R.A.S./E.A.O. ANCESTRAL STALLIONS AND MARES

DAHMAN SHAHWAN STALLIONS
Obeya/Sabah Family



Sid Abouhom
(El Deree x Layla)

von Szandtner: Measurements: 156/169/20
Grey. Noble, noble head, good expressive eyes, very well set on small ears, very good set on nice long neck, good withers, forward stretching soft back, moderately strong loins, good croup, high set on tail, medium heart region, moderately deep, sufficiently wide, cannons moderately tied in, very little walking on toe on the right front foot, moderately cut out hocks, very good movements, medium drawn at the knee, very little turned to the right hocks, very good gaits, was a very good race horse.

Marsafi: Good size and strength, long neck, not as long-backed as Shahloul. Height 15 hands compared to average size of 14.2; not as good a head as Shahloul; not very hight tail carriage; very good in racing, He bred true and produced much better foals bred to Moniet El Nefous than Nazeer.

Forbis: Marsafi's comments above is questionable when one considers Bint Moniet El Nefous, Maya, Fakher El Din, who were comparable in quality and better conformed than those by Sid Abouhom; however, he may not have considered them as influential as breeding stock. We found Sid Abouhom to be a handsome very aristocratic horse even though he was in an emaciated state when we saw him just before he died. What impressed us most were his big dark expressive eyes in a handsome classic head with finely chiseled small ears, as well as his fine dry bone, prominent withers and extreme depth and layback of shoulder. He appeared well-balanced even though gaunt. He was more "forehand" and a bit light in the rear (perhaps appearing that way due to age) with tendency to a lower croup, which most of his get had in comparison to those by Nazeer. Sid Abouhom's dam, Layla, was also a maternal half-sister to Sheikh El Arab (x Bint Sabah), another point most likely considered by the General in selecting him.



Sheikh El Arab
(Mansour x Bint Sabah)

von Szandtner: (quoted from his friend Laslo Monostory in Arabian Horse World, June 1980):
In Szandtners opinion, the outstanding premier stallion was Sheikh El Arab, born in 1933; he was the most prepotent. (His sire, Mansour, was also the sire of Nazeer, a point obviously considered by the General in choosing him as premier stallion and Sheikh El Arab's successor, ed.)

Marsafi: More elegant than Nazeer; Nazeer's head was more feminine. Sheikh El Arab had the spirit of a stallion. Height 14.3 compared to the average height of 14.2 at that time. Nazeer's head was smaller than Sheikh El Arab's, but Sheikh El Arab had more width between the eyes. Nazeer had shorter ears. Sheikh El Arab had more arch in the neck than either Shahloul or Nazeer. His neck was in harmony with his body; he had good sound legs, level croup, very good tail carriage.

Zaher: Wonderful horse and excellent type. Very good bones, a bit rectangular in shape, but excellent characteristics.

 

DAHMAN SHAHWAN STALLIONS
Farida Family



Balance
(Ibn Samhan x Farida)

von Szandtner: (quoted from his friend Laslo Monostory in Arabian Horse World, June 1980): An excellent former race horse. Grey, with good bone structure, long lines, but not too typey, therefore Szandtner gave him only a few mares. He did not consider him a premier stallion. Balance was an old stallion, born in 1927, and Szandtner kept him in the stud farm."

Zaher: Nice neck, good bones and back, but a poor head, though he sired good heads - generally. A horse of good stamina. Most photos of Balance were made when he was in racing trim.

Forbis: Balance inherited some of the plainness of the head from his sire, Ibn Samhan, which he passed on with regularity to his get. He sired great race horses, and himself was of racy build and a track record holder for the mile. His daughters, however, particularly Zaafarane and Nefisa, produced some exquisite offspring.



Ibn Halima
(Nazeer x Halima) -
imported to U.S.A. as Ansata Ibn Halima

von Szandtner: Grey. Noble, very noble head, lively big eyes, ears well proportioned and well set on. Somewhat short in the neck, good withers, somewaht forward stretching back, good loins, good croup, high set tail, sufficiently wide and deep, somewhat tied in, small degree sickle-hocked, left front to a small degree toes in; gaits and posture good.

Forbis: This evaluation was made when he was a foal. Further comments as he matured are noted in Chapter IV, and his life is chronicled in the book, "Ansata Ibn Halima, The Gift".


DAHMA SHAHWANIA MARES

Bint El Bahreyn/Durra Family



Bint Maisa El Saghira
(Nazeer x Maisa) -
imported to U.S.A. as Bint Maisa El Saghira by Gleannloch


von Szandtner: Bay. Noble, rather noble head, beautiful large lively eyes, well set but a bit long ears, well set neck, good withers, back and croup. Tail set on medium high. Adequately wide and deep. A bit long cannons, a bit cut in below the hock, gaits and posture correct, good movement.

Forbis: A very charismatic mare at maturity and outstanding performer. See chapter VI. One of the mares that helped popularize Egyptian Arabian horses in America.


DAHMAN SHAHWAN STALLIONS
Bint El Bahreyn/Durra Family



El Sareei
(Shahloul x Zareefa) -
also spelled as El Sarie

von Szandtner: Measurements: 156/170/18.
Bay. Very noble, very noble head, lively large eyes, well set ears, good well-set neck, good withers, forward stretching soft back, good loins, good croup, high set tail, wide and deep, cannons tied in, pasterns a bit long, sickle-hocked, very little walking on toes, sound sex organs, good movements.

Marsafi: Structurally better than Shahloul but not as good a head. Height about 15 hands.

Forbis: One of the most splendid and classic Arabians we had the pleasure to see. Beautiful head, well-balanced, prideful carriage, iridescent copper coat; a magnificent specimen of the breed. A good broodmare sire.

 

SAKLAWIA JEDRANIA MARES
Radia "Ghadia" Family



Bint Zaafarana
(Nazeer x Zaafarana) -
imported to U.S.A. as Ansata Bint Zaafarana


von Szandtner: Grey. Rather noble head, very nice big eyes, well set on ears, well set on arched neck, good withers, slightly forward stretching back, good loins, good croup, middle high set on tail, properly wide and deep, tied in, slightly sickle hocks, posture and gaits are correct, good movement!

Forbis: At maturity very much the same as the early evaluation with pretty head. A very strong mare with good size, much prettier and better conformed than her dam.


SAKLAWI JEDRAN STALLIONS

Radia Family



Shahloul
(Ibn Rabdan x Bint Radia)

von Szandtner: Measurements: 156/169/19 Grey. Noble, noble head, large eyes, weil set ears, weil set on neck; good withers, very forward stretching soft back, good loins, good croup with high set tail, moderately strong in the heart area, somewhat drawn up stomach, sufficiently wide, in front a little tied in under the knee and just a little calf-kneed, very strongly sickle-hocked and cow-hocked, good movements.

Marsafi: Shahloul had an elegant head, deep iowl with prominent cheek muscles and good dish, long neck nicely arched; right front leg toed out; comparatively long back, level croup and very high tail carriage, very spirited - the favorite stallion of the royal family, he was very intelligent and calm under saddle (the only time he could be given injections).

Zaher: Best eyes, head and neck which was very arched and lovely; thin skin; rather weak legs.



Antar
(Hamdan x Obeya of Inshass)

Forbis: A handsome bright red chestnut stallion of noble bearing, attractive head of medium length, rather high-placed medium eyes set in boney sockets, weil set and well,shaped ears, well-shaped nicely arched rather heavy long-enough neck, good withers, somewhat long back which tended to softness.


SAKLAWIA JEDRANIA MARES
Roga El Beda Family



Moniet el Nefous
(Shahloul x Wanisa)

von Szandtner: Chestnut. Measurements: 156/ 173/18. Extremely noble. Very noble head, large lively eyes, well set on neck, good withers, good back, good loins, the croup just a little hit high, nicely high set tail, correct front feet, moderately cow-hocked, sufficiently wide and deep, correct posture, very good outstretching gait.

Forbis: One of the most exquisite mares of her time. She was von Szandtner's favorite mare. Her head was exceptionally refined with a tea-cup muzzle. Structurally she was fine-boned and a bit light in the hindquarters as an aged mare. Her story can be found in Authentic Arabian Bloodstock.




Mona
(Sid Abouhom x Moniet EI Nefous)

von Szandtner: Chestnut. Very noble, noble head, big lively eyes, well-set and proportioned ears, well-set neck, good withers, good back, sufficient loins, good croup, middle high set tail, adequately wide and deep, good foundation, somewhat tied in, somewhat sickle hocked, front leg slightly turned out, good movement.

Forbis: At maturity extremely beautiful head, neck a bit cut in in front of withers, long hip but somewhat rafter-hipped. The prettiest head of the three full sisters but poorest conformation.



Mabrouka
(Sid Abouhom x Moniet EI Nefous)

von Szandtner: Chestnut. Noble, rather noble head, rather well-set neck, good withers, good back, loins, croup, tail set on medium high, moderately wide but deep, a bit tied in below the knee, a bit cut in below the hock, cow hocks, good posture, good gaits.

Forbis: At maturity, head not as beautiful as Mona, but much better than Lubna; long
neck, long adequately laid back shoulders, somewhat short croup and a bit straight behind, but strong. Very charismatic and a good mover.




Lubna
(Sid Abouhom x Moniet EI Nefous)

von Szandtner: Grey. Noble, noble head, lively eyes, well-set ears, well-set neck, good withers, good back, adequate loins, good croup, tail set on high, wide and deep, tied in sickle hocks, correct posture, very good movement.

Forbis: At maturity rather plain head and somewhat small eyes, good bodied, not as
attractive as her sisters.



Bint Mabrouka
(Nazeer x Mabrouka)
- imported to U.S.A. as Ansata Bint Mabrouka

von Szandtner: Grey. Noble, very noble, small head, lively very big eyes, well-set on ears, well-set on neck, good withers, slightly forward stretching back, good loins, beautiful straight croup, high set on tail, wide and deep, slightly tied in, moderately sickle hocked, posture and gaits are correct.

Forbis: At maturity she remained true to this evaluation - but with added pride, carriage and a unique character.

 

SAKLAWI JEDRAN STALLIONS
Roga EI Beda Family



Morafic
(Nazeer x Mabrouka) -
imported to U.S.A. by Gleannloch

von Szandtner: Grey. Very noble, noble head, extremely lively big eyes, well set on ears, well set on neck, good withers, back, loins and croup, high set tail, adequately wide and deep, tied in, slightly sickle-hocked, bone spavin, quite a bit toes turned out. Good movement. It remains in the stud as a future breeding stallion!

Forbis: Much has been written about this stallion; he was unique and of special quality - a true Saklawi in type and spirit. His head has never been duplicated as of this writing - and probably will remain unique in Arabian annals. (For his story refer to Authentic Arabian Bloodstock.)



SAKLAWI STALLIONS
Inshass (DB)
Said to be of Saklawi strain by Raswan, but there is no
strain mentioned in the original Inshass Herdbook



Sameh
(EI Moez x Samira of Inshass)

Forbis: The author noted no reference in von Szandtner's herdbooks but Sameh, like Antar, was chosen by him from the Inshass Herd for retention by the R.A.S./ E.A.O. A handsome masculine-type grey stallion of noble bearing, he had an attractive head of medium length, rather average eyes, well set and well-shaped ears, well set on and Iong enough but slightly heavy neck, good withers, good topline, good croup and hip, and high-set well carried tail. He was wide and deep, had good legs, front slightly toed in, and hocks stood out slightly behind. His legs were extremely fine-boned for the substance of his body. A well-balanced horse overall, he had good gaits and sired excellent performance as well as halter horses. He was especially good at correcting faulty toplines which many of the E.A.0. mares had. He was a sire of superior mares, many of whom became champions and U.S. National winners in America, including the beloved U.S. National Champion Mare, Serenity Sonbolah. He was a favorite stallion of many American visitors to EI Zahraa.

 

HADBAN ENZAHI STALLIONS
Samiha Family



Nazeer
(Mansour x Bint Samiha)

von Szandtner: Measurements: 152/164/19. Light white horse, very noble, very noble head, extremely big expressive eyes, well set lively ears, well set on sufficiently long neck, good withers, moderately soft back, good loins, nice croup with high set tail, moderately wide and deep, left front foot a little turned out, sickle-hocked, good movements.

Marsafi:
A stallion that had to be respected, he had much presence and pride. Fair head, sound legs, thin gaskin and forearm. Height not quite 14.3 hands. Primarily used by General von Szandtner to improve structure.

Zaher:
Nazeer got good bones from Mansour; head half from sire and half from dam. Good back from Mansour. Good legs which he transmitted to his get. Short straight pastem, not inherited. Szandtner wanted to work on correcting legs and searched for a stallion from which he could acquire the heritage of good legs. When stallions came back from the depots, Szandtner went to Bahteem. Dr. Zaher told us he went with him and Szandtner picked Nazeer.

Forbis:
An especially noble stallion, his get inherited his unique quality but he did not generally predominate in structure over the tail female mare line to which he was bred. Photos of this horse showing him with badly trimmed feet and no heels gave rise to some erroneous judgements about his legs. Von Szandtner used him to improve legs.


KUHAYLAN RODAN STALLIONS

Rissala Family



Alaa EI Din
(Nazeer x Kateefa)

von Szandtner: Chestnut. Very noble, noble head, not big but lively eyes, very well set ears, good neck, withers, loins, croup, tail set on middle-high, adequately wide and deep, a bit tied in below the knee, cut in below the hock, movement and posture are regular. Good gaits. Remains a breeding stallion.

Forbis: A tall horse at maturity, very elegant and refined, beautiful head but not large enough eyes, which he tended to transmit. Good length of neck and well shaped. He was well-balanced but tied in at the elbows, narrow in front, had rather small but good dark hooves and he had a disturbing way of walking when viewed from behind, traits which he tended to pass on, especially if inbred.



Rashad
(Nazeer x Yashmak) -
imported to U.S.A. as Rashad Ibn Nazeer by Pritzlaff

von Szandtner: 1955 Bay. Noble, noble head, lively big eyes, well set on but somewhat large ears, well set on neck, rather good withers; only slightly forward stretching back, good loins, high set on tail, wide and deep, light foundation (bones), somewhat sicklehocked, posture is correct, good movement.

Forbis: As a mature horse he was plain-headed, although he had beautiful big dark expressive eyes. He was somewhat straight shouldered, short in croup, narrow in stifle like his dam, and tended to carry his tail to the side. He was trained successfully for dressage at Pritzlaff's ranch by Col. Handler, then Director of the Spanish Riding School.

 

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