Another photo and document from the Tahawi website

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on February 28th, 2011 in General

I recently received some fresh news from Muhammad al-Tahawy who maintains the fascinating website of the Tahawi tribe with a large section dedicated to their horses. Muhammad directs me to one of the sections of the website, where he is regularly uploading photos and documents of original horses purchased by the Tahawi from Syria, mainly from the central city of Hama, a major horsebreeding center near the pastures of the Sba’ah Bedouins. Here is one such photo, reproduced with his permission.

This is the legend on the back of the photo, and my translation follows:

“This mare, a Kuhaylat al-Mimrah, now in Hama at the Iskafi [‘the shoemaker’, not clear whether it’s a reference to the owner’s surname or his profession], and she is the daughter of the grand old mare, whose owner was offered 800 gold pounds and refused to sell her, and she [i.e., the dam] is currently with him.”

The information on the back of the photo does not tell us who the owner of the dam was, but we know this from another source: in his book “the Arab horse”, Hama native and racehorse owner Ali al-Barazi talks about the Kuhaylat al-Mimrah mare of Mukhtar [Mumtaz, sorry] al-Shaqfah, who refused to sell his beautiful gray mare to a Spanish government horse-buying commission for 2800 gold pounds. Barazi provided a photo of that mare, which Carl Raswan also reproduced. I will try to find it for you. She looks like the mare in the photo above.

9 Responses to “Another photo and document from the Tahawi website”

  1. This mare is the daugter of the Al-shaqfah Mimrheiah if am not mistaken, you know what Edouard Syrian horses have not changed until now which is great news as a strong Asil genitic poole and I keep seeing similar mares on reguler bases.
    ?? ?????? Alissa family in Hama has one of the great Marbat of obeiat in Hama trace to Sba,ah tribe and the horses look the same as this one I will be writing an article about them soon as I think they are some of the best I have seen in recent years.
    Hazaim

  2. The otherthing to just highlight what we discussed recently, when you have a mare like this from a well known breeder and marbat with a good track record in breeding, this piece of paper is enough to confirm the mare purity and where it came form even me after years and years I have heared about the Al-Shaqafah mare and know where it came from and this is the essence of arab Bedu breeding which is knowing the breeder and the horse not just the horse.
    For example you and Algoshem horses you will breed them without any given thoughts 🙂

    I think…..

  3. The photo of the dam of this mare can be seen in Raswan’s book “the Arab Horse” towards the end of the book, there is a discussion of the so-called three types, with Jasir prototype of the “Kuhaylan type” (he was actually a Saqlawi), this mare as “Saqlawi type” (while she was Kuhaylat al-Mimrah), and another mare, Leila, perhaps from the breeding program of Randolph Huntington as Ma’naqi type.

  4. also check this excerpt out, it is from the WAHO website. It is the hujjah of a mare brought by the Turkish government, and certainly a close relative of the mare pictured above:

    AL MUMRUHIYE. Chestnut mare. 1931. Purchased in the city of Hama in 1936.

    A testimony about the chestnut Mimrehieh purchased by the Republic of Turkey from Hama by the committee formed from Nurettin Aral Bey and Ihsan Akhun Bey, December 1936, at the age of five years old.

    “Allah Almighty said in his precious book Q’uran ‘The love of passion that comes from women and children has attracted mankind, as well as accumulated gold and silver treasures, pedigreed horses, livestock and crops.’ The Asil Horses are blessed and valued for that Allah Almighty mentioned them many times in his precious book. The Republic of Turkey purchased from Hama by the help of Ali Saif Aldeem from the people of Hama some Asil Horses. Among them is the chestnut Kehaileh Mimrehieh, her family tree is shown above. We witness that her fourth grandmother the bay is the mare of Hilal Bin Adnan from the Sbaah (Anezeh) and her father is Ma’anagi Sbeli. At Anezeh, she gave birth to the chestnut Kehaileh Mimrehieh whose father is the Ma’anagi Sbeli, the horse of Ibn Daffak from Sbaah, and her daughter is the chestnut Kehaileh Mimrehieh. And her daughter is the chestnut Kehaileh Mimrehieh and her father is Ma’anagi Sbeli the horse of Ibn Faitel from the Risaleen Anezeh. And her daughter is the grey Kehaileh Mimrehieh and her father is Kehailan Nowaq the horse of Hitmi Bin Roshda from Sbaah Anezeh. And she gave birth to the chestnut mare that the Republic of Turkey purchased from Hama by the committee formed from Nurettin Aral Bey and Ihsan Akhun Bey in December 1936. And her father is the Ma’anegi Sbeli in Hama and as because the mentioned mare is a Kehaileh Mimrehieh from the horses of Ibn Adnan (Anezeh) which are from the famous Asil horses of the Anezeh as shown above, we came with the testimony for Allah and his Messenger.

    Witnessed and Signed by:
    Mokhtar Mohammad Al Shaqfeh
    Hasan Mohammed Al Shaqfeh
    Shafeeq Shaqaqi
    Saad Aldeen Al Saffaf
    Hamdo Al Zakkar
    Ahmead Ashour
    And others”

  5. It is not the same mare although looking very similar, because raswan´s photo shows four white feet and this mare has only three!

  6. Matthias, I was trying to say that the mare in Raswan is the dam of the mare in the photo.

  7. Another book we need to know about!

  8. “in his book “the Arab horse”, Hama native and racehorse owner Ali al-Barazi talks about the Kuhaylat al-Mimrah mare of Mukhtar al-Shaqfah”

    My comment left off the quote: soryr!

  9. Look at the bone on this horse… wonderfu

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