12 May, 2010

Last of the True Believers

"...those dreams
are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play
in the shape of a man's desire..."-
Sting, from his song, Desert Rose
The beautiful, correct and very modern straight Egyptian mare, PR Desert Rose+ is a daughter of Thee Desperado, out of the Moniet el Sharaf daughter, AK Nadara (out of Refkys Juhl).
“He favored the Zobeyni look, of strong powerful hindquarters, bodies of deep girth, good long hips, wide through the chest, coupled with fine, flat bone, beautiful swan-like necks, all in flowing lines of symmetry and heads of classic Egyptian type.”-Mari Silveus, from her article, The Hallany Mistanny Story
PR Desert Rose+ was recently purchased by Mr. Burhan Bakeer of the Safari Stud in Kuwait. At the Kuwait National Championships, this mare earned 4th place in the 11 year and older mare class. Her grand-dam, Refkys Juhl is a daughter of the *Morafic son, Refky and Julyana, a daughter of the stallion Julyan (Julep x Bint Maaroufa) out of the mare, Mist Aana (Hallany Mistanny x Fa Aana). The tail female of this beautiful mare, traces to a small family of horses, the only sources of Hallany Mistanny blood in straight Egyptian breeding today. Hallany Mistanny is only available to Egyptian breeders today in two forms: through Julyan (influenced by the Blunt's desert bred horses) bred to Mist Aana, as we see in PR Desert Rose+ & Sinoan Tamin El Aswad and without Julyan, through the mare Masada Saafaana (Safaddan x Mist Aana) as we see in Shaarbat, Angelic Noir, Gurjani El Jilani and SR Manial Faaris.

Hallany Mistanny has been referred to as one of the last, true Egyptian Arabian Horses.
"You'll see it when you believe it."-Wayne Dyer
There is much controversy and differing opinion over the origin of the Arabian Horse and whether or not we can even call this horse “Egyptian”, as the Egyptian Arabian horse was imported into Egypt by Abbas Pasha, from the Bedouin tribes occupying Arabia. Some even dismiss the notion of Egypt as a “horse nation”, although the paintings on the walls of the tombs, from the days of the Pharaoh, very clearly show horses with Arabian features, pulling chariots.

So, what does it mean to be a true Egyptian Arabian?

Well, Hallany Mistanny’s pedigree is free from the influence of the Blunt's desert-bred horses. That's amazing, because the Blunt’s desert-breds have influenced just about every national breeding program in the world. It is difficult today to locate Arabian horses who are free of the Blunt ancestral elements. To find a horse like Hallany Mistanny is intriguing. The Hallany Mistanny-influenced horses are priceless, like a valuable antique that has withstood the assault of time, to become an heirloom…prized and extremely rare. There aren't many Hallany Mistanny's left in the world and when you find one, well, you immediately recognize how different these horses are from other Egyptian horses. How different? These horses are a connection to the long ago breeding program of a kind and sensitive man, who I believe, was really onto something in terms of breeding Saklawi strain Egyptian horses. Prince Mohamed Aly’s horses were substantial, robust, of rounded lines and delightfully curvey, harmonious in their proportions, possibly even voluptuous; yet refined and elegant. Prince Mohammed Aly was perceptive and had an artistic appreciation for beauty. He noticed the delicate details in ordinary life, which in of themselves, were powerfully extraordinary to a person with a highly developed sense of awareness and yet, imperceptible to the person who not only possesses no knowledge of such things but is not open to seeing them. He bred this intangible thing we know as “quality”, because he not only understood what “quality” was, he was able to see “quality”, to recognize “quality” and had the ability to reproduce “quality” in all of its magnificence. He used artwork as his guide, comparing the horses in his breeding program, against the horses captured on canvas; to determine how close he was breeding to his ideal...to his vision.

Hallany Mistanny captivated many people. The Babson Farm wanted to lease him, to incorporate his influence into their Egyptian breeding program, as did Mrs. Jane Ott who owned the *Nasr son, Sirecho. However, this was not meant to be, as Hallany Mistanny was meant to be loved and owned forever by Howard Marks, who also owned the Blunt-bred Arabian horse, Gulastra. His destiny was to be fulfilled at the Howard Marks Ranch in California. However, it would be the Otts, who would prove to be invaluable in preserving this bloodline for the community of Egyptian breeders which exists to the present day. Had the Otts not convinced David Ensign to breed his mare, Fa Aana to Hallany Mistanny, the vitally important mare, Mist Aana, would not have been born and horses like PR Desert Rose+ would not even exist.

I have often wondered why Hallany Mistanny is considered a “Brown” horse, as in the designation “Babson-Brown”, when in fact, he was bred and named by General Jacob Dickinson of Travelers Rest Stud in Tennessee. W.R. Brown had nothing to do with the breeding which resulted in Hallany Mistanny. However, W.R. Brown did import his sire and dam from Egypt. His intention was not to breed and preserve the Egyptian horses by themselves; he wanted to blend the newly-imported Egyptian bloodlines with the horses he had previously imported from Crabbet Park in England. Unfortunately, the Great American Depression of the 1930’s did not allow W.R. Brown this opportunity and his horses were dispersed, with most of his horses going to General Dickinson, including *Zarife and *Roda. I have often wondered if it would be more appropriate to call these horses by what they actually were: PMAH's and that is, Prince Mohamed Aly horses. *Zarife (Ibn Samhan x Mahroussa) and *Roda (Mansour x Negma) were exported from the stud of Prince Mohamed Aly Tewfik. Although bred in America, Hallany Mistanny is 100% Prince Mohamed Aly Tewfik breeding.

100 %...as in one hundred per cent.

If you look at the pedigree closely, you will notice that in BOTH tail female lines, the strain is traced through Negma to Yamama. Mahroussa and Roda were very closely related, as both mares were daughters of Negma. Their sires, Mabrouk Manial and Mansour were son and grandson (Mansour was a son of Gamil Manial) of Saklawi II, who was a son of one of the most famous mares in Egyptian breeding: El Dahma. To further illustrate how closely related Gamil and Mabrouk Manial were, their dams, Tarfa and Dalal al Zarka were daughter and grand-daughter respectively of the stallion Dahman al Zarka. He appears multiple times in Hallany Mistanny’s pedigree. Maybe, you can even say that Hallany Mistanny is line-bred to this horse. It was said that *Zarife and *Roda were two of the best horses ever to be exported out of Egypt. If you understand the ancestry of Hallany Mistanny, then you will understand how closely related Maar-Ree and Serr Maariner, to offer some examples of popular Babson horses, are to him. *Fadl and *Maaroufa are also both 100% Prince Mohamed Aly bred horses, out of his beautiful Mahroussa.

One of the most celebrated Saklawi mares of all time was the grey mare, Om Dalal, also owned by Prince Mohamed Aly. This mare produced the stallion Samhan, who in turn sired the famous Egyptian race-horse Balance. Om Dalal also produced a full sister to Samhan, whom we have also mentioned, Dalal al Zarka (the dam of Mabrouk Manial). When this mare was bred to Ibn Samhan, she produced the mare Khafifa, who in turn produced the mare Medallela, the dam of Wanisa by Sheikh el Arab. Wanisa produced the most beautiful mare of all time, Moniet el Nefous. So, why do I mention Om Dalal? In the pedigree of Hallany Mistanny, you will find Om Dalal on both sides of the pedigree.

The Babson imported mare *Bint Saada, is a daughter of Ibn Samhan, as is *Zarife, Hallany Mistanny's sire. Her influence is not as prolific as *Maaroufa and *Bint Bint Sabbah are within the Babson program, however, I have noticed over the years, that the presence of *Bint Saada produces superior results; Serr Maariner as one example. His maternal grand-dam was Fada, who was sired by Faddan, a son of *Bint Saada.

There is another reason which makes Hallany Mistanny's pedigree so intriguing. More intriguing, you may ask? Consider his dam *Roda and study her pedigree. Where does she come from? She was sired by Mansour, who also sired the most influential Arabian Horse in all of Egyptian Arabian Horse history...

Within this study of the stallion Hallany Mistanny, I have explained how closely related Gamil Manial and Mabrouk Manial were, which intensifies the influence of the family which resulted in a horse like Mansour and maybe, provides a very good reason why the Hallany Mistanny horses produced so well with the Babson Horses, as the Ibn Rabdan horses have always blended well with Mansour. This is just another reason to consider a very real and dynamic Egyptian horse like Hallany Mistanny in your breeding program.

EnJoy your horses,

PS I would like to thank Ms. Mari Silveus for her wonderful article, WHY DID YOU KEEP ME WAITING? which originally appeared in The Khamsat, Volume 16, issue 4 and to Mr. Joe Ferriss, for his wonderful article, MUSINGS ON SOME DESCENDANTS OF THE OM DALAL FAMILY. Without their articles, this article could not be written and the powerful Egyptian story of Hallany Mistanny could not be told.

1 comment:

Beate said...

Thanks Ralph for this very eye opening article about Hallany Mistanny. I'm proud to have one mare tracing back in her female tail line to his daughter Mist Aana. I always knew she was special, but I just learned what a gem that makes her, descending from a very rare line. I always love to read your BLOG and have learned a whole lot by reading your compassionate articles about those very special horses