24 September, 2010

The Farida Influence through Futna...with help from Sameh

I have been thinking about Ansata El Wazir lately. Maybe it might have something to do with the fact that I attended a local library book sale recently and stumbled upon a really beaten up copy of a Robert Vavra book, which included photos of Ansata El Wazir. I have always been a fan of this particular horse. I loved his look and his pedigree was different from the type of horse who might have been more popular and more desired in his time period. Ansata El Wazir was a *Tuhotmos son, the most handsome of *Tuhotmos' sons, in my opinion. Shaloul appears three times, close-up in his pedigree, as the sire of El Sareei, Moniet el Nefous and Futna. The other great-grand-parents are Zareefa, Wanisa, El Moez, Sameera and Farida. When you stop and consider that El Moez was an Ibn Rabdan grandson, you really need to consider the similarities among the differences, which makes you wonder over how different the differences really are? I always wondered why Judi sold Ansata El Wazir, only to look for a similar outcross stallion like Prince Fa Moniet many years later! I was on GOOGLE, looking for pictures of him and I stumbled upon the above picture of his dam, *Ansata Bint Sameh. I think the picture was taken by Judi Forbis, at the time of the mare's exportation from Egypt. The background is full of palm trees and the halter that the mare is wearing is very similar to the type of halter seen on EAO horses of this time period. I was very happy when I found the picture, as I have not seen many pictures of *Ansata Bint Sameh. She was magnificent and she was a Futna daughter.


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.

One of the really great attributes of the Farida horses is the neck, which is usually longer, more slender, graceful, with a very clean underline, set higher on the horse's chest. Do you see this in the picture? *Ansata Bint Sameh has nice shoulders too, which flow into a strong, level topline. She is a solid mare, delightfully substantial in her build. While she is relaxed in the photo, I can imagine what she may have looked like, when aroused and animated. Her eyes are nice and black and she has larger sized jowls, plus have you noticed the larger-sized, elastic nostrils, which I can imagine, when she was fully excited and trotting around, helped her to produce that "Sameh snort", like many of the other Sameh daughters made. The connection of her hip, croup and loin is deep, powerful and incredible as I find they are with many of the Farida-influenced horses that I have seen and as a Sameh daughter, a well-muscled hindquarter is supported by very nice hocks, giving her the ability to drive her body around.

*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.


1 comment:

Yassmin Atieh said...

thank u Ralph so so so much that is Perfect