The other day I spent a most beautiful day between Abu Kebeer and Geziret Saoud in the Sharqiyah province of Egypt with the Tahawis. Yehia Abdelsattar al-Tahawi, Mohammed Abdallah Saoud al-Tahawi and Yasser Ghanem Barakat, their friends and I spent hours talking about horses and looking at them. One can hardly find people with a richer and better preserved equine tradition. As always with them, I learned new and interesting things that could benefit Egyptian horses.
It is about the Kafr Ibrash farm, which is where the Inshass foundation mare Bint Kareema was purchased from by the Inshass Stud.
Here’s what we know about Bint Kareema:
– She was a roan grey mare, born in 1935 and purchased from the “Kafr Ibrash Farm” by the Inshass Stud of King Fouad and his son King Farouk;
– She was by Lady Anne Blunt’s Rasheed (Jamil Blunt x Zareefa), out of Kareema, a mare by a “Dahman” out of an “Obeya”;
– She was sold to a Abd el Samad el Gayar on July 5, 1953, according to Pearson and Mol, first edition, page 1928.
– According to Judith Forbis’ Authentic Arabians, Volume 1, page 274, her strain was ‘Ubayyah’; this is perhaps an inference from her grand dam’s name “Obeya”;
Here’s what I could infer about Bint Kareema, from the information above:
– her sire Rasheed being an Inshass stallion (he sired the Inshass mares Ragaa out of Saada in 1937 and El Zahraa out of Zahra in 1934), the Kafr Ibrash Farm where Bint Kareema was purchased from must have had a close connection with the Inshass Royal Stud.
This connection to the Inshass Royal Stud was furthered when I found out some three years ago that the current village of Kafr Ibrash was only six miles away from the town of Inshass, the Egyptian Delta town where the King’s Stud was located, in the Sharqiyah province. Back in 2010, this geographical proximity had already led me to hypothesize that the owners of Kafr Ibrah Farm ”were closely associated with the Egyptian Royal family in some way or another”.
Today this hypothesis is confirmed.
While at the Yehia al-Tahawi’s farm in Sharqiyah, I met a young journalist, Saeed, who writes a column in the Saudi equine magazine “al-Jawad al-Arabi”. Saeed mentioned that he was from a village in the Sharqiyah province that is very close to Inshass and its Inshass Stud, which is now used as a government warehouse. I asked him whether he knew Kafr Ibrash. He said it was a village next to his. I asked him whether there was an old stud there from the 1930s. At this point Saeed picked up his phone, and called the former Member of Parliament from Kafr Ibrash, Mr. Mohii Rafaat Rabie, who promptly told him that in Kafr Ibrash was the farm of the Egyptian Queen Mother Nazli and that of her brother, Sherif Pasha Sabri, and that Nazli’s farm house was still to be found (about the stables, he promised to check and get back to me).
So the “Kafr Ibrash Farm” was really the stud farm of Queen Nazli, the Queen Mother..
This not only means that Bint Kareema was from one of the Royal Studs, which brings her closer to being authenticated, it also means that Joe Ferriss’ hypothesis that her and the Queen Mother’s 1947 stallion *Ibn Farhan (registered as being by a “Dahman” out of an “El Obeya”) are related is probably correct.
Here is a photo of a stallion from this line, the handsome Hakeel Ibn Kaisoon.
hakeel ibn kaisoon