By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on October 8th, 2009 in General
In 1887, Lady Anne Blunt purchased the little-known desert-bred mare Jilfa from her breeder, Khashman al-Kassab of the Mawaheeb section of the Sba’ah Bedouin tribe. She was imported to Crabbet in 1888, as part of a batch that also included Azrek, and Ashgar, a Saqlawi Ubayri from the Shammar. Jilfa, a Jilfat Sattam al-Bulad by strain, was given away in 1896. I have never seen a photo of Jilfa..
At Crabbet, Jilfa produced Jamusa by Azrek, who in turn produced Mareesa in 1902, by Mareb (Mesaoud x Mansura, by Ashgar out of Meshura, another imported mare rarely found in Crabbet pedigree). Interestingly, Mareesa blends the three 1888 desert imports with the rare Meshura line, providing for an unusual early Crabbet pedigree. Mareesa produced the pretty Alfarouse by Berk (by now the line was out of Crabbet) and her sister Yakuta by Rasim (Feysul x Risala). In 1937, the latter produced Rasheeqa by the closely related Azym (Sher-i-Khurshid x Alfarouse), a son of Yakouta’s sister Alfarouse. Rasheeqa was 100% old Crabbet breeding and both her sire and her dam were of the same Jilfan strain. Rasheeqa produced the mare Resique in 1948, by Aaron (Algol x Rythma by Berk), carrying the asil Jilfa tail female one generation further. Resique produced the mare Amirat in 1956, by the asil Courthouse stallion Rashid (Saoud x Rangha by Berk, three Berk crosses); Rashid’s picture is bel0w.
At this point allbreedpedigree.com goes crazy and mixes that UK line with that of another totally unrelated Amirat, of the Fred Glass breeding in Oklahoma, USA. I don’t have Datasource to continue tracking the line. All I can tell is that in 1956, an asil Jilfa mare by the name of Amirat was born that was 100% Old English breeding, and that she was exported to the Netherlands in 1962. No idea whether that line has left something there, or elsewhere for that matter. My suspicion is that nothing was left. Of course, allbreedpedigree is not a reliable source for tracking pedigrees, but I am at work, and it’s all I got here.
[October 9th, 2009 update: Check out Michael Bowling’s informative article on the minor pedigree lines at Crabbet from imported Blunt mares, of which Jilfa was one].