Kuhaylan al-Krush asil horses from Syria in Spain

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 25th, 2009 in Arabia, Spain, Syria, USA

Clothilde Nollet of Maarena Arabians in France, just sent me this link to the website of a young Syrian lady, Dr. Ghasoub al-Abrash Ghalyoun, who moved to Spain and brought with her an asil mare from Syria, Karboujah (Sa’d x Roudeinah by Mas’huj), and her grey asil son Najm Ya’rob, by the stallion Fawwaz (Ayid x Sit al-Kull). Dr. al-Abrash also has other horses at her Abrash Krush stud near Madrid.

While I have never seen this stallion or his dam, I have very vivid memories of their sires, grandsires, and grand-dams: the stallions Ayid, Fawwaz, Mas’huj, Mahrous, Sa’d, and the mares Jamrah, and Sitt al-Kull populate my teenage memories, when my father and I used to drive from Lebanon to Syria and visit the studfarms of Syrian horse-breeders.

Najm Yarob, an asil Arabian stallion of the Kuhaylan al-Krush strain, bred in Syrian and imported in Spain in 2002

The stallion Najm Yarob is interesting pedigree-wise, because he trace to two completely different branches of the Kuhaylan al-Krush strain. His sire, Fawwaz, comes from an old-established marbat of Kuhaylan al-Krush in the city of Hama in central Syria. This marbat traces a branch of the Krush horse family originating from the Fad’an Bedouin tribe, and know as Krush al-Sane’. The mare *Werdi, a Kuhaylat al-Krush mare imported by Homer Davenport to the USA in 1906 was also bred in the city of Hama, but this is not enough evidence to infer that her and Fawwaz are from the very same marbat (ie same family of owners). The ancient city of Hama was in fact a major marketplace for a number of neighboring Bedouin tribes, some of which, like the Fad’an, bred Kuhaylan al-Krush horses, and several of these horses eventually found their way into the ownership of rich Hama landlords and traders.

Najm Yarob’s dam on the other hand, traces to another branch of the Krush strain. This branch hails from the Shammar Bedouin tribe, and is known as Krush al-Baida, “the White Krush”.  In fact, Najm Yarob’s dam is closely related to the stallion Mokhtar, a black Kuhaylan al-Krush, bred by the Shammar in the Mesopotamian desert, and imported to France in the late 1990s.  Najm Yarob’s great grand-dam, Jamrah (Awaad x Doumah) is Mokhtar’s full sister. Recently, Mokhtar was featured on this blog in the context of entries of the strain of Krush al-Baida. Maybe I should write an entry on Krush al-Sane’ soon.

9 Responses to “Kuhaylan al-Krush asil horses from Syria in Spain”

  1. The diary of Jens Sannek and Bernd Löwenherz about a journey in Syria gives very interesting informations from the asil syrian horses.Also about the here mentioned Mahrous,etc.with nice pictures.
    I read this book some years ago,and I recommend this work to every asil believer’s attention.
    Desert Legacy,in Search of Syria’s Arabian Horses is the title of the book. I had personally contact with one of the authors,who has another opinion in the asil-problem nowadays,but the value of this book is not less from this fact

    László.

  2. Please mr :Edouard i would really like to contact you and ask you about a very rare strain that exist only in Jordan Syria and mabe Iraq , id it a main strain and some say it is a sub strain of the Kohailan , its name is Argub or Urkub , it’s main country now is Jordan teh RJS , and i got a mare as a gift from Princess Alia he strain in Umm argub trace back to Naseeb a Jordanian 100 % mare , please i would love to talk about it with you , and this is my website
    http://www.petra-arabians.com u will find a page talking about it
    Yassmin Atieh , 28-7-2009 Cairo ,

  3. I quite agree with you Lazlo. For appreciating those importations from Syria like also the one realized last week to France and mentioned today by Edouard, it is important to read this book even there are various opinions regarding asil-problems nowadays, included those ones in this book.

  4. Hi Yasmine, it is not that rare, as there are several horses from that branch of Kuhaylan in Saudi Arabia, too, and in Hungary and Poland, and France. Several mares from that strain went to Europe in the XIXth century and left descendents there.

  5. hello again ,,
    it was so nice to speak to u at AK conv.
    just a question plz did u write anything about the argub yet ? is there any chance to ?
    thank you

  6. Hi Yassmin, yes good to talk to you too, and I wish I was there to meet you in person. Next time inshallah. No writings about Abu Arqub yet. Soon hopefully…

  7. The Krush seem to have a simular look, not all, but most.

    Werdi – unlike the others was here with the others imported. Thanks to Desert, the Bedouin, and those who received Davenport.

    Links to the past, fragile, but still here, now.

    Jackson – Bedouin Arabians

  8. i will be so waiting to know more about it , and plz email me when ever u like
    and i got by the way the first argub born filly in egypt 🙂 alhamdollelah
    Lemony AlPetra

  9. Mabruk Yassmin, Allah ye7miha

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