05 February, 2011

Victorious

In BUTTERFLY, we focused on Farasha, primarily through her progeny, *Farazdac and *Nabilahh, however, Farasha produced another son by Alaa el Din, *Faleh, in 1964. I had never seen this picture of *Faleh++ before and a very heartfelt thank you to Judi Parks, who shared this photo with me. I can't help but notice his full and well-muscled hindquarter, strong, round and smooth. From his hindquarter and working forwards, one sees his really nice back, flowing into a most awesome, powerful shoulder and his neck, well, he had a lovely neck, with a graceful and beautiful arch. He has a beautiful shape to his head, short and wide with larger sized jowls and smaller sized ears. His muzzle was not meaty, his nostrils appear large and elastic and he has very dark pigmentation. He was stunning. *Faleh++ would be Farasha's victory in a completely different arena, for that is what *Faleh's name means,"victor". Considering the horse's many championships and his super-athletic prowess, the name was like an omen, predicting the success that *Faleh++ would. achieve in the show ring.

*Faleh++ was imported from the EAO in 1968, by Douglas Marshall of Gleannloch Farms. He was a full brother to *Farazdac. Trained successfully under saddle,  pictures of *Faleh++ with Rhita McNair adorned the covers of our breed magazines. He was a multi-National Champion Native Costume horse, as well as a National Top Ten in English Pleasure and also, Ladies Side Saddle. *Faleh++ was also a 100-mile National Competitive Trail Horse in 1972, as well as winning many Class A championships in halter, western equitation and western trail classes. *Faleh++ is one of the most versatile performance horses in our breed, having proved himself in a variety of disciplines, over and over. He was also a  Legion of Merit winner, that's what the symbols

++

after his name designate.

*Faleh++ as one of the Egyptian stallions owned by Gleannloch Farms, lived in the shadow of the great *Morafic and unfortunately, did not receive the opportunities that his cherished stablemate received. How would our world of horses be different today, if *Faleh++ had been utilized more at stud? As compared to today's most popular Egyptian stallions, *Faleh++ sired only a few horses and yet, out of this small number, several of his sons and daughters, became influential. As athletic and willing as *Faleh++ was, it is no surprise that his 1974 son (out of the Antar daughter, *Dawlat) Asjah Ibn Faleh, the most successful Egyptian racehorse of all time, was named the 1980 Racehorse of the Year. Remember how I said that the Antar horses nicked well with the bloodline of Yosreia and *Dawlat, was a daughter of the Yosreia daughter, Shahrzada while *Faleh++ was a son of the Yosreia daughter, Farasha. That's double Yosreia, in both tail female lines. Asjah Ibn Faleh sired a gold medal winner at the German stallion show, the black stallion, Ansata Exemplar (out of Ansata Jumana), who is also proving to be a good sire. *Faleh++ also sired a very important broodmare for Imperial Egyptian Stud, Imperial Fanniya, out of the Sameh daughter, *Deena. She was a pretty chestnut mare, who in fact, looked much like her sire. Her grand-daughter Imperial Karmah, when bred to Imperial Baarez, produced the very handsome bay stallion, Imperial Baareg, now owned by Tarek and Ahmed Soliman of El Farida in Egypt.

So, on a wintry, cold February morning, when the sun seems to be missing from the horizon, a fiery-colored horse named *Faleh++ steps into my mind and warms my cold heart and soul.
 "sun, sun, sun, here it comes..."-from the song, Here Comes the Sun, written by George Harrison
EnJoy,
Ralph

1 comment:

Tzviah Idan said...

Thanks for the wonderful photo of Faleh.