On the three Courthouse stallions: Nimr, Atesh and Fedaan

By RJ Cadranell

Posted on September 11th, 2009 in General

Here is the info on the Clark desert stallions:

Nimr. Arab Horse Society stud book vol. III (1926) says: Foaled 1914. Imported. Brown; blaze, off fore and both hind socks white. Nimr’s sire was a Seglawi Jedran belonging to the late Abdul Hamid II., Sultan of Turkey. Yaz, his dam, was a Seglawieh Jedranieh. The original owner of the dam was Shiekh [sic] Ul Mashaeikh of the Anazeh tribe, who gave her to Hazim Bey, Governor of Baghdad. Hazim Bey took her to Constantinople, where he sold her to Sherif Ali Jaffer who gave her to Prince Mohuiddin. Owned by H.V. Musgrave Clark.

Journal of the Arab Horse Society: “At the same time [as Atesh] came Nimr to the above Stud, a brown horse of the Seglawi Jedran strain, standing 15 hands, having great bone and substance. He was bred and owned by Prince Mohuiddin, son of the late Sherif of Mecca [sic], and ridden by him as a charger. He is a magnificent type of Arab, a good foal-getter and a winner of many prizes in the show ring.”

Peter Upton adds that Nimr was imported c.1923 and owned by H.V.M. Clark c.1925. He also quotes Lady Wentworth: “A good imported horse was Nimr – well authenticated.” He adds in a footnote that Prince Mohuiddin was son of the Sherif of Medina, not Mecca.

The 1992 book The Courthouse Arabian Stud says Nimr and Atesh were imported together c.1922 and acquired soon after by Bill Clark.

Atesh. Arab Horse Society stud book vol. III (1926) says: Foaled 1913. Imported. Chestnut; blaze, four white stockings. Bred by the Gomussa tribe of the Sebaa Anazeh, and given by them to the late Enver Pasha, and used by him as a charger during the war. He was a winner of many races in the East. Atesh, a Managhi Ibn Sbeyel. Owned by H.V.M. Clark.

Journal of the Arab Horse Society: “a chestnut stallion 14.3 ½, of the Maneghi Ibn Sebeyl strain. He has good bone and plenty of substance and won nine races in Egypt. He was bred by the Gomussa tribe of the Sebaa Anazeh and presented as a colt to the late Enver Pasha and used by him as a charger during the War.”

Fedaan. Arab Horse Society stud book vol. III (1926) says: Foaled 1913. Imported. White. Sire: Rashad. Dam: Nejmeh, by Ibn Sheefi, out of Hadidieh. Fedaan was brought with his dam to Damascus from Nejd, Arabia, by Abdurrahman Pasha. Fedaan, a Seglawi Jedran. Owner: Capt. R.W. Brierley.

Journal of the Arab Horse Society: “The last imported stallion to come to this stud was Fedaan, a very nice grey of 15.0, a Seglawi Jedran bred by the Ibn Sbenyi family of the Fedaan Anazeh tribe. He was brought to Damascus with his dam, as a foal, during the War; the Germans, however, seeing what a good mare she was, seized her and sent her into Germany. Her grey colt Fedaan was raised in Damascus, and Capt. R.W. Brierley, late XXI Lancers, acquired him as his charger, won races with him, and brought him home to England.”

Peter Upton in The Arab Horse says Fedaan was purchased by Mr. Clark in 1927 or 1928.

9 Responses to “On the three Courthouse stallions: Nimr, Atesh and Fedaan

  1. What a trio! Were they accepted by Al Khamsa in that famous 1986 proposal that got Meshura and the Rogers horses in?

  2. Yes. For the record, here is the report from Khamsat vol. 4 no. 4 on the 1987 Memphis convention (p. 9): “The second vote on the appeals by Carol Schulz were also taken after she gave a brief introduction to her material. All of this material was on display for convention goers throughout the weekend. Her first appeal involved 13 horses which no longer have any living Al Khamsa descendants but are for reference purposes. These are the mares Sherifa, Hagar, *Bakhaitah, *Muneerah, *Saoud, Kuhaylan Zaid, Kuhaylan Haifi, and Kuhaylan Kruszan. [? I count 8 horses, not 13. Maybe a line was dropped from the article?] This appeal was approved. The second appeal involved 7 horses who have otherwise eligible descendants.” Listed: Meshura, Nuhra, Atesh, Nimr, Fedaan, Manak, Tuwaisan. “This appeal was also approved.”

  3. A line must have been dropped. It talks about mares only and it goes on with listing four mares and then suddenly moves to stallions after *Saoud. If *Saoud was in, then I assume *Nourah and *Muha (the other two Rihani imports) were in too.

  4. The full list is given in the report on the 1986 convention, Khamsat vol. 3, no. 4, page 8. First group should read mares Sherifa, Hagar, *Bakhaitah, *Muneerah, *Subaiha, *Taffel, *Thorayyah, *Noura, *Nurah, and stallions *Saoud, Kuhaylan Zaid, Kuhailan Haifi, and Kuhailan Kruszan. Second group, the 7 listed above, Meshura, Nuhra, Atesh, Nimr, Fedaan, Manak, Tuwaisan.

  5. She did not propose *Muha. I believe you have published information on the sire of *Muha. Lack of available information on the sire had held up her consideration by the Blue Catalog, as I recall. *Noura was included in the Blue Catalog, and *Muha was held out for further investigation. …. pause to look up info …. page v of the 1963 supplement:

    “*Muha may have been a Blue List. She was left out of the Catalog for lack of evidence. She was bred in Lebanon by Ameen Rihani, who had received her dam, the Blue List Muniqiyah-Hadruijiyah *Noura, as a gift from King Ibn Sa’ud of Arabia. *Mura’s sire was a French Remount stallion described as follows: ‘a Seglawi Jedran, bred at the Stud of Omar Bey Dandash in Akkar. This stallion was presented to General Goureaux, the French High Commissioner for Syria and Lebanon, and is now in the Etablissement Hippique de Levant. His dam, a Seglawieh Jedranieh, is still in the possession of Dandash Bey of Danadeshah House of Akkar. The Danadeshah of Akkar keep in their studs only the pure Desert blood.'”

    This was a quote from the Arab Horse Society studbook of England. Miss Ott said she was unable to discover anything about Omar Bey Dandash, and held open the possibility of including *Muha upon receipt of convincing evidence of his stud’s asil character. Pardon any typos as I have gone pretty fast here!

  6. Did waiting on *Muha cause the loss of the bloodline? I am going to write about *Muha in an upcoming post. Her sire was a Saqlawi Jadran from the marbat of Ibn Zubayni.

  7. I haven’t run the *Muha descent all the way down. Here are the first few generations:

    Sunny Acres Joepye (1952 mare) died in 1974. She was by the Davenport stallion Ibn Hanad, out of Joharah (by *Mirage), out of Rihani (*Saoud x *Muha). Joepye had a younger sister, Sunny Acres Panchita. They were otherwise Blue List descendants of *Muha whose “asil” lines are now gone. *Muha also produced Miralai (by Asil), dam of Zamira (by *Zarife), dam of Lamira (by Leidaan). Lamira produced a series of foals by Chanad (Hanad x Charmain) between 1957 and 1961. I have not looked at the progeny of the Chanad x Lamira foals yet. Maybe later tonight.

  8. I just ran the lines of the three daughters of Chanad and Lamira. They are the last otherwise Blue List descendants of *Muha.

  9. Not Blue List, actually, but Al Khamsa….

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