By Joe Achcar
Posted on December 5th, 2008 in General
As Edouard said “relying on second hand sources can be a problem”.I say relying on first hand sources can also be a problem.
Are the sources and information for accepting a horse as Asil always reliable.?
Take the Egyptian Stud Book we have to rely on the word of Egyptian stud manager who sometimes wrote under “Asil” Anglo Arabs(Raswan index photocopies),we never heard about this horses, were they being used as “Asil” on Arab mares ? who knows? maybe.
The horses bought from Hazem Pasha( a thcherkesse) by El Hadad were very tall horses,a little bit unusal for Bedouin bred horses.
the mares height: Geheilt el Sheriff 1.58m, Kheila 1.60m,
Siglavy Bagdadi was 1.56m.Mersuch 1.57m.Those horses were not ,except Mersuch, Hazem pasha breeding.Siglavy Bagdadi is said to be by the Ruweylat,
Wifrid Blunt wrote that Iraqi tribes crossed their mares with Turkmen horses,the south of Bagdad region was breeding horses for the Indian race market, (Major General Tweedie,The Arab and his horse).
It is very difficult to recognize a Pure from a part bred ,Edouard father experienced this in Beirut,the only way is inside informers like the police.
Ie:In 1897 Prince Roman Sanguszko acquired from Ali Pasha sherif a white stallion called “Massad”.”Massaad” was “the one sent from the Hejaz to Ali Pasha Sherif (who had never bred from him,not being I suppose ,certain of his origin) and the horse was sold for 11 pounds at the first APS auction.Prince S.says his produce are good” Lady Anne Blunt november 1899. (Britta Fahlgren)
Someone informed Ali Pasha on the horse origins.How many horses have been sold with no “informers” about their origins?
When ,some years ago,Joe Feriss asked me about the Bisharat horses I asked Bisharat Pasha grand son ,my friend,Wassef ,who told me they must have been pure ,”my grand Father would never dare send mongrels to the King, he will be too much afraid of informers”
This was the power of informers
What is the Bisharat horses breeding ? what is their strain ? despite this we find Beshir in the pedigree of famous horses:Salaa el Dine,Ibn Galal I,Jamil,Asfour..
Is the Bisharat were accepted as Asil? on what bases?my source as yours ,is Colin Pearsons “the Arabian horse families of Egypt”
We rightly condemned the Poles for Szumka II 1824 . But Unfortunately we dont want to investigate more our “Asil” horses.