Cehide, 1915, from the Ottoman Sultan Stables

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on February 13th, 2012 in General, Turkey

Teymur from Germany sent me this picture of the Arabian mare Cehide (pronounce it Jahidah), born in 1915. She was at the Ottoman Sultans’ stables until she joined the Turkish state studs when the Empire era came to an end. She was a Saqlawiyah Jadraniyah by a Saqlawi Jadran.



5 Responses to “Cehide, 1915, from the Ottoman Sultan Stables”

  1. The Saqlawi Jidran were originally Saqlawi Tuhayyil of the Dhu Hussein in Yemen.
    The Saqlawi Jidran are supposed to Jidran, one of the three sons of Ibn Ad Derri of the so-called Qumusa-Sba’a.
    More likely, however, that after the Al Judran appointed by the Rualla who take their name from the Jabal Jidran in Asir, as de Rualla lived in South Arabia.

  2. Teymur, there is not one word in the information you posted about the origins of Saqlawi Jadran that is correct. It is a bunch of falsehoods. I don’t know how such nonsense can be peddled around the Internet. Sorry.

  3. I read them…in the Book:
    “Desert Legacy In Search of Syria’s Arabian Horses”.
    So’ I do not know this is false Information’s

    Sorry than.

  4. Cahide/Jahida was born at the Ottoman Imperial Cifteler Stud,(spelling out as:Chifteler), She was Dapple Grey, traces back to Anazeh Bedouin Breed.

    Also the Blunt’s visited in 1893 the Imperial Stables, in this Time, there were about 1,700 Purebred Arabian horses and Lady Anne saw a world-class Arabian mare, a Seglawiyah Jedraniyah, named Ashab by Amir Muhammed Ibn Ahmed Al Rashid.

    She said about her: >>a perfectly wonderful Gray mare, such lovely as a gazelle from Ali Pasha Sheriff<<.


    Since the Ottoman era horseracing, jeered (a traditional spots) and ambling competitions have been organized and there had been a big and joyful participation. Some administers of this era owned race horses and sometimes they themselves joined the competitions and competitors.

    In Turkey first modern horse was done in ?zmir. In addition there were marvelous horseracing organizations in ?stanbul, Ka??thane. Ka??thane Races whose schedule was printed on skill paper in 1863 resembles today’s races in some aspects. Unfortunately we don’t know whether these races were organized continually, seasonally or one-two times a year.

    Mr. Patterson who inhibited in ?zmir founded Smyrna Races Club with some of his friends and this club organized horse races in ?zmir, ?irinyer.

    Then the owners of the racehorses were all foreigners. All the trainers, jockeys and stablemen were foreigners as well Turkish people participated in races only as audiences.

    In 23 July 1908 Jockey Club Ottoman was founded and Race Regulations were printed.

    In 11 June 1913 horse races were more regular and continuous at Veliefendi. Veliefendi pasture became Veliefendi Hippodrome. Firstly the runway was reformed, then two wooden grandstands and one referee tower were constructed.

    Out of Arabian and Thoroughbred horse races there were horse races for native horses but they were racing only among themselves.

    During Republic era Mustafa Kemal Pa?a was interested in races and in 1927 Autumn Horse Races took place in Ankara. In 1927 Thoroughbred horse called Neriman who belong to Ali Muhuttin Hac?bekir was the winner of the first Gazi Race organized in the name of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

    In 1928 High Race and Improvement Council was founded and horse breeding and horse races began to develop in the country.

    Atatürk has ordered the construction of the modern Ankara City Hippodrome and job was accomplished in 1936. Ankara Spring Races started in City Hippodrome and this hippodrome was used until 1979. With the foundation of 75ht Year Ankara Hippodrome in 2000 formal races began to be organized in Ankara again.

    Horse races began to be organized in Ankara, ?stanbul, ?zmir and Adana in 1927. Formal races were organized in ?stanbul, Ankara, ?zmir and Adana since 1947, in Bursa since 1985, in ?anl?urfa since 2000 and in Elaz?? since 2002.

    In 1953 with the Horserace Law with the reference no 6132 the authority of organizing races and wagers was given to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Our ministry is using this authority through High Stewards Board. Our Ministry that is the race authority turned over its duty to Jockey Club of Turkey for periods of 20 years.

    All constructions about horse reformation and races are built by our Ministry. Thus, horse breeding and racing improved a lot and became a bigger sector nowadays.

    Wagers are played with the most modern equipment of the world and about this subject we were one of the most developed countries.

    International races are organized in our country due to the successful studies on horse infections. Our high performance horses take a great part the worlds in racing. These horses take part in international races and mostly they are successful.

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