By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on October 25th, 2010 in USA
[November 1 2010, update from Edouard: The last two otherwise Al Khamsa eligible descendents of *Bint Rajwa have died. There is no point proposing *Bint Rajwa for inclusion in the Al Khamsa Roster]
I want to submit a proposal to include the mare *Rajwa and the stallion Karawane in the Al Khamsa Roster before this coming November. I have already written about *Rajwa here. She was a grey desert-bred mare of the Saqlawi “Ejrifi” (not a recognizable marbat, probably a spelling mistake) mare imported by W.R. Hearst in 1947, along with her daughter *Bint Rajwa. Her son *El Abiad was also imported to the USA at a later time. Both by the Lebanese-bred asil stallion Karawane (Ghazwane x a Ma’naqiyah).
*Bint Rajwa had a daughter in the USA, Gulastra Raajiah by Gulastra. That daughter in turn had a son, Sheik Hallany by Hallany Mistanny (Zarife x Roda by Mansour).
There are two horses potentially alive who closely trace to *Bint Rajwa, although not in the tail female: a 1988 mare, TCR Hallany Idol (by Sheikh Hallany x TCR Kassandra 1979, who was by Kazmeen Ibn Shiko out TCR Saantanny, also by Sheikh Hallany, so two crosses to *Bint Rajwa there); and a 1989 stallion, TCR Fa Hallany (by TCR Mista Rousse, who is a grandson of Sheik Hallany through his dam TCR Saantanny, out of TCR Kaatanny, by Kamaal El Shiko out TCR Saatanny, by Sheik Hallany, so two crosses to *Bint Rajwa too).
If both could be located (first if), if both were alive (second if), if both proved fertile (third if), if both could be leased or acquired or somehow worked with (fourth if), and both were bred to each other to produce a living foal (final if), then it would make for a nice preservation project, for four close crosses to *Bint Rajwa. It is something I would like to try.
By the way, below is a picture of a pretty great-grand-daughter of Sheik Hallany: Sharaya SF (Ibn Morafic x Shikos Valentina, by Shiko Ibn Sheik out of Lanzia, by Sheik Hallany out of Anzia). She traces to the Davenport import *Abeyah in the tail female, but carries one distant line (ugh!) to the non-asil Skowronek through Abu Farwa.