11 March, 2012

Moniet, Rashad and the Mare that Once Was

I have spent a lot of my life day-dreaming over the foal that *Bint Moniet el Nefous would have produced, had she been bred to *Ansata Ibn Halima. So many years later, I still am thinking about it. I bet this foal would have matured into one of the most extraordinary horses in our breed. *Bint Moniet el Nefous was a stunning mare...exotic, breathtaking and she was the ONLY daughter of Moniet el Nefous, sired by the great Nazeer. The stallion, *Ansata Ibn Halima, single-handedly redefined the meaning of the word


and set a new standard for Arabian horse type. Why wouldn't you want to breed these two horses together? The cross really deserved to be tried...once. In the sixties and seventies,  the state of reproductive technology was vastly different than what we practice today. Artificial insemination was not available to breeders and mares had to be shipped by van to the stallion. While the distance from New Mexico to Texas may not be far; there was a risk involved in shipping a valuable mare like *Bint Moniet el Nefous anywhere. I can understand the hesitancy that Richard Pritzlaff may have experienced, when he considered this breeding. Still, when the rest of the world was lining up, begging Judi to breed anything they owned to *Ansata Ibn Halima, I wonder why Richard Pritzlaff was not more motivated to assume the risk, especially after witnessing the spectacular results Norton and Millie Grow of Rafter G  experienced with Ansata El Salim. I have searched through books, magazines, in all the published letters written by Pritzlaff and in just about everything else that I could find, to no avail, hoping for even the smallest mention of breeding *Bint Moniet el Nefous and *Ansata Ibn Halima. I know that Richard Pritzlaff and Judi Forbis did not care for each other but I want to believe that both people always put the horse first, no matter what their personal differences were. Instead of selecting *Ansata Ibn Halima, Richard Pritzlaff chose to breed *Bint Moniet el Nefous primarily to Rashad Ibn Nazeer, over and over and over. While there are still horses who trace in tail female to Bint, it is not possible to find a tail female *Bint, in straight Egyptian form, without *Rashad Ibn Nazeer also in the pedigree. *Bint Moniet el Nefous and *Ansata Ibn Halima were closely related in blood, sharing not only Nazeer as a sire but also, their mothers were bred similarly, being a blend of Sheikh el Arab with Ibn Rabdan. Here was an opportunity to magnify the influence of the three super sires of Egyptian breeding: Nazeer, Shahloul and Sheikh el Arab. Most people, when thinking of Moniet el Nefous, will immediately think


however, you will be surprised to learn that in her pedigree,  she carried the blood of El Dahma multiple times, as did *Ansata Ibn Halima. As a matter of fact, *Ansata Ibn Halima traces to this mare in his tail female line. In America, due in large part to the success of Ansata Arabian Stud, breeders focused on the more popular strains of Dahman Shahwan and Saqlawi Jidran. It is challenging to find horses carrying a minimal influence of either strain in their pedigree. Did Richard Pritzlaff recognize  that eventually, the popularity of the Saqlawi and Dahman strains would overwhelm other key bloodlines? Could this have been one of  the reasons why *Bint Moniet became the perpetual bride of *Rashad Ibn Nazeer? Could this have been  Pritzlaff's strategy in trying to influence popular opinion, in the hope for a different outcome?
*Rashad Ibn Nazeer was out of the Kuhaylah Rodaniyah mare, Yashmak, a Sheikh el Arab daughter who traced in her tail female line through Bint Rissala to the war mare found in the desert and purchased by the Blunts, Rodania. Yashmak is one of the few horses who spread the influence of Bint Rissala forward into the future, so we can still enjoy the influence of Rodania today. *Rashad Ibn Nazeer, despite having Nazeer and Sheikh el Arab in common, was more of an outcross for *Bint Moniet el Nefous because of the Rodania family. Even though in phenotype, *Rashad Ibn Nazeer physically embodies the stretchier,  Saqlawi-type of horse; the Rodania family is different and remains powerfully vibrant, many generations later. They are extremely influential horses. Breeding a Saqlawi-strain horse out, to a Kuhaylan strain-horse will help to improve the overall strength and substance of the body, as well as the compactness of the back. In a Saqlawi strain horse, the attributes of the Kuhaylan strain become important, counteracting the tendency of Saqlawi horses to become longer and "stretchier", than we would like. The Kuhaylan strain horse balances the Saqlawi horse. The Rashad/Bint Moniet cross yielded many prized daughters, who in turn, have produced well. The 1969 mare, Monisa RSI, pictured above, is one of these daughters. She's pretty, isn't she? She was bred to *Ibn Moniet el Nefous, who was a Moniet el Nefous son, sired by a Moniet el Nefous grandson. I needed to say it this way, as I wanted to drive home in your mind that there is alot of Moniet el Nefous blood and of the Saqlawi strain, packed into one horse. 
AK Monisa Moniet, was a 1973 mare, who maintains a high percentage of Moniet el Nefous blood,  approximately 50% and builds on the outcross  influence of *Rashad Ibn Nazeer, while allowing the blood of Moniet el Nefous to become dominant and ready for an infusion of El Dahma blood. While AK Monisa Moniet has a beautiful body, we can already see the tendency for the next generation to become longer in the back, which would have intensified, had she been bred to a strong Saqlawi horse. She needed a horse like *Ansata Ibn Halima, who would help her to produce the very beautiful mare, Monisa Halima and  in the process, provide somewhat of a resolution for me, with regard to the breeding of *Bint Moniet el Nefous and *Ansata Ibn Halima. 

Monisa Halima will always provide a strong lesson in genetics for me. While I have been stuck on a breeding of *Bint Moniet el Nefous to *Ansata Ibn Halima; Monisa Halima vividly reminds me that an extraordinary mare like her would not have existed, had the pattern of breeding that began with *Bint and *Rashad, not occurred. Monisa Halima helps me to understand the role that *Rashad Ibn Nazeer played in her creation and in fact, she helps me to dig deeper and appreciate the breeding stallion that *Rashad was, which I think, I never really understood. *Ansata Ibn Halima, was an extremely close-coupled horse and as a sire, was recognized for siring horses who embodied this attribute, sometimes a little more than you would like.  Considering the amount of El Dahma blood in the pedigree of *Bint Moniet el Nefous, would the foal produced by these two horses been too thick, too short? The focus of Walter Schimanski's program was focused on the Dahman Shahwan and he recommended that the Dahman strain  horse be outcrossed with the Saqlawi horse, to counteract the tendency to become "short" in phenotype.  
"incorporating the Saqlawi type brings length back to neck and leg, which can be lost with intense use of Dahman and Kuhaylan strain types. It also yields finer bone structure and produces flatter and less prominent muscling. Too much Saqlawi can produce a long back and ears. Dahman type brings back an overall balance and harmony, including more dished heads and larger eyes, and shorter backs, but also has the tendency to produce shorter necks and legs, heavier muscling, and more bone."-Walter Schimanski
What Walter didn't account for, was the positive contribution that the Kuhaylan strain could offer both the Saqlawi horse, which is considered to be related to the Kuhaylan Ajuz-strain horse and the Dahman strain horse, who is a Kuhaylan-influenced strain as well. What I like most about Monisa Halima is what the Kuhaylan influence contributed to her physically, that is, she was a big mare,  substantial, yet still very elegant and refined. She was beautiful and a very typey horse. The intensity of the Moniet blood, the high percentage of Saqlawi blood, although somewhat diluted with the blood of the Kuhaylan Rodans, counteracts the natural tendency of the Dahman Shahwan blood to become short and thick. In Monisa, you don't see an angular horse nor is she narrow in appearance; her physique is primarily made up of generously rounded lines. So, you see a neck which is longer, higher set on the chest with a bit more length in the poll and more room in the throatlatch. I like the longer forearms and well muscled shoulder. From Ansata Ibn Halima, she has inherited a very harmonious, very smooth overall look. She has a lot of balance and yet, in the details, like for example, she has a beautiful, larger, rounder and deep black eye.

So, what happened to Monisa Halima? How is she represented today?

She was bred to *Jamil, producing a daughter named Bint Jamilla, who remained in the United States and was prolific, producing a good-sized family of horses. Her daughter MB Shaleema, by Prince Ibn Shaikh, produced a bay mare named HMK Norah, sired by Alidaar, who was named a National Champion Filly in Jordan for Al Nakeeb Arabians in England.  Eventually, Monisa Halima was sold to Ursula and Willi Poth of Classic Egyptian Arabians in Germany and France. She produced two sons for the Poth's by Alidaar: Classic Mansour in 1994 (sold to Mrs.Meike Höpfner in Germany) and Classic Arif in 1995. The Poths sold Monisa Halima to Rosi Kolster of Authentic Arabians  in 1996, in foal to Alidaar. She produced a filly, who was named Miriyah Alida, who was a foundation broodmare for Christine Krumm in Germany. Monisa produced four other horses for Rosi Kolster. A son by the name of Authentic Mabrouk by El Ahhim Shah (Ansata Halim Shah x AK Athea), who was later gelded and three daughters, all sired by the Maysoun son, Nabeel II: Authentic Madaleenah (sold to Sicily), Authentic Mona Lizha purchased by the Poths (producing two sons, Classic Majeed by Authentic Dahman and  Classic Malak by Lohim) and Authentic Monisa, who was sold to Qatar, when Rosi Kolster reorganized her breeding programme, deciding  to primarily focus on her two foundation mares: AK Nawaal (The Egyptian Prince x Dahmah Shahwaniah) and Classic Dahra (Alidaar x AK Dareeba). And it is Rosi Kolster, who for me, delivers the greatest affirmation of Monisa Halima, a mare who in Rosi's very skilled hands, produced progeny who have gone on to influence other breeding programs and spread the combined influence of  Moniet el Nefous, Yashmak and Halima farther in our world of straight Egyptian breeding,

"Monisa Halima was a good mare with nice type, athletic body but very refined, a lovely mother, easy to do with every time. "-Rosi Kolster

PS This blog entry is lovingly dedicated to Rosemarie Kolster of Authentic Arabians. Not only is she a breeder whom I greatly admire; she is also a wonderful human being. Danke Rosi!

1 comment:

Rescuepoor said...

Really enjoyed your blog!
I remember an Arabian Horse Journal article in the 70s about Moniet El Nefous. Made quite an impression on me and attended the Egyptian Event in Lexington for many years.
I don't know how else to reach you, and figured that you might be able to help a stallion with 2 crosses to Moniet El Nefous and Ansata breeding. He is a 10 year old liver chestnut, registered, with a great temperament. Alaa El Din coloring. Here is his pedigree:
The stallion is in WV and I have been unable to find a place for him. We would take him in Colorado, but can't afford the transport, even with a rescue discount due to high gas prices.
He is a little thin (recovering from neglect). Will be happy to provide photos. My email is lastresortsanc@gmail.com
Thanks for reading and for sharing your knowledge!