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Chatanz is a 21 year old, Grade 1 pure Arabian Premium Performance Stallion.
He is owned, bred and trained by Lesley and Ray Dunn of Warrens Hill Arabians. He has passed the N.A.S.T.A Performance Test at Grade 1, where he put in a particularly good performance in the cross-country section.
As a young horse he was occasionally and successfully shown in-hand, including winning at the 3 Counties Show and in recent years he has been Arabian Champion at Monmouth County Show.
Chatanz was backed by Lesley as a 4 year old, and started his performance career the next year competing in Pleasure Rides, Riding Club events, and Arab Racing for which he was trained on the fields at home.

Chatanz comfortably won his second race, and finished that season by winning the British Bred Championships at Goodwood. In all he has raced 34 times, mainly at Grade 1, Championship or International Level. He has won 6 times and been placed a further 20 times.
During his racing days, Chatanz was also used at stud and attended local show-jumping and dressage events with great success.
He has also competed in Endurance events, where his excellent recovery rates and relaxed attitude gained him Grade 1s in most of his Graded rides.
As he matured, he has competed mainly Endurance competitions. His forte was the fast and furious Endurance race which he thoroughly enjoyed.
In 2003, he won the Berkshire Downs 65K ER and in 2004 he won the Haywood Oaks FEI Young Riders Endurance race over 80 km.
He has also been placed in a number of other Endurance races. We are proud that in 2002 he was selected to represent Britain in Belgium as part of the EGB Intermediate Team.
Chatanz has been placed in the Arab Horse Society Premium Performance Scheme Endurance Awards. He has taken part in the Arab Marathon twice, finishing 4th and best conditioned in 2003 and 6th in 2004.
Chatanz's sire Bonanza, by British National Champion Banat out of Reserve British National Champion Chantilla, was also a very successful and versatile performer, winning in many disciplines.
He won the Arab Horse Society Versatile Horse award three years running.
Bonanza's most successful year was 1986 when he won FOUR major competitions:
· a 50 mile Endurance Ride at Breamore at an average speed of 20.5 kilometres an hour with a pulse of 37 at the final vetting,
· a flat race over 3 miles at Newbury,
· the 100-mile Red Dragon Endurance Ride and
· the 26 mile Arab Marathon.
Bonanza, was also an Arab Premium stallion, and was one of the most successful sires of Endurance horses in the UK, having sired 3 British National Champions, Franzara, Zaranz and Bonnie Anne, and several other Endurance race winners.
Chatanz's dam Chatelaine by Leading racing sire Klarnet out of Chazana, also competed successfully in riding club events.
In 1991, Chatelaine was named the EHPS Novice Champion and best 5 to 7 year old. In 1992 she was trained for Arab racing and was named the most successful Arab race horse, not only in the U.K. but in the whole of Europe! One of the only horses to beat her was the stallion Sambist, in the UK Long Distance Championship at Goodwood. Sambist now stands at Gadebrook Stud.

In 1992, Chatelaine won six races and was 2nd in her other two starts. In the following years, Chatelaine successfully mixed Flat racing with Endurance rides.
When Chatanz was old enough to start racing, Chatelaine was retired to stud, having only been out of the frame 3 times in her 25 starts.
Chatanz started his stud duties as a 2 year old and he has now sired well over 100 foals. He has been very successful in the Premium Performance Scheme's Leading Sire awards, being winner or 2nd 9 times of the Leading Current Endurance sire award, and 5 times of the Leading Racing sire award.
A number of his offspring are competing and winning at Advanced and FEI level in Endurance. The most successful of these are Gryphon and Falaina Bint Chatanz.
Falaina was bred at Warrens Hill Arabians, and is owned and ridden by Liz Taylor. Falaina has competed successfully at International level in Britain, in France, Holland and Dubai. She has won four FEI races and completing six 100-mile FEI races.
Gryphon has won the 160Km EGB National Championships, the Berkshire Downs Southern Championships, the 120 Km Northern Championships and also FEI Young Riders Endurance races over 80 and 120 Km. He has also represented Great Britain at two Young Rider's European Championships.