By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on June 9th, 2008 in Bahrain
Arabesque Azieze is at the center of the biggest “what if” story I have recently been involved in. Scroll down this website to see a picture of him (I do respect copyrights, sometimes).
This Asil stallion was born in Australia in 1978 and was later sold to New Zealand. He was by the Asil stallion Hansan (El Hilal x Hamamaa), a stallion of Egyptian bloodlines. Nothing to write home about.. yet.
The real story concerns Azieze’s dam, Orilla, a 1960 chestnut mare. Orilla was by the legendary Oran (Riffal x Astrella), and out of the mare Rabiha, by Rheoboam out of Nuhra. Oran, a Ubayyan Sharraq of the marbat of Ibn ‘Alyan traced to the famed Blunt desert import Queen of Sheba, and was bred by Lady Yule at Hanstead Stud. Oran was the last Asil stallion used at Crabbet Park by Lady Wentworth. Rheoboam was born at Musgrave Clark’s Courthouse Stud from old Blunt bloodlines… wait, there is more:
Nuhra was a bay Asil mare (picture below) imported from Bahrain to England in 1938 by the Earl of Athlone, the brother of Queen Mary of England. Nuhra was a Wadhnat Khursan by strain, and her sire was a Kuhaylan Jallabi.
So Arabesque Azieze was a Wadhnan Khursan, the only known Asil representative of this rare strain outside the desert, on top of tracing to Oran and Rheoboam. Born in 1978 yet so close to prestigious Old Crabbet and desert stock. And a National Champion in New Zealand, too.
Tzviah Idan and Carol Monkhouse Brown had found out about Azieze in the early nineties and had tried to get his owner to send him to the University of Auckland, New Zealand to collect semen. They were not successdul. A second effort was undertaken in July 2001, when a group of breeders (including the late Carol Lyons, Tzviah and myself) started a thread in AK Horsemen dedicated to raising money to save him, only to be informed that he had been put down in November 2000. What a loss.. what if we had tried a few months earlier…