07 May, 2011

A New Queen on the Horizon

"A beautiful woman can be painted as a totem only; not as a woman, but as a Madonna, a queen, a sphinx."-Saul Steinberg
Mangoomah is a daughter of the EAO mare, Wadhah (Mourad x Wasla) and a new name to add to the line of queens, since the reign of Moniet el Nefous.

Moniet el Nefous

Wadhah's tail female line traces back through the Inshass mare, Yaman, to the Rodania family, through Bint Rissala. This is an extremely powerful family of horses, not only within straight Egyptian lines but in all Arabian Horse bloodlines. An amazing number of United States National Champions, both stallions and mares, carry the influence of Rodania in their pedigrees.

I noticed something unique and a bit different about the position of the stallion, *Morafic, in the pedigree. He appears at the top, through the sire line of Gad Allah and then again, at the bottom, in the dam line, as the sire of Enayat. *Morafic appears for the third time, as the sire of Nagda, the grand-dam of Adeeb, who sired Gad Allah. Nagda, when bred to  *Tuhotmos, produced Nawal, the dam of Adeeb. The influence of Moniet el Nefous  is magnified, with five lines to her;  four of those lines are through Mabrouka, the dam of *Morafic, which not only concentrates Moniet but also Sid Abouhom. I also noticed that Sid Abouhom's position in the pedigree, is a bit closer than I have seen in other pedigrees. He appears as a great-great-grandsire. Understandably, when one looks at Mangoomah and appreciates her strong conformation and substance, you understand better the continuing influence of Sid Abouhom in the mare. Considering the number of times that Moniet el Nefous appears in the pedigree, one understands better why Mangoomah  also possesses much refinement and elegance. So, for me, I feel a nice balance in Mangoomah, between strength and substance combined with refinement and elegance.

Mangoomah's movement, through the eyes of those who have seen her, is powerful, maybe even surreal. In every account, her movement is so memorable, that it is the first thing most people mention, when speaking about Mangoomah. When I looked at her pedigree and saw the *Morafic daughter Enayat, no surprise that Mangoomah would also be a good mover, as Enayat produced the very successful show horse, *Sakr. I also noticed that


appears in the pedigree, as the sire of *Ibn Hafiza, who sired Wasla, the dam of Wadha. Rania Elsayed, an incredibly talented photographer, described the movement of Mangoomah, in her photo essay with Nasr Marei,  for straightegyptians.com, A Day At El Zahraa,
"She simulates the typical movement of the ostrich in the way she hits the ground powerfully with a hind leg and compacts the other, while stretching the front legs one after the other, covering as much ground as she can."
I was able to personally experience the powerful movement of Sameh, as seen through his daughters, *Serenity Sonbolah, *Fawkia and *Serenity Sabra. What amazed me most about the movement of these three mares was the elasticity of their hocks, which allowed such powerful, driving power in the hind end plus the strength of the back muscles, balanced by the freedom of the shoulder, allowing a range of motion in the front end, that I had never seen in an Egyptian horse before. It was the three Sameh daughters that Imperial Egyptian Stud owned, which made me appreciate the Sameh influence. When I read the descriptions of Mangooma's movement, I knew without looking at the pedigree, that Sameh must be present and I was happy to find him on the maternal side of the pedigree, as historically, this is the position where Sameh proves most influential.

There is one more horse in the pedigree, who I was also happy to see and her name is Bint El Nil, the dam of  Omnia, who in turn produced Gad Allah. The Hamdan son, Anter, nicked well with the blood of Yosriea, particularly through her daughters: Farasha and Shahrzada. The cross of Anter with Shahrzada produced the chestnut mare, *Dawlat and the grey mare, *Serenity Shahra, as well as Bint El Nil. This line has produced many great horses like the bay stallion, Kasr El Nil, who was imported into Germany and the Rancho Bulakenyo stallion, Richter MH.

Mangoomah has 16 or 17 lines in her pedigree to the RAS foundation horse, Ibn Rabdan. Multiplied as many times as he is in Mangoomah's pedigree, increases the probability that  Mangooma's body will be comprised mainly of rounded lines, very curvey, harmonious and balanced. In combination with horses like Gad Allah, Mourad and Sameh, who were not only powerful horses but possessed  much substance, predicts that Mangoomah would be built like an old-time mare; beautiful, elegant and refined with functional conformation in a substantial body. Mangoomah also proves to all the skeptics in the community, that the EAO never stopped producing excellent horses as was unfairly perceived, still maintains outstanding excellence in their gene pool and is still breeding fantastic horses, who become kings and queens, over all horses...like Mangoomah.


PS Many thanks to Rania Elsayed for the beautiful picture of Mangooma.

1 comment:

kcooper said...

Great writing Ralph. Beautiful mare.