Akhal-Teke community with a great sorrow inform about the death of Maria Danilovna Cherkezova. She passed away on Aplril 2, 2003 at the age of 84 years old.
Akhal-Teke breeding in Turkmenistan at the second half of the XX century
was strongly bounded with the name of this woman. Her acquaintances
with Akhal-Teke horses started at the very young age – her father
loved and appreciated Akhal-Teke horses. Maria Cherkezova graduated
Ashkhabad Agricultural Institute in Turkmenistan with a diploma of
a breeding specialist. Later on she worked at different positions
at collective farms, at the State Studfarms, at the Ministry of Agriculture
of Turkmenistan. Her experience grew up with time. She knew Turkmen
language and it helped her a lot in her work. She had excellent memory,
she remembered all the horses she met in her life and their pedigrees,
it seemed like she could recognize them “by face”. During many years
of work she covered many thousands of kilometers in a saddle. She
was so popular in Turkmenistan, that sometimes post offices received
letters addressed to “Ashkhabad, Cherkezovoi” and the letters found
the addresser without a delay, because the name of the honored breeding
specialist of Turkmen Soviet Socialistic Republic was known to almost
everybody connected to horsebreeding. When old aksakals (old respected
men in Turkmen lang.) met her at streets, they said “Look, there is
the mistress of the horses going!” And yes, she has the full right
for this name. All her life was devoted to horses, and not just horses,
but Akhal-Teke horses. Maria Cherkezova worked as senior breeding
specialist at Ashkhabad hippodrome, as director of Republican State
Breeding Station. No one document of Turkmen Republic with a word
“horse” escaped her attention, she missed no one event with horses.
Every year she examined all Akhal-Teke horses in Turkmen Republic,
made descriptions of foals, measured youngsters, took part in collecting
blood tests, in preparing different documents, letters, projects and
reports related to developing of horsebreeding in Turkmenistan.
Babulia, we love you! We remember you!
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