One of the first photos of me on a horse

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on January 21st, 2017 in General


This was taken in 1980 or 1981, near the town of Rayak, in the Biqa’ valley of Lebanon.

Rayak, more specifically the village of Hawsh Haala, outside Rayak, was where we put our horses. We had a partnership with the Hindi family over the horses, since the time of my grandfather, Edward Al-Dahdah, in the late 1920s.

The young man holding me is Shafiq Hindi, a longtime family friend, who had taken over the partnership after the passing of his uncle Subhi Hindi. The mare, the mare, was my father’s all-time favorite, Zanoubia (III). A mare of great style, refinement and beauty in her heyday, gazelle-like, from an noble, prestigious and storied origin, and a notoriously difficult producer.

She was born in 1976, by Ash-hal, a Kbayshan, out of Bint Wazzal, by Wazzal, a Ubayyan, out of Su’ad, by al-Jazzar, a Kuhaylan Nawwaq, out of Umm Mash’al, by Ghazwane, a Kuhaylan al-Kharas out of a ‘Ubayyah, by a Saqlawi al-Aama (the blind), out a ‘Ubayyah by a Kuhaylan Nawwaq out of a ‘Ubayyah Sharrakiyah of the Sarraf family of Ba’albek in the Biqa’ valley, who had obtained the strain from Ibn Thamdan of the Sba’ah ‘Anazah.

Another photo of the same mare, ten year after the first photo (ground not level), with another of our mares in the background, a Kuhaylah Nawwaqiyah.

6 Responses to “One of the first photos of me on a horse”

  1. What a wonderful thing it is to have a photo of you and your horse! Such a nice mare as well. Very attractive both mares.

  2. Gorgeous, Edouard. I love how her beauty blossomed and unfolded as she aged.

  3. Bless her 🙂

  4. Our horse DA EL Moubarak BLY genetic testing so far shows CLEAR for both CA -Cerebellar Abiotrophy & SCID – Sever Comb. Immunodef.. The LFS test is still pending. I am quite sure that will normal as well. Good news so far. Hope all is well with you and your family. As I see above you did start riding at an early age. Chris

  5. LFS just came back today and is NN-Clear of LFS mutation. Edouard, I am going to promote him as a breeding Stallion with pedigree, above lab results, photos and videos. I think it important to focus a lot on what his full sister Ebony has done to include that they both are Straight Egyptian Sired, Sheykh Obeyd and Al Khamas. That Ebony’s first 100 was the Tevis Cup. Their Dam DA Ginger Moon ( DB Destiny Moniet X Kumence RSI by Monietor ) a Saqlawiyah Jadraniyah, tail female to Rabanna carrying a high percentage of horses from the lines of Abbas Pasha and Ali Pasha Sharif. I plan to place an add in the AERC News and in Endurance Net here in Idaho. I will offer him to the first ten 100% Asil Arabian Mares that have completed the Tevis Cup. My projected stud fee will be $1000.00 which will be free for the 10 mares that qualify so there only cost would be the Veterinarian collection and shipping fee. Is there any other bits of information that you know from the lineage of Ginger that would help me? Is this a reasonable way to get some good mares to him??? Let me know what you think. Oh, he is as of 2/9/17 975 # and a solid 14.3 hands high. I project that he will 15.1 to 15.2.

  6. Chris, I do like your criteria!! Can we see pedigree, pics and videos and also do you propose to export frozen? I don’t have Asil horses, but Crabbet and Crabbet/Courthouse/Davenport, (you will see my self defence about this in my other posts haha 🙂 ) I would love to use an Asil stallion from properly proven athletic lines though, I assume he is a lovely person too?

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