Hujjah Translation: *Hamra Johara, a 1952 Ubayyah mare from Saudi Arabia

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on January 14th, 2010 in Arabia, Saudi

Recently, Jeanne Craver was able to access the hujjah and supporting documents about the mare *Hamra Johara, a desert-bred Arabian mare imported to the USA in 1961 by Lewis Payne. *Hamra Johara has no asil descendents, unfortunately.

Jeanne obtained the documents from Gari Dill-Marlow, who got them from Dick Reed, who breeds Polish Arabians in Texas. I don’t know where Dick got them from. The mare’s hujjah in Arabic, and its very accurate English translation are part of the documents. I am reproducing the English translation here, which was originally done by James C. Stewart, “Acting Translation Analyst of the Translation Division of the Local Government Department and the Arabian American Oil Company [ARAMCO], in the offices of that company at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia”:

In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Village of Khufs Dhughurah, Province of Nejd, Saudi Arabia

6 Rabi’ II 1978 (Corresponding to 20 October 1958)

I, the undersigned, Turki Al-Hashishi, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, residing in the village of Khufs Dhughurah, Province of Nejd, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, declare the following to be true:

The mare Johara described as chestnut with a white left hind foot and a white stripe from her jibbah to her nose, was foaled in the stables of the Royal House of Sa’ud in Riyadh, Province of Nejd, on 25 Jumada II 1371 (Corresponding to 21 March 1952). Both her sire and dam were chestnut colored and of the Ubayyan strain. The sire is known as Kabir Ahmar and the dam is called Rajabah and both were owned by King ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn Sa’ud.

I avow the above to be a true statement concerning the mare Johara before Allah the Merciful and the Compassionte, for she and her dam and her sire are descended from generations of horses of pure blood of the Ubayan strain

Signature of Turki Al-Hashishi

Witnessed by: Khalifa Ibn Yusuf, Ibrahim ibn Majeed

This hujjah is typical of the type of hujaj issued in Saudi Arabia around the same period. Khufs Dughurah (or Khafs Dughrah) was the location of one of the larger studs of the House of Saud. 

3 Responses to “Hujjah Translation: *Hamra Johara, a 1952 Ubayyah mare from Saudi Arabia”

  1. Please, give credit to Dick Reed, who obtained the material from AHA offices, and to Gari Dill-Marlow, who forwarded it to me. I did nothing except bounce it along, with gratitude to both!

  2. I became interested in *Hamra Johara when we purchased the racing stallion LINE DANCER 4,30(25,4,0)$423,000. He is from the dam line of Hamra Johara and is line bred to her having her four times in the fourth generation.

    I requested the import information from the AHA which was used to support her registration.

    Hamra Johara is very important in Arabian racing as she is up close in the pedigree of not only Line Dancer but also his sire Burning Sands. Burning Sands is currently the most successful sire of horses racing in the United States.

    I have a photo of Lewis Payne on Harma Johara hopefully it shows up:


  3. Thank you, Dick! The mare reminds me of some of the photos of *Deyr, an Abayyan Sharrak in the Davenport importation. Color and all!

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