are moments in life you will never forget, and as Om El Sanadiva made
her first steps on European soil the Heckenbücker family was thrilled
by that little filly they had been eagerly awaiting for.
pictures nor video could give justice to what Ralf’s eyes saw in that
container. The two other horses standing next to Om El Sanadiva were
hardly seen, Ralf only had eyes for her.
name already reveals were she comes from. She was born in California
at the world wide famous Om El Arab International in 1990. Sired by
the famous Sanadik El Shaklan and out of the beautiful De La Reina,
Sanadiva has become along the years a living legend giving birth to
some of the most famous horses in Europe.
sure a once in lifetime mare. What a treasure she is for the
Heckenbücker family and for the whole Arabian horse business. “Om El
Sanadiva is the queen of our farm, and she knows it very well” – Ralf
age of only two she gained the highest merit a show horse can aim to:
the World Champion Title. On the lead of her trainer Frank Spönle,
Sanadiva conquered the judges in Paris and became World Champion filly.
The following year Frank leased her and decided to breed her to
Kubinec. This was the beginning of a legacy of champions sired by
these two amazing horses. This first mating gave birth to FS Bengali,
who gathered honours all over the globe, among them the title of
Scottsdale and US National champion stallion.
Bengali was the first of a long list of full siblings, all of them
speaking for the qualities of their parents.
Somebody named this combination the “ideal match”: besides FS Bengali
this mating gave birth to Bay Diva, who was named European Champion
Filly, Sweet Sanadiva who became German National Champion Filly and
his brother Shakaar Ibn Sanadiva, National Reserve Champion Stallion
who has been consistently siring champion offspring.
Because of the many champions Sanadiva gave birth to, the VZAP (German
Arabian Breeding Association) named her “elite mare”. And as one more
marit to this mare, recently her son FS Bengali was himself named
“elite stallion” because of the many successful offspring he sired.
a big fan of El Shaklan and being tempted to change stallion for
Sanadiva, Ralf picked the tipey CH El Brillo. The resulting colt
pleased him so much that the year after he repeated the cross hoping
for a filly and his expectation were fullfilled.
breeding intuition made his small farm well known all over the world.
As the famous Ansata Sinan came to Europe he sent to him Sanadiva’s
full sister, Om El Deladiva. The resulting filly became known as Bint
Deladiva, an especially feminine grey mare who was named National
Champion Filly and later on sold to Ajman Stud, UAE.
Ralf’s regrets is that he never sent Om El Sanadiva to Ansata Sinan,
but at that time the cross with Kubinec was so successfull and special
that he didn’t feel like changing such a winning team. “I never saw
foals with such extreme heads, overall type and presence” – Ralf says.
his wife Patrizia and their daughter Lisa treasure this mare as part
of their family. She is really the queen of the barn and what a
picture it is to walk through their stable and see this amazing mare
sorrounded by her beautiful daughters.
Ralf, Patrizia and Lisa have one big passion for the Arabian horses
and share their lives with them.
Sanadiva is now 18 years “young”. Her presence and charisma are the
same as always. Her feminine and attractive look still catches
everybody’s eyes as you walk to her and she looks at you with her deep
words of the breeder – Jay Constanti
Om El Sanadiva will always have a special place in my heart. In 1989
we leased De La Reina. We believed this feminine and elegant mare
would be an ideal cross with Sanadik El Shaklan.
In the spring of 1990 De La Reina gave birth to a delicate baby, with
a fine, exotic face. I watched the foaling and I found myself staring
at amazement to this little filly with the sea-horse face that we
would name Om El Sanadiva. Sandik El Shaklan and De La Reina proved to
be a magical cross.
Looking back we now know that she was the start for the creation of an
internationally acclaimed breeding program for the Heckenbücker family
and the beginning of a legendary dinasty.