24 September, 2010
The Farida Influence through Futna...with help from Sameh
FARIDA BLOOD ALERT!
Who was Futna? Yes, Futna was a Farida daughter, born in 1943, sired by Shaloul (Ibn Rabdan x Bnt Radia). In my eyes, what makes Farida so special are the facts that are buried in the pedigree. She was born in a time period, when her ancestors were closer to the origin of these horses in the Arabian desert but what I find fascinationg is that in the early 1900's, when supposedly the more modern concept of "inbreeding" did not exist, Farida was the result of mating an El Dahma son to an El Dahma grand-daughter. A similar breeding to many that are still done in the present day by knowledgeable straight Egyptian breeders. As a Farida daughter, Futna was concentrated n the blood of the birth mother of the Dahman Shahwan strain. Futna's siblings, sired by different stallions, were also influential horses like Ragia (by Ibn Rabdan), Balance (by Ibn Samhan) and Bint Farida (by Mansour). All of these horses share common ground, by producing horses who have gone on to have a significant impact in the world-wide community of straight Egyptian Arabian Horse breeding. In addition to producing *Ansata Bint Sameh by the stallion Sameh, Futna, when bred to Nazeer, produced the mare Dahma II. As Futna herself was bred to Sameh, so too was her daughter and Dahma II produced the influential Egyptian mare Deena. When Deena was bred to *Ansata Ibn Halima, this magical cross yielded a most incredible mare, Bint Deena, who is found in the pedigrees of so many influential horses like Marwan Al Shaqab and straight Egyptian horses like Farres, the late Farid Nile Moon, Imtaarif, Anaza Bay Shahh and Ibn El Mareekh to name a few names. Dahma II also produced Bint Dahma, who was an important foundation mare for Richard Pritzlaff of Rancho San Ignacio. Futna also produced the influential stallion Fagir, by Nazeer. Fagir sired the mare Soheir II, who is found in the pedigree of an important and popular stallion like Hadidi, a son of the mare Hebet Allah and the stallion, Norus. It is an amazing family of horses, which springs forth from this mare, Futna. However, it is through *Ansata Bint Sameh, that we get a sense of the power in the Futna blood, as she didn't live long enough to produce many foals but the few foals she did produce have insured that her branch remains relevant and strong.
*Ansata Bint Sameh was the dam of only 3 foals before she died - the stallion: Ansata El Wazir and the mares: Ansata Jezebel (who produced Ansata Ibn Shah, Ansata Joy Halima, Ansata Jacinda and Ansata Jasmina) and Ansata Jamila (who produced Hope Farm's Ansata Shah Zahir, Ansata Ibn Jamila, Ansata Judea and Ansata El Halim). What I find amazing about this family is the family of quality horses that have resulted from a limited number of horses. When I think of *Ansata Bint Sameh in this way, I am overwhelmed and find myself upset that she didn't live longer. Imagine what she would and could have done, through more progeny? This family, despite a smaller beginning, has been prosperous in America but what about the mother country? What about Egypt? Fifty years later, from when *Ansata Bint Sameh left her country, bound for America with the Forbises, the bloodline has returned back to the land that gave birth to these horses. Ms. Yassmin Atieh of Petra Arabians in Egypt now owns a son and a daughter of Jomanah (Adnan x Ansata Julima). The son is Joman Al Ward (NK Ezzain x Jomanah) and the daughter is Malak Al Ward (NK Oteyba x Jomanah), both horses were bred by Mr. Salah Al Terkait of Al Ward Stud in Wafra, Kuwait, who owns the mare Jomanah. If it were not for Mr. Terkait and his devotion to this family of horses, it would not have been possible to return these bloodlines back to Egypt. I think this is a momentous event, which is too silent and deserves more celebration than it has received. I am joyful to learn of this most important event in restoring some of the bloodlines that have been gone for a long time, back to Egypt, back to the source, back to the land of *Ansata Bint Sameh's birth. It shows us how a world which looks so big and so intimidating from a first glance, is really much smaller than we first believed and because of the bond we share in the Egyptian Arabian Horse, we stand on common ground.