24 November, 2011

Alaa el Din & Plantagenet

 Alaa El Din was a chestnut son of Nazeer, foaled in 1956, out of the Shaloul daughter, Kateefa. General Pettko Von Szandtner, liked the young colt so much, that he selected Alaa El Din, while still a young horse, as a breeding stallion for the EAO. He started his breeding career in 1961. Alaa El Din was also a successful race horse and then, a sire of race winners. Alaa El Din was so successful in passing his athletic ability to his children, that the breeders in Poland expressed a very strong desire in purchasing him, for use in their breeding program.

Yesterday, Daniel Wigger posted a comment concerning the strong resemblance between Alaa El Din, a straight Egyptian Kuhaylan Rodan stallion (pictured above) and Plantagenet, a Davenport Kuhaylan Haifi stallion (pictured below).
"did you notice the strong resemblance between Plantagenet and Alaa El Din, a KAIR?"

They are both elegant horses, refined, not heavy in their appearance. Both horses have great necks, with good length. They share similar body types, more rectangular in their body shape with leaner builds and a longer back, as compared to the rounded, more curvey type with a heavier-muscled phenotype. Both horses are built more like race horses, favoring the type we associate with very refined, more Arabian-looking Thoroughbred horses.  It is interesting to compare and contrast both horses, as I agree with Daniel that these horses are more similar than they are different. I wonder, as both horses are of the Kuhaylan strain, whether there are common ancestors between the Rodans and the Haifis, way, way back under Bedouin ownership. However, Plantagenet is heavily influenced by the Saqlawi mare, *Wadduda, who was also a chestnut. And Kateefa, the dam of Alaa el Din, was a daughter of the Saqlawi Shaloul, one of the horses that Judi Forbis had called "the fabulous four". Shaloul was out of Bint Radia, who traces in tail female to Bint Helwa and ultimately to Ghazieh. I wonder over the impact that *Wadduda had, in determining the look of Plantagenet, as I wonder the impact of Radia, in determining the look of Alaa el Din?


do you think?


1 comment:

Jill Erisman said...

Love the observation and what an interesting thought to ponder. One other thing both these stallions had in common was they produced magnificent daughters who went on to become very influential through their own offspring. This is not to take anything away from their sons, but for an interesting look at the downstream effects through their daughters, I hope it's OK to share these links: