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APRIL 2009

BOTSWANA




The straight-Egyptian stallion, BOTSWANA, is royally bred, with three lines to the legendary Ruminaja Ali, and another to Ansata Ibn Halima. He thus comes from a long line of legendary sires who have also been U.S. National Halter Champions. In addition, his only full brother, Thee Cyclone (their dam is now deceased), is a three-time National Champion Stallion of South Africa.

Botswana’s own beauty and correctness have garnered top show-ring honors the few times he has been shown: 1999 Champion Futurity Colt at the Egyptian Event, 1999 Region 9 Top Five Colt, and 2000 Scottsdale Top Ten (3rd in a class of 18).

But it is Botswana’s gorgeous foals who are engraving his reputation as a legendary sire. In 2003, the Pyramid Society ranked him in the Top Five Straight Egyptian Halter Sires (at just 5, the youngest stallion ever ranked this high) and he achieved this honor with only 15 foals old enough to show! After the 2007 Egyptian Event, Botswana was named the Leading Straight Egyptian Halter and Performance Sire (combined points), and in 2008 replaced his own sire as The Leading Halter and Performance Sire (winning both divisions). His current “winning get ratio” stands at an extremely high 60% after 9 foal crops, and many Botswana foals already have significant show ring wins both internationally and on the US Class A and Regional circuits—including 2009 National Champion Stallion of New Zealand (TF Fezzan), Reserve Champion Mare in Israel (Kenya PG), Region 16 Champion Mare (TF Kalahara), Region 12 Reserve Champion Futurity Stallion (TF Afrikhan Alkhemi), Region 14 and 18 Top Five Mare(s) (Falisha bint Fardousa and Rose of Fujairah), Region 2, 12 Western Pleasure Jr. Horse, and Region 14 Ladies Western Side Saddle Reserve Champion (TF Afrikhan Bey), Region 12 Top Five Jr. Western Horse (TF Tsanzibar). Another son, TF Afrkihan Shah, although as yet unshown on the European circuit, has created a great deal of excitement abroad after his arrival in Belgium last fall, and recently garnered the highest points and Gold Premium rating at the Belgium Stallion Licensing Show (out of 32 stallions). Plus (with one exception) every Botswana foal ever shown at the US Egyptian Event has won at least a Top Ten—and many have won Class and Show Championships in both halter and performance. Two were Pyramid Society EBC Champions, and one was Reserve.

Botswana is so strongly line-bred that he stamps his foals with his own incredible beauty—while also bringing out the best in the dam. He offers breeders beauty, correctness, good movement, and exotic type—plus a Straight Egyptian source to the blood of the great Shaikh al Badi sire line (which has produced such significant breeding stallions as Ruminaja Ali, Anaza al Farid, Gazal al Shaqab, and Marwan al Shaqab) to name just a few). Moreover, Botswana’s pedigree further offers the elegance and refinement of straight Egyptian blood lines like those of The Egyptian Prince and Ansata Ibn Halima.

For more information about BOTSWANA and his get, please visit Talaria Farms.




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