Query on French bloodlines in the USA

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on April 15th, 2009 in Arabia, France, Syria, USA

In 1921-22, W.R. Brown imported a number of Arabian horses from France to the USA, for Army Remount purposes. Two of these horses, the mares *Kola (Latif DB x Destinee by Maksoude DB) and *Balkis II (El Hassan DB x Bedadine by Edhen DB) have left important lines in mainstream US Arabian horse breeding, *Kola through her daughters Fadih (by Sargon) and Fath (by *Rodan), and her son Kolastra (by Gulastra); *Balkis II through her daughter Fenzileh (by *Rodan). Balkis II also came with a colt (*Babel, b. 1921) [correction, *Babel was a filly] by the desert bred stallion Gadban, imported to France in 1902.

I don’t know whethe any of *Kola, *Balkis II and *Babel have surviving asil progeny today. It wonder if anyone has gone through the trouble of looking for their progeny from Al Khamsa eligible horses. It would certainly be worthwhile to do so. If they do, I am going to try and put together a submission for inclusion into the Al Khamsa Roster of the following nine desert-bred horses, all of them included in the pedigrees of *Kola, *Balkis II and *Babel:

— Latif, a desert-bred a Hamdani from the Fida’an tribe, imported to France in 1909

— Maksoude, a desert-bred Kuhaylan ‘Ajuz from the Bani Sakhr tribe, imported to France ca. 1885

— Harfouche, a desert-bred Saqlawi Jadran imported to France ca. 1875

— Hedjaz, a desert-bred Saqlawi imported to France ca. 1875

— Zaale, a desert-bred Saqlawiyah Jadraniyah, imported to France ca. 1880

— El Hassan, a desert-bred Abu Arqub, imported to France ca. 1900

— Edhen, a desert-bred Saqlawi Jadran from the Saba’ah, imported to France ca. 1880.

— Gadban, desert-bred, imported to France in 1902

— Balkis, a desert-bred Kuhaylat al-Ajuz, imported to France ca. 1880.

I will be researching them over the next few months, with the help of some friends. Lets see where that will take us.

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