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:

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



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.

oldest color photo of damascus