By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on December 6th, 2016 in USA
From the Abbas Pasha Manuscript — that bottomless treasure — page 546:
“and we mated her a second time to the Hadban horse of Saffuq al Jarba, and he is of the horses of al Jaless of al Kawakibah”
Elsewhere in the Manuscript it is recorded that the stud/marbat of Hadban Enzahi of the al-Kawakibah section of the Ruwalah belonged to Nahi al-Mushayteeb of al-Kawakibah, and that it was an old stud. Al-Mushayteeb obtained them from al-Nazahi of the ancient Bedouin tribe of al-Fudul.
That Hadban stallion in the testimony was the great-grandfather of a horse that was three years old in the early 1850s. This means that in the 1830s or early 1840s at the very least, there was already a branch of the Hadban strain of the Kawakibah with the Jarba leaders of the Shammar, and that one of the horses of this Shammar branch of that Hadban strain was used as a stallion. Saffuq al-Jarba, nicknamed “al-muhazzam”, meaning “Saffuq of the belt” because he was so warlike that he reportedly never left his military gear, died in 1843.
This is very consistent with the testimony of the Jarba leaders of the Shammar in the mid 1980s about their prized Hadban strain having been with them for more than one hundred years according to one testimony (that of Hameedi al-Daham al-Hadi al-Jarba), and for some two hundred years, according to another (that of his brother Ahmad). It does not constitute rock-solid proof that the Hadban Enzahi of the Jarba came from the Mushayteeb stud of the Ruwalah, but the likelihood is high.
Whatever the case, I am very proud to own a representative of the Hadban Enzahi strain of the Jarba Shammar: RL Zahra Assahra (Portent x Antezzah by Grand Pass), a 1995 Hadba Enzahi tracing to *Hadba, the mare of ‘Ajil ibn Zaydan al-Jarba of the Shammar, and purchased by Homer Davenport in 1906.