By Edouard Aldahdah
A previous entry quickly went through the Kuhaylan al-Krush horses that came out of Arabia. Of these, the stallion Krush (sometimes called Krushan), imported by Lady Anne Blunt to Egyptian stud of Sheykh Obeyd in 1911, is of particular relevance for the Krush al-Baida branch of that strain.
This is what the Sheykh Obeyd Studbook, quoted by Rosemary Archer in “The Crabbet Arabian Stud: its History and Influence“, has to say about Krush:
A Kehilan el Krush. Grey stallion bred in 1909. Sire: Kehilan el Sueti of the Harb stock. Dam: Grey Kehilet el Krush whose dam was the mare of Ammash el Reja el Duish, known as the ‘white Krush’ famed for her speed. Purchased in the desert in 1911.
As far as I know, these three lines are the only Western reference to the ‘white Krush’, “Krush al-Baida” . They are important because they give away the name of the owner of “Krush al-Baida” – a Bedouin warrior of the al-Dawish ruling clan of the Mutayr tribe, the reason for her fame – speed in tribal warfare – and an approximate date. If Krush was foaled in 1909, and “Krush al-Baida” was his granddam, then she would have been alive in the 1880s-1890s.
Bedouin oral tradition remembers “Krush al-Baida” as a mare that carried her rider and another wounded warrior back to their camp, in the context of the war between Ibn Saud and Ibn Rashid for the control of Central Arabia, a war in which the Mutayr tribe was heavily involved.
According to various accounts, some of the descendents of Krush al-Baida eventually ended up with Ibn Rashid in the central Arabian city of Ha’il, from whom Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud took them when he took Ha’il in 1921, bringing an end to a decades old conflict. If this is correct, then there is a chance that mares likethe Crabbet mare Dafina and perhaps the Inshass mare El Kahila are desendents of “Krush al-Baida”.
Next entry: Krush al-Baida in Syria today.