21 May, 2010

Javera Thadrian

This is the late Kuhaylan Haifi Davenport Arabian stallion, Javera Thadrian. He was sired by the Lysander son, Thane and out of HB Dianora, an Ibn Alamein grand-daughter. Remember Alice Martin's famous Arabian Dressage horse, the alabaster white Sir? Lysander was his son.

He is not a straight Egyptian Arabian Horse.

Javera Thadrian is an Asil Arabian horse, which means that in every line of his pedigree, Javera Thadrian can be traced to horses bred by the Bedouin. Who are the Bedouin, you ask? Well, the Bedouins (Shammar, Anazeh, Ruala...) are to desert Arabia, what the native Americans (Sioux, Navajo, Lenape...) are to America.




The Real Deal.

Javera Thadrian carries the designation "Davenport" which means that he descends from ancestors who trace back to the 20-something horses that were imported into America, in the early 1900's, by Homer Davenport.

I need to say it again, in case you missed it the first time.

Javera Thadrian is not a straight Egyptian Arabian Horse.

He is an Al Khamsa and Asil Club recognized horse but he is not a Pyramid Society designated straight Egyptian Arabian Horse.

I prefer horses who are comprised of rounder, curvey, circular lines. I prefer horses who are more substantial and who are harmonious in their build. That is very important for me. I prefer smoothness of body and search for it constantly. I like shorter-backed horses with strong top lines. I like horses who are deep through the heart girth with a well sprung rib cage. I like muscled hind quarters with elastic hocks. I like well muscled forearms, which are longer in length than the cannons. I like to see a little more length in the neck, with the neck set higher on the chest, connected by a noticeable wither. I like a powerful shoulder, at an angle which allows the horse to move with great freedom. I like to see a nice length of poll. I prefer a large sized jowl, on each side of a very short, very wide head. I like large, black eyes with no white in them, set lower on the head. I like elastic large nostrils and short, sharp tippy ears. And did I mention that I like a higher tail carriage?

I find all of this in this most wonderful horse and never tire of looking at his picture, even with the stains all over his body that he got from rolling in the dirt. He is my classic Arabian horse, made real, of flesh and bone.

In Davenport bloodlines, the horses belong to one of four families, through the tail-female line of the pedigree: Kuhaylan Haifi, Kuhaylan Kurush, Hadban and Schilla. Javera Thadrian is from the core Kuhaylan Haifi group, which means that in his ancestry, he traces only to the following mares: Dharebah, Dharanah, Dhanad, Dhalana blended with the stallion Tripoli (Hanad x Poka). Tripoli, incidentally, was the sire of Sir. It is very amazing to look at his pedigree and see 2 horses, Dhareb x Antarah, repeat over and over and over.

There will come a time, when it will become more important to breed for Asil, than it will be to breed for Egyptian. More people are becoming aware that our Egyptian gene pool is becoming smaller, with less choices. Abbas Pasha, Ali Pasha Sherif, Lady Anne Blunt, the RAS, Prince Kemal el Dine were all pioneer breeders of Egyptian horses who didn't even think twice about using Bedouin-bred horses in their early Egyptian programs. In the face of the genetic diseases that we are all aware of and how closely related our horses have become, maybe, we are closer to the day when COMBINED SOURCE breeding will not only become more accepted, it will become a necessity, in order for the horse to survive with sound mind, sound body and sound spirit. Unfortunately, it will come too late to use a horse as inspiring as Javera Thadrian but the reality of Davenport Arabian Horse breeding is that Javera Thadrian was not the exception....there are many more like him. Many more. Please visit the Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy to learn more about these wonderful horses.

EnJoy your horses,

PS Congratulations to Edouard Al-Dahdah on the birth of Wadha, one of Javera Thadrian's last born daughters, out of the Craver Farm mare, Wisteria.

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