What an article! Thank you Oliver - now if those "NOT classic breeders" here in the United States could see it...
I agree with almost everything in it.
Where has the movement gone in Egyptian horses? So few floating trots are found, the "stop--stop" movement with snorts and curled tail carriage - where has it gone? Where has the reaching trot - suspended movement gone?
If you are breeding for the next *classic Arabian horse* and your program is based on this, using the bloodlines of the Straight Egyptian, you should be looking for overall classic (extreme) type, good pedigree, refinement, correct conformation, a good disposition, and GOOD movement. An extreme horse without good movement isn't worth very much to someone who wants to breed the next *classic Arabian horse.*
The three most important things in breeding for a classic horse are:
1. OVERALL TYPE- how often we are short of it these days! especially in the United States. You see all these competitive horses, but they have long, straight heads and ill-conformed legs! To me, that is not what you want to preserve in the already so-tiny gene pool of the magnificent Straight Egyptian Arabian.
2. GOOD PEDIGREE- and they need it! A lesson that is learnt by everyone is that the popular way isn't always the best to go. One The Minstril line may be all right, if you outcross the other blood and do not breed back to it. I, for one, cannot stand to look at contaminated pedigrees with three or more lines to The Minstril and Thee Desperado! Most horses nowadays have AT LEAST that many lines to Nazeer - which is obviously quite different. He was a legend and was a lovely horse who was, as they say, almost perfect.
3. MOVEMENT- and this to me is very important. We have lost so much of it. Where is the flagging tail and suspended, floating trot? How could we have lost it? How? Why?
It is wonderful and terrible, at the same time, that movement is not hereditary. *Sakr (mentioned in Oliver's article) was the sire of Nabiel, who was the grandsire of our main stallion, Royal Phariel (Royal Jalliel [Ansata Imperial X *Pharrah] Royal Pharriel [NABIEL X *Pharrah]) and our future herd sire, Sihr Fanous (Taher Sihr [El Hadiyyah X RA Jehan] Fakiha [NABIEL X Foula]). With Phariel (the Ansata Imperial & double *Pharrah grandson besides Nabiel), he definitely inherited his pedigree's movement. Ansata Imperial, his paternal grandsire, was a really nice mover when he was younger and with the blood of *Sakr, it was sure to make a good-moving foal, and the beauty and lovely movement of the highly esteemed *Pharrah - all into one cross - our Phariel. With Sihr Fanous, you have an El Hadiyyah & Nabiel grandson. El Hadiyyah is also a pretty fine mover for another outstanding mover.
Extreme type and refinement are very important in our program. Without these, correct conformation usually is not present and the picture of the classic Arabian horse is not in our minds. Pedigree is also very important, but nowadays the popular trend is what most folks go for and completely forget the rarer bloodlines. The populars are often not as classic as the rares! I don't want to compare horses, but just take the bay stallion Thee Desperado and the bay stallion Amir El Fareed* (bred by E. Dieter of JEVA Farms and exported to Saudi Arabia). Do they compare? While Thee Desperado has the highly-sought-after pedigree that most breeders nowadays (half of whom are NOT classic breeders), seek for their money-making program. On the other hand, some Desperado get can be quite nice. Now compare him to Amir El Fareed. You have a Western-looking, maybe Polish-looking stallion with minimal type and refinement and definitely NOT an exotic head - and you have a stallion, straight from the desert.... Amir El Fareed. His pedigree is not extremely popular (El Norus X Bint Hafarrah), but he is a picturesque legend with awfully beautiful foals. No offense to Desperado owners...
Thank you again, Oliver, for an article that needs to be posted on every breeding lab door - is this the best cross possible to create a classic Arabian horse? Will the foal have the type, the refinement, the movement that is so important and were three strong characteristics years ago in Arabia?
Hope I stated what I meant to say!
Kul Hussun al-Melik Arabians: All the King's Horses
Standing Royal Phariel by Royal Jalliel (Ansata Imperial X *Pharrah) out of Royal Pharriel (Nabiel X *Pharrah) 1993 grey, Dahman Shahwan
Akdar Brins by HIA Sud Abnus (Ahadd X RG Selene) out of RA Jehan (AK El Zahra Moniet X BintBint Tuhotmos) 1999 black bay, Dahman Shahwan