New Kuhaylat al-Krush filly at Bedouin Arabians in New Mexico.. and more

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

Jackson Hensley, of Bedouin Arabians Farm, in New Mexico, just sent me pictures of the latest addition to his stud; Sabella Al Krush, an asil Kuhaylat al-Krush filly, tracing in tail female to the mare *Werdi imported from Syria to USA by Homer Davenport in 1906. *Werdi hails from the Krush marbat of the Fad’aan Bedouins.

As an aside, the famous stallion Krush Halba, the foundation sire for the Turkish Arabian horse breeding program, hailed from the same Fad’aan marbat as *Werdi. Krush Halba was one of the most prepotent sires of racehorses of his time. He was active in the northern Lebanese town of Halba in the 1920s and 30s, and was purchased in 1933 by a Turkish Government Commission and exported to Turkey where he was known as Baba Kurus. Check out his hujjah here (scroll down to Appendix B).

One of Krush Halba’s sons, the grey stallion Kroush (actually a Kuhaylan al-Nawwaq by strain) was bought from the Beirut racetrack in 1936 by Dr. Mabrouk of the Egyptian Royal Agricultural Society (RAS), and was used by the RAS for breeding . Kroush appears in the Egyptian “RAS History” studbook (EAO Vol 1) on page 48. He had  three registered offspring in Egypt: the stallion Tamie (1937) out of Nagiya; the mare Bushra (1940) out of Kahila; and the mare Madiha (1938) out of Bint Sabah (hence a sister of Bukra, of Sheikh El Arab, of Layla the dam of Sid Abouhom, and of Babson’s *Bint Bint Sabbah). Pity none of them bred on.

Another of Krush Halba’s sons, the stallion Ghazwan was the foundation sire for the now defunct Lebanese Arabian horse breeding program. Some of Ghazwane’s daughters and grand-daughters came to the USA as part of the Hearst importation of 1947.

A third asil line to Krush Halba now survives in Syria, through his other son Abu Al-Tayyeb, also a Kuhaylan al-Krush from that Fad’aan marbat.

15 Responses to “New Kuhaylat al-Krush filly at Bedouin Arabians in New Mexico.. and more

  1. I guess the filly as a four hour old from birth is to fast, she just ran out of the photo.

    Enjoyed reading the information.


  2. That information ties a number of things together for me. Thanks, Edouard!

  3. I often wonder in reading your information where do you find it all. You have brought the world as to these horses much closer and I for one am grateful!

    The horses are still the same but the understanding is greater. Thanks again for all you are doing.

  4. Wasn’t The Darley arabian also bred by the Fad’aan? If so did the Fad’aan also breed a marbat of Muniqi? Just look at the noteworthy Muniqi sires, The Darley Arabian, Obeyan imported to babolna by General Haddad, Haleb imported by Homer Davenport, and Zamal imported by Hearst. These facts would seem to undermine the nonasilness theory of Raswan regarding the muniqi.
    Best wishes
    Bruce Peek

  5. Bruce Peek,

    Somehow my take on Raswan is different to some extent, I always thought he was simply pointing out what happens when outside blood was mixed with the muniqi? Just as what happens with any other strain. I realize each of us read into areas at many differing processes as to where each is coming from.

    I know his written words for the Egyptian Horses was very telling, as they were loaded with Muniqi crosses.

    He was also aware of Haleb, and the major role he played
    as a breeding stallion. He certainly did not, or at least to my knowledge, use Haleb as an example of what to avoid.

    Personally, I think separate from the catalog that Jane posted. But as Jane said, whats the harm in what she was doing? Just was an opinion, educated. She did create
    a lot of group breeding and interesting. If nothing else a group of desert stock forming a thought she held. To me many animals were very impressive, an awareness of what was brought into the moment. Personally I think Raswan did everyone a great favor with his ideas, awareness of outside blood is now discussed. Now DNA is comfirming what is outside and what is not.

    Certainly no one can question the Muniqi as a orginal source of the various Bedouin. Unknowing as all beginners
    I was lucky in that many books and writings were placed
    in my hands for study. Then I had to sort the information with the animals at my home. You name it
    we simply had it, then one day we lived with a Krush.

    Another one of those learning lessons of life.


  6. Jackson, you’re too generous..
    I just studied under the best of masters – my father.

  7. Edouard, thanks God for fathers like Your father and sons like You.
    I have another question regarding the Krush horses of the Jordanian Royal Stud. Do You know where their origin is?

  8. The foal, Sabella Al Krush, is now five days, and has begun dancing. A treat for I! Tybalt would be happy, as even Tybalt’s son, Asar Al Krush. The inner spirit saying life is a joy, lets dance.

    And I, well, I danced as well in sheer joy. Does not matter what tomorrow will bring, yes, today, I have now!

  9. To Matthias
    Royal Jordanian Stud
    Emir Abdallah ,the first Transjordanian Emir put there by the British ,brought his mares with him from Hedjaz.
    The Beni Sakher,the true Jordanian Bedouins use to have sil mares (by the way they are the Breeders of the Famous Ibrahim ,Skworonek’s sire)
    The Adwan tribe also had Asil mares .
    these 2 tribes are the most powerful in Jordan.
    The Royal stud is a mixture of the Emir Abdallah mares the bedouin mares that he received from the tribes and one Egyptian Stallion a gift from King Farouk, and one Spanish Stalliont hat he received from General Franco tracing back to Skworonek.
    One Asil Iraqi stallion “Mehrez I” that King Hussein had received from his Aunt the Sherifa Oum Rakan was also used (i owned one of his sons).
    This is the base of the RJS,after that many stallions were imported rom different countries.
    HRH Princess Alia deplores that there is no more a true Jordanian Bedouin horses

  10. Royal Jordanian Krush Horses

    Consulting Vol I of the RJ State Stud,I found only one Keheilat el Krush “Jamila” DB owned by HM King Abdullah of Transjordan.
    she produced “Emira I” by Selman (EAO) by Mansour and Sabah

    “Emira I” produced
    “Gazella” (1958) by Ushaahe by Ifni x Duquesa a Veragua Mare.
    Gazella is not an Asil Mare.

    “Emira I” was sold in 1958 to the US Ambassador in Jordan.
    If you are interested in “Gazella” production just tell me.
    All the best

  11. I would be interested in getting an mtDNA sample from one of these Jordanian Krush horses, and be able to compare it with the Krush in Egypt, Syria and the USA. Joe if you could help with the Jordanian Krush it would be great. You used to own one, no? Rihab? was she Krush?

  12. I used to owm “Al Fajer” a Jordanian Krush son of Ziba a non -asil mare from GB origin.But the horse died in Syria at the age of 16.
    As i wrote the only Jordanian Asil Krush mare went to the US in 1958.
    If you want I will see if I cant get you some Krush mane hair from Syria.ok?

  13. Yes, I remember. We used to own Ziba, and Sharif her other son..
    If you can get hair mane from some of the Syrian Krush it would be great and much appreciated, as we could analyze it fast.

    In particular, from the Sitt al-Kull line but also from the other Syrian lines: the Mokhtar/Doumah/Mumtazah line, and the Ghallabah/Ghallaiah line. Any of that would be useful.
    Remember the Kuhaylan Ibn Mizher are also Krush and if you get hair from some of these it would be great.

    The way to do it is to remove the chair including the root (basslet al-shaar) instead of cutting it with a scissors, and then to put it in a plastic bag and mark the name of the mare..

  14. We have at our Al Fadi Stables a “Hala” a Kuhaila ibn Mezher mare she is by Souhab X Mawadi
    Souhab is Yakan breeding a K Nawaki own brother to Rouba “Hussam el Shimal” dam.
    Souhab is triple Syrian National Champion and in 2010 at 17 years he was reserveNational Champion.
    I will try to follow your instruction in taking hair.
    As for “Sit el Kull”Fwaz’s dam we only have a Fawaz daughter.

  15. Baba Kuru? Horse Cemetary:
    It is located at the Karacabey stud farm. Baba Kuru? is a stallion originating from the Damascus-Helbe village of Syria that has played an important role in the breeding of Pure-blood Arab horses. During the years Baba Kuru? lived between 1921 and 1945, in the 11 years that he lived in the stud farm, 141 colts were obtained from his line. As our horse breeding sector owed Baba Kuru? a lot, it showed the value given to this horse by building a memorial grave for it.

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