A set of five rocking horses modelled on champion arabian show horse and sire Marwan al Shaqab are to be made in Britain.
The Bucks Free Press in Britain as reported that Alec Kinane, of Legends Rocking Horses in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, received a commission from the Qatari owners of the stallion for five solid cherry rocking horses.
Kinane is a member of the well known racing family and is a cousin of Mick Kinane, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1994 on Irish stayer Vintage Crop.
He has been hand-carving rocking horses and performing restoration work for more than 20 years. His wife, Beverley, joined the business in 1995 to take over the painting, staining, varnishing and tacking up of the horses.
Each rocking horse takes several months to craft. They usually come with leather tack including a saddle, bridle, martingale and crupper, with cream fleece and numnah as standard. Saddle blankets are optional and available in a variety of colours.
Marwan al Shaqab was honored at the 2011 World Arabian Horse Championships as the Leading Sire, the fifth year in a a row he has received the honor.
The Al Shaqab stud was established in Qatar in 1992 by the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.