Egypt Grand Hotels of the past

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 15th, 2014 in Egypt

A wonderful blog about Egypt’s Grand Hotels and golden era. On the Shepheard, quoting from this blog:

“Long before London’s Savoy or the Paris Ritz, Shepheard’s of Cairo was the epitome of glamour. It was a hotel from which explorers set off for Africa, where kings entertained mistresses, where movie stars rubbed shoulders with of?cers on leave from the desert and spies hovered in the hope of minds being softened by the congenial atmosphere. [...] Everybody stayed at Shepheard’s from Mark Twain and Arabian adventurer Richard Burton to Noel Coward and Josephine Baker. Its parties and balls were legendary, its barmen the souls of discretion. When the hotel was burned to the ground in rioting in 1952, it marked the end of an era.”


Cairo’s Shepheard Hotel

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 15th, 2014 in Egypt

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From Wikipedia: “Shepheard’s Hotel was the leading hotel in Cairo and one of the most celebrated hotels in the world from the middle of the 19th century until it was burned down in 1952. A modern hotel called the Shepheard Hotel was built nearby in 1957″ and “in the First World War, the hotel served as British Headquarters in the Near East.”

It is frequently mentioned in Lady Anne’s Journals and Correspondence.

Thabit Pasha the Wakil of APS

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 14th, 2014 in Egypt

Another character who makes occasional appearances in Lady Anne Blunt’s Journals is Thabit Pasha, who acted as Wakil (Trustee) for Ali Pasha Sherif’s estate in the later years of his life, and who was a central character in the process of Lady Anne’s acquisition of the remnant of the Stud of Ali Pasha Sharif in December 1896 and January 1897.

The genealogical tree of the royal house of Mohammed Ali the Great has his as: “Muhammad Sabit Pasha (b. 1820; d. 1901), Private Secretary to Muhammad ‘Ali the Great 1847-1848, Minister for Justice 1878, of Charitable Endowments, Education and the Interior 1884, Khedevial Envoy at Istanbul 1881-1882, President of the Privy Council. 1884-1901, a younger son of the Circassian Chief of the Nahoush.”

According to the same tree, Sabit/Thabit Pasha married a daughter of Zohra, who was one of Mohammed Ali the Great’s sisters. He appears to have been one of the country’s highest officials, and the head of the Khedive’s advisers when he acted as Wakil for Ali Pasha Sharif. The site goes on to list Aziz Bey Sabit as one of his sons, this buying the same Aziz Bey Thabit whom Lady Anne mentions as a visitor to Sheykh Obeyd Stud in her Journals.

By the way, the Nahoush were one of the main tribes/grouping of the Circassians/Cherkess/Adyghe people in their native Circassia (a region now par of Russia, where Sotchi lies among other places).

The Yekens

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 14th, 2014 in Egypt

Both Ahmad and Fathi Bey Yeken (Yakan, Yeghen) make fleeting appearances in Lady Anne’s Journals and Correspondence (where their name is sometimes mis-transcribed as Bekin) whether as visitors of the Sheykh Obeyd Stud or occasional buyers of surplus stock. Either Ahmed or Fathi Bey is mentioned as the buyer of the colt of Fasiha (Ibn Sherara x Bint Fereyha) by Antar (Aziz x Sobha) in 1908, and Fathi Bey was the buyer f the colt of Ghazieh (Ibn Nura x Bint Horra) by Feysul in 1907.

The genealogical tree of the royal family of Egypt mentions the Yeken as an allied family descending from a certain Mustafa Bey, who married Zubayda Khanum, sister of Mohammed Ali the Great, founder of the Egyptian royal family. Mustafa Bey’s sister, Amina Khanum, was also Muhammad Ali’s principal wife. So the sister of the first married the second, and the sister of the second married the first. Both Mohammed Ali and his brother-in-law Mustafa Bey were born in Kavala (in today’s Macedonia, then under the Ottoman Empire, like Egypt). Most of the senior military commanders around Mohammed Ali the Great were from Kavala, including Mohammed Sherif Pasha, the father of Ali Pasha Sherif.

One of Mustafa Bey’s sons (and hence Mohammed Ali’s nephew from both sides), Ahmed Shukri Yeken Pasha (b. Kavala, 1799 – d. 1856) was commander in chief of the Egyptian forces in the Hijaz from 1820 to 1829, and then from 1833 to 1841, and Minister of War in between (1829-33), and was a Vizir in Istanbul some time after that (query, had he defected?). He had a son, Khalil Yeken Bey, who in turn had two sons Ahmed Shukri Yeken Bey and Mohammed Fathi Yeken Bey  (b. 1868).

These are our two fellows, cousins of Egypt’s royals and members of the first circle of Egypt’s aristocracy. Their uncle, Daud Fathy Yeghen Pasha. (b. 1837 – d. 1917) married Princess Tawhida (b. at Istanbul, 1860; d. at Cairo, 1882), youngest daughter of Prince Ibrahim Ilhami Pasha, the son of Abbas Pasha. Years after Lady Anne’s death, Fathi’s son, Faik Yeken Bey (b. 1901) went on to become the Court Chamberlain and Master of Ceremonies to King Faruk.


This little Palestinian baby victim of Israeli bombings on Gaza just looks like my younger daughter

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 13th, 2014 in General

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Reference to Al Mashoor’s sire owner in Lady Anne Blunt’s Journals

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 13th, 2014 in Syria

These Journals are a gold mine. There is not a single horse related entry which does not yield new information about the horses of yesterday and today. Look at this set of entries:

July 17, 1911: 

“In the evening Teddy arrived with the (reported wonderful) bay stallion which Mr. Learmouth took to Australia and brought back not being allowed to land it — he bought the horse at Damascus and H.F. [Wilfrid] went to see it at Tatterstalls where today it was sold for 100 gs. Teddy bidding for H.F. It seems that H.F., if the details of pedigree show it to be genuine, intends to breed from it — the advertisement particulars were not convincing: I saw them in the Morning Post.”

July 18, 1911:  

“The horse is a fine horse but does not carry conviction to me. We shall see what is said of pedigree later. Damascus is not a good starting place nowadays. 

August 3, 1911: 

“H.F. sends the bay horse’s certificate asking what I can make of it. The horse does not convince me to look at and as far as I can see there is no date or year on the document not clue to identity of the ‘Sheykhs’ whose seals are on it.”

September 20, 1911, Sheykh Obeyd

“Now came the opportunity of telling Fauzan about the Learmouth horse and getting him to make inquiries should he not have heard of it. I handed the document to Fauzan who read it carefully, studied it and the seals and then said that it was not an Arab or Bedouin statement, the style as well as writing and paper show this, that there is not a single Bedouin names in the list of seals, these names must be those of townsmen from Damascus, and as to Shammar Tuka they are not of the true Shammar (of Mesopotamia) such as Jerba and others he mentioned, that they are breeders of sheep; they have a few horses among which there may or may not be some good. He remarked that there is no mention [in the hujjah] of any person belonging to the tribe [ie, of Shammar Tuka], as breeder or seller of the horse, it is merely stated that this horse came from that tribe [ie, from Shammar Tuka] and the strain (H.S.) [ie, Hamdani Simri] is to be found in that tribe and nowhere else. (!) They have got it from the region of Nejd (nothting said about when, nor from where in Nejd). “I think this is a made up thing” was Fauzan’s final verdict. However he has promised to write to a friend there — in Damascus — asking him to find out all he can as Learmouth and the purchase made by that gentleman. By the way, the words in the pedigree about “purer than milk on the dark night when covering mares mazbutate etc” is not at all a  Bedouin phrase. I had thought as much.”

October 6, 1911 

 “Fauzan brought to Mutlak who brought it to me the answer from his Damascus friend Said Abu Dahab about the horse (Mrs. Learrmouth’s purchase then nearly two years ago). It was bred in the village of Jerud (near Damascus) and bought from [the] Juardly [ie, a man of Jerud] who bred it by Musa el Seyyid, they telling him it was Hamdani — no mention of Simri. That was what had been ascertained. A quite different story to that of the “pure as milk on a dark night” pedigree.”  

From this set of entries, who take up the better part of 2011 in Lady Anne’s Journals, it appears that Wilfrid Blunt bought a horse in London, with the intention of breeding from him, from a certain Mr. Learmouth who had acquired it, along with a certificate, from the city of Damascus. It is also clear that Lady Anne was not convinced by the certificate from the start, and took the trouble of taking it with her to Egypt where she showed it to a North Arabian acquaintance of her stud manager Mutlaq, who in turn asked someone from Damascus about the horse. It turned out the horse was bred in Jerud near Damascus, said to be a Hamdani, and sold to a Musa el Seyyid.  The certificate embellished these facts, adding that the horse was Hamdani Simri, originating from the Shammar Tuka, who got the strain from Nejd, but not providing evidence of any of that, by way of Bedouin witnesses testifiying in the certificate.

What happened to this horse is not clear. It does not look like Wilfrid Blunt ever bred from him, perhaps because Lady Anne had managed to convince him of the weakness of his certificate.

That said, the words in bold font (near Damascus, Hamdani, Musa el Seyyid) found some echo with me. Some thirteen years ago, I had translated the certificate of the 1928 stallion *Al-Mashoor (link to the translation here), imported to the US, where he left Al Khamsa eligible progeny (of which Jenny Krieg’s mare Sarita is the only descendant left today). This is an excerpt of *Al-Mashoor’s certificate, referencing his sire:

“And the sire of that horse is the Hamdani Semri of the well-known Musa al-Sayyid Abu Hamdi from the [Damascus] neighborhood of al-Midan Bab Musalla”.

So what does this mean? Not much, except that this Musa al-Sayyid who owned *Al-Mashoor’s sire in the late 1920s appears to have been active in horsebreeding since at least the early 1910s, and that fancied horses from the Hamdani strain, to the point of having owned at least two (Al-Mashoor’s sire and Mr. Learmouth’s horse) who may or may not be related.

More on the Syrian town of Jerud (or Jayrud) here.

My favorite colt of the year is a Krush

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 6th, 2014 in General

The Kuhaylat al-Krush Nuri Al Krush (Janub Al Krush x Mystalla by SL Jacob) has just foaled a most wonderful colt by Quantum LD (Mandarin x Leafs Ivey by Wotan) for Kim Davis. The dam is a concentrate of rare lines from old American breeding with lines to Mainad (Hanad x Charmain by Abu-Selim), Royal Amber (Ribal x Babe Azab), Oriental (Letan x Adouba) and Kapiti in the tail female (Harara x Tamarinsk). I can’t get enough of looking at the pictures of this colt Kim sent to a few of us, and I think he is the strongest, most handsome, best built and most promising young fellow I have seen this year. He is certainly stallion material for any CMK or any old American breeding program, and even think he can improve the breed overall. In any case, he is testimony to what you can get by preserving some of these really old and rare lines. Click on the photos to enlarge them. Congratulations Kim! By the way, his dam Nuri had foaled another most special horse at Trish Stockhecke in Canada some years ago. His sire was a quasi Al Khamsa stallion with lots of lines to Hallany Mistanny. This colt was a flying Arab like his young brother! Nuricolt4

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Jauhar El Khala, Kuhaylah Hayfiyah of Davenport lines at 27 years young

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 6th, 2014 in General

The 27 year old Kuhaylah Hayfiyah Jauhar El Khala (Sporting Life x HB Tiffany by Thane) seems to get more and more and more beautiful with age. Photo by owner Christine Emmert. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

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By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 6th, 2014 in General

Are those of you who are trying to post comments on DOW able to do so? I still have some problems with the blog.

The Venus Hadban line in Lady Anne Blunt’s writings — a new discovery

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 in General

I am in Yemen for the week. I am done with work for today, and the only book I brought with me is Lady Anne Blunt’s invaluable Journals and Correspondence (Archer and Fleming, 1986). Lately I have been combing the Journal entries for references to non-Blunt, non-Ali Pasha Sherif early foundation stock of Egyptian Arabian breeding, in the hope of finding new direct or contextual information about these horses. I believe I have just made an interesting discovery which I am eager to share with you here.

During the later years of her life in Egypt, Lady Anne paid many visits to the studs of members of the Egyptian royal family like those of Prince Ahmad Pasha Kamal, Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfiq and other notables, and described their horses in her Journals with remarkable consistency and accuracy. Most of the horses she describes during these visits have bred on to become foundation horses of modern Egyptian Arabian horse breeding, including Bint Yemama, Om Dalal, Dalal, Tarfa, Doga, Radban, Saklawi II, Dahman El Azrak, Farida Debbanie, Roga El Beda, Sabha El Zarka, Jamil El Ahmar, Koheilan El Mossen, El Sennari, etc, etc. Lady Anne’s description of them and the information she provides on the particulars of their pedigrees add considerable value to what is already known about them from other sources.

One important line of modern Egyptian breeding I could never find a reference to in Lady Anne’s Journals is that of the mare Venus, a Hadbah from the stud of Khedive Abbas Hilmi II and the tail female for Ibn Rabdan, Nazeer, Aswan, and so many of the better known modern Egyptian Arabians. Venus is one mare I have been trying to learn more about for some time, given the scarcity of reliable information about her in primary sources, and the existence of some unreliable information about her in secondary sources (just so you know: I include Carl Raswan’s misguided attempt to link Venus to a hypothetical Yunus clan of the Shammar Bedouins by playing on the similarity of the names among the unreliable secondary information). Now I believe to have found a reference to a descendant of Venus in Lady Anne’s Journals.

The Journals entry on January 25, 1911, made in the context of a visit to Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfiq’s Manial Stud mentions a “Hadbe (no suffix) very fine mare the Prince had from Izzet el Abid, which I saw ridden” among the Prince’s horses. “No suffix” means no sub-strain in this context. Of course, this reference to a “Hadbe” (other spellings Hadbah, Hadba, feminine of Hadban) does not constitute sufficient evidence on its own to link this mare to the line of Venus, which is not known to have been represented outside the Khedive Abbas Hilmi’s Stud.

However, the Al Khamsa Oline Roster entry of Venus’ grand-daughter Gamila mentions that “an early herd book of Prince Mohamed Aly describes Gamila as a 1900 chestnut by “Sinari” out of “Hadba Bint Fenouse (‘Venus’),” from the Khedive.” This confirms that Venus’s grand-daughter Gamila (the maternal grand-dam of Ibn Radban) was part of the mare band at Manial, coming from the Khedive’s stud.  It is therefore highly likely that Gamila was the mare Lady Anne saw at Manial in 1911 and described as “very fine“.

The reference to “Izzet el Abid” then remains the only puzzle in this entry. Why would Lady Anne casually mention that the mare was “from Izzet el Abid” — without further elaboration — if she were from the Khedive? and who/what is that “Izzet el Abid” in the first place? Let me take you to the intuitive process of my resolving this little puzzle.

At first sight, “Izzet el Abid” looks like it is the name of the person the Prince obtained the mare from and that’s what I believed for a long time. It is precisely that belief that prevented me from making a connection between the “Hadbe a very fine mare” and mares from the line of Venus. Upon taking a closer look, it occurred to me that this single reference to “Izzet el Abid” in the entire Journals of Lady Anne may not be to the name of a person. If it were, Lady Anne, in her usual attention to facts and detail, would have clarified who that person was, whether in this entry or an earlier one.

I thought to myself, ‘could this be the name of a place, an estate of the Khedive Abbas Hilmi II for instance, or a stud other than his main stud of Koubbeh?’ So I hit Google (my only resource here in Yemen) which took me straight to the Wikipedia entry on the Khedive Abbas Hilmi II. Here’s what I found: “His farm of cattle and horses at Qubbah, near Cairo, was a model for scientific agriculture in Egypt, and he created a similar establishment at Muntazah, near Alexandria.” 

So I thought, ‘perhaps Izzet el Abid is just another name for this farm of Muntazah near Alexandria where Abbas Hilmi II also had horses’. I already knew about the royal estate and palace of Muntazah, one of the most visited monuments in Alexandria, and I believe I had driven by it some ten years ago. Muntazah (in Arabic, “the Park”) is known to most Egyptians as the last residence of King Farouk, the one he fled Egypt from on his yacht when the Free Officers did their military coup in 1952. Fewer people know that before King Farouk built his magnificent palace there, the place was founded by Abbas Hilmi II in 1892 as a hunting lodge and agricultural estate. I also knew, from my visits to the Tahawis that every other place in Lower Egypt is called “Izbet this” or “Izbet that”, with Izbet (with a b not a double z, also spelled ‘Ezbet’) meaning “settlement” or “hamlet”. My friend Yasser Ghanim has a house in Izbet Ghanim in the Nile delta area; my driver lives in Izbet el Nakhl, a popular suburb north of Cairo (which incidentally was the train station closest to Lady Anne’s Sheykh Obeyd Garden). Just look up “Nile Delta, Egypt” on Google Maps, zoom in a bit and you will see dozens of Izbets and Ezbet popping up.

At this stage, I was almost certain that the “Izzet el Abid” in Lady Anne’s Journal entry was an editor typo (the Journals are replete with them when it comes to Arabic words) or a misspelling of “Izbet el Abid”  (literally “the hamlet of the slave” or a person named el Abid). But I needed proof. So I specifically looked up Izbet/Ezbet el Abid/Abd in its different spelling combinations in Google and Google Maps, and …. voila!  A “Izbet el Abd” shows up directly adjoining the gardens and estate of Muntazah in the eastern suburbs of today’s sprawling Alexandria… Check it out here or simply type “el abd el montazah alexandria egypt” in Google Maps and it will show up.

From here it was easy to verify that the nearest existing location to where the Montazah (again, “the Park” in Arabic) estate of Abbas Hilmi was established in 1892 was this hamlet of “Izbet el Abd” and that the estate was known by the name of the nearby hamlet in its earlier years (just like the Inshass Stud of King Farouk takes the name of the adjoining peasant village of Inshass and the Kafr Ibrash Stud of Queen Nazli takes its name from the nearest village).

Putting all this together, the reference in Lady Anne’s Journals, made during her January 25, 1911 visit to Prince Mohammed Ali’s Manial Stud, to a “Hadbe (no suffix) very fine mare the Prince had from Izzet [sic] el Abid” becomes clear and the puzzle can be solved: on that day, Lady Anne saw a Hadba mare from the line of Venus, most likely Gamila, which she thought was very fine, and mentioned that Prince Mohammed Ali had obtained her from the farm estate of his brother the Khedive Abbas Hilmi II in Izbet el Abid, the place later known as Muntazah under king Farouk (photo below).

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CSA Baroness Lady to be bred to MSF Hamdani Simri for a 2015 foal

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 20th, 2014 in General

Hopefully, on Sunday the Ma’naqiyah mare I recently acquired, CSA Baroness Lady will be bred to MSF Hamdani Simri (Faydin x IMF Badia Nafila by PRI Gamil Halim) of Lesley Detweiler, a stallion of very similar pedigree. It is a preservation breeding.

Both have highly unusual (within Al Khamsa) Blunt/Crabbet tail females, the mare to Ferida (Ma’naqi Sbaili of the Shammar) and the stallion to Sobha (Hamdani Simri of APS). Both are sired by stallions bred at the Babson Farm. Both are heavily top-crossed with  new Egyptian blood (mainly Ansata with lots of Nazeer), and both have tiny amounts of Early American blood (Davenport, Hamidie, Huntington, and Nedjran) at the back of the tail female through Tizzy for the stallion and Milanne for the mare.

MSF Hamdani Simri struck me when I saw him at the 2011 AK Convention in PA in 2011. The large truly Arabian eye, the nostrils made of velvet, the long and arched neck, the curved mithbah, the nice shoulder, and the high tail setting impressed me. Back then I thought I wanted to see a stronger, broader croup and hindquarter (Doyle style) and a broader chest, but that’s okay and the mare has plenty of both. Also, what style he had, what carriage, what class.

Truly there is something special with these Sobha tail females, and Lady Anne Blunt was speaking of Sobha and her daughter Safra, which she had just purchased, when she wrote in her Journals:

“I don’t know what it is, or rather I don’t know how to put into words that indescribable air of distinction which marks the horses and mares of Ali Pasha Sherif’s”

MSF Hamdani Simri is only nine generations removed from Sobha in the tail female, six generations to *Simawa (Rustem x Sarama by Daoud) who was imported to the USA where she sired the stallion Katar by Gulastra and the mare Koreish, by Alcazar, both bred by Albert Harris. Also, MSF Hamdani Simri’s dam is a sister of Virginia Deyr (Tristram x LR Double Bubble), who is one of most beautiful mares I have seen on photo (in an old Khamsat).


Below are a couple photos of him, courtesy of Jenny Krieg, and taken by Monica Respet in 2011, with Tom Detweiler holding him:

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DOW is back

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 20th, 2014 in General

I am breathing a heavy sigh of relief after hours with the hosting service’s technical support. I almost lost all the data on this blog, and this reminds me how precious the interactions with all of you has been over the past 6.5 years and how much knowledge was accumulated on this blog. Thank you.

Moonflower TA, Kuhaylah Hayfiyah with Moniet and Rabanna lines

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 5th, 2014 in General

Everyday I see dozens of photos of mares on my Facebook accounts and on the pages and groups I follow. This mare, Moonflower TA (Oracle RSI x White Iras Moon by Sir White Moon x CH Lyras Moniet by Tomoniet RSI x Lyras by Lysander x Iras, and hence a Kuhaylah Hayfiyah) struck me, pedigree and looks. I love the shoulder, the prominent and bony withers, the well let down gaskins and clear hocks, the strong and round croup, and the deep girth. She looks like she is a real athlete. I also like the look on the face, a combination of the Moniet look in Egyptians and the Iras one in Davenports. The pedigree is a nice mix of both. Just look at what breeding these different groups of asil Arabians together can produce. Pity it is not tried more often. She is owned by Carly Cranmore in Michigan (and she is for sale, by the way).


Dahman of Ahmed Pasha Kamal

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 4th, 2014 in General

There is not a single mention in Lady Anne Blunt’s Journals and Correspondence of a Dahman of Ahmed Pasha Kamal sired by Jamil out of Farida of Ahmed Bey Sennari.

There are only two such Dahmans of Ahmed Pasha mentioned again and again in these Journals, both sons of Farida of Ahmed Bey Sennari (a Dahmah Shahwan of Abbas Pasha lines): the first is mentioned as the sire of Rabdan, Tarfa, etc, and the old white Seglawi of Ali Pasha Sherif (then to Ahmed Pasha then to Khedive Abbas Hilmi) is mentioned as his sire; the second appears a couple of time and his sire is said to be the Koheilan El Mossen of Sennari.

The lengthy footnote in the Foundation Tables of the precious book by Pearson and Mol (“The Arabian Horse Families of Egypt”) about the Dahman sire of Rabdan and the other horses being in all probability the son of the old Seglawi of Ali Pasha Sharif then takes all its meaning. I am reproducing parts of this footnote here:

Dahman (Jamil El Ahmar x Farida El Debbani); ca. 1893. Grey: “This is the breeding attributed throughout EAO Vol. I to the Dahman given as the sire of Rabdan and others. Lady Anne Blunt agrees with the identity of his dam but on four separate occasions (three in her Journal and one in her Stud Book), states without equivocation that his sire as Saklawi I, the ‘old white Seg. Jed. Ahmed Pasha had from APS.’ Since two of these references, for March 10th, and Dec. 2nd, 1907, occur immediately after she had seen the horse in the compnay of Prince Ahmed’s stud manager, they are inherently persuasive [...]. Bint Noma is the only progeny of the K. el Mesenneh son mentioned by Lady Anne. The Dahman that was the sire of other horses to whom she refers was the son of Saklawi I. 

I think it is time to change the pedigrees and the sire lines.



On the birthdates of Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfiq and other Egyptian royalty

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 in General

He was born in 1875, so he was only 5 when the Blunt met Ali Pasha Sherif for the first time, 24 when he owned what was probably his first Arabian (Saklawi II) in 1899 (according to his herd book), and 32 when he decided to dedicate himself solely to the breeding of Arabian horses (according to Lady Anne’s Journals).

His brother Abbas Hilmi II was born in 1874 a year later.

Prince Yusuf Kamal was born in 1882, and was only 25 when he dispersed the stud of Prince Ahmed Kamal his father.

This puts things in perspective.

Wahhabit, Asil tail male Siglavy Bagdady

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 in Hungary

This asil 1977 stallion, Wahhabit, is by Siglavy Bagdady VI, a Babolna stallion, out of Delicate Air (Laertes x June), a Davenport mare. I had not seen this picture before.


What Ali Pasha Sharif horses looked like

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 in Egypt

This is a picture of Ghazieh gleaned from the internet. Born in 1897 at APS. Bought by the Blunts in 1897 at the APS sale, died in 1917 at Sheykh Obeyd Stud. By Ibn Nura out of Bint Horra by Aziz out of Horra by Zobeyni.

Dam of Feyda by Jamil (Aziz x B. Jamila), who is in turn dam of Ibn Fayda (at Inshass Stud in Egypt) and Ibn Fayda I (at Sidi Thabet in Tunisia) both by Ibn Rabdan. Also dam of Ghareb who was used by Lady Anne as a sire at Sheykh Obeyd stud, and her daughter Feyda and Ghazwa  and grand-daughters faiza adn Falha were admired by visitors to Sheykh Obeyd Stud from the world over.

Funny, I don’t see a dished face or a flat topline. Maybe Lady Anne Blunt and Ali Pasha Sharif did not know enough about breeding Arabian horses to breed for these. Maybe show judges know better.

Personally, I would die for a mare like this one.

Ghazieh (Ibn Nura x Bint Horra by Aziz)

New Mare

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 31st, 2014 in General

CSA Baroness Lady, a 1999 Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah, joined the Al-Dahdah herd yesterday from her breeder Carol Stone.  Oh, how I love this strain, and could write pages and pages of non-stop praise for it. This is the tail female of Milanne, Ferseyn, Farana, Amber Satin, and other American greats, back to *Ferida of Lady Anne Blunt. She will be bred this year to a stallion to be determined.

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MtDNA Arabian lines

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 29th, 2014 in General

This is just for reference


By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 21st, 2014 in General

I am definitely not a fan of Tom Friedman of the NYT — far from it — but I thought that the last paragraph of his most recent NYT opinion piece applied well to the urgency of preserving rare Arabian horse lines (and whatever else needs to be preserved, for that matter):

As I’ve noted before, when we were growing up “later” meant that you could paint the same landscape, see the same animals, climb the same trees, fish the same rivers, visit the same Antarctica, enjoy the same weather or rescue the same endangered species that you did when you were a kid — but just later, whenever you got around to it. Not anymore. Later is now when you won’t be able to do any of them ever again. So whatever you’re planning to save, please save it now. Because later is when they’ll be gone. Later will be too late.

2014 Bahraini/Saudi Dahman Shahwan foals in Germany

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 19th, 2014 in Bahrain

To continue with the series of this year’s foals, here are a couple from Regine and Warren Staas in Germany, from desert Saudi-Bahraini lines, tracking to *Savannah in tail female.

This black filly is alredy on (here) by AAS Japik (AAS Sail out of AAS Al Kamila) out of AAS Ghazala, and both dam and daughter look splendid!

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The chestnut colt below is also a Dahman, by AAS Japik out of AAS Muharraq (AAS Theeb x AAS Ghazala), and is also a promising one. These are all close lines to the desert, and as Lady Anne Blunt wrote in her Journals about a mare of same strain and same origin (Bint El Bahreyn) “the Dahmeh Shawanieh from Ibn Khalifeh, she is a fine mare and authentic” (Dec. 22 1907) and “authentic blood from eastern Arabia is rare” (Dec. 30 1907). It still is.

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Mayassah recent shot

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 19th, 2014 in General

I am catching up on weeks of backlog in correspondence. Here is Mayassah Al Arab (Clarion CF x Cinnabar Myst by ASF David). Photo credit to Kim Davis who is boarding her for me.


Tahawi Studs Newsletter

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 19th, 2014 in General

Yasser Ghanim is issuing News Letter 1 about their horses twice a year.

2014 Saqlawi Jadran Ibn Dirri in the USA

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 19th, 2014 in General

This one was bred by and belongs to Jenny Krieg and is a reward for the efforts of the Al Khamsa Preservation Task Force. Her sire is Tamaam DE, a Doyle/Straight Crabbet stallion belonging to Rosemary Doyle and the dam is the wonderful, old-style, classy, grand and stylish Sarita Bint Raj, who in addition to her good looks, is our last asil link to *Euphrates, *Al-Mashoor, one of the last ones to *Mirage, as well as being tail female Basilisk through Slipper. By the way, Jenny Krieg has a nick for carefully and expertly choosing stallions to match her mares, and these matings always result in exceptional individuals. Photo credit to Terry Doyle.

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2014 Jilfa Dhawi filly from France

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 19th, 2014 in France

This one is from the Deblaise stud in France, a daughter of the Syrian Kuhaylan al-Nawwaq import Husam Al-Shamal out of their mare B’Oureah (Ourki x Bismilah by Irmak).

Jilfah out of Boureah at Adrien Deblaise