Thank you Carol and everyone for the well wishes. You all do make everything with horses so much more worthwhile. It's good to share great news.
I have to say that you are an inspiration. You work so hard at what you do for the horses and I really do appreciate all you do for everyone. I remember about *Fardousa being an own daughter ("only "too by the way in the US) by Ikhnatoon, who was truly a gift to behold. When I see mares like this, I can't help but to think to the right stallion they are what makes the future broodmares of this breed. Botswana is a one of a kind stallion who has a tremendously high percentage of winning get. He single handedly broke any rumors that this line cannot move, Botswana is a great stallion and has it ALL. I really hope he comes to the Event this year. Rahmeenah is so special to us, never shown, 'yet' but produces so well, and she having this filly by a Pritzlaff stallion and a black too, really is just the icing on the cake for me. It suddenly becomes very realistic in that it brings us back to the basic core of what started SE in the US. Maybe they are outdated by today's name recognition, but I do hope there will always be mares like *Fardousa and Rahmeenah for example, who are simply two of the many mares in the US who keep SE alive and well for the future. Maybe she won't be widely recognized as a dam, but time will tell as they say and may be a matriach of a great line of horses someday. Mares like this I always look for in a breeding program, because to me it signifies a breeder who understands the history of this breed and takes nothing for granted and is in it for the long haul.
Not to interrupt this thread, but there are so many many breeders out there who have these 'token' mares who really go unrecognized. And in the spirit of the SE horse, we may not have every fact in the forefront, but as long as mares like this are being bred, there will be a future to look back on and learn. and from there we find appreciation for the breed and see quite evidently the dedication from those 'little guys' who do such an outstanding job and sometimes don't get noticed.
Nevertheless, I can name countless 'unknowns' who really are the folks who solidify this breed. And for them, I am thankful.
Sorry for the interruption to this thread.