03 July, 2006

*Tuhotmos: Portrait of A King

It is difficult (and a bit unfair) to judge *Tuhotmos from the photo, to the left. The picture does not accurately capture his presence. He had much charisma and he had the ability to hold a person spellbound. He would hit these poses that made you so weak in your knees, that you were forced to suck in your breath, in order to stay upright. It was as if your mind and your eyes were suddenly disconnected and speaking a different language. Your eyes acknowledged the beautiful horse standing in front of you but your mind didn't know how to process it, for clarity and understanding. A person like me, was easily overwhelmed by this most charismatic horse. He really commanded your attention. The bones in his face were very prominent and brought a heightened sense of drama to his facial features, as if a world class sculptor had just finished sculpting him from the most precious ebony stone. He was not a tall horse, that's true but that was not what you thought about, because there were so many pluses to *Tuhotmos that height was not even something to worry or even, think about. It just was not important. Many people were affected by their personal encounter of *Tuhotmos. Two of those people made him into artwork forever: Robert Vavra and Karen Kasper. *Tuhotmos was a critically important sire at the EAO, actually, the number one stallion, before his exportation in 1973 (January 31) to America, by Rick Heber. As a matter of fact, *Tuhotmos was so appreciated as a sire by American Egyptian breeders, that 5 of his sons and daughters were imported to America, before it was believed that the EAO would even sell the horse:

1) The 1968 bay mare, *Subhaya, imported by Tom McNair
2) The 1970 bay stallion, *Ramses El Dar, imported by Martin Loeber
3) The 1971 grey stalllion, *Ansata El Wazir, imported by Don & Judi Forbis
4) The 1970 grey stallion, *Darrag, imported by Rick Heber
5) The 1971 chestnut mare, *Nazzli, imported by Gleannloch Farm

*Tuhotmos had no Nazeer blood. He was a son of El Sareei and Moniet El Nefous. *Tuhotmos is a double Shaloul horse, maybe the only stallion in Egypt to be bred in this manner, as El Sareei is a Shaloul son and Moniet El Nefous is a Shaloul daughter. Shaloul was an Ibn Rabdan son. El Sareei (pictured) was a striking, metallic bay-coloured stallion. While a very typey horse, with an expressive face, heightened by the star on his forehead; he was also a compact, powerfully-built horse, with a beautiful neck. *Tuhotmos, while a blend of the substance found in El Sareei and Moniet El Nefous' feminine charm, favors his sire more than he does his dam. *Tuhotmos also represents another successful EAO "formula", that is, blending Shaloul with Sheikh El Arab (through Wanisa, Moniet's dam). With the heavy Nazeer lines in the present day, *Tuhotmos is a perfect blend with Mansour, as the Manour/Ibn Rabdan cross was the breeding combination favored by General Pettko Von Szandtner. *Tuhotmos is Saqlawi by strain, although El Sareei is sired by a Saqlawi (Shaloul) and out of a Dahmah mare (Zareefa), while Moniet is sired by a Saqlawi stallion (Shaloul) and out of a Saqlawi mare (Wanisa). Ibn Rabdan, the sire of Shaloul is a Hadban and the sire of Wanisa is Sheikh El Arab who is a Dahman.

Enjoy your horses,