"In each family a story is playing itself out, and each family's story embodies its hope and despair."- Auguste NapierAsal Sirabba, a 1958 grey mare, bred by Mrs. John E. Ott, was sired by Sirecho and was out of the Babson mare, Habba. By virtue of her pedigree, she is representative of the type of horse that defined the breeding program of Prince Mohamed Aly Tewfik. No surprise, as both *Nasr, the sire of Sirecho and *Fadl, the sire of Habba, were bred by the Prince, as was Mabrouk Manial, the sire of Baiyad. When combined with the other horses in the pedigree bred by Abbas Pasha Hilmi II, Ahmed Bey El Sennari, Prince Ahmed Kamel, the percentage of true Egyptian blood reaches almost 98%! Which means that the percentage of Blunt desert breeding was very low in this mare, about 2%. The only Blunt horse appearing in the pedigree is Kazmeen, the sire of Bint Sabah. While this pedigree history helps us to understand the horse we breed today, how do these long ago horses continue to remain significant and desireable, to today's breeder? While Asal Sirabba was bred to *Ibn Moniet el Nefous, producing the mare AK Nadira in 1976; I believe the answer is found through the family of horses that resulted from breeding Asal Sirabba to *Ansata Ibn Halima, a stallion who also traces to El Dahma, through his tail female line. It would make sense, because of the intense concentration of El Dahma blood, that Asal Sirabba's daughters by *Ansata Ibn Halima: Silima in 1966, Raalima in 1967 and particularly, Siralima in 1971, would be her strongest and most outstanding progeny...to the present day.
Raalima was a prolific mare for Bentwood Farm, producing daughters by the stallions, *Ibn Moniet El Nefous, The Egyptian Prince and Shaikh Al Badi. Among those daughters are AK Shahlima, Bint Raalima, Ak Tarifa, AK Zayaadah, Thamin Amira, Latifa Raqqasa and Our Kibriya.
Silima, when bred to Hadbah, produced the stallion Anchor Hill Halim, who went to Germany and became a successful sire, having produced daughters like Mona I, Moregha, *HS Mayeda amd *Moshana.
"I remember in the old days the very best horses belonged to people of moderate means. A man who has one foal, especially if it be well-bred, feels that it is a part of himself, and gives it every possible attention."-Prince Mohamed Aly Tewfik
My favorite daughter of Asal Sirabba was Siralima, pictured at right. I feel she was the best producing mare of the three daughteres and was owned by Bob Cowling (the same man who owned Fa Halima). Siralima was bred primarily to *Ibn Moniet El Nefous and produced AK Monalima, AK Jamila, AK Il Malika and AK Latifa, who was sold with her Imperial Al Kamar filly, Imperial Kalatifa to Ariela Arabians in Israel. AK Latifa would produce four foals for Ariela, who would eventually become Israeli National Champion horses!!! Yes, all four!!!
Imperial Kalatifa, when bred to Imperial Imdal, produced the multi-champion halter mare, Loubna. This wonderful mare has earned more prizes, in more countries, as proof of her outstanding beauty. She is now owned by Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi of Ajman Stud.
- World Champion Mare at the Salon du Cheval
- Dubai Champion Mare
- All Nations Cup Champion Mare
- European Champion Mare
- Middle East Champion Mare
- Egyptian Event Europe Champion Mare
- Israeli National Champion Mare and Filly
- Gold Champion Mare, Abu Dhabi
It is amazing to consider what this family of horses has accomplished, when one considers all of the progeny who descend from this beautiful grey mare, Asal Sirabba and how they remain as a vital, relevant part of the straight Egyptian breeding community.