07 June, 2011
The colt's sire had come to America from Egypt, from the stud of a famous Prince. His dam was bred in Riyadh, in an area of Saudi Arabia known as the Nejd and had traveled to England first, then to Canada, where Henry Babson had first laid eyes on her, falling completely in love with her. He brought her home to Illinois, as a bride for his beloved *Fadl, the famous Prince's horse. Her name was Tarfa back then and this remarkable colt was one of her last sons. *Turfa was famous for her electrifying movement, which she passed onto all of her progeny but what he really loved about her, was how much she loved all people. She looked for any opportunity to get close to a human being and rest her beautiful head on their shoulder, as she let out a very contented sigh, letting everyone know that all was good with the world. She was everything he had imagined a Bedouin horse to look like and act like. And here he was today, to see her charming colt who had been named Fa-Turf. The son of *Fadl and *Turfa. What plans he had for his colt and for the champion get he would sire. What adventures they would share! In that small moment, the boy made a very big promise, a pact with the earth, the sky and all who would listen. He would do everything possible to preserve the blood of *Turfa, so that other little boys like him, could one day stand in awe of these beautiful horses like he had and dream about flying across the sand, on the back of a Drinker of the Wind...a Turfa...of his very own.
Fa-Turf was a 1952 grey stallion sired by *Fadl (Ibn Rabdan x Mahroussa) and out of the Sa'ud mare, *Turfa. Bred and raised at the Babson Farm, he was purchased by Dr. Keith Krausnick of Shar-Char Farm, as a sire for his breeding program. He sired 51 horses, of which 15 daughters and 8 sons were Al Khamsa-recognized. His son Fa Raad (out of the Ibn Fadl daughter Raada) was an important sire for Darrell Perdue of Rudalaro Ranch in Lamar, Colorado.
Dedicated to the memory of a really great mare...*Turfa. She continues to live in our hearts and our minds, inspiring us with her great quality. She was the prize of the desert.