By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on April 24th, 2015 in General
Last week I saw “Belle” for the first time. Jadah BelloftheBall (I so don’t like that name and I want to change it) is Jeannie Lieb’s gift to me in 2013. I liked the mare, she sent all the right vibes to me.
Looking at her, you’d easily forget you are in the woods of Pennsylvania, and you would feel transported in time and space to Arabia in the early twentieth century (one of my favorite time and space combinations, but I don’t think I would have survived more than a few days there and then). She is a Kuhaylat al-‘Ajuz tracing in tail female to *Nufoud of King Abd al-Aziz Aal Saud, sent to Albert Harris in 1932. She is only five generations removed from the desert (from both *Nufoud and *Turfa), and she looks like she came straight out of there.
The mare is not without defects, I would have especially liked to see a deeper girth and a longer croup, but I don’t mind her just the way she is; I appreciate the big bone, the short and thick cannons, the large hocks and hooves, the high wither, the highly set tail, and above everything else, that overall look of a desert animal, camel, antelope, bird or even dog, the mixture of sweetness and roughness, of wild and tame, of strength and fragility. The blood mark on the croup accentuates that “fresh off the desert” look and must have come from the Davenports (cf. Thea Isis, Pirouette), as she has 90% Davenport blood. The looks is most apparent in the three pictures I took, below. Of course, she was still in her winter coat.