22 March, 2020

An Old School Soul: Ansata Hejazi

So much has already been written about Ansata Hejazi, which includes Born to Reign, a book written by his world famous breeder, Judith Forbis. What can I possibly offer about Ansata Hejazi that hasn't already been said, by people whose experience with this particular horse is so much greater than mine?

What I found fascinating about Ansata Hejazi, is what he represented genetically. I like to call Ansata Hejazi an "old school" Ansata horse, meaning, his pedigree only consists of the foundational elements of the classic Ansata breeding program, as bred by Ansata and used within the Ansata breeding program. There is no blood outside of the original Ansata horses and their descendants in Ansata Hejazi. He is, in the majority of his pedigree, 3 generations of solid Ansata breeding and in the 4th generation, we find 5 lines to the foundational horses that Ansata purchased in Egypt. That's impressive, in terms of genetic consistency and maybe, predictability, in using Ansata Hejazi as a sire. It narrows down the "wild card" aspect of breeding a little more.

Sired by Ansata Halim Shah, an *Ansata Ibn Halima son out of Ansata Rosetta; his dam, Ansata Sudarra, was a daughter of Ansata Abu Sudan and Ansata Delilah. The maternal component of both the sire and dam is noteworthy. It's much more than just saying that both the sire and dam have a tail female line to the EAO mare, Bukra. Each dam is a result of blending Ansata Shah Zaman with the bloodline of *Ansata Bint Bukra. So, at a quick first glance, you can say that we have paternal sisters but the mares are more deeply related than that.  Ansata Rosetta, the dam of Ansata Halim Shah, is a daughter of *Ansata Bint Bukra, while Ansata Delilah is a grandaughter of *Ansata Bint Bukra. Did you catch that? *Ansata Bint Misr  and Ansata Rosetta are maternal siblings, both mares share *Ansata Bint Bukra as a dam. Sameh, who is the sire of *Ansata Bint Misr  is the only line of difference between Ansata Rosetta and Ansata Delilah. Another way to say this, is to point to the percentage influence contributed by each of the Ansata horses, to show you the significance that each ancestor had upon Ansata Hejazi. These would be the Ansata horses like *Ansata Ibn Halima: 31.25%, Ansata Shah Zaman: 25%, *Ansata Bint Mabrouka: 18.75%, *Ansata Bint Bukra: 18.75%, *Ansata Bint Misr: 12.5%, *Ansata Bint Misuna: 12.5* and Ansata Ibn Sudan:12.5%.

The video sequence above, was taken in 1995, when Ansata Hejazi was then, three years old. It is one of my favorite videos. He's not only a beautiful, typey horse, he is charismatic and expressive in his movement, in the way that one expects a correct Arabian horse to move. His tail carriage is unbeliveable! In Authentic Arabian Bloodstock, Volume 2, beloved author, Judith Forbis writes of Ansata Hejazi, "...exceptionally free movement in front and driving well off of his hocks - capable of a breathtaking elevated trot when turned on."  The video underscores what Judith Forbis wrote of Ansata Hejazi, within her landmark book and celebrates the wisdom behind the breeding program of Ansata Arabian Stud.

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