Haykal Al Arab, 2015 Ma’naqi Sbayli colt

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 28th, 2015 in General

The fifth horse I have bred since coming to the USA fifteen years ago was born August 11, a bay Ma’naqi Sbayli by Monologue CF out of CSA Baroness Lady. A Davenport and Egyptian cross with a tail female to Lady Anne Blunt’s Ferida.

He was born three weeks early. At first his mother refused to nurse him and he was too weak to stand on his own, but thanks to the heroic efforts of Sue Moss, who held him up and fed him every two hours for thirty six hours, he survived, and has since caught up, and is now doing very well.

His name will be Haykal Al Arab. In old Arabic Haykal means strong and tall, and that’s what I want him to become, after being born weak and small. Sixth century AD poet-king (and king of poets) Imru’l Qays composed this famous verse about his stallion:

wa-qad aghtadi wa-al-tayru fi wukanatiha bi-munjaridin qayyada al-awabidi haykal-i

I set off in the [early] morning, when the birds are [still] in their nests, on a strong and tall short-haired [horse] [whose speed is such that] it makes [fast moving] wild animals [seem] shackled and motionless

In Arabic, Haykal also means temple, as in a strong and tall, monumental building. In reminiscence of and grievance over the monumental two thousand year old temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, this pure gem, destroyed by the ISIS assholes (sorry, no better word) this same month of August.

Jamr July 2015

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 20th, 2015 in General

He is a slow grower, but has already made a lot of progress. I believe this horse will show his full potential once he’s reached the age of 7 or 8.

Jamr is the son of Jadiba daughter of Jabinta daughter of Bint Malakah daughter of Malakah daughter of Zoe daughter of Serije daughter of Sedjur daughter of Aared daughter of *Wadduda.



By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 18th, 2015 in General

Hansi Heck-Melnyk is one of two women (the other being Tzviah Idan) behind my acquaintance with Asil Arabian horses in the USA.

In 1994, at the WAHO conference in Morocco, she saw a teen-ager sitting on his own at a dinner, started talking to him, then after he went back home in the pre-internet age, started to supply him with articles and books about asil Arabians. In 1995, she introduced him to Joe Ferriss and a long correspondence ensued before they finally met in the US in 2000 (Tzviah was there too). In 1996, she made that teen-ager an offer to study at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, which he declined. That teenager was me.

Domow as an *Astraled daughter

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 14th, 2015 in General

I was thinking this morning, after re-reading this entry here; the shape of Domow’s head as seen in these early twentieth century pictures provides an additional argument for her being by *Astraled (Mesaoud x Queen of Sheba), who had a large, long and rather plain head, instead of Abu Zeyd (Mesaoud x Rose Diamond) who had a much shorter head and a finer muzzle.


*Abu Zeyd

“Belle” in foal to Wadd for 2016

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 6th, 2015 in General

Belle 2015

“Belle”, a.k.a. Jadah BelloftheBall (Invictus Al Krush x Belladonna CHF) was confirmed in foal to my Wadd Al Arab (Triermain CF x Wisteria CF) two days ago. It’s just great to have a home-bred stallion at hand to breed to.


By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 2nd, 2015 in General

This year a Bezatal grand-daughter won the Tevis Cup 100  miles ride 50 years after Bezatal’s first win in 1965.

Fourteen year old Arabian mare wins 2015 Tevis Cup

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 2nd, 2015 in General

SMR Filouette is 14 years old and her rider, Potato Richardson, third time Tevis Cup winner (and 22nd time finisher) is 73 this year. Respect.

The mare is general list, tail female *Werdi through Kapiti and her daughter Talima by Oriental (like my Mayyassah)

Interested in starting your own preservation program?

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 26th, 2015 in General

If you happen to take good care of your horses, or you if you know that you will take of your first horse, and are interested in starting a new preservation breeding program centered around the esteemed Arabian horse strain of Ma’naqi Sbayli, please contact me: ealdahdah@hotmail.com

I have a mare from that strain, 10 months pregnant, and she and/or her foal would be available to the right home to start such a program.

Below is a noted in Arabic penned by one of Homer Davenport’s Arab guests during his 1906 trip to North Arabia to buy desert-bred Arabian horses. Part of it — the second paragraph — reads:

“There is no better and more authentic strain to be found among the Arabs [Bedouins] than that of the Ma’naqi Sbayli which Mr. Davenport purchased. The Ma’naqi is from the Arab [Bedouins] of Gomussah, from the tribe of the Sba’ah ‘Anazah, and he is from the best strain in their possession; the name of his owner is al-Sbayli.”  




Goodbye Monologue

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 25th, 2015 in General


Note the huge eye. He is leaving tonight to go to Kathryn Toth in Ohio, where he will be used on her two rare Arabian mares, a Hadbah and a Hamdaniyah.

I want to thank Pamela Klein for her gift of him, and Darlene Summers for the chance to co-own him with her.



Wadha again

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 in General




Another photo of Monologue CF

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 in General

Another shot of Monologue from last weekend. Click on the picture to expand it.



Juans Aana, 1990 Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah mare, yesterday

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 21st, 2015 in General

This is the latest  mare to join my herd, along with her 15 year-old daughter who is also black (not that it matters). Juans Aana (El Reata Juan x Suuds Juli Aana by PRI Saqlawi Suud) is a Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah, going back in tail female to Haidee imported by Major Roger Upton from the Gomussah Bedouin tribe of North Arabia in 1874. The mare is 25 years old, so don’t mind the sway back at her venerable age. That’s how the Gulastra sire line horses age, including the great Gulastra himself.

A great-great-grand-daughter of Gulastra in the sire line with three additional crosses to him in the pedigree (and also to *Aziza, *Roda, *Zarife, *Fadl, etc). Her eyes are huge, and I love the prominent facial bones, the sloping shoulders, the clear legs and the long neck. I have high hopes to get this mare in foal to one of my stallions before it is too late.

Juans Aana

Monologue yesterday

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 21st, 2015 in General


He is looking really good.

Lady this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 20th, 2015 in General

CSA Baroness Lady “Lady” (Sar El Dine x Takelma Rosanna by Prince Charmming) is a 1999 mare from the rare Ma’naqi Sbayli line tracing to Ferida of Lady Anne Blunt. She is 10 months in foal to Monologue CF. She is for sale to a good home, if you know someone.



Another one of Wadha this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 20th, 2015 in General


Click on it to enlarge it.

Jamr this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 20th, 2015 in General

Jamr will be three years old very soon. He is coming along, but still needs more time, at least two more years to show his full potential. He’s always had nice ears, tipped inwards and slightly backwards at the top, that deep jowl keeps getting deeper, and the eye is showing better.

Jamr al Arab is by Vice Regent CF out of Jadiba. He is a Saqlawi al-Abd tracing to *Wadduda, the war mare of Hakim (“Hatchim” in Bedouin dialect) Ibn Mhayd, the leader of the Northern ‘Anazah in 1906 (Nuri Ibn Sha’lan was the head of the southern ‘Anazah then).

So far he looks a lot like his maternal grandsire Dib, overall. There is a bit of the Regency CF too.


Belle this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 20th, 2015 in General

This is Jadah BelloftheBall (aka “Belle”, and I am going to change this name with the registry). The background is an eyesore, but she otherwise looks good.

She is a 2002 Kuhaylat al-‘Ajuz, tracing to *Nufoud, a mare from the stables of Ibn Saud. Her sire is Invictus Al Krush and her dam is one of my favorite Arabian mares, Belladonna CHF, by Audobon out of LD Rubic, another favorite.

Belle 2015


Ginger this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 20th, 2015 in General

This is my DA Ginger Moon (DB Destiny Moniet x Kumence RSI by Monietor), a Saqlawiyah Jadraniyah, tail female to Rabanna carrying a high percentage of horses from the lines of Abbas Pasha and Ali Pasha Sharif. Her body is still too thin to take a full conformation shot.

She was in foal to the Bahraini stallion Mlolshaan Hager Solomon, but did not keep the pregnancy.


Next time I will bring one of my old Bedouin halters. I never think of these things beforehand.

Ginger July 2015

Wadha this afternoon

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 20th, 2015 in General

So yesterday and today I went up to Pennsylvania to see my horses, and Jeannie Lieb met me there. I learned a lot from Jeannie about proper nutrition and hoof care, and I took hundreds of photos of my horses — with the iPhone unfortunately. Still, many are not that bad.

Here are a couple of Wadha. Click on them to enlarge them.

Wadha, born in 2010, is by Javera Thadrian out of Wisteria CF, by Triermain CF. They are three of my four favorite Davenport Kuhaylan Hayfis.

Wadha is now being trained with the lounge; she has learned to lead, trot and canter, and just had a saddle put on her.



A less frequently seen photo of the great Gulastra

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 18th, 2015 in General

Gulastra (Astraled x Gulnare by Rodan). Charles Craver has taken video of him at B. Tankersley in D.C. at age 30-plus.


A new Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah filly of old US lines

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 18th, 2015 in General

This filly is the best news of the foaling season in the US so far. A young Ma’naqiyah Sbayliyah (yay!), by a Doyle (100% old Blunt) stallion out of a mare with seven crosses to Julep (Gulastra x *Aziza). She is the result of the first cross of a stallion from the Julep-Gulastra-Astraled tail male to Mesaoud to a mare from the Ghadaf-Ribal-Seyal tail male to Mesaoud ever, and the first cross between two different tail males to Mesaoud in at least 90 years. Think of it, the Doyle horses were never bred to the Julep horses.

I like this filly, and I like her dam SS Lady Guenevere too, especially that purple chestnut color.

new manaqi filly



The tail female is from Jane Ott, back to Haidee, imported by Major Roger Upton from Arabia, from the Gmassah Bedouins of Sulayman ibn Mirshid to be precise. That’s the wellspring of Ma’naqi Sbayli. The famous *Haleb was from there, too.

Murad Sbaa, young Shuwayman stallion in France

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 17th, 2015 in General

This young stallion from France is, in my opinion, one of the most representative elements of the original Arabian type. This is one of the types once favored by North Arabia’s Bedouins as a sire. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

He is Murad Sbaa, by Shueyman el Badawi and Murad Ouarda Sabah, by Jahir et Murad Hadiya, par Ourki and Hamada, by Irmak (Tunisia);  his sire Shueyman el Badawi by Mokhtar (Syria) and Murad Haouda Sahib, by Cherif et Hamada, by Irmak (Tunisia).

He looks both like his sire and his maternal grandsire, Jahir. He won French USCAR’s 5200 meters race — by a long shot — in September 2014.

The real Arabian horse still exists.


Photo of his maternal grandsire Jahir (a gem of a horse, that should have bred 300 foals) below:

Twickenham, 2003 Kuhaylan Hayfi stallion

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 12th, 2015 in General

Jeanne Craver just shared this photo of the 2003 Kuhaylan Hayfi Davenport stallion Twickenham (Regency CF x Kiddleywink CF by Regency CF), who is still at Craver Farms. I have always loved that little stallion.




Shuwayman Fahad, 2011 Shuwayman stallion in France

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 7th, 2015 in France, Syria

I was browsing the internet (I finally got connected a connection set), and I came across an amazing photo of the 2011 stallion Shuwayman Fahad. He is by Mahboob Halab (desert bred lines from Syria) out a Mokhtar (desert bred, Syria) daughter, so 75% desert Syrian lines (and some of the bset) and the grand-daughter is from old French/Tunisian/Algerian lines. He is from Jean-Claude Rajot’s breeding in France and the last I checked, he was owned by Arnault Decroix.


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.

najm yarob