Najm Yarob 1999 Kuhaylan Krush stallion in Spain, Syrian bloodlines

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 24th, 2015 in Syria

Jose Manuel from Spain sent me these photos of his amazing 1999 Syrian stallion Najm Yarob (Fawaz x Karboujah by Saad x Roudeinah by Mashuj x Jamrah by Awaad x Doumah), a Kuhaylan Krush that is a close relative to the black Mokhtar (Awaad x Doumah). Look at this black skin, this muzzle, and this croup!

This photo of a survivor and the evocation of the names of the horses above, all of which I have seen, known and liked in my teenage, send shivers through my spine.

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On Prince Yusuf Kamal (1882-1966) as a patron of the arts in Egypt

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 21st, 2015 in General

Check it out here.

Young EAO stallions

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 19th, 2015 in General

Of the new generation of stallions rising at the EAO thanks to Ali Shaarawi’s tireless efforts, the Saqlawi Gabour (El Ragel x Gobrana by Kasemy x Gomanah by Maleeh x Bedaat by Ibn Akhtal) is certainly my favorite. He is not striking, but is well built and well balanced.

Black Ma’naqi Sbayli mare

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 18th, 2015 in General

I so like this photo of the 1985 black Ma’naqi Sbayli mare Suuds Juli Aana (PRI Saqlawi Suud x Julyana ZHS). The muzzle, the jaws, the look in the eye (reminiscent of a mare from Cal Raswan’s pictures of desert horses, don’t remember which one), and again, that overall air of a wild animal. In the second photo, the same mare looks like a tank. A desert background would be mor fitting for these photos.

Back to the USA in July

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 15th, 2015 in General

So we will be heading back to the USA this summer after two years in Egypt. I am both happy and not happy about this development. I don’t know what it is, or rather, I don’t know how else to put it, but in Egypt, gravity, in the sense of the force that ties you to the land, is stronger than in other places I have lived in. It’s a place that is hard to leave, despite the challenges of life here. But looking forward to seeing my horses regularly, and my horse folks, too.

Saadi 1964 stallion from France

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 11th, 2015 in General

This photo of the 1964 French and North African Arabian stallion Saadi (Ourour x Oureah by Ghalbane OA) has recently surfaced on the internet. I had not seen it before. It is likely from a magazine.

New old Doha

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 8th, 2015 in General

I am in Doha, Qatar for two days. I just came back from a visit to the brand new “old suq” of Suq Waqif. It’s an anthropological experience of the first order, in how a country can and did re-imagine and reinvent its past, or rather bits and pieces of the past of many neighboring countries, re-package it, and present it to the world as its own — with success. I could not distinguish what was specifically Qatari, if anything, but then again the Arabian Gulf culture is a largely supra-national culture. The architecture is a mix of Oman’s and Bahrain’s, the Bedouin-pattern textiles are Syrian imports, the metal lamps are Egyptian, the glass patterns in the walls are Yemeni. The tricks works, up to a point, even for the trained eye. Just imagine the effect on the random tourist.


Oldest color photo of Damascus — 1908

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 8th, 2015 in General

This was taken in a Damascus interior by French photographer Gervais Courtellemont in 1908, and gleaned off the internet. The Facebook website I got it from notes that the oldest color photo ever was taken by the Lumiere brothers in Lyon in 1907 using the same autochrome technology.

What epitomes of refinement old Damascus and old Aleppo were.. and old Bagdad, and old Mosul, and old Sanaa, old Mecca, old Medina, and old Jerusalem… now all gone.

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Lady Anne Blunt’s grave

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 26th, 2015 in Egypt

Today was an important and solemn day of my two-year stay in Egypt. I found the Cairo cemetery where Lady Anne Blunt is buried and the old lady who guards it led me to her tomb. The “noble lady of the horses” was right there. I had a thought for many of you, and wished you were there with me. Few minutes of silence and then I walked back to the car. I did not take pictures.

SEA Zay el Amar 2002 Hadban stallion in Egypt

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 17th, 2015 in General

By far my favorite stallions at Mrs. Barbary’s Shams El Asil farm are the 2002 bay Hadban stallion Zay El Amar (SEA Halawat Zaman x Meshmesha by Anas x El Anood by Akhtal) and his own sire the 1998 grey SEA Halawat Zaman (SEA Shams El Asil x SEA Set el Hosn by Lokman a.k.a. Ibn Adaweya). Perfect conformation, muscular stallions, with high withers, deep girth, sloped shoulders, good bone, short backs, plus all the rest, the result of 50 years of selection. Mrs. Barbary is a master breeder for sure. Photo below by Ahmed Nashaat.



Jatta 1933 asil mare from Marbach

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 15th, 2015 in General

Pedigree link here. Dam of Sahmet, and granddam of Saher, Safir, and others.

Hope springs (4)

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 13th, 2015 in General

Yet another Hayfiyah, and another Presto CF daughter (it’s never too late) out of Ala Athena Hafiah (Riposte CF x Femina by Ibn Alamein), one of my favorite mares of this strain. She is pretty and looks a lot like her dam.

Hope springs (3)

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 13th, 2015 in General

A newly born Kuhaylah Hayfiyah filly of Davenport bloodlines by Presto CF (Ibn Alamein x Pretty Fancy by Ionian) out of Du Soleil BPA (Triermain CF x Circe by Odysseus) at Claudia and Jim Burris. The dam is a Triermain daughter out of a Triermain sister.

Finish line photos of Ahmad Ibish’s horses at the racetrack

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 13th, 2015 in General






From the collection of his grandson and namesake Ahmed Ibish, Jr, who writes:

These are some photos of winning horses of Ahmed Ibish, you can identify them with the previous photos, by
horse shapes and numbers. It’s a pity no names preserved. I can only recollect my father describing how some
of his father’s horses “took the Primo.”

As to the racing track I can not be sure, is it that of Beirut or Alexandria? No clue.
Mostly Beirut, simply because it could not be practical for him to transport his stallions all the way to Alexandria
for the sheer purpose of racing. He used to go there for rather selling some of them, and given his old age in the
photos I do not think he would have taken the burden.

only can remember how my father spoke of the exquisite method of training and weight loss (Tadhmeer) Ibish
used to apply on his horses. He also said that he was a stern man who would not utter a single word about these
secret methods. But in general he was close to the Bedouin tribes of the Syrian desert, hence he learned most of
his techniques.


Amazing Fin DeSiecle CF

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 13th, 2015 in General

Jeannie Lieb’s war mar Fin deSiecle CF (Jamboree CF x Bonne Fortune). I saw Jamboree at Craver Farms last month, and what a regret he is not as fertile as she should be. What a good sire, judging from his only offspring.

Never-ending trail of destruction

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 11th, 2015 in General

News this morning that Saudi Arabian airstrikes have leveled the 1,100 year Imam Hadi mosque in Sa’dah, in the far north of Yemen. Sa’dah is one of the last well-preserved medieval cities in the Middle East.

Hope Springs (3)

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 11th, 2015 in USA

This Kuhaylat al-Krush filly of Davenport lines is the second ray of the hope this  strain, also born this month at Kim Davis’. She is by HH Tantalus Krush out of HH Nadira Krush.

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Hope springs (2)

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 11th, 2015 in General

This wonderful, very promising black Kuhaylat al-Krush filly was born this month at Kim Davis’ in Illinois, out of HH Karisma Krush (Othello LD x Kashmir Krush LD by Sportin Life).

After the devastating tragedy that  befell the group of Krush mares in Texas, she is one of two rays of hope for the next generation of this precious (and ever) strain.

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The Arab village of al-Marj in 1911

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 10th, 2015 in Egypt, General

This Arab (ie, Bedouin, not Egyptian peasant) village was right next to Lady Anne’s Sheykh Obeyd property. The photo was taken in 1911. Today it is a sprawling informal, poverty-stricken suburb of Cairo, home to around a million people.


Rare photo of Prince Kemal El Dine Hussein’s funeral in 1932

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 5th, 2015 in General

This rare shot is from the Facebook page “Ahl Misr Zaman” which I thoroughly recommend you to follow. It’s a great window to Egypt’s past. King Fuad of Egypt and the Sudan heads the procession (in black, towards the right). The page notes that Prince Kemal El Dine was offered the Egyptian throne upon the death of his father Sultan Hussein (who ruled 1914-1917) but he turned it down, so his paternal uncle King Fouad ascended the throne.

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Mohamed Sherif Pasha

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 3rd, 2015 in General

The other day I was on the 16th floor of the Egyptian Ministry of Finance (the one where they have this impressive portrait gallery of all former ministers of finance), and I saw a painting of Muhammad Sherif Pasha (with a tenure date around 1840, don’t remember exactly), with the mention “father of Ali Sherif Pasha”).

I was reminded of this upon reading the December 8th, 1910 entry of Lady Anne Blunt’s Journals, where she mentions that “on the conquest of Syria the plan was — Mohd. Ali’s plan — to have Egypt for himself and his heirs, Syria for M. Sherif (his Minister and Govr. of Syria) and Yemen for Kurshid.

Hope springs

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 3rd, 2015 in General

From Carrie Slayton, a fellow Arabian horse preservationist (thank God for these angels):

“Polynesia LD foaled a lovely bay Sharp filly April 23rd,sire is the Davenport stallion Fire Dragon LF. She will be named DI (Desert Ice) Pele, for the Hawaiian volcano goddess”. 

That’s the same pedigree as this horse, three generations of Davenports on top, and a particularly close tail female line to Manial’s Mahroussa. Photos below from Carrie.

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Ahmed Ibish photos and information from his grandson

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 30th, 2015 in General

This is one of the nice surprises which maintaining this blog can offer you from time to time. Some time ago, Dr. Ahmed Ibish, the grandson of his famous namesake, left some comments on Daughters of the Wind about his grandfather’s involvement with horse-racing, and he now sent me these precious, precious photos. I believe these are the first photos the Arabian horse community gets to see of Ahmed Ibish (of Aiglon, hence, *Exochroda, hence Sirecho fame). Please do not take them or reproduce them without his permission. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Ahmed wrote in his message:

“I could copy these pictures in Damascus; Unfortunately none of them was dated, and they have not titles or comments of any kind. I believe that the racing track shown is that of Beirut? Date must be around end of 1930s; My grand father lived between 1857-1941; the young man with the mare is my late father Nouri Ibish (1891-1975), picture apparently taken in Damascus. While the picture of Ahmed Ibish sitting, shows his two sons, Hussein (1884-1967) & Nouri; None of them was a horse breeder, but were both keen enthusiasts of outdoor life and big game hunting. I wish I had a picture of the legendary Aiglon, but I was not lucky in this regard.”







Small number of tail female lines at Ali Pasha Sharif post 1875 disease

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 29th, 2015 in General

This morning I was reflecting on the number of tail females left at the Stud of Ali Pasha Sharif after the plague which ravaged his stud around 1875, until his death in 1897. It is surprisingly small:

1) Ghazieh line (Saqlawi Jadran ibn Sudan); mares: Horra, Helwa, Bint Helwa, Johara, Bint Horra, Yemameh (dam of Mesaoud); stallions: Wazir, Amir (Aziz x Horra) offered for sale to Blunts but declined; young stock: Ghazala, Mesaoud, Ibn Johara, Ibn Helwa, Ibn Yemameh Sr, Ghazieh, etc.

2) Nura line (Dahman Najib); mares: Bint Nura Esh-Shakra, various Bint Nura mares (a brown, a bay and a white); stallions: Ibn Nura; Ibn Bint Nura El Hamra (offered for sale to the Blunts March 5 1891 but declined); young stock: (ibn) Mahruss; Abu Khasheb; Kaukab

3) Faras Naqadan line (Dahman Shahwan); mares: Bint ‘Azz (went to Amato the dealer), Mumtaza, Bint Mumtaza (Badiaa); stallions: Aziz, Azz (Aziz x Mumtaza) offered to the Blunt who delined, Nasrat; young stock: Bint Bint Azz; Sahab;

4) Arussa line (Kuhaylan Nawwaq); mares: Noma, Bint Arussa (Harkan x Arussa);

5) Jellabiet Feysul line (Kuhaylan Jallabi); mares: Bint Bint Jellabiet Feysul; Makbula; El Argaa; Yamama; young stock: Khatila; (Bint) Makbula; Kasida; Manokta; Jellabieh; Merzuk; Yatima (the orphan, missed getting); Kasida’s brother at Moharrem Pasha’s, Feysul, etc.

6) Samha line (Saqlawi Jadran ibn Sbeyni); mares: Bint Fereyha; Bint Jamila; Fulana; Fasiha; stallions: … ; young stock: Bint Bint Jamila; Aziza; Jamil; etc.

7) Zarifa line (Saqlawi Jadran Semni); stallions: Ibn Zarifa Sr (Aziz x Zarifa); young stock: Ibn Zarifa Jr. [perhaps same line as Samha line, perhaps different]

8) Faras Bandar ibn Saadun (Wadnan Khursan); stallions: Mahruss (Wazir x Mahrussa); mares: Bint Mahrussa (non asil); young stock: Bint Bint Mahrussa (non asil);

9) Faras ibn Khalifeh (Dahman Shahwan); stallions: Shahwan (Wazir x mare of Muhammad Sadyk Pasha); [perhaps same line as number 3, perhaps different]

10) Selma line (Hamdani Simri); mares: Sobha; Safra; young stock: Ibn Safra; Antar; Sherif;

11) Roga El Beda line (Saqlawi Jadran): mares: Roga (at Ahmed Pasha); [perhaps same line as #6 or #7, perhaps different, no way to check]

12) Sabha El Zarka line (Saqlawi Jadran): mares: Sabha (at Ahmed Pasha) [perhaps same line as #6 or #7 or #12, perhaps different, no way to check]

Given this small number, it would seem possible that the Dahmah Shahwan mare presented by Ali Pasha Sherif to the Khedive Abbas Hilmi (or more correctly, to his father Khedive Tewfik) is from the line of Faras Naqadan/’Azz/Mumtaza. Too bad the line died out and we can’t test this hypothesis with mtDNA analysis.

In bold horses bought by the Blunts (non-exhaustive list).

Jamr, last week

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 24th, 2015 in General

I could not get decent pictures of Jamr (Vice Regent CF x Jadiba), who is not three years old yet, and is going through a growth spurt — a real teen-ager. I was taken aback at first (my eye got used to the Egyptians) but then I took a second look and thought he was promising and had a lot of the right things in the right place. He still needs at least three years before I showing his true promise.

What I could already see was that Vice Regent’s Davenport blood shortened the longer back of Jadiba and did not affect the deep girth. It turned Jadiba’s rectangle into a square. The legs are good. The head I could not tell yet (he had a few teeth coming out), I could already see his sire and dam’s big jowls, but it looks like he will be taking a lot after his dam’s sire, Dib.