29 January, 2010

Imperial Phandala

Earlier this month, we studied Majiid EQ and his Imperial influence, through his sire Shahir, a son of the mare Imperial Im Phayana, a daughter of Imperial Phanadah, an *Ibn Moniet el Nefous daughter out of *Pharrah (Farag x 9 Tamria). Imperial Phanadah was bred to Imperial Imdal and produced a leggy bay filly, who grew into a beautiful bay mare known as Imperial Phandala.

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”-Coco Chanel
Phandala was a bit different, from the other Imperial mares, with an elegance which gave her a little bit extra of something that the other mares did not have. What impressed me most was her size. She is a big mare, not as close-coupled as some of the other mares, who were smaller in size but Phandala is far more stretchy and willowy, with a longer neck, which includes a longer length of poll. I always believed that she would be a phenomenal performance horse and I lament the missed opportunity that would have revealed an Egyptian super-horse to the rest of the world. She has a wonderful shoulder, set at an angle which allows her to move her lovely long legs with much freedom, in a smooth, gliding and very efficient gait. Maybe it is also her substance, which conveys great power and strength. She has a well-muscled, shapely hindquarter, with very elastic hocks, allowing her the power to drive herself forward and into the ground-covering gait which is a hallmark of Sameh-influenced horses. She is an authentic daughter of the wind, who eats up the ground in front of her easily, with her powerful movement. I wonder if this is also the influence of the Rodania family, which comes through Romanaa II (Sameh x Nazeera), the dam of Dalia, the mother of Imdal.

While at Imperial, she was bred to *Ibn Safinaz, Imperial Al Kamar and Imperial Baarez. However, for this study, I wanted to focus on her two fillies, sired by *Simeon Sachi for Anne-Louise Toner of Al Atiq Arabians. Her first filly is Phanniya Al Atiq, born in 2008. When I saw her picture, I was puzzled because she reminded me of another horse but I could not figure it out at first. I know this horse! She is still young, with so much growing still to do and although in the picture, she is a yearling, she is so hauntingly familiar. And that is when it hit me.


This is whom she looks like. Ansata Delilah, the dam of Ansata Imperial. WOW! She is going to be an incredibly lovely mare when she matures and I hope, as terrific a producer as Ansata Delilah was for Ansata. How fortunate is Anne-Louise Toner and what a blessing has been placed in her hands.

Phandala was bred again to *Simeon Sachi in September and the follow-up ultrasound confirmed that the pregnancy was negative. Disappointed, Anne-Louise planned to try again, the following spring. Imagine Anne-Louise's surprise, when her veterinarian, while checking Phandala for breeding, the following spring, determined that Phandala was actually pregnant!

"When I found out Phandala was pregnant, I was so happy, and I told her, Phandala, I don't care what you have, as long as you stay safe and your baby is safe, but you are so beautiful, just so beautiful, I would love, love, love a foal who looks just like you so that I can see your beautiful face in the next generation."
In the spring of 2009, Imperial Phandala gave birth to Pharalisa Al Atiq, a long-legged, long-necked, big filly who looks like her mother.
"Bless my beautiful mare, she gave me a bay filly with identical markings to her mother."
It is an exciting time at Al Atiq Arabians, with both of these soon-to-be mares: Phanniya and Pharalisa. It will be interesting to watch their continued development, however, it will be their influence which will help to widen the influence of the Imperial Phanadah family, farther in the world of SE breeding. I compliment Anne-Louise Toner for the most astute decision to breed Sachi to Phandala, as evidenced by these classic fillies. For me, it is a happy moment, albeit bittersweet-flavored, as it confirms my "gut instinct" over the qualities that I believed Sachi could deliver, a long time ago. He is a very good breeding stallion.

Keep dreaming, keep wishing, keep hoping,

1 comment:

Tzviah said...

Hi Ralph, I believe that the difference you see is that certain elegance and the long lines that one typically sees from that generation of horses being bred at Babolna. There was a real "look" that was especially shared by the mares sired by Ibn Galal I (out of Hanan). When compared with what was going on in the West, these horses had longer, lighter and beautifully attached necks at both ends, long elegant bodies, and excellent movement and tail carriage. There was also a special elegance in the way they moved at all gaits, even at the walk. We have plenty of video that demonstrates this, a special flowing motion almost like water spilling smoothly from a source. These are the very qualities we observed at Babolna during our first visit there and what made us decide that we must get involved in preserving those special traits.
The good news is that they blend so well with Ansata, Babson, German, and Imperial Imdal lines.
It will be a thrill to see what Anne Louise Toner will breed using the combination of horses at Al Atiq. Certainly they will be a worthy legacy to her.
Best wishes,