On Rabdan El Azrak

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on February 24th, 2009 in Egypt

Two nice articles (part 1 and part 2) from Joe Ferriss in the website/newsletter Arabian Essence on the influence of the grey stallion Rabdan Al Azrak on Egyptian Arabian lines.

11 Responses to “On Rabdan El Azrak”

  1. Terrific! And a couple of photos I am not familiar with, too.

  2. Indeed, that’s the first time i see the pictures of old Samhan and old Kheir.

  3. Glad you like the feature. Part III in March will cover the Ibn Rabdan sire line. Then I am hoping to get the El Deree sire line done after that. I think it is a good idea to think about the remaining sire lines in straight Egyptian breeding. Choices in sire lines are still out there if you look hard enough but it could vanish. It is sort of like the train leaving the station. If you stand there and just look, pretty soon it will be gone. The sire line to Ibn Samhan is really thin.

  4. actually I meant to say sire line to Ibn Samhan through Balance-Nasrulla. Although there is not a lot out there for Kheir-Gassir-Mourad either. Too bad about not having a male line through *Fadel. He was quite a nice horse.

  5. Three weeks ago I saw a truly remarkable stallion from the Ibn Samhan sire line at the EAO: Serag El Din (Mourad x Safinaz).

  6. Thank you Joe, for these wonderful articles – they make active breeders aware of the choices we still have in selecting sire lines if we are vigilant enough to use them before they disappear.
    The photos were great and your writing clear and informative.
    As always.

  7. Wonderful articles Joe, thank you. I look forward to the third one. I didn’t realize this sire line was so rare there is a grandson of Emam (through his sire line) in Kansas here is the link that I found
    http://www.horseclicks.com/horses/p5hnj0/ Please someone Let me know if this link worked. Michelle

  8. The picture link works and the horse, Falzan has an excellent, excellent pedigree.

  9. Thanks Michelle for pointing that out. Falzan’s straight Egyptian son, Last Chance Too was at the Al Khamsa convention fantasia horse presentation in October of 2007. He is an excellent horse and a good mover. He has a younger full brother,WF Amir Ibn Falzan. Also Last Chance Too has only two registered foals listed but both are straight Egyptian males, 2007 and 2008 so with Falzan and his male line rests the only male line to Emam in the U.S. Most of these horses are in the Northwest so hopefully some of them will come to the next Al Khamsa convention in Oregon this August.

  10. Anybody knows who have given the name rabdan to that horse ?

  11. It is the masculine form of Rabda, and Rabda is the name of the family this horse comes from. Rabda means ‘ostrich’ in Bedouin Arabic. These horses were called Rabda/Rabdan after ostriches.

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