PERSEPOLIA LARZAC, grey mare, *2003 (Said Lotois / Babilonia by Persik).
Breeder: Jean Claude Gobart. Owner: Royal Endurance Team of Bahrain
Strain: Not Recorded (Arabka de Pompadour)
Persepolia Larzac, bred in France and owned by the Royal Endurance Team of Bahrain claimed the 2011 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses in the 8-year old division at Compiegne in France, gaining her the additional award of the 2011 WAHO France Compiegne Trophy. Over a testing course, and in intense heat, Persepolia Larzac returned the quickest time in the 8 Year Old division to take the gold medal.
Competing against 27 starters from all over the world, Persepolia Larzac, skillfully ridden by Salman Isa Al Radhi completed the 160 km course with an average speed of 19.442 kmh. Al Radhi, who only joined the Royal Endurance Team of Bahrain in 2011, was delighted with the performance of his mare Persepolia Larzac. “From the third loop I could feel her speed. I rode her in a 160km race in Germany this year and came fifth, but this is my first time in Compiegne” he explained
This lovely mare is by the Zulus (PL) son Said Lotois (FR) out of Babilonia (FR), a daughter of the renowned and highly influential endurance sire Persik (SU) who was bred at Tersk Stud. Her female line is Spanish, and all in all her pedigree combines some of the best-known international endurance lines.
Sandrine Lance and the purebred Arabian gelding Movisko du Lauragais [Sisko / Nedjma de Caux] took the silver medal for France, with Spain’s Monica Comas Molist and the purebred French-bred Arabian mare Princesse de Campagne [Kalhan / Lola Des Jamets] taking the bronze medal.
Left to right: Movisko du Lauragais, silver medallist, with his rider Sandrine Lance; Dr. Hans-J, Nagel, WAHO President; Salman Isa Al Radhi, rider; Dr. Khalid Hassan, Director of the Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain; Persepolia Larzac – gold medallist and WAHO Trophy winner; a Royal Endurance Team of Bahrain member; Mrs. Nawal Nagel. Photo credit: Gilly Wheeler, www.photogilly.com