16 May, 2011

A Little Something About Wasel

The *Ibn Hafiza daughter, Wasla, out of Enayat, a *Morafic daughter, was bred multiple times to Mourad, a Gassir son out of the Moniet el Nefous daughter, Mabrouka.  This union produced the full sisters Bint Wasla, Wadhah and Khawater, as well as the full brothers: Wadoud, Hammad, Zaydoon and Wasel, pictured above.

As we have also seen in the lovely Mangoomah, Wasel's tail female line also traces back through the Inshass mare, Yaman, to the Rodania family, through Bint Rissala. Remember that in Egyptian breeding, the Rodania line is available only through Bint Rissala  and Bint Riyala and no other Rodania-line horses, as exists in Crabbet breeding and beyond that, in the general list Arabian horses.
"She is to be covered by Seglawis only."-Lady Ann Blunt, as quoted in  Authentic Arabian Bloodstock, (p. 238), Judith Forbis
Wasel, a 1983 stallion.  is the end result of a Kuhaylah Rodaniyah bred with a Saqlawi, as Mourad is a Saqlawi strain horse, tracing to Moniet el Nefous in the tail female line.  As a matter of fact, there are two lines to Moniet el Nefous in Wasel's pedigree, both through her daughter Mabrouka, the dam of *Morafic, who for many people was the ultimate representative of the Saqlawi strain. A double dose of Mabrouka not only concentrates Moniet,  it intensifies the influence of Sid Abouhom. I also noticed that Mabrouka appears in the pedigree a bit closer than I ever remember in a contemporar Egyptian horse, as she is the paternal grand-dam of Wasel.

Wasel has seven lines in his pedigree to the RAS foundation horse, Ibn Rabdan, a strong and substantial horse. One of these lines is very close up in the pedigree, as Ibn Rabdan appears as a great-great-grand sire. As Wasel's body is comprised mainly of rounded, curvy lines,  in an equally strong body; we understand from where this phenotype comes from...it is Ibn Rabdan. Together with the influence of Sid Abouhom and Sameh, we also understand why  in Wasel, we find an overabundance of substance, strength and power. He is one of the most strongly-built Egyptian Arabian horses that I have seen. Wasel  is built like an old-time horse, with functional conformation and yet, if you pay attention to the details, particularly the definition of bone in his face and the quality of his skin, you will notice that Wasel is clean and elegant, which I attribute to the double dose of Moniet el Nefous.

In the late 1980's, Wasel was one of three EAO stallions (Adl and Shadwan were the other two horses), exhibited at the first Arabian Horse at Home celebration in Jordan, to represent his country, Egypt and the EAO breeding program.. In speaking with people who had the opportunity to see Wasel, immediately they remember his movement, which like his conformation predicts, was powerful. As a breeding stallion, Wasel was used in the EAO breeding program, siring daughters like Akaber, Garadah, Mamfees and Lora, out of Enayah, an Adaweya daughter by Nawaf. he also sired sons like Gomaa, Masashooq, and Sonbol out of the Alaa el Din daughter, Safinaz. Wasel also sired horses, Esalla Al Shaqab out of the Gad Allah daugter, Naasah and Yazeed Al Shaqab out of the Adeeb daughter, Taba (who traces in her tail female line to the King Ibn Sa'ud mare, El Kahila) for Al Shaqab in Doha, Qatar.

Al Mamlkah owns a beautiful grey mare named Setelkoll Raheem. She is a daughter of the mare Farha, a Wasel daughter out of Sofsafa. Many people agree over this mare's beauty, as in 2002, Setelkoll Raheem was named the International Supreme Champion Mare at El Zahraa. She has already produced foals by Farouk Sakr, including a filly named Ameera Mamlkah, who, like her dam is a show champion, earning Champion Filly in the 2008 Egyptian National Show.
"The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives."-Billy Graham
Wasel is no longer alive, having died in 1997 but his influence will continue, as an important and vital piece of the EAO breeding program. In strength, we will always find the courage to continue...that's what he still offers us.


PS Many thanks to Judi Parks for the two photos of Wasel and to Al Mamlkah for the beautiful photo of Setelkoll Raheem. I don't know from where the Ibn Rabdan photo comes from.


Desert Wind said...

Hi Ralph,

The Ibn Rabdan photo is from Jack Humphreys, WR Brown's photographer, through Carl Raswan.

Edouard said...

Hi Ralph!

Oliver said...

I love your writing anyway, but this time you really touched my heart, like Wasel, the true desert warrior from Egypt. He was such a superior athlete and moved so effortless, you barely could see that his hooves touched the ground!