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Turkmenistan miniature sheet 2001.jpg
Breed Akhal-Teke
Sire 1084 Yalkymly[1]
Dam 2158 Dobaraly
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1991
Country Turkmenistan
Color "Golden dun"
Owner Saparmurat Niyazov

Yanardag (Turkmen: Ýanardag/Янардаг "Fiery Mountain", born 1991), is an Akhal-Teke stallion owned by the former President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov.[2] The stallion is depicted on the coat of arms of Turkmenistan, on a 2001 miniature sheet Turkmenistan postage stamp, and in other Turkmen national representations, and he is also often featured in newspaper and magazine articles.[3][4]

Biography and representations[edit]

Yanardag is an Akhal-Teke horse bred by Geldy Kyarizov,[5] and foaled in Turkmenistan in 1991,[1] the year of Turkmenistan's independence from the Soviet Union. He is described as having a "unique golden-dun colour, characteristic for all Akhalteke horses".[1]

He was named world champion of the breed in 1999 in Moscow, and was subsequently acquired by Saparmurat Niyazov, who was President of Turkmenistan 1990–2006.[6][7][1]

A lifelike image of Yanardag, in a sphere of blue, has since 2003 been the central figure of the coat of arms of Turkmenistan.[8][9][10][11][12] His image is also on a 2001 Turkmenistan postage stamp, and on the reverse of the 2005 50-manat bill.[13]

In 2014 a monument to Yanardag was completed and unveiled in Turkmenistan's capital city of Ashgabat.[11][12][10]


External links[edit]

  • Yanardag at official Turkmenistan webpage on Akhalteke horses