15 March, 2011


"King Ibn Sa'ud gave several choice mares to King Farouk which nicked well with the Egyptian stallions of the Inshass Stud. A significant number of post-war Egyptian imports carry the blood of King Saud's breeding program, usually through the mares El Kahila, Nafaa, Hind (Inshass) and Mabrouka (Inshass)."-Joe Ferriss
Ibn Barrada is a 1990 chestnut stallion, bred by the EAO and currently owned by Flaxman Arabians, Belgium. Through his tail female line, Ibn Barrada traces to the Kuhaylan Kurush mare, El Kahila, a 1921 bay mare gifted by King Ibn Sa'ud. Incorporated into the breeding program of the Inshass Stud, El Kahila produced two daughters, a 1931 grey mare by El Deree named El Zabia and a 1938 bay mare by Ibn Fayda named Aziza. To give you a better idea over the significance of the El Kahila mare family, El Zabia's great-grand-daughter, the 1951 Hamdan daughter, Shahbaa, produced a mare by El Sareei, whose name was Ramza. When Ramza was bred to Alaa el Din, she produced the important and hugely influential EAO mare, Safinaz, the dam of Imperial's *Ibn Safinaz. Ibn Barrada represents in our modern day, an authentic source of desert breeding, firmly anchored as he is, by a true Nejdi-bred mare.

What I also found interesting in Ibn Barrada's pedigree is the influence of the RAS Saqlawi mare, Radia. There are seventeen lines to this mare, primarily through the full siblings by Ibn Rabdan: Hamdan, Shaloul and Samira. You will remember that these are  three of the four horses who were part of the group which Judi Forbis named "the fabulous four" in The Classic Arabian Horse. To further underscore the Saqlawi influence in Ibn Barrada's ancestry, are two lines to *Morafic and one line to *Tuhotmos. One can surmise that Ibn Barrada is significantly impacted by the Saqlawi strain.

I also noticed the intensification of particular horses like the mare Yosreia, through her daughters Shahrzada and Farasha, plus the mare Yashmak through her daughter Om el Saad, who in combination with Kateefa and Malaka, also intensify the influence of Rodania. So, if you believe in coat color determining phenotype, it is interesting to consider whether Ibn Barrada, as a chestnut-colored horse with a most expressive face, is more influenced by the Saqlawis, via the chestnut Moniet el Nefous line or the enduring and ever powerful line of the Kuhaylan Rodans, via the Rodania line of Bint Rissala.

What do you think?


PS Many thanks to Judi Parks for her photo of Ibn Barrada.

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