18 August, 2009


"If at your window you see a gentle dove
Treat it with care and welcome it there with love
It may be so I do not deny its glee
Crown it with flowers grant love its hours for me"-from the song, La Paloma, written by Sebastián Iradier Salaverri
I love a generational photographic study...how about you? The above mare is the 1979 mare, Ansata Jacinda. She is an Ansata Ibn Sudan daughter out of Ansata Jezebel (*Ansata Ibn Halima x Ansata Bint Sameh). Immediately, I notice this mare's smoothness, her balance and I realize why I like her so much...she is 50% *Ansata Ibn Halima!! The next thing I realize is that she is tail-female Farida and I understand even more where the strong hip, the smoothness of body from neck-to shoulder-to hindquarter comes from. WOW! And finally, I notice the tail starting to come over her back and I see her dilated nostrils and can just imagine the sound of the SNORT that she will be pulling right from her toes...there has to be some SAMEH in there somewhere. Sameh is the sire of her grandmother (see the feature SAMEH: 5 Daughters in the June 2006 archives for more on this mare). That's what attracted me to her picture: her SAMEH-ness.

So, how did she produce? Well, I only know of one daughter that Jacinda produced (when bred to Ansata Halim Shah) and that is the 1988 mare, Ansata Jahara. That's her, down below:

Bred to Prince Fa Moniet three times, she produced the full sisters: Ansata Princessa (1992), Ansata Palmyra (1993) and the namesake of this feature, Ansata Paloma (1994), who, is pictured below:
I am not sure if Judi Forbis named this mare "Paloma" intentionally, as the word is Spanish for "dove". Considering that Sameh, in Arabic means "one who forgives" and that the dove symbolizes peace, I was astounded and marveled over the relationship of these names. I also find it especially interesting that Ansata Paloma was bred to Ansata Iemhotep at the same time that her dam, Ansata Jahara was also bred to "Hotep". In 1998, Ansata Jahara produced the mare, Ansata Jeylan and Ansata Paloma produced the mare, Ansata Julima, who is pictured below:
This is a baby photo of Ansata Julima. How do you think she compares to Ansata Jacinda? Ansata Jahara? Ansata Paloma? Can you see family traits, from mare-to-mare? While Julima is pictured as a young mare, having to still grow into her all of her body parts, I prefer the angle of the shoulder found on Jacinda and noticed that the angle got a bit steeper in each succeeding generation. Do you see this? She is a nice filly overall and in looking for Julima on allbreedpedigree, I noticed that she was bred to Adnan, a Salaa el Dine son (out of the Ghazal daughter, Ghazala) to produce a mare by the name of Jomanah in 2003. I would like to see a picture of this mare, to see what happened to the shoulder in the next generation.

Incidentally, Sebastián Iradier, who was born in Lanciego, Spain visited Cuba in 1861 and wrote the famous song La Paloma, two years later, before he died. He did not live long enough to enjoy the popularity of his song. Both my parents are Cuban-born, both are children of Spanish natives (Asturias and Galicia) who immigrated to Cuba, both my parents lived in Havana, before immigrating to the United States in the 50's. Many people, all over the world, recognize the melody of La Paloma. The song has been performed in many musical styles, by different artists like Dean Martin, Julio Iglesias and even Merle Haggard. It is only fitting that Ansata named such a beautiful daughter, after such a beautiful song, inspired by such a beautiful island as Cuba is. In these last few days of summer (dog days of summer), it is so great to think of tropical breezes, white, sandy beaches and latin rhythms lulling you to sleep.

Happy Summer you all,

1 comment:

JoeF said...

Hi Ralph,
I enjoyed your blog on SAMEH-ness. You mentioned Jomanah. She is the dam of a magnificent young yearling colt named Joman Al Ward (x NK Ezzain) owned by Yassmin Atieh. To see her touching story about Joman visit her website at: http://www.freewebs.com/petra-arabians/jomanalward.htm