01 February, 2011


SURPRISE! She's a real beauty, isn't she?

DU Hallanys Juyl is a 1990 grey mare, bred by Dan Ulm and presently owned by Lisa Rettke of Rettke Arabians, Crane, Missouri. Lisa has created an interesting breeding program, as she blends Babson lines with those of Hallany Mistanny and Sirecho. DU Hallanys Juyl is physically representative of the type of horse produced by the combination of these bloodlines. When I asked Lisa specifically about this beautiful mare, she told me,
"The first time I saw Juyl was in a video. I had gotten the video from Tom Katona. He is the breeder of her colt, Hallanys Gem Tak. She was amazing! Her movement and grace were unmatched. I said someday she would live with me. Now she does forever!"
DU Hallanys Juyl's sire is the 1985 bay stallion, Fa Chancellor, who is by the black DU Hallanys Ebony and out of the grey Masada Saabellah, a sister to Masada Bellesabah (by Lothar) and Masada Bellisima (by Fabo).
"You are a beautiful surprise
Intoxicated every time I hear your voice
You've got me on a natural high
It's almost like I didn't even have a choice
You are a beautiful surprise."-from the India Arie song, Beautiful Surprise
DU Hallanys Juyl's dam is DU Sheena, a Princeton Faaris daughter out of Jusera, who is by Julyan and out of Serasabba. And here, for me, is where it gets especially interesting. A pure-in-the-strain Dahmah Shawaniyah, Serasabba was a Fabah daughter out of Serrasab, a Fay-Sabbah daughter by Fa-Serr.
Fay Sabbah was an outstanding broodmare at the Babson Farm, producing in addition to Serrasab, the mare Fadba by Faddan, who produced the son Faarad, the Babson horse who went to Rancho San Ignacio and sired influential mares in the RSI program like Gita, Bataara and Faara. Fay-Sabbah also produced by *Fadl, the mares Gammousa in 1946 and Sabl. Bred to the black stallion Fa-Serr, she also produced Sheba and Serr Sabbah, who incidentally produced a daughter named Ser Sabar, who in turn, produced a stallion by Ansata Abbas Pasha named Ru Egyptian Day, an important sire for Rudalaro.
There is so much to say about this beautiful bay mare named Serrasab, however, nothing said, could be as important as saying, that her greatest accomplishment was Sabrah, who when bred to *Ansata Ibn Halima,  produced the National Champion mare, Fa Halima by *Ansata Ibn Halima.

Remember Floyd Reid, whose story appeared in this blog, back in January of 2009? Floyd purchased Serrasab in the summer of 1969. Homer Watson had called Floyd and offered Floyd the opportunity to buy the mare.
"Serrasab was probably 14.3 1/2 hh, solid build, muscular and well-rounded. She was very responsive and easily trained. She had a good head, with straight profile. Obviously she had potential, and Homer had been trying to set me up for a successful breeding venture."
The sale was consummated and arrangements were made to trailer the mare to the Nationals, in Oklahoma, where Floyd would pick her up.
She was in foal to Ansata Abbas Pasha and eventually foaled the stallion, Serr Zeer, in 1970. Floyd bred Serrasab to *Ansata Ibn Halima in 1972, for a much desired foal. However, it would be a foal that Floyd would not enjoy as his own, as he decided to sell Serrasab to Robert Cowling, for whom she foaled the lovely mare, Serr Halima. It's very interesting to reflect upon the human influence, which made a mare like DU Hallanys Juyl even possible. Floyd Reid's influence, as a breeder, appears on both sides of her pedigree, as Du Hallanys Ebony, the sire of Fa Chancellor, is out of Shar Gemla, a daughter of Sirhabba, the mare that Floyd Reid purchased from Dr. Krausnick of Char Shar Farm and embarked on a straight Egyptian breeding program of his own. There is a reason why, at one time, Floyd Reid was considered one of the best small Egyptian Arabian Horse breeders in America.


Serasabba, in her pedigree, was extremely concentrated in the blood of *Bint Bint Sabbah, as she traced to this critical Babson foundation mare in both tail female lines; her sire's and her dam's. As a matter of fact, when you look at her pedigree, you soon realize that it is made up of only 3 horses: *Bint Bint Sabbah, *Fadl and *Bint Serra I. The prepotency of this blood, close as it was to the original source horses, influenced Serasabba to become the strong and prolific broodmare that she really was, producing equally outstanding sons and daughters, who have gone on to become influential in both straight Egyptian and straight Babson Egyptian breeding programs. Think of horses like Fa Asar, Serr Fadl, Sab el Dine and Serr Pasha, in addition to producing daughters like Jusera, Tamie and Bint Serasabba.

In combining the blood of *Bint Bint Sabbah, a mare Babson had purchased from the RAS, with horses from the stud of Prince Kemal el Dine (*Bint Serra I) and Prince Mohamed Aly Tewfik (*Fadl, *Nasr, *Zarife and *Roda), as well as another RAS mare (*Exochorda), you multiply a diversity of  sources outside of mainstream straight Egyptian breeding, almost as if the blood is out-crossed. I think a mare like DU Hallanys Juyl has much to offer a straight Egyptian breeder, who is looking for something a little different, something a little rarer,  from today's over utilized and extremely popular Egyptian bloodlines. This blood is an alternative to going outside of the gene pool, for hybrid vigor and the benefit is, you don't lose the all important straight Egyptian identifier.


PS The picture of DU Hallanys Juyl was taken by the talented Clo Nollet. Todd Dearth took the picture of the bay Serrasab and I don't know who took the picture of Fay-Sabbah.


Lisa Rettke said...

Ralph,Thanks so much for this! Juyl is special and you have a special talent for seeing that in these wonderful horses.
I have her only son and daughter at my farm. They will be a wonderful legacy to her.

Endurance Granny said...

My heart nearly seized up when I saw the photo of DU Hallanys Juyl, she is so like the type of mare I lost a year or so ago. LOVE HER ♥


kcooper said...

Juyl was a broodmare style that produces.
She was extreemely curvy and graceful, with that slinky preditor movement. Her back legs where nicely curved (not too straight) and short cannons and low stifle. She had a long sloping shoulder, high withers and deep girth. A very unique mare that had alot to offer. Not enough was produced of her.