By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on December 4th, 2009 in General
If you live in Europe or the USA and want to breed your Arabian mare to an asil stallion straight from Arabia Deserta, one who was actually born there, you now have a number of options at hand.
1) If you live in the United States, then your only option for the time being is Mlolshaan Hager Solomon, a 1986 grey stallion bred by Shaykh Muhammad bin Salman Aal Khalifah of Bahrain, and owned by Bill Biel of Michigan. Strain: Kuhaylan al-Mulawlish, his sire a Rabdan stallion. Hager Solomon is 23 this year, and he has sired only one or two asil foals so far, so you should catch him while he is still alive.
2) If you live in the United Kingdom, then the place to go is Jenny Lees’ Pearl Island Arabian Horse Stud. Jenny has Krayaan Dilmun, a 1992 chestnut stallion, also bred by Shaykh Muhammad bin Salman Aal Khalifah of Bahrain. Strain: Kuhaylan al-Kraay, sire a Ma’naghi stallion. Krayaan Dilmun, like Mloshaan, is from a very rare strain of Arabian horses, of which only the Kingdom of Bahrain has representatives. I also undestand that Jenny has an old grey Rabdan stallion on loan from Bahrain, but it is perhaps not the right time to talk about him (unless Jenny thinks otherwise, and I know she will let me know).
3) If you live in France, then you have quite a few desert-bred stallions to choose from. Chantal Chekroun of the Al Shatane Stud (click here for her address) owns Mokhtar, a 1987 black stallion, bred by ‘Ayadah Talab al-Khalaf of the Shammar tribe. Strain: Kuhaylan al-Krush of the marbat of the Shaykh of Shammar Mayzar al-Abd al-Muhsin al-Jarba, sire a Kuhaylan al-Krush, and lots of Krush blood all over. I have written five or six articles on this blog on Mokhtar and his strain. Of all the horses listed here, he is the only one literally born in a desert tent (yes, a black Bedouin tent of camel hair).
4) A promsing desert-bred is Mahboob Halab, owned by Jean-Claude Rajot, of Tournus in Eastern France. Mahboob is a 2005 grey stallion, was bred by Radwane Shabareq of Aleppo, and was born in the Jazirah area of North Eastern Syria, where Radwane kept his horses for a while. Strain: Shuwayman Sabbah of the marbat of the Jarbah leading clan of the Shammar, sire a Kuhaylan al-Mimrah. He is from the very same marbat as the war mare of Faris al-Jarba, which Lady Anne described in her book “Bedouin tribes of the Euphrates”. Mahboob Halab is very mazbut (well ascertained, well authenticated) in his tribe. I understand he is available to a small number of outside mares.
Unfortunately, the second stallion who came to France with Mahboob Halab died at Louis Bauduin’s in Nemours a few weeks after landing. His name was Shahm, and he was a Ubayyan al-Lumaylimi of the marbat of Ibn Suhayyan, and was sired by al-Aawar, a Hamdani Simri of the marbat of Ibn Ghurab. Since this one is dead, I call readily tell you that he was one of the best desert-bred horses ever imported to France, in the opinion of many who saw him and instantly liked him. Shahm was a real loss. More on him later.
5) A very good desert-bred stallion who came to France just before Mahboob Halab and Shahm is Dahess Hassaka. He is a 2005 chestnut stallion standing at Arnault Decroix near Rouen, in Western France. He was also bred by Radwane Shabareq of Aleppo, Syria, and was born in the Jazirah area. Strain: Kuhaylan al-Nawwaq of the marbat of the Naqashbandi sufis of Dayr al-Zor, sired by a Shuwayman Sabbah. Some of the best, most authenticated desert blood runs in this horses’ veins. Both him and Mahboob Halab have a lot of maturing to do, and will show their full potential in a couple years’ time. Dahess Hassaka is the grandson of my own stallion Dahess, whom I gave to Radwane Shabareq in exchange for a Kuhaylat al-Krush filly.
6) A second stallion who came to France in the same batch as Dahess Hassaka is Nimr Shabareq. This one is a 2007 chestnut stallion and is being tried at the racetrack by his owner M. Jardel. He too was bred by Radwane Shabareq of Aleppo, and was born in the Jazirah area. Strain: Ma’naqi Sbayli of the marbat of ‘Atiyah Abu Sayfayn of the Fad’aan tribe, sired by a Kuhaylan al-Mimrah. Nimr Shabareq is a great-grand-son of the pretty mare Holwah, featured here, in the early days of this blog.
I understand that more stallions from Syria may be coming to France in the weeks and months to come, on lease to Arnault Decroix. One of these is Hussam al-Shimal (who might be there already), a Kuhaylan al-Nawwaq sired by a Kuhaylan al-Musinn. Hussam was featured on this blog, here. More about him later.
7) If you live in Spain, then your person is Mrs. Ghasoub al-Abrash Ghalyoun, who owns Najm Yarob. This is grey Kuhaylan al-Krush stallion, from the same original marbat as Mokhtar above, but bred in Hims, Syria, by Mrs. Ghalyoun’s family. Najm Yarob was featured on this blog, here.
8) There is an asil ‘Ubayyan al-Suyayfi stallion from Saudi Arabia, Jahel, somewhere in Europe, and I am still trying to find out where. I will add him to this list once I have located him.
Now please note that this list has only desert-bred stallions, with ‘desert-bred’ being loosely defined here, as “originating from one of the countries of Arabia Deserta (Syria, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are all in Arabia Deserta. Egypt and Tunisia are not, which is why asil horses from these two countries are not included in this list). Also not included are the first (and second, and third) generation offspring of horses imported from Arabia Deserta to Europe or the USA. One of these is the bay asil Saqlawi stallion Menjad Maram al-Baida (picture below), the offspring of two Syrian imports, Mokhtar and Hijab. Menjad stands at Mrs. Balthasar in Western France. These first-generation offspring of desert-bred are equally valuable, but they will be featured separately. A lof the Shuwayman, Hamdani, and Krayaan stallions of Jenny Lees in the United Kingdom also fit in this first generation category, since they are the offspring of two desert-bred horses.