For as long as he can remember, Bachir
Bserani, a native to Syria, has loved and admired the beautiful and exotic
Arabian horse. As a child, Bachir would ride together with his father through
the Syrian Desert on an elegant chestnut Arabian mare named Al Mounjer - the
Fortune Teller. These outings were wonderfully joyful and exciting to Bachir
because, during their journies, Bachir and his father would stop to visit with
the Bedouin tribes. These visits were full of mystifying stories, legends of
the desert and lessons on Bedouin techniques of riding, caring for, naming and
even talking to the revered Arabian horse.
As Bachir grew, so too did his
passion for the Arabian horse. He apprenticed with the respected Colonel
Posselle, a former instructor/trainer of the famous Spanish Riding School,
eventually becoming a member of the Syrian Riding Team. Additionally, during
this time Bachir attended La Federation du Club Hippique au Liban - an
equestrian school in Beirut, where he earned a Certificate of Merit as an
Equestrian Professor, Trainer and International Rider.
At the age of thirty, Bachir moved
to the United States, settling in Texas, where he opened Abbey Downs Riding
School. Word quickly spread of his knowledge of horses and his extensive
insight of Middle Eastern culture and its many dialects. He released his first
publication, What Is My Name?, in the early 1980s in response to a need for
guidance on properly naming Arabian foals. Bachir continued riding and
operating Abbey Downs Riding School for over a decade before relocating to Upstate
Since then he has published two new
titles, Authentic Arabian Horse Names Volume 1 and Volume 2 as well as
producing a CD that accompanies Volume 1. He has continued riding and training.
He frequently gives seminars on the importance of correctly naming Arabian
foals. Throughout the year he gives clinics across the state and he judges
several shows a year. In his free time he is currently working with his newest
addition, a purebred Arabian gelding, Aamir Al Zeel. You can follow his
training on the video page.
If you are interested in booking a
Naming Seminar, a Riding Clinic, if you need a Show Judge, or if you need a
little help picking the perfect Arabian name, please don't hesitate to contact
Bachir using the contact page!