Starwalker was sold when Adele downsized
and moved to the smaller Arizona farm.
He died shortly thereafter.
The 16.1 hh grey Starwalker was bred by the Stelli family in Quebec Province, Canada. Starwalker’s sire and dam were brought to America when the Stelli family emigrated from their native Switzerland to Canada.
Starwalker’s sire was the magnificent imported Navarrah son *Amurath Samurai, a German bred and approved stallion of the Gazal sire line, and his dam was the beautiful Danish-bred Koheilan I DK daughter Kornelia.
Adele was already well-acquainted with the bloodlines that Starwalker represented, so she jumped at the chance to purchase Starwalker as a yearling. He matured into an impressive 16.1 hand stallion.
Starwalker was approved for Shagya breeding by NASS in 2000 at age two.
Starwalker’s budding endurance career was cut short by a subtle lameness when he went into heavy endurance training. Radiographs revealed that Starwalker had somehow sustained “dramatic, traumatic” damage to both front knees which the consulting the veterinarians said must have been caused by a blow to the front legs sometime during his first year, although no such accident was ever observed. Consequently it was necessary to forgo a performance test or competitive career. Fortunately, the genetics he has brought to the American Shagya-Arabian breed more than made up for the disappointment that he would be able to compete. A horse with a great work ethic and a love of being handled by humans, he also proved to be a great stallion in the breeding shed.
Starwalker’s first foal was born in April, 2003. He sired a number of foals over subsequent years, and he produced bay and dark brown, as well as grey foals.
Starwalker had a strong, high-percentage Shagya-Arabian pedigree, and he added only one purebred Arabian to his offspring in the 4th generation.
Starwalker’s sire *Amurath Samurai was born in Germany and was licensed and 100-day performance tested there. He subsequently was exported to Switzerland, and then later to Canada.
Starwalker’s grandsire, Navarra, was one of the most successful Gazal-line stallions in Germany. His sire’s dam, Amurath Sadika, was a daughter of the black *Gharib, who was imported from Egypt to the Marbach Stud in Germany and he was also approved for Warmblood breeding in Germany.
Amurath Sadika carries the precious blood of Amurath, which is famous for having been perpetuated at the Romanian Radautz Stud long ago and which consequently proved to be an essential ingredient in both Arabian and sport horse breeding all over Eastern Europe and beyond. She also comes from a very rare Yugoslavian mother line.
Starwalker’s dam is the beautiful *Kornelia. Bred in Denmark by master Shagya-Arabian breeder Ulla Nyegaard (breeder of Shagal), *Kornelia is a daughter of the Babolna-bred Koheilan I DK. His dam, 56 Shagieh, has an especially interesting pedigree, as 56 Shagieh is the product of breeding Shagal’s grand-dam, 22 Gazal VII, to Shagal’s sire, the Babolna-bred Shagya XXXVI son, Shagya I DK.
In type as well as in pedigree, Starwalker was a representative of the Gazal type, being an elegant horse with long lines and an elegant neck. He tended to throw lots of size, long legs, nobility, and friendliness. His foals from purebred Arabians have really shown the influence of their sire. By using Starwalker on Adele’s mares with a great deal of Shagya-line type and pedigree, Adele achieved the best of both worlds, with the classic “Shagya-Gazal” cross which has proved itself time and again to add elegance while retaining the size and strength and cadenced, elevated movements for which the Shagya sire-line horses are famous.
For more details, click here to see the article from NASS NEWS, “The Story of P.Q. and B.C. (Starwalker and Janos)”.