*Bint Rajwa and Karawane “the Great”

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 29th, 2009 in General

Another Hearst import to the USA in 1947 is *Bint Rajwa, who came with her dam *Rajwa, and her full brother *El Abiad.  There were essentially two groups of Hearst horses: one group was bred in Lebanon, from well-established Lebanese asil lines, and included the horses: *Bourhane, *Kouhailane, *Layya, *Lebnaniah, *Mansoura, *Nouwayra, *Najwa, and *Mounwer; another group was desert-bred, and had come from the Syrian desert to Beirut for racing purposes. This second group included *Arkane, *Snounou, *Ghamil, and *Rajwa.

Rajwa’s recorded strain is Saqlawi “Ejrifi”, a marbat I have never heard of before, and the name of which I believe is misspelt. It may well be Saqlawi Arjabi (alternative spellings: Erjibi; Rajabi), which is the fourth and last of the four main branches of the strain (Jadran, Ubayri, Arjabi and al-Abd), but I am not sure. I will need to check this one.

Bint Rajwa is Rajwa’s daughter by a famous asil Arabian horse of Lebanese breeding: the grey Karawane, who raced in Beirut in 1940s in the ownership of Henri Pharaon (who else?) and was otherwise known as “Karawane al-Azim”, i.e., Karawane the Great. A picture of her is appended below, from the website of Suzi Morris’ Ariena Arabians, courtesy of Nayla Eshelman:

Bint Rajwa, a Saqlawiyah of Lebanese and desert breeding, imported to the USA by W.R. Hearst in 1947

If *Bint Rajwa were to be accepted by Al Khamsa, then a very small number of her descendants would be Al Khamsa eligible today. That’s because *Bint Rajwa produced the mare Gulastra Raajiah by Gulastra; and that mare in turn produced the stallion Sheik Hallany by Hallanny Mistanny. Sheik Hallany, who was the last asil tail female descendant of *Bint Rajwa, produced among others the mare TCR Saantanny, out of the mare HMR Saandra (Saandman x SL Rodorzah, a Saqlawiyah Jadraniyah from the Ayerza South American breeding). TCR Saantanny has five otherwise eligible descendants born after 1978. These are:

These are (and thanks to Jenny Krieg and Eva Dano for digging these out):

— TCR Hallanys Idol 420100 g mare 1988 by Sheik Hallany x TCR Kasaandra, double *Bint Rajwa
— TCR Mista Rousse 174140 g stallion 1978 Fa-Rousse x TCR Saantanny
— TCR Kasaandra 192416 b mare 1979 Kazmeen Ibn Shiko x TCR Saantanny
— TCR Kaatanny 305274 b mare 1984 Kamaal El Shiko x TCR Saantanny
— TCR Fa Hallany 443256 b stallion 1989 TCR Mista Rousse x TCR Kaatanny, double *Bint Rajwa

It may well be worth doing some more research on *Rajwa and *Bint Rajwa, for future proposal to the Al Khamsa Roster. In this context, here is the Al-Dahdah Index’s entry for *Bint Rajwa’s sire Karawane:

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KARAWANE: (known as Karawane al-‘Azim, ‘the great’) a grey asil stallion [photo available];

Strain: Ma’naqi;

Sire: Ghazwane [not sure, information from one source only];

Dam: a Ma’naqiyah of the horses of al-Hajj ‘Ajam [who is he?] according to a copy of an old hujjah in my father’s possession;

Karawane won many races in Beirut, and was later used as a breeding stallion. Karawane was the sire of the Kuhaylah Nawwaqiyah mare, granddam of the asil Bint Mawj al-Athir, and of the asil Hindi stallion Arkane [not the Hearst horse, but another Arkane], out of the Sa’da Tuqan mare Rabab (herself by Ghazal, the paternal grandsire of two other Hearst imports, *Layya and *Mounwer. Karawane was also the sire of the US Hearst imports *Bint Rajwa and *El Abiad.

7 Responses to “*Bint Rajwa and Karawane “the Great””

  1. She looks the part, doesn’t she?

  2. Her sire Karawane was a really beautiful horse who stamped his progeny; notice the resemblance with the picture of Bint Mawj al-Atheer below, who is a grand-daughter of Karawane.

  3. I was looking for something else and came across some information on Karawane. The April 1953 Arabian Horse News carried an item on p. 15 about the importation from Lebanon of *El Abiad. It says: “The sire of EL ABIAD is KARAWANE, a Maanaki Sbayli, whose mother was a Maanakieh Sbaylieh owned by Mohammed Bey Mourad of Accar District, Lebanon. The sire of KARAWANE was the great GHAZWANE, whose breed was Kohailane el Kharass.”

    FYI, *El Abiad was imported by F.E. Mars, not by Hearst.

  4. One more thing, the news item says “EL ABIAD’s dam is RAJWA, from the line of Siglawi Ejrefi.”

    There’s that Ejrifi or Ejrefi marbat again.

  5. Wow!!! That AHS item confirms the initial informatin on Karawane, and adds some more! Thanks a lot. I will update the entry on Karawane in my Index.

  6. That Karawane entry now reads:

    KARAWANE: (known as Karawane al-‘Azim, ‘the great’) a grey asil stallion [photo available];

    Strain: Ma’naqi Sbayli;

    Sire: Ghazwane (see Ghazwane entry);

    Dam: a Ma’naqiyah Sbalyiah from the horses of al-Hajj ‘Ajam [who is he?] according to a copy of an old pedigree of Bint Mawj al-Atheer in my father’s possession; She was owned by Mohammed Bey Mourad of Akkar, a horse breeding district in Northern Lebanon.

    Karawane won many races in Beirut, and was later used as a breeding stallion. Karawane was the sire of the Kuhaylah Nawwaqiyah mare, dam of the asil Bint Mawj al-Athir, and of the asil Hindi stallion Arkane [not the Hearst horse, but another Arkane], out of the Sa’da Tuqan mare Rabab (herself by Ghazal, the paternal grandsire of two other Hearst imports, *Layya and *Mounwer). Karawane was also the sire of the US imports *Bint Rajwa and *El Abiad.

  7. I thnk I had some Arabian info right! My horse’s pedigree showed El Abiad back to sire & dam as being Karawane and Rajwa.(Rajwa was in foal for Bint Rajwa on importation)
    and #6780 photo of El Abiad hit a long forgotten note. I knew the early registration number immediately when viewed.
    I was a teenager when I bought Abiad’s Huda( it means white and a girls name;mary, helen?) and the photo of Bint Rajwa look exactly like my Abiad’s Huda.
    No reference to her in pedigree.com. Maybe because there was a separate part bred arab registry back in the 1960-1970’s!
    Maybe I need to find the correct registry to find records of my long gone love!

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