Obeyaan Smaier at Prince Mohammed Stud, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on May 13th, 2017 in Bahrain

Obeyaan Smaier M439, grey stallion, born 2007, by Dhahmaan Faraj M157 out of Obeyah Samira M262

Dhahmaan Hoobeishi at Royal Stables, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on May 12th, 2017 in Bahrain

Dhahmaan Hoobeishi 1085, dark bay stallion, born 1998, by Kuheilaan Umm Zorayr Al Dheleem 407 out of Dhahma Umm Wajnah 821

Dhahmaan Hoobeishi in Bahrain

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 11th, 2017 in General

Probably the most impressive and the best stallion at the Bahraini Royal stud. What a pity he is the last of his line. Photo credit Sharon Meyers. Click to enlarge.

Bahraini Obayyan stallion in Germany

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 11th, 2017 in Bahrain

Obeyaan Mirage the Bahraini Ubayyan stallion which the Royal stables of Bahrain have gifted to Warren and Regina Staas arrived today at their farm. He is very handsome, and comes from old lines.

This is the fourth Bahraini stallion to come to Europe in the last five years, after the Kuhaylan Ibn Aafess stallion “Kuheilaan Afass Maidaan” that was gifted to the Government of Poland, and the Mulawilishan stallions “Mlolshaan Mahrous” and the Tuwayssan stallion “Tuwaisaan Tha’atha’a” that were presented to HM the Queen of England.

Obeyaan Azheer at Prince Mohammed Stud, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on May 10th, 2017 in Bahrain

Obeyaan Azheer M361, grey stallion, born 2003 by Dahmaan Shaban M84 out of Obeyah Al Gabra M153

Horse eaters

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 9th, 2017 in General

I now have a reliable account of the story of warriors eating horses in Iraq and Syria.

When I first heard the story, it was about American soldiers buying and eating Arabian horses, but it did not make much sense, given food habits in this country and restrictions imposed on US soldiers.

Lately, someone told me that it was actually ISIS fighters from Kazakhstan, a country where people eat horse meat regularly, who were seeking Arabian horses, and white ones in particular, to eat them. Several Kazakh squadrons appear to operate within ISIS ranks.

shameless plagiarism

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 7th, 2017 in General

So a Syrian man, Amir Mardini, plagiarized the reference book of renowned Arabian horse authority ‘Ali al-Barazi — now out of print — and put the entire content of the book online, under his name, here: www.kutub.info_18708. He removed the name of Barazi and put his name instead on the entire book. Oh, and he added a cover image. Fortunately, some of us still have copies of the Barazi book, which I can scan and put online for everyone.  Who does he think he is fooling?

1831 French report on the Prussian Studs

By Amelie Blackwell

Posted on May 5th, 2017 in General

Towards the end of 1831, the French National Stud’s Journal dedicated a series of articles to the Prussian studs. French imports of horses for cavalry remount from their eastern neighbors, including the Prussians, had been massive for several decades. This matter was indeed of utmost importance to the French and this report provides interesting details on several Arabian stallions used in Prussia during the early 19th century.

The first report of this series is devoted to the private Stud of the King of Wurtemberg in Stuttgart (which became renown as the “Weil Stud”). The use of “Oriental” stallions was first reported in 1818 with the use of Persian, Turkish, Nubian and other stallions, but more importantly a good number of Arabian stallions. Fifteen to eighteen of them were maintained at the Stud. However by 1831 only five of them remained and are described as follows:

– Bairactar (aka Bayracdar): a magnificent dapple-grey stallion, bought in 1817 aged 4 in Trieste for the King by Colonel Baron Von Gemmingen and used at stud since 1819. For 4 years, he was one of the King’s mount, and without a doubt one of the most magnificent. He was after appointed head stallion for the stud and had a great reputation as a sire: the pride and beauty of the stud.

– Siglavy (aka Saclawi): a chestnut stallion, not quite as noble as Bairactar, but with remarkable size, strength and powerful body, a bit long pasterns (although this latter point was not transmitted to his progeny).

– Sultan-Mahmud: a silvery grey of remarkably high size and nobility, bought in 1828 for the King by his medical adviser M. Von Hoerdt from the Greek dealer Glioccho, first jumps at stud in 1829.

– Aleppo: another desert-bred stallion, roan bay, bought aged 3 at Marseilles (France) by the King himself, the latter being very pleased by his progeny. He was also used as a personal mount by the King who enjoyed his great velocity, flexibility and elegant gaits.

– Abou-Dahman: not as noble as the preceding stallions, thus not used in the private stud of the King.

By 1832, Aleppo and Abou-Dahman do not appear anymore inside the listing of the stallions standing in Stuttgart.  They were replaced by a black Arabian stallion named Mamelouck and the home-bred purebred Arabian stallion Bournu (aka Burnu), a dapple-grey.

The Stud of Neustadt-Dosse, directed by M. Strubberg, was standing in 1832 two Arabian stallions used on some of the broodmare band, which included 2 “oriental” mares among a total of ninety. They are described as follows:

– Koylan (aka Koglan): a bay desert-bred stallion bought in Constantinople by the former stud director M. Ammon. (Note: this stallion was very successfully used a was lengthily described in former issues)

– Djedran: a chestnut stallion, bought two years ago in Vallhi (?)

The Stud of Graditz was standing one Arabian stallion in 1832 (not described), plus 4 part-bred stallions out of Arabian or Thoroughbred bred mares from Neustadt. They were used on “standard riding mares”.

The breeding program at the Stud of Trakhenen in 1832 included the use of Thoroughbred stallions over “oriental” mares (either born in Orient or Prussian bred) and the other way around. No further description of specific horses is given.

The breeding program at the Stud of Marbach in 1833 included the use 206 broodmares of “oriental”, Thoroughbred, Mecklembourgh,  Normand and Kladrup bred. The Royal Stud of Weil would send every year to Marbach 8 to 9 stallions to serve them, either “oriental” ones or Anglos. Among them 12 Persians and 10 Arabians mares, but also every part-bred Arabian mare, bred specifically to Arabian stallions.

Buffalo Bill on *Muson in 1907

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 in General

This one is for my daughter: Today I explained to her to that her mare “Belle” was the daughter of Invictus son of Sportin Life son of Brimstone son of Dharantez son of Dhareb son of Letan son of *Muson.

A bay Hamdaniyah Simriyah mare of Ibn Ghurab in 2007

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 in Syria

This photo, also from Kina Murray, is from the 2007 WAHO conference in Syria, from the post-conference Tour to North Eastern Syria. In Kina’s words:

“[This photo] was taken when we had many horses presented to us when we were hosted by the Tai [Bedouins].  She was a lovely mare.  […] I do remember that the owner of the mare (sorry I know he was an Ibn Ghorab but dont have his first name) was not only holding his mare so proudly, but also 2 mobile phones, and a large gun which you can just about see in the photo! “ 

Below a photo I took of Ibn Ghurab’s mares in Rumaylan, North Eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, two years earlier, in 2005. Click on it to enlarge it. Happy times…

Kina Murray on Reem al-Oud in 2002

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 in Syria

I love this photo of the desert-bred Ubayyah Suhayliyah Reem al-Oud in Bedouin gear with Kina Murray riding. It was taken in the North East Syria in 2002. Here’s Kina’s description of this moment:

“Attached is me having a gentle walk on an elderly mare on the trip when we went to do the investigation on all the horses that were added to the studbook, in 2002. […] I can’t remember her strain, possibly Obeyah Seheilieh, I rode her when we visited the home of Sheikh Mezer Ojail Abdull Kareem of the Shammar in Al Hassaka, as far as I recall.  One of my best memories ever. In fact she had just taken part in an impromptu 5km race across the desert!   Here are a couple of quotes from the report I wrote about that trip: 
“At the home of Sheikh Mezer Ojail Abdull Kareem of the Shammar in Al Hassaka, a slightly longer  race  across  the  desert  with  about  5  mares taking  part  was  arranged  for  our entertainment, it seemed that this was a regular activity. One of the mares taking part was 22 years old. The ‘finishing line’ appeared to be exactly where our group was standing, and it took  a  strong  nerve  to  stand  still  as  the  horses approached at  full  speed  in  a  cloud  of  dust!  Scenes like these have been played out in the traditional Arabian horse breeding areas since time immemorial, and it was a privilege to witness such a scene in the 21st Century. […]

I saw Reem al-Oud three times in my life, and each time I had a “Zietarski moment”, or, as my father would put it, an “electroshock”: first at the Aleppo equestrian club in the mid-1990s, where Sh. Mayzar al-Ajil al-Abd al-Karim was boarding her, and where we tried to buy her; a second time at Radwan Shabareq who had leased her; and a third time east of Aleppo in the late 1990s. She had been featured several times on this blog over the past decade, including here, and I still think she is one of the best Arabian mares ever bred.

For those who have been asking about what traditional Bedouin halters and saddle looked like (as opposed to the pale copies made today), this is as good an illustration as any.

Investigating the french archives : Babolna in 1827

By Amelie Blackwell

Posted on April 28th, 2017 in General

First, I would like to thank Edouard who generously offered me to post on this blog about the numerous findings from the French archives. It will be, I hope, the first of many posts to be shared with the worldwide community of Arabian horse breeders and enthusiasts.

In January 1829, the “Journal des Haras”, the French National Stud’s Journal, included a very detailed article of a visit of National Stud officials to the Babolna Stud in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The visit took place in 1827. At that time, the French were presented with 10 Arabian stallions. From these 10, 5 belonged to a group of 13 Arabian stallions and a couple of “other” horses sent in 1824 to Hungary by M. Glioccho (spelled “Pliocho” by the French). They were purchased from the Panz family of Constantinople for 8,000 ducats and had already been used as breeding stallions before. Here are the details provided by M. Erdelyi, with my translation:

1 – Siglavy-Gidran aka *Shaklavy-Gidean, 16 years old, 14 hands and 3 inches, a Saklawi of Nedjd, Gidran family, dark chestnut, a star on the forehead and both white hind legs.

2 – Gidran, first son of Siglavy-Gidran and the Nedjdi mare Tifle aka *Fisle of the Hamdaniah family, light chestnut, a star on the forehead, right hind-leg sock and both left legs with higher socks, 10 years old, 15 hands and one inch.

3 – Fedchan, 19 years old, 14 hands 2 inches and one line, a *Sucaan horse of the *Fedcham family, liver chestnut, large blaze, both front legs white up to the coronets, both hind legs withe up to the hocks.

4 – Nilus, purebred Arabian, 17 years old, 14 hands and 3 inches, light bay, narrow blaze and one hind leg sock.

5 – Aly, purebred Arabian, 14 years old, 15 hands, flea-bitten grey

6 – Anaze, 9 years old, 15 hands 1 inch and 8 lines, from the Anazeh of the desert around Damascus, liver chestnut, white blaze on the chanfrin, left foreleg and both hind-legs socks.

7 – Durzy aka *Durze, 9 years old, 14 hands 3 inches and 3 lines, a Nedjdi horse from Djebel-El-Druze, a star and right hind-leg sock.

8 – *Abechy, purebred Arabian from Abyssinia, steel grey, a star and both hind-legs socks, 7 years old, 14 hands 2 inches and one line.

9 – Nedjdi Baba aka *Nedschdi-Baba, 10 years old, 14 hands 2 inches and 2 lines, a Nedjdi horse, dapple-grey, right foreleg and left hind-leg white up to the knee, both remaining legs full white.

10 – Samhan, purebred Arabian, 9 years old, 15 hands 1 inch, of *Ferijan family, steel grey, large blaze and four white feet.

Number 6/7/8/9/10 are stallions from the Glioccho importation. The eight remaining stallions from the same importation were sent to the Mezoehegyes and Radautz Studs. The Arabians ones were: Siglavy a golden chestnut, Wehaby a brown, Abuleile a dapple-grey, Nedjdi a grey/white, Nedjdi a black and Gazal a roan chestnut. Plus two stallions from the Kurds: *Bozok and *Kuby, both brown.

Note: names with * are spelled the french way and may be written differently in any other European language.

Introducing Amelie Blackwell as Guest Blogger

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 28th, 2017 in General

Amelie is a French breeder lover of Asil Arabians. She belongs to a new generation of savvy researchers and has recently been making some pretty amazing discoveries mining the old French Studbooks (the oldest from the earliy 1800s) now available online on Gallica, the French National Library’s open access catalog. Her hypotheses are daring and some of her findings will please Arabian horse historians.


Talawat La Lizonne, Mokhtar daughter in France

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 28th, 2017 in General

Talawat is a superb broodmare from the line of Cherifa, a bay Shuwaymah Sabbah imported by the French from the Sba’ah ‘Anazah Bedouins in Syria in 1869. She is now owned by Fabienne and Severine Vesco in France.

Mlolesh Sehaam at Prince Mohammed Stud, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on April 26th, 2017 in Bahrain

Mlolesh Sehaam M605, chestnut mare, born 2010, by Dhahmaan Alashgar M139 out of Mlolesh Al Mashoora M269

Goodbye Wadd

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 26th, 2017 in General

Wadd left to Oregon last week. He will live with Jessica Heinrick in the High Desert, not far from the Malheur wildlife refuge, and he will be ridden regularly. I retain breeding rights.

Jessie has been sending me casual photos of him on the way, and should be picking him up today.

It’s sad to see him go, but he leaves behind a promising filly, Barakah (from a rare Kuhaylat al-‘Ajuz line from Najd), and he covered Thalia (a Kuhaylah Hayfiyah like him) right before leaving. I also keep his precious sister Wadha, which I also bred.

The filly, a year old in June, inherits his strong, straight short back and his extra deep girth (first picture), both improvements over her dam. She also has his big eye, his long, highly set neck (second picture), and his silk-like skin.


Jamr covered Shadows

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 25th, 2017 in General

This past Thursday and Friday, Jamr covered Shadows (SS Shadows Aana = SS Shadowfax x Juans Aana by El Reata Juan). I hope Shadows takes and I am really looking forward to the outcome of this breeding.

Mlolshaan Adbas at Prince Mohammed Stud, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 in Bahrain

Mlolshaan Adbas M623, bay stallion, born 2011, by Jellaby Maroof M309 out of Mlolesh Khalasa M107

Mlolshaan Al Dhakheel at Prince Mohammed Stud, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 in Bahrain

Mlolshaan Al Dhakheel M429, bay stallion, born 2006, by Jellaby Nader M46 out of Mlolesh Khalasa M107

Thalia breeding yesterday

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 20th, 2017 in General

It’s that time of the year, my favorite time horse-wise, when you get to make breeding decisions, despite promises to yourself and others to cut down, and sometimes you even get to implement them.

So yesterday Wednesday April 20, 2017, Wadd covered Thalia CF who is 25, a good cover. She had come into heat on Monday, and that was already very good news. I am going to put her on Regumate (progesterone) so she can hold the pregnancy. So here’s to a foal, hopefully a colt this time, Thalia being such an outstanding mare that I don’t mind a colt at all, and would keep him as a stallion.

Ginger’s boy

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 18th, 2017 in General

The 2014 son of my DA Ginger Moon (“Ginger”), gone to endurance rider Chris Yost (photo), is now training for the Tevis Cup 100 miles ride, and has turned into a magnificent black stallion. I had named him Kanz Al Arab, but he is now registered as DA El Moubarak BLY (“Mou”).

DA El Moubarak BLY, black 2014 stallion, Saqlawi Ibn Dirri, by Serr Serabaar out of DA Ginger Moon. Bred by Sheila Harmon, foaled by Carly Cranmore. Born a few weeks after I acquired Ginger.

My beloved Tuwayysa mare

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 18th, 2017 in Lebanon

My friend  and former colleague Frauke Wiprich went on a trip to Syria in 2009. In Palmyra, her guide told her his cousin owned a stud of Arabian horses near Homs, and arrange for her to visit it. There, by pure coincidence, she was shown my beautiful Halima (registered as Al Tuwayssa in the Lebanese Studbook), and took these pictures. I am blessed to have them.

She was the last Lebanese Arabian mare of authentic bloodline. A daughter of Malek, out of a daughter of Radwan, out a chestnut Tuwayssah mare from the Syrian desert, most probably from a ‘Anazah tribe.


Clarion CF this winter

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 17th, 2017 in General

The sire of my Mayassah Al Arab still looks good at 26. Photo by his owner Kirby Drennan, in Virginia, IL.

Mlolshaan Enaad at Prince Mohammed Stud, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on April 17th, 2017 in Bahrain

Mlolshaan Enaad M549, grey stallion, by Krayaan Sager M197 out of Mlolesh Al Haiza 1149

Krushaan Bader at Prince Mohammed Stud, Bahrain

By Matthias Oster

Posted on April 14th, 2017 in Bahrain

Krushaan Bader M498, bay stallion, born 2008, by Jellaby Mansoor M152 out of Lettice BHRSP  290 (non asil)

(Lettice was imported from Britain, when the Krush strain was lost in Bahrain.)