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History

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Franz-Josef Darius originates from a family with a long history in horses, but due to the circumstances directly after the war never had the oportunity in his childhood to deal with them himself. So to satisfy his big passion for animals and his heart as a breeder, he occupied himself by sucessfully breeding exotic birds as well as a rare species of chickens and rabbits.

Like many girls, Claudia fell in love with horses at an early age and started to ride at a public riding school. Later she saw her first arabian horse at a small stud near her home and started to spend all her leisure time there. Then the story began ...

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It was in 1987 that they purchased their first purebred arabian mare called Travellers Joy who was of russian-crabbet bloodlines. The year 1988: saw the birth of the first homebred foal who was by World-Res.ChampionKomplekt. Until 1993 the number of horses was kept to a minimum and 2 foals of mainly russian bloodlines would be born each year.

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In the middle of the 90’s, Franz-Josef, his wife Marlies and Claudia decided to specialize in straight russian bloodlines as for them these horses combined excellent expression and arabian type, harmonic and solid build bodies with extraordinary movements with a quiet and easy disposition. All the horses coming directly from the russian state stud farm Tersk are performance tested at the racetrack and therefor have great potential as ridden horses as well. In addition to these attributes, they searched for special indivduals for their future breeding program and collected over the years a very high quality base for their farm. From that time on, homebred horses were marked with the prefix ‘Da’. Their goal was (and still is) to prove successfully, that it’s only a prejudice that russian arabian horses are lacking type in comparison to other bloodlines and that they are still competitive!

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Present

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In 1999, the whole Darius Family moved to Düren where they have now ideal conditions for their breeding program. The modern and well planned facilities clearly show the stamp of engineer Franz-Josef: Barns full of light and air with in total 34 spacious boxes (separate areas for mares, stallions, youngsters, mares coming for service and quarantine), the EU affiliated insemination station with labatory, big sand paddock, indoor arena for the bad weather season and meadows with firm and safe wooden fences. The farm is perfectly situated in the North West of Germany between Cologne and Aachen near to the highway, only 40 kilometers from the Dutch and Belgium border and close the Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf airports.

The number of horses is kept always around 20 and each year around five babies are born. Special attention is always paid to the broodmares which are considered to give more than the genetic 50% to their foals.

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Time passes quickly and in 2010, the first daughters of Massai became three years old and got ready for breeding. For this reason, Claudia and her father started to search intensively for a new stallion that should at least keep up the high standard, but most likely give a new impact to the breeding program. The search inside the russian lines was not satisfying at all and the idea was born, to focus on outcross stallions.

Today, the broodmare band includesmostly daughters of Massai Ibn Marenga as well as his granddaughters by Magic Magnifique and QR Marc which cross perfectly with most of the modern bloodlines.

In 2016 we will certainly repeat several proven combinations with Massai, but we plan also some very exciting coverings for our MassaiIbnMarenga-daughters. (EKS Alihandro, Emerald J, Marajj, Magic Magnifique, Fadi Al Shaqab, SMA Magic One) …Stay tuned ...

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