23 November, 2011


"I heard footsteps running back across the yard and excited voices coming closer. Two heads appeared at my door. One was that of a young boy who looked at me for a long time, considering me carefullly before his face broke into a beaming smile. 'Mother,' he said deliberately. 'That will be a wonderful and brave horse. Look how he holds his head."-Michael Morpurgo, from his book, War Horse
Plantagenet was a 1976 chestnut stallion, bred by Charles and Jeanne Craver. He was sired by the Prince Hal son, Akmet Haffez and was out of the El Alamein daughter, Iras (out of the Tripoli daughter, Portia). Plantagenet is not a straight Egyptian horse nor does he have any Egyptian lines in his pedigree. He is Asil, Al Khamsa, CMK and is considered a Davenport Arabian horse, because he traces in all the lines of his pedigree to the horses imported and bred by Homer Davenport, as well as the horses imported by the Hamidie Society for the World's Fair, i.e. the mare, *Wadduda. Plantagenet is Kuhaylan Haifi by strain, tracing in his tail female line to the Antez daughter, Antarah.
"All living Davenport horses belong to one of four tail-female lines (Kuhaylan-Haifi, Kuhaylan-Kurush, Hadban, or Schilla)"-Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy
In Davenport breeding, Plantagenet belongs to a group of horses which are known as "Core Haifi" which means that he is a result of the second foundation of Kuhaylan Haifi horses like Dharebah, Dhalana, Tara, Dharanah, El Alamein, Saranah, Dhanad, and Dharantez, blended with the stallion Tripoli, a Hanad son out of the *Hamrah daughter, Poka. Plantagenet has three lines to Tripoli in his pedigree, which further concentrate the influence to the 1899 bay mare, *Urfah, as well as *Wadduda.
"Davenport Arabian horses are wonderful horses. They represent a unique snapshot of the genetic material of the Bedouin Arabian horse."-Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy
Plantagenet, well, he was magnificent.


1 comment:

Dr Daniel Wigger said...

Dear Ralph,

did you notice the strong resemblence between Plantagenet and Alaa El Din, a KAIR?