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Reference Dam
Priboj x Taktika (Taki Pan)
Dam of Pustinia, Pesnia, Parketnaia, and Pallada

Excerpts from articles with reference to Ptashka:

Brown Edwards, Gladys. "Russian Re-Run". Arabian Horse World November 1983. Jay Shuler Co., Inc., Palo Alto, California. p. 80.

"Next came Ptashka, a full sister to *Pietuszok, Topol, Potencja and Platina, all by Priboj and out of Taktika, and a half-sister to Trapecia by Pomeranets. This is a superior performance family, with Topol highly respected as a Triple Crown winner. Taktika's dam Krona was by the French import Kann out of the English (Crabbet) mare Star of the Hills, whose sire *Raswan was a Skowronek son. In tail-female, the family traces to the Egyptian mare Selma through her daughter Selima, by *Astraled. Ptashka was a sleek, well-conformed and typey mare, proving this by winning the Championship at the All-Union Exhibition in 1956. The same honor was won by her equally beautiful daughter Palmira (by *Salon) in 1979 when twelve years old. The latter's son *Parik won the Certificate of First Degree. Ptashka was to be followed by four of her daughters: Palmira's full sister *Pustinia, a typey chestnut, and two bays and a chestnut, all by Aswan. The chestnut was Pesnia, now well-known because of her son *Pesniar (by Nabeg). Another son, Pesennik, an extremely handsome chestnut by Kumir, is now at Tersk. At two, he won the M.I. Kalinin race, and according to photos, he could be a candidate for halter honors as well. The other two Ptashka daughters were Pantera and *Parketnaia, who was listed but not shown on that day. Recently a half-interest in *Parketnaia was sold for $365,000 at the Karho sale in Scottsdale. Although Pantera was a little plain compared to the others, these were all excellent mares, regardless of different sires. Pantera's daughter *Pozicia, by *Muscat, is well worthy of her sire."

Parkinson, Mary Jane. "Dams of Distinction: Tersk-Bred Imports". Arabian Horse World November 1983. Jay Shuler Co., Inc., Palo Alto, California. p. 461.

"Ptashka is the super Dam of Distinction in this study, with four daughters (Palmira, Pantera, Pesnia, and *Pustinia) and one granddaughter (Panagia) who are Dams of Distinction. Her full sister Platina is also a Dam of Distinction, and her story presents pedigree information on the pair.

Ptashka and Platina were both awarded the 'Certificate of the First Degree' at the All-Union Exhibition in 1958; Ptashka was Champion of that show in 1956.

At Tersk, Ptashka produced from 1959 through 1972, with a total of 11 foals in those years. Her first foal was a bay colt named Park (by Knippel), who was imported via England by Ed Tweed in 1963. He was never registered and unfortunately died before the Russian Arabians were accepted by the Registry. Her son Prizrak (by Kankan) had a record of three firsts, two seconds, and three thirds in 14 races as a two- and three-year-old. Prizrak is listed as a record-holder of the All-Union Exhibition of 1974 when he was four. Ptashka's 1962 colt Parad (by Arax) was sold to England in 1965.

*Parketnaia and *Pustinia are the only Ptashka daughters to be sold from Tersk; the other daughters are valued as broodmares and retained there. *Parketnaia was one of Howie Kale's choices when he first visited Tersk, and he included her in the first group of imports. She has produced three foals, bred by Howie Kale, through Volume 44 of the stud book: a filly by *Muscat, and colts by Silver Baron and Namaskar. Last Scottsdale, a half-interest in *Parketnaia, in foal to *Nariadni, brought $365,000 at the Karho Farms Sale, making her one of the top ten sellers of the 11 Scottsdale auctions. Tom Chauncey was the buyer.

Ptashka died in March 1976, four years after producing her last foal."

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