his owner, he is a companion and friend who comes
to call, and will go anywhere with her, no matter what. A friend
for life - not even six figure sums, which have been offered for
him, have been able to change this, nor ever will."
Finally, an example of one year's achievement: four
45 km rides from January to April; in April a difficult 105 km ride
through the mountains; in Mai an international 100 km ride over
difficult ground with a minimum weight of 75 kg. Then a 64 km ride
and an international 90 km ride, again across mountains and hard,
extremely difficult terrain. In June/July he won another 90 km ride
as well as a 108 km ride in extreme heat and with high ozone readings.
To continue his series of wins, Al Azim then won an international
125 km ride and an 83 km ride. During the great August heat, he
successfully participated in the 360 km ride from Frankfurt to Strasburg.
This included steep climbs in the mountains with height differences
of 1,612 meters going up and 1,528 meters going down, in only one
day. Not long after came a classic 100 mile ride (160 km in one
day), starting at night and hindered by rain and cold temperatures.
A final 42 km ride to finish off, completing the exceptional record
on 1,409 km in one year.
Meanwhile many years passed and Al Azim remained always fit, healthy and fertile until his high age and he still had much fun to be ridden outside through the valleys and over the hills of the Odenwald country.
One of his last big entrys was in Aachen, where he was invited to the World Equestrian Games.
Another highlight of his career was, that Al Azim was awarded by the German Arabian Horse Breeding Association (VZAP) with the certificate and the title "German Elite Stallion", which means the highest award for a breeding stallion.
On his 30 birthday he got countless congratulations from all over the world.
When he passed away in sommer 2012 and Doris Melzer held his head in her arms, this was a very, very sad moment for her, but it was also fulfilled with thanks, that Al Azim lived 30 years long, always healthy and happy and gave so much happyness and he will remain and live forever unforgotten in our hearts and our minds.