Jauhar El Khala, asil Kuhaylah Hayfiyah, 28 years young

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 24th, 2015 in General

One of my favorite Davenport mares alive. Could have been a mare the Shammar bred. I live that wild bird look. Photo C. Emmert who owns her.

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Greggan, 1969 Saqlawi Jadran of old Blunt lines

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 in General


Beautiful Jadiba

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 in General

I am digging into older pictures of Jadiba and reminiscing about how grand a broodmare she is. Too bad I came across her in her later days and that she only produced one foal.

Jadiba 2011

jadiba 2011

By the way, there is something special and attractive about the shape, thickness and setting of the tail in these horses of predominantly Blunt bloodlines. The thickness of the muscle around the tail was a feature the Bedouins of Arabian held in high esteem in their horses. See close up below.

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Jasir, 1925, a photo I had not seen before

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 12th, 2015 in Egypt

It was taken by Ursula Guttman (thanks Betty Finke for the credit), and features the 1925 Saqlawi Jadran son of Mabrouk Manial out of Negma that was sent from Egypt to Germany’s Weil stud.

What tail carriage this line has.

A queen

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 1st, 2015 in General

This desert bred Kuhaylat al-‘Ajuz from the ‘Anazah in Syria was one of the purest, noblest and best Arabian mares in the world, in my opinion. Now gone, like so much else in this dear place. Photos from the early 1980s in Syria.


Hassan Bey, 1934 asil Saqlawi stallion in the USA

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 1st, 2015 in General

Hassan Bey (Ghawi x Ghazil by Abu Zeyd) a full brother to Gulida’s dam.

Daedalus DL, 1995 Kuhaylan Hayfi stallion

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on August 30th, 2015 in General

and an eternal favorite of mine, among Davenport stallions. What class, what style, what carriage, what prancing.. Pedigree here.

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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.


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“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


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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.

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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