The Konna Baza Sakar herd is a pretty international bunch, hailing from the UK, Bulgaria and Belgium. And, while each of their personalities, breeding and likes and dislikes differ hugely, they do all have several things in common.
They’re solid, sure-footed, good-natured,’ and calm and, of course, all boast stunning good looks!
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Handsome tri-coloured Henry is approximately 15.2hh and built like the proverbial ‘tank.’ According to friends, he originates from Belgium, by way of Shumen- although we’re still not entirely sure…
What we do know, is Henry is a fantastic all-rounder. He’s happy to ‘turn a hoof’ to pretty much anything and in the past has done trekking, carriage driving and even some small endurance rides. He’s strong enough to carry our bigger riders, yet gentle enough that children happily and confidently ride him too. For those who can ride, he’s nicely-forward going, yet with beginners he’s more than happy to take it easy and fall in with the herd.
Ten-year-old Luna loves to work. Whether she’s in the carriage or out on the trails, she’s forward going, responsive and very obviously- loves her job!
Standing around 15hh, she’s a mid-weight mixed breed (although we don’t know what). Luna is possibly the favourite among those who can ride, thanks to her forward going nature and willingness to carry herself well. Yet, much like Henry, she’s calm and placid when working with beginners.
Our first horse Lucy has been with Konna Baza Sakar for over eight-years now. Although only around 14hh and relatively finely built, she’s the quintessential ‘push-button’ pony when out on the trails.
Thanks to her calm, willing nature, Lucy is ideal for beginners, yet when she receives the correct aids from those who can really ride, she’s more than happy to move into a gentle canter.
Mini-draft Marta is rock-solid. She might only stand around 14.2hh, yet her heavy set and short stocky legs mean she can carry riders weighing around 100 Kgs with ease.
She’s ridden by both adults and children and is equally comfortable both in the carriage and under-saddle. She’s also our ‘go-to’ horse when we have riders with physical and/or learning disabilities, who require an unflappable and dependable equine-partner.
Bred by the well-known ‘Hermit’s’ Stud Farm in the UK, Gypsy Cob Ginny is every child’s clear favourite. We’re still not sure if this is thanks to her lengthy mustache, her incredibly gentle nature or her willingness to dress-up as our KBS unicorn.
Imported from the UK several years ago, Ginny is the typical ‘bomb-proof’ cob, she’s perfect on the lead-rein, in the school and out on the hills- and is even happy to ‘pop’ a jump or two!
Athena was the first foal to be born at Konna Baza Sakar and is just starting her ‘formal’ education. Athena will be working on her transitions and bends for a bit longer, however is happily under saddle and forward going.
Although she’s really just starting, and has a long way to go- we all think, thanks to her calm and willing nature- she’s already showing real promise.
Small riding ponies are surprisingly difficult to find in Bulgaria, so when a friend decided to sell little Jacko- we snapped him up!
Standing around 107cm, he’s a ‘super-mini,’ yet his build is leggy and he shows no character or physical traits of the Shetland breed, in fact, he’s incredibly forward going, friendly and honest.
Jacko’s fantastic for children who know how to ride and likes to pop a jump and has just completed his first national level 15km endurance ride.
We set about the process of imported our breeding stallion, Sakar Gold from the UK back in 2017. Standing around 14.3hh, he’s homozygous for Tobiano colouring and has all the traits of the ‘Old-School’ Irish Gypsy Cob ‘type,’ making him a popular stallion choice in the region. For more information on Sakar Gold and his youngstock, see here.
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