08 December, 2011


"If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."-Rachel Carson
Every Christmas, I looked for the horse of my dreams under the tree. I would wake up early, before anyone in my family would awaken, to look for and greet the horse that Santa Claus had left for me and that I spent the entire year waiting for. I expected and looked for


Many years later, the twinkling lights on a tree and the aroma of fresh pine and I think about these days. Christmas  was and still is the perfect magical setting, for dreams, for discovery, for something BIG like a much dreamed-about horse to find its way to your heart.

Mari Silveus is a breeder of Egyptian Arabian Horses. I admire Mari as a person who cares very deeply about all horses, about all life. She is breeding farther within the strain we knew for a long time as  Kuhaylan Jellabi, than anyone I have ever known and producing horses who are refined and elegant, with a phentotype that is the antithesis of what most people feel is Babson type.

A funny thing happened when I wrote about Princeton Faaris. I hadn't really planned to write about Gurjani El Jilani. And then, that's where Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, dreams and horses come together. Who would have thought that Princeton Faaris and Gurjani El Jilani would come together, in a blend so powerful, to ultimately create my magical Christmas horse? SR Manial Faaris is a son of "the black pearl", Gurjani El Jilani and out of the mare SR Bint Faaris, a Princeton Faaris daughter out of the mare, Rou Amirah (Amir Ibn FaSerr x Roulett). It is interesting to study the tail female of this horse, as Roulett was sired by Mahrouf, out of Roufina's daughter, Roulena. Roufina and Mahrouf were both out of the mare, Aaroufa. These two horses are siblings to famous horses like Fada, Aarouser and Roufas, to name a few members of this awesome family. The overwhelming influence of Bint Yamama present in this horse is amazing, as well as the influence of *Bint Serra and to balance it all out, the Dahmah, *Bint Bint Sabbah. I love the antiquity of this horse, who remains timeless in his appeal, both as an individual and as a breeding stallion.

A successful Hunter Pleasure Horse, SR Manial Faaris created living history at the 2003 Egyptian Event, becoming the first stallion, the first four year old, the youngest horse EVER, to capture the entire Hunter Pleasure division at the Egyptian Event. As a matter of fact, he won against the number one hunter horse in the country, at the time. He was an amazing success under saddle and at Mari's farm, he has transitioned from a champion hunter  to a successful sire.

So, maybe after all, miracles do happen, maybe not in the way we expect them to occur, like under a Christmas tree with your name written on the gift tag but miracles are an everyday occurrence, to those who still have hope and can embrace them...and let their magic, fill their lives that child-like sense of wonder.
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”-Albert Einstein

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