28 September, 2008

She came from Bahrain

There has been much interest in all lines of Asil Arabian Horses recently and specifically, the Arabian Horses from Bahrain. The bay stallion, El Sareei, pictured, at left, born in 1942, traces in his tail female line to the mare, Bint El Bahreyn (pictured, black and white photo, to the right). This mare is not an Egyptian mare, meaning she was not bred and born in Egypt. She came from Bahrain. El Sareei is four generations removed from a Bahraini horse. El Sareei was a son of Shaloul, who sired some really terrific horses like *Bint Dahma and *Bint Nefisa, both imported to America by Richard Pritzlaff. El Sareei also sired the mare, Mohga, who, when bred to Galal, produced Ibn Galal. El Sareei also produced the stallion, *Tuhotmos, out of Moniet El Nefous. The bay mare, *Bint Maisa El Saghira (pictured in a Rhita McNair photo, to the right) , a 1958 daughter of Nazeer, out of Maisa, also traces to Bint El Bahreyn in her tail female line. She is five generations removed from this Bahraini mare. This beautiful mare was imported by Gleannloch and produced horses like Shaikh Al Badi. Her dam Maisa, also produced the very famous stallion Madkour, when she was bred to *Morafic.

As we move forward into the future, one wonders if a fresh introduction of Asil blood, in the same manner as the EAO did, when they incorporated Bint el Bahreyn into the breeding program, would reinvigorate the gene pool and hopefully, correct some of the flaws that are becoming more commonplace in SE breeding, i.e. a lack of substance. Something to think about, as we all try to enjoy horses that are sound in both body and spirit.

Enjoy your horses,

Ralph

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