Telmese, b. 1903, “Asil from the Chammar”

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 5th, 2017 in Syria

A photo of the desert bred stallion Telmèse, born in 1903, imported to France by  Quinchez in 1912 has surfaced on His name is spelled “Telmez” there.

There is no strain recorded for Telmese, only that he was an “Asil de la tribu des Chammars”. This marks one of the first usages of the term “Asil” for an Arabian horse in French official records.

His most important progeny includes the stallion Djebel Moussa, sent to Tunisia, out of Dragonne, and the mare Medje, out of Dragonne’s daughter Dourka.

4 Responses to “Telmese, b. 1903, “Asil from the Chammar””

  1. Telmese and Nibeh ( were both purchased in Egypt from Khayat Pasha (quoting de Madron, General Inspector for the French National Studs).

  2. I wonder who Khayat Pasha was. From his name, he appears to have been Syrian.

  3. I don’t know either, just discovered it this afternoon. Per this text, he was dead by 1925 when de Madron was the head of his official french expedition (he was secretary during the last two preceding). He spells it “Kayat Pacha” in French. Some influencial coptic family was also called Khayat from a quick search I made: one of them “Kalil Kayat Pacha” is listed among the interpreters of the Portuguese Ambassy in Cairo in the early 20th century. But I could be totally wrong about this.

  4. I’d say he has shoulders as good as Sid Abouhom- but not better than. Sid Abouhom and telmese seem to have about the nicest front ends- tall shoulders well defined, good high set neck, of any two desert breds you’d care to compare.
    best wishes
    Bruce Peek

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