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Ekstern: Taking His Place Among The Immortals by Theresa Cardamone

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The Third IntArah Dream Embryo Auction by Theresa Cardamone

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Back Cover Story: Falah Al Shaqab: The Promise Of Tomorrow by Theresa Cardamone

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Through The Lens Of … Gregor Aymar by Susanne Bösche

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The Ascension Of Tom Oben: A Twenty-Year Trajectory Of Success by Theresa Cardamone

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Al Ayal AA: The Ariela Ambassador by Theresa Cardamone

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Imperial Fanniya—The Hidden Jewel by Susanne Bösche

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2016 Egyptian Event Europe by Susanne Bösche

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Straight Egyptian Farm Tour by Susanne Bösche

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It Only Takes One—The Story Of The Daughter Of Rida by Joe Ferriss

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Ansata Sinan … The Architect by Susanne Bösche

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Falima by Geert Oben with Susanne Bösche

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All Nations Cup 2016 by Janina Merz

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Jadem Arabians Open House by Janina Merz

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PARIS—THE PERFECT END TO THE ARABIAN HORSE SHOW YEAR

Owner / Publisher Lara Ames AHT Abroad Representative Mieke Opsteyn Mike Ashmore AHT Abroad Designers Elisa Grassi Gregor Aymar Contributing Designers Henrike Hörmann Glenn Jacobs Production Manager Jody Thompson AHTimes Designers Wayne Anderson Tony Ferguson Melissa Pasicznyk Editorial Coordinator/Proofreader Charlene Deyle AHT Advertising Account Executive Tony Bergren Multimedia Director and Photojournalist Riyan Rivero Contributing Writers Susanne Bösche Theresa Cardamone Joe Ferriss Judith Forbis Beth Ellen Hunziker Janina Merz Geert Oben Sales Assistant Rachel Ginter Accounts Receivable Deb Trebesch © Copyright AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Articles or opinions published by the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times are not necessarily the expressed views of the AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times. AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times is not responsible for the accuracy of advertising content or manipulation of images that are provided by the advertiser. AHT ABROAD Volume 1, No. 6, Novmeber 2016, is published by AHT, Inc. dba Arabian Horse Times, 20276 Delaware Avenue, Jordan, Minnesota 55352.

One by one, we have gone to our shows through 2016 and enjoyed the excitement and the chance to check out the horses, and if we were lucky, we fell in love with new stars. After this outstanding show season in North America, I thought I knew all of them on this side of the “pond,” but boy, was I wrong— there were some new faces at the U.S. Nationals that left me dazzled. But now we’re almost to the end of the competition year, and one of my favorite shows is yet to come. The Arabian show season is not over until the World Championships at the Salon du Cheval in Paris have been awarded, and that puts a smile on my face. I love Paris, for itself and for all the beautiful Arabian horses that are there in November. I wish every Arabian horse enthusiast could be there to experience it too. If you haven’t put the World Championships on your to-do list, and it fits in your schedule, I urge you to seriously consider it. We are all so aware of our own champions, but there are many more beyond our shores. In fact, every year we learn of other accomplished or very promising horses when they travel to compete with our champions—or often, through the pages of the magazines (just check out this issue!). Paris represents an opportunity to see so many of them on one stage, and just as importantly, speak to their owners and associates. On a personal note, to our audience around the world, I cannot say how much I appreciate learning about your horses. Not only do I like becoming acquainted with them for themselves and what they are doing in your breeding programs, but also I appreciate that they are new, fresh resources for our pedigrees here in North America. With transported semen, access to each other’s Arabians is easy, but still, there are new faces, new attributes that we all need to know about. I’m sure that’s why so many people from countries around the world travel to Paris every fall; they know that what they see there could be a profound asset for what they are doing at home. So, as we plan for the Arabian World Championships this year, I am so looking forward to it. For every country, seeing the horses at their own finales is one view, but Arabians have long been a global breed. For every stallion or mare who travels to where we live, there are many more who don’t, and seeing them in person cannot be overestimated. That makes Paris an important—and enjoyable—experience for everyone.

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Spotlight On Summer Sponsors Three Fillies In France

by Theresa Cardamone

Every new initiative requires the support of many people, and Arabian Horse Times Abroad is grateful to the sponsors who have supported the AHT Summer Tour. We celebrate them for their contributions to the breeding of Arabian horses, and for all of the success that they are enjoying. As the days of autumn shorten, and the championship season reaches a climax, we would like to focus on two of our generous sponsors and their three incredible fillies who will be competing at the World Championships in Paris ‌ Al Baydaa and Albidayer.

Al Baydaa Stud, Cairo, Egypt ~ Madinat Al Baydaa

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Madinat Al Baydaa ~ 2016 Arabian Futurity Europe Champion Yearling Filly

year of breeding four or five non-straight Egyptian foals per year. Winning in the show ring is both a validation of a farm’s breeding program and an opportunity to elevate the farm profile on the world stage. Talawy and Curti hit a home run out of the park when that formula for success produced one of the most talked about Arabian fillies in the world, Madinat Al Baydaa. “We look all around the world to try to find superstars to buy for Mr. Talawy or our other clients,” Raphael explained. “Too often, you think that you have that superstar in the barn, but find out you were wrong,” he continued. “I admit I was disappointed a few times! This filly, for me, was actually the opposite. I loved her when she was foaled, I thought she was very special … but she has proven to be even more than I expected. She is like a perfect little thing. Amazing face and shape of neck, a very good body. It was a big achievement to breed such a filly. We are all very proud of it. Mr. Talawy loves her dearly and won’t part with her regardless of the offer.” Curti and his partner Philip Looyens had found Madinat’s beautiful straight Egyptian dam TS Madeleine in Saudi Arabia for Ahmed Talawy. “Madeleine was a very good mare by Ansata Sinan and out of a Thee Desperado daughter. She was a bit short necked, but beautiful expression and beautiful eyes.” Al Baydaa first bred Madeleine to Kais Al Baydaa, producing a colt that will be retained for future breeding. Then, they matched her with Shael Dream Desert. “She gave us a nice filly, Madeline Al Baydaa, with a much better length of neck. Madeline is in France growing up with our other horses that we don’t show, but want to keep in our program since we lost the dam two years ago.” Madinat Al Baydaa is sired by RFI Farid who, while predominantly Egyptian, carries the Polish blood of Aladdinn and Bask on his dam’s side. He is a very well-known stallion with many honors to his name, some of them being 2009 Italian National Champion Colt, 2010 World Bronze Champion Colt, 2011 Elran Cup Gold Champion Stallion, and 2012 Sharjah Silver Champion Stallion. Madinat was foaled last October at Gregor Aymar’s facility in Germany. As the months passed, she just kept getting better and better. Eventually, the Al Baydaa team decided to show her at the Arabian Futurity Europe in Aachen this past September. “She won her class and then she won unanimous Futurity Champion overall against the colts as well,” Raphael reported. “People went crazy for her. We got a huge offer that Mr. Talawy refused.” He is still overwhelmed by the reaction people have had to Madinat. “Everyone that comes and stands in front of her box is amazed,” he said. “The plan is to show her at the World Championships in Paris. It will be her last chance to compete as a yearling. She was born in October last year and will be one of the youngest horses in the show, but we have nothing to lose! It is with that optimistic spirit that Madinat Al Baydaa will be presented as a strong contender for the title of Gold World Champion Yearling Filly.” A HT A BROA D

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o win a United States National Championship is the ultimate goal of many Arabian horse breeders. Albidayer Stud owner, Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, manager Dawn Martin, and trainer Barry Shepherd, had a long way to journey from their home in Sharjah, UAE to the showgrounds in Tulsa. Nevertheless, they had a trio of horses to present that more than warranted the effort. In an almost unbelievable sweep, the horses of Albidayer Stud brought home three U.S. National Championships!

Crown 1: U.S. National Champion Futurity Filly ~ Pitonisa AS Always on the lookout for new additions to the collection, Albidayer recently acquired the extremely exotic and highly decorated Pitonisa AS. A daughter of the successful sire Ever After NA and the great producer Psyches Amber Dream, Pitonisa AS had already earned the U.S. National Champion Yearling Filly and Reserve National Champion Junior Mare honors in 2014, along with Gold championships in Las Vegas and Scottsdale. In 2015, she was Scottsdale and U.S. National Champion Junior Filly. In her first Nationals appearance for Albidayer, Pitonisa entered the arena the very picture of contained energy. Her exquisite silhouette captured every eye, she was a fountain of feminine power, gracefully bowing her neck to the judges in greeting as she pranced by. Her dark bay coat gleamed with health, and her beauty was quite simply dazzling. The judges responded by giving her a perfect 20 eleven times, including unanimous 20’s for type. Handler Sandro Pinha continued his masterful presentation by letting Pitonisa AS elegantly and gracefully walk the length of the arena to receive her National Champion award. Pitonisa AS will not be resting on her laurels. Instead, she is headed to Paris with the goal to top off her year with a World Championship. Crown 2: U.S. National Champion Junior Filly ~ Mozn Albidayer While it takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to select a winner, it takes much more to breed one. Mozn Albidayer is a shimmering alabaster beauty, the breathtaking product of the Albidayer breeding program. Sheikh Mohammed, Dawn, and Barry had a vision of what the blood of the highly influential stallion SMA Magic One could infuse into the Albidayer herd. In

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a move that illustrated both their knowledge and their intuition, they selected him as the best choice for one of their original foundation mares, Mattaharii, who Albidayer campaigned to the title of U.S. National Reserve Champion Yearling Filly. Mozn went her mother one better by winning the Junior Filly National Championship this year. Michael Byatt was on the lead, quietly showing the tall, graceful filly to her best advantage and partnering with her to win top honors. Mozn already had an impressive record on several continents, having won Gold Champion Yearling Filly in Ajman and at the prestigious Dubai International Arabian Horse Festival in the UAE, the AHO Breeders World Cup International Champion Filly at Chantilly in France, and the 2016 Gold Champion at the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas. She will be returning to Europe along with her stablemate to seek further honors at the World Championships in Paris. Crown 3: U.S. National Champion Senior Stallion ~ Marajj As a stallion foaled in 2004, Marajj has already more than made his mark as both a show horse and a sire. He won numerous international honors before retiring to the breeding shed, capped by his victory as World Champion Junior Colt in Paris back in 2007. What a thrill it was to see him enter the ring, the picture of health and perfectly fit at the age of 12, his muscles sliding beneath his satiny coat. A son of the great World Champion and Sire of the Century Marwan Al Shaqab and the lovely Kouvay Bey daughter RGA Kouress, Marajj seemed to be enjoying every minute of his return to the show ring. Michael Byatt was again on the lead for Albidayer and the crowd was again cheering for their entry. The communication between horse and handler was truly in sync, Marajj could not have shown any better. The stand ups were the very image of the National Champion Stallion trophy that he would soon receive. In a very tough class that included 2015 World Silver Champion Stallion Equator, Marajj won for his ecstatic Albidayer team. In just a little over 24 hours, Albidayer Stud had taken home a Triple Crown of U.S. National Champion titles! It is a feat that few others can claim. Now, let’s see what happens in Paris!

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The Third IntArah Dream Embryo Auction by Theresa Cardamone

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Several breeders have purchased embryos in each of the prior two IntArah Dream Embryo auctions, the first held in Brazil in 2011, and the second in Las Vegas in 2015. The motivation of the IntArah Group is to open the market for elite breeding services to a more diverse group of breeders. It gives everyone the chance to improve their programs by buying breeding rights to or embryos of priceless stallions and mares. There is risk in buying the foals before birth, but otherwise most people would not be able to own the offspring of such great horses. That’s the exhilarating part of the auction, the hope for great success after making an educated choice. Sometimes, that has led to amazing returns on that investment. Regan and Renae Rohl, have a small, “boutique” breeding program in Fargo, N.D. “The IntArah auction has given us bloodlines that we otherwise would not have had which will be a big part of our future,” said Regan Rohl. “We gambled on the results, and got really lucky. We ended up with two, gorgeous, rangy, dark bay fillies that we are keeping for our breeding program. Miracle RAR is a virtual clone of her mother, double U.S. National Champion RD Marciena and is sired by World Champion Hariry Al Shaqab. We bought that embryo for $65,000, and she is absolutely outstanding. In fact, we have already turned down an offer of $250,000 for her. The other embryo, which we bought at that sale for $35,000, turned out to be another beautiful bay, Julianna RAR (OFW Magic Wan x Amora B). So, for $100,000, we were able to get two of our next generation mares with world class bloodlines that are different than we’ve had before, at a price point that couldn’t be gotten anywhere else.”

Opportunities such as those offered at IntArah sales are a great thing for the industry. In many ways, the auctions strive to level the playing field by allowing more breeders access to the best horses. They are designed for the true breeders; the ones that make this industry thrive. The breeders who consign to the IntArah auction are offering others a potential for future greatness that has taken them a lifetime to achieve. Larry Jerome is a strong supporter of IntArah and its inclusivity. “I found the IntArah auction to be a very exciting event,” he said. “The caliber of the genetics offered was of an elite quality and provided an opportunity for breeders to acquire something special to add to their programs. We have participated as buyers in previous auctions and have been thrilled with the results. The auction brought together great breeders and great horses, and provided an opportunity to dream a little bigger!” That is what makes the IntArah auctions so rich, the rareness of the opportunity. IntArah has received enormous support from the Arabian community, to such a degree that they have plans to expand in the near future. The IntArah Group wants to thank all of those who have supported the first two sales to make them such a huge success. They plan to make sale number three the greatest yet! n

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Falah Al Shaqab The Promise Of Tomorrow by Theresa Cardamone

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alah Al Shaqab’s pathway to the top prize in Paris is paved with gold. He began his show career as a yearling in Europe, thriving in the careful hands of renowned trainer Giacomo Capacci and winning in both Italy and France before being sent to America for the 2015 season. Under the expert guidance of David Boggs, Falah Al Shaqab earned the titles of Scottsdale Classic Junior Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and Reserve Champion Junior Colt, Arabian U.S. Open Silver Champion Junior Colt, and United States National 1st Place Two-Year-Old Colt.

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Falah Al Shaqab spent the winter in Scottsdale at Boggs’ Midwest Training Centre, emerging more spectacular than ever as a three year old. His rich, burnished chestnut coat is accented by neatly matched hind stockings and a prominent star, stretched over a sculpted body that is both powerful and elegant. That beauty, coupled with his dynamic presence, led him to become a crowd favorite when he made his 2016 debut in Las Vegas. The crowd was not disappointed, Falah Al Shaqab was just as popular with the judges and is now the reigning Arabian Breeders World Cup Gold Supreme Champion Junior Stallion. With the foundation for future success so beautifully laid, Falah Al Shaqab is poised to don the mantle of the best in the world. To that end, he has returned to Europe to the care of Paolo Capecci, who will show him at the European Championships at the end of October and the Arabian World Championships at the Salon du Cheval in Paris in November. Falah Al Shaqab represents the promise of the “Now Generation,” with a very contemporary Al Shaqab pedigree structure. His dam is a daughter of WH Justice,

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PRESENTING THE PERSONALITIES

Santiago Fornieles Al Rayyan Stud Farm Manager

Santiago with wife, Dr. Milagro Badaraco.

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ell us about the first time you were introduced to Arabian horses. My father was invited to the first Haras Mayed Auction in 1993. I was about 12 years old and we bought four mares and a stallion. We had no idea what we were doing! My father was so adventurous, that instead of hiring a truck to take them to the farm, we took them riding. It was about 60 miles beside a highway! Somehow from that day on, it was a crazy adventure that brought me here to Doha. Which Arabian horse have you found to be the most emotionally connected to? After 23 years, many Arabians come and go into your life, but my first mare, HM Raikah, was very special for me in those days. Although I also feel very much connected to HC Francisca, who I bred and is now owned by Albidayer Stud. I pushed so hard for my father to breed her dam to Legacy of Fame, drove 700km to pick up the semen and then went to work. Later when she was born, my wife and I did all the baby work. Last year I was able to see her again at Albidayer Stud and saw how Dawn treats her as a queen ... I am so happy she is with her! When/how did the Arabian horse business become a career in your life? Well, I used to work in advertising as a creative copywriter, and horses were my B-side of life; my hobby, my passion, but not my daily work. One day I was at work and saw Sh. Hamad had posted on Facebook that he was looking for a Farm Manager. Talking that day with Willy Oppen, I asked him if he would go, and he answered that his kids were too big and did not want to move. I decided my wife and I would go, and now almost two years later, here we are!

What issues do you think we should focus on as an industry to solve? Two things: embryos and education.I believe we need to have a discussion all over the world on embryo production. I think embryos are a great tool, but very badly used. It’s great, because some valuable mares with problems only have this as an option. But also, the lack of a defined limit is flooding the market of Arabian horses and killing the prices, thus making the business very difficult to sustain and killing the core: the small breeders.

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Regarding my second point, I feel there is not enough education programs. We need to keep newcomers to the breed, by giving them the tools to survive in this business, and that is only through knowledge. We need to have small breeders who make as few mistakes as possible so as to keep them excited on what is coming. What is a typical day? Crazy. I always know at what time I start, but have no clue when it will finish. Plus, the adrenaline that Sh. Hamad has and his passion for doing things makes this work an exciting rollercoaster. Who has been a mentor for you? Jorge Concaro. He taught me all I know about judging and was the first one to push me to judge 12 years ago. Now, after judging many shows, I still remember his teachings. But more recently, I have been learning a great deal of new ideas and philosophy from Sh. Hamad; his approach to breeding is so unique, that it is an intellectual challenge every breeding conversation we have. What is it that you like and hate to see in a horse? I hate horses that can’t move or that are unbalanced. I can live with bad shoulders or even bad croups, because I have seen horses winning in 160km endurance races, and according to the books, they should have never even passed the gate of the farm. So, I can be more permissive with that, but never with an unbalanced horse. Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years? Probably still running my own farm, but not from abroad like I do now. I miss my horses too much and even though Sh. Hamad is kind enough to let me go back home from time to time, I still miss them too much! What one thing would people be surprised to learn about you? I am a pretty good drummer and had a cool rock band when I was young. Plus, I acted in a couple of Adidas ads that I made while I worked in advertising. Also, I worked in a bike shop when I was 13 years old … I guess I always did what I like more, than what people expected me to do! n

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Through The Lens Of ...

Gregor Aymar by Susanne Boesche  

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miss amazing photos of stunning Arabian horses in a dramatic setting. Gregor has combined his love for Arabian horses and his talent for design for nearly two decades. Born in Germany, he is known for his advertisement layouts across borders. “Over 10 years ago, one of my clients, Michaela Weidner, was in need of a new campaign to market the babies of that year, but had no photos of the foal crop,” Gregor remembers. “Out of necessity, I took the photos by myself and they turned out quite well. Moreover, it was great fun for me and opened more possibilities than I thought possible.” Other Arabian horse people became aware of Gregor’s talent like the Schoukens brothers, who invited him to come over for a photo shoot in Belgium at their Training Center. At a certain point, these successful opportunities developed their own momentum. “Next step was Egypt, where I took photos at Al Khaled Farm, then managed by Ward Bemong and Mieke Opsteyn, who were so friendly to introduce me to other farms in Egypt.”  

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“A picture is a poem without words” —Horace

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These three photos represent for me the creativity, the fun and the excitement I have during photo shoots. All were shoots not for usual advertising purposes, and I was able to play to my strengths. And I am grateful that the owners allowed me to try something different with their precious horses.

Arif Al Kahled - Al Bawady Stud, Egypt This could be a photo shoot during the atmospheric phenomena of a sandstorm, a theatrical situation around a powerful chestnut stallion. In fact, we created this sandstorm by ourselves. On the other side of the gate, a groom used a strong blower and within seconds, I took this intriguing shot. A HT A BROA D

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Kaseem Sakr - Al Baydaa Stud, Egypt This could be fabulous scenery from 1,001 Nights, a stallion playing with its handler in the morning mist at sunrise. The truth of it is precisely the opposite, there was nothing fairytale-like about it. Al Baydaa Stud was still under construction and there was this mound, so high, one was no longer able to see the wall behind it anymore but the lovely palm trees. It was maybe the most dirty and dusty place of the whole farm. Some grooms were positioned behind the mound to throw sand in the air during the shoot. When Kaseem Sakr climbed the hillock and pranced, he whirled up dust, too. You see, the combination with this incredible morning light created a terrific image. Â

Arif Al Khaled - Al Bawady Stud, Egypt We had the idea of a stallion and a camel on a dune close to the Abu Zeer Pyramide during sunset. So we asked an old man to bring his camel. He agreed and rode on a donkey to this place, leading the camel with a rope. The setting was not easy because of the gravelly soil and the old man cursed like a washerwoman. In addition, the stallion was afraid of the camel. A rider came by and offered his help and thanks to his horse, our stallion was more cooperative. In this photo I catch the perfect moment, just before complete darkness and just before the stallion became too wild. The clouds give the photo a dramatic expression.

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Al Rashedia Stud, Kingdom of Bahrain I always wanted to take a photo of typical Arabic scenery, with a tent, refined mares and a small open log fire in front. The team of Al Rashedia Farm supported me in this idea and built up such scenery.

Most of the time, decisions are made with logic of

An important role played in Gregor’s career was the

the mind, analyzing the factual data it has at hand.

immortal WH Justice. “It was love at first sight, when

However, the heart decides at an emotional level,

I saw him as a three-years-old. When Karl-Heinz

with more focus on emotions than facts, and this

Stöckle asked me to take pictures of this incomparable

was Gregor. A quote from the famous story of The

stallion, I put myself under great pressure, which is

Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery inspired

not ideal for creativity and what I had not felt before.

him, “It is only with the heart that one can see

I dearly wanted to catch his special presence and by

rightly.” This is how Gregor takes his photos, with

the look of things, I succeeded, as my portraits of WH

the heart.

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Donna Molta Bella SRA - Al Shagran Stud, UAE If you look at this photo, you probably think, elegant Donna Molta Bella is standing in an oasis of quietness and peace. It was far from that! Just a few meters away from the precious horse, was a heavily trafficked highway.

Another emotional moment was with Imperial Baarez

the prerequisites weren’t ideal, but it turned out to be

in 2015. “A nearly 20 year old stallion I had taken

an exciting shoot. In the end, those kinds of photos

photos of before and thought, I couldn’t do better.

mean a lot to me. They show a sometimes dramatic,

Well, I was wrong,” Gregor admits and laughs. “His

sometimes romantic scene and they are as fascinating

owners, Tarek and Ahmed Soliman, wanted to have

as they are touching.” (Photos on facing page.)

special photos, but what is ‘special’ nowadays? So we

thought about a photoshoot in the dark combined

“Photography is definitely an art form, like other

with spotlights and fog machines. Long story short,

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Naif Athbah - Athbah Stud, KSA This young stallion behaved so well during the photo shoot at sunset, that I had the idea of taking more photos the next day. Athbah Stud had this marvelous Arabic saddle and I knew Naif Athbah was just trained under saddle. Why not give it a chance? When the trainer put the very heavy saddle on the stallion, it was immediately obvious my idea came too early for Naif Athbah. He was not amused at all, so I quickly took five photos and said, “We’re done!”


Khilago - Inga Uppenkamp, Germany It is not always a well-known World Champion that catches my eye. Sometimes horses completely unknown to the Arabian horse scene, come in front of my lens. This gelding is not important to the world, but close to the heart of his owner, who is a friend of mine. I took a few photos of the gelding at my own farm in the early morning to make a dear friend happy.

is sometimes craft, like we see in typical horse

emotion,” says Gregor in appreciative admiration.

show photos or in a report. But it is art when

“Another one is Gigi Grasso; his early photos offered

photographers play with places, light and colors,

a completely different angle of view of the horses.”

and the results can be pleasing to the eye and, even

more, evoke an emotional response.”

Even from pre-digital times, horse photographers

inspired Gregor. “I always admired the art of Rik van

Does Gregor admire other horse photographers? “Yes,

Lent senior and junior, how they used the technology

Glenn Jacobs. The way he chooses the landscape,

from those days to make Arabian horses a fascinating

he found a way of painting with light and brings

subject of art to this day.”

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Al A yal A A by Theresa Cardamone

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he role of ambassador can only be successfully played by a representative who exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of a group or organization. Over the last few years, Al Ayal AA has been fulfilling that role to the highest possible degree for Ariela Arabians. Bred in Israel from the magnificent double Israeli National Champion Mare, The Vision HG, the straight Egyptian Al Ayal AA is also a son of the significant breeding horse Al Ayad. It didn’t take long for the glistening grey colt to make his presence known in the show ring as Al Ayal AA danced away with the Colt Foal Championship at both the Israeli Egyptian Event and the Israeli Nationals in the year of his birth, 2008.

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As a yearling, Al Ayal AA added to his international credentials by being named the Junior Champion Colt at the Arabesque Egyptian Cup in Germany and the Egyptian Event of Sharjah – UAE as well as earning five Silver and Bronze championships in additional European shows. In 2010, Al Ayal AA defended his Junior Championship at the Egyptian Event of Sharjah, before bringing home the Gold Champion Colt honors at the 2011 Egyptian Event Europe, Sharjah International Show and Dubai International Championships, where he also won the Most Classic Head award. With a passport packed with stamps from countries throughout Europe and the Middle East, Al Ayal AA was ready to pick up the mantle of Ambassador for Ariela Arabians in America. Since 2014, he has been breeding mares in California while on lease to H.E. Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani, taking time out to win the title of 2016 Unanimous Gold Champion Stallion at the International Egyptian Breeders Classic in Scottsdale. Through his first American foal crop, Al Ayal AA has already left his mark as a sire of extraordinary type and balance at Sheikh Jassim’s Aljassimya Farm. Al Ayal AA has recently returned to Israel for a brief stint at Ariela before journeying on to his next ambassadorial assignment at Ferdinand Huemer’s La Movida Arabians in Austria. Major Qatari breeders Al Thumama Stud and Al Shaqab Stud are also matching Al Ayal AA with some of their finest mares. Al Ayal AA’s exotic daughter Sofiyaa AA is on lease in America to Aria Collection. In her show debut, she was

Shaheen AA (Al Ayal AA x Saniyyah RCA) ~ 2015 colt

the 2016 Arabian Breeders Classic Unanimous Champion Straight Egyptian Junior Filly. Out of the fabulous producer Saniyyah AA, by Mishaal AP, Sofiyaa is full sister to 2016 Israeli Egyptian Event Gold Champion Yearling Filly Soraya AA, who has been leased by Hanaya Stud of Switzerland. Their full brother, Shaheen AA, holds great promise as a future herd sire for Ariela. He was the 2016 Gold Champion and Most Classic Head winner at the West Coast Egyptian Event and is currently on lease to Al Baydaa Stud of Egypt. Soraya AA won her title over another Al Ayal AA filly, the Silver Champion Lujina AA. Al Ayal AA daughter Loubanat Al Qasem was the Gold Champion Filly of the show while her paternal half-sister OEJ Mon Amour was the Bronze Champion. Al Ayal AA sons Lahif AA, Asad Al Moluk, and Ghazal Al Hilal also won medals. The results at the 2016 Egyptian Event Europe saw offspring of Al Ayal AA winning numerous other honors. But it is a different title that warms Ariela owner Chen Kedar’s heart the most. “We are especially pleased that our farm was awarded the title ‘2016 Best Breeders Worldwide,’” she said. “It is an honor which brought us much heartfelt satisfaction. It was a wonderful feeling for our hard work to be recognized by our peers in the worldwide Arabian horse community, and we are truly grateful.”

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Imperial Fanniya the hidden jewel

by Susanne BÖsche

Imperial Kismetah, great granddaughter of Imperial Fanniyah.

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nsha Sha Latifa, Thaqib Al Nasser, Leen Al Nasser, Imperial Bareeg, Imperial Kismetah … all Egyptian gems, which have something in common. A look back in their pedigree shows a precious jewel hidden away—Imperial Fanniya.

As a daughter of the immortal bay mare *Deenaa, by Sameh, one would probably underestimate the influence of Imperial Fanniya herself. Douglas and Barbara Griffith admired the stallion Sameh and built their Imperial Egyptian Stud mainly on his daughters. When the couple bought *Deenaa from Gleannloch Farm in 1975, she had this lovely chestnut filly, Fanniya, by *Faleh at her side. It was the smoothness of Sameh and the elegance of Alaa El Dine, her paternal grandsire, which could be easily seen in Imperial Fanniya. Fanniya died an untimely death in 1987, leaving eight foals. While her sons left no impact, her daughters have spread the legacy worldwide. Imperial Janaabah, a dark bay like *Deenaa, brought an exquisite, refined black stallion named Imperial Mashhar, by Imperial Madheen. A horse worthy of the barn of a king, indeed, he became the favorite of HM King Hassan II of Morocco. His half-sister Imperial Karmah, a grey by Imperial Al Kamar, became influential through her bold trotting, show winning son Imperial Baareg, and the admirable Imperial Kismetah, who surprised Al Thumama Stud with an exquisite filly by Bellagio RCA in 2015. Before the grey Imperial Naffata, by Moniet El Nafis and out of Fanniya went to Ariela Arabians, Israel, she left Imperial Madanah, who became very important for Al Nasser Stud, Qatar, through Thaqib Al Nasser and Leen Al Nasser. “It was a fault to sell Naffata’s daughter Naffada so soon,” says Chen Kedar. “But I was lucky enough to bring back her tail female line through the magnificent bay Insha Sha Latifa.” If someone takes the time to go through pedigrees of Egyptians nowadays, he will find, shining like a jewel, the source for this brilliance—Imperial Fanniya. Though hidden in the past, she still shines bright. A HT A BROA D

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Egyptian Event Europe by Susanne B BÖsche

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ts focal points being entertainment and education, the Egyptian Event Europe (EEE) has offered a perfect combination of show and social events for decades. While the Oben family has successfully hosted the EEE on behalf of the Pyramid Society Europe (PSE) in Slot Pietersheim, Belgium, for the past nine years, this year the Event came back to Germany. PSE Vice President Heike Hain and her dear husband, Manfred, accepted the challenge to organize another highlight of the Egyptian community. They found a wonderful show ground in Jüchen, close to Düsseldorf. The imposing moated castle Dyck was the perfect background for the modern show arena, surrounded by large old trees, which afford shade from the heat. It was easy to see how many people are still interested in straight Egyptians. Even during this hot weekend, many visitors came to the show to witness a tough competition of high-class horses. The quality was remarkable and probably the mares exceeded the stallions. “Watching the senior mare classes was amazing,” says renowned artist Heidi Frank, who exhibited her artwork during the show. “It was inspiring and touching to see so much grace.” Thanks to the Kuwait state stud, Bait Al Arab, renowned researcher and Arabian horse breeder Joe Ferriss was invited to give an interesting lecture about different strains, bundled with the hope breeders won’t forget the precious and rich heritage of these lines. When Ferriss spoke about certain horses he has met, it was especially touching for the whole audience. Another special moment was the goodbye ceremony to the incomparable champion and sire of champions, Al Adeed Al Shaqab, who will return to his homeland Qatar. It was a successful event in a new, classy environment. Straight Egyptian horse lovers can’t wait until 2017, coming back to castle Dyck.

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Gold Champion Senior Stallion PSE AL RAKHAN (Royal Colours x PSE Mistrez), B: Prestige Arabians, O: Mr. Khaled Abdulaziz Al Nughaimish

Gold Champion Senior Mare NABILA AL RAYYAN (Sinan Al Rayyan x Ansata Nefer Isis), B: Al Rayyan Farm, O: Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Thani

Gold Champion Junior Colt NASEEM AL RASHEDIAH (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Nabaweyyah Ezzain), B/O: Al Rashediah Stud

Gold Champion Junior Filly DALAL ZAMANI (Laheeb x Zena Al Burar), B: Al Kasassi, O: Abhaa Stud

Gold Champion Yearling Colt HILAL AL WAAB (Sinan Al Rayyan x Sharuby HP), B/O: Sheikh Abdulla Khalid Al Thani

Gold Champion Yearling Filly GHAZALAH AL WAAB (Barraq El Aliya x Nabeela Saqr), B/O: Sheikh Abdulla Khalid Al Thani

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After Event Straight Egyptian Farm Tour by Susanne BÖsche

When castle Dyck closed its doors, straight Egyptian lovers were invited to partake in the five-day “After Event Straight Egyptian Farm Tour.” Organized by The Pyramid Society Europe, several well-known farms in Germany and one in the Netherlands opened their doors to around 15 breeders and friends from Australia, the Middle East, USA, several European countries and Germany. Others attended single presentations. “Every single farm had its own atmosphere and charm, every breeder treated us with overwhelming hospitality,” says Marion Weise. “It was interesting to learn more about the different breeding programs, not only with long-time breeders like Dr. Nagel or Cornelia Tauschke, but also with relative new breeders like Sham Stables in the Netherlands, Meike Höpfner and Sandra Gold. And it was fantastic to visit farms of PSE founders, like Willi Poth and the Seidlitz family.” It is not always easy to be punctual during such a bus tour. At Goschenhof, the tour bus arrived late in the evening, after sunset. However, the Gerbershagen family made the best of it. “They decorated the whole farm with candles, which was just enchanting, while the horses were presented in the spotlight,” Bettina von Kameke, President of the Pyramid Society Europe, remembers. Moreover, all horse people know things can happen and one may have to change a plan spontaneously. Bettina von Kameke did her best to offer the group an alternative when a breeder cancelled at short notice. “We started a trial balloon and learned what worked out,” Bettina summarized. “The stud tour gave an overview of Egyptian breeding in Germany, but we will organize it differently next year. Three days instead of five, with a regional focus, so we have more time to enjoy horses and discussions with hosts. But the experiences from this year’s show, education, and farm tours have shown that we offer the right concept.”

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It only takes one The Story Of The Daughter Of Rida by JOE F ER R ISS

I am always intrigued by the unlikely stories, like how can an Arabian horse line survive with only one daughter. Such is the case for Hosna, the only foal of the Egyptian mare Rida. Rida was born at the EAO in 1956, a very well-bred bay mare sired by the great El Sareei (who sired legendary Tuhotmos) and out of Rouda, by Sheikh El Arab. The year before in 1955, El Sareei sired the mare Zebeda out of a daughter of Rouda making her a 3/4 sister to Rida. Zebeda would go on to distinguish herself by her famous son Shaker El Masri (x Morafic), sire of the great El Shaklan. In 1956, times were tough in Egypt with the Suez Canal crisis and mounting economic pressures under the Nasser regime. And yet, this year would see the birth of the legendary sires Morafic and Alaa El Din (both by Nazeer). Also, the cross that produced Zebeda in 1955, would inspire the EAO in 1956 to breed El

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Sareei to Yosreia, by Sheikh El Arab, creating the fine black mare Mohga, a 7/8 sister to Rida. Mohga would go on to be celebrated as the dam of supreme sire Ibn Galal and also the incredibly beautiful champion mare Nahlah (x Morafic) imported to the U.S. by Gleannloch. Then came Rida, a fine bay mare by El Sareei, out of Rouda, and closely related to these other successes. Because of the times being what they were, Rida was soon sold locally to Mr. S. Sherif, who perhaps had visions of owning a future great broodmare. But it was not to be, as Rida did not produce any registered foals for her new owner. Perhaps in discouragement or because of the difficult economic times, Rida was again sold as an older mare to Sayed Marei, Minister of Agriculture, and also at the helm of the famed Albadeia Stud. Here, Rida was bred to Ibn Maisa (Nazeer x Maisa) a full brother to Gleannloch’s famous import Bint Maisa El Saghira. Because the EAO registers all foals by their birth color, not their mature color, Ibn Maisa is recorded as black, but like his mother, the lovely Maisa, he grew to be a flea-bitten grey. The result of this cross was the grey mare Hosna. This would turn out to be Rida’s only foal; she never had another. But when a mare such as this is so well bred, it only takes one to establish a dynasty.

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Hosna would grow up at Albadeia and produce two foals there, the filly Inshraa (x Shaker El Masri) and the colt Mohsin (x Kayed). Inshraa would later be sold to Germany in 1972, while Mohsin was not used for breeding. The story of Hosna becomes even more special when she was chosen among a group of mares selected for importation to the great and historic Babolna Stud in Hungary, known for its long history of breeding the finest Arabians of the purest bloodlines. Albadeia Stud and the EAO both provided horses to the Hungarian stud. Using their numbering system, Hosna was registered as 10 Hosna. She was accompanied by three other Albadeia mares in 1971 going to Babolna: the beautiful El Tayeba, the speckled El Aziza, and the grey Hawa. Unfortunately, El Tayeba did not produce any foals, though she became a beloved mare for

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the Tauschke’s renowned El Thayeba Stud in Germany, and their stud was named in her honor. Hawa became mainly a stallion producer, but later she was exported to the U.S., registered there as RH Desert Hawa, where she left two producing daughters, Bint Hawa and Hawa Raquin. El Aziza was a prolific broodmare most remembered as the dam line of World Reserve Champion 218 Elf Layla Walayla B. Meanwhile, Hosna would establish a dynasty of her own that would become global. Ultimately her career as a broodmare would account for 13 foals, but her first daughter born at Babolna would send ripples of influence around the globe. That would be none other than the lovely and beautiful moving, rich chestnut mare 27 Ibn Galal-5, sired by Ibn Galal, whose dam is the aforementioned black mare Mohga. So 27 IbnGalal-5’s granddams, Rida and Mohga, were almost full sisters. Thus, the pedigree turned out to prove the merits of this excellent blood with many international champions representing 27 Ibn Galal-5. She won Australian National Champion Mare as did her daughter Simeon Sukari. 27 Ibn Galal-5 went on create one of the most extraordinary mare lines, boasting many international champions, including World Champion Simeon Shai and World Reserve Champion Simeon Sadik, and the global influence is almost incalculable with many descendants tracing to her.

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Ansata Sinan T H E A RCH I T EC T

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The Pyramids of Gizeh, the Alhambra or the Taj Mahal … all are outstanding aesthetic and long-lasting architectural examples. The history of tremendous architects spans as long as humanity. Among the most influential is Mimar Sinan (1489–1588) or just “Sinan the Architect,” who is considered the greatest architect of the classical period of Ottoman

architecture. And the common denominator between it and horse breeding? “Both are based

on structures and engineering principles,” Judith Forbis once said. But when a colt was born at her Ansata Stud back in 1992, and was named Asata Sinan, maybe even a master breeder like her could not have foreseen the immense contribution this stallion would make.

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“While all the building blocks are important, they nevertheless have different properties,” Judith also said, “and some are of different makeup than others.” The foundation of Ansata Sinan’s future success as a breeding stallion can be found in his pedigree. It is the golden cross between Ansata Ibn Halima and Morafic, followed by the perfect nick between Ansata Halim Shah and Prince Fa Moniet. Ansata Sinan, a very classic individual with an extremely refined head, pure white like his parents and grandparents, was the first of three remarkable full siblings sired by Prince Fa Moniet with the Ansata Halim Shah daughter Ansata Nefara, out of the superior producer Ansata Sudarra; making Ansata Nefara the full sister to Ansata Hejazi and Ansata Nefertiti. The younger full brother, Ansata Iemhotep, 1996 U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colt, was tall and handsome, though maybe a bit more masculine who caught the attention of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, UAE, and adorned his Al Qasimi Stables. While full sister Ansata Nafisa was the

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feminine counterpart and made her impact at Omar Sakr’s stud farm in Egypt. Right from the start, Ansata Sinan became a showstopper and wowed the judges on both sides of the Atlantic. Sold as a weanling to Vera and Peter Stoessel from Switzerland, he remained in the U.S. for two more years, garnering 1994 Egyptian Event Reserve Supreme Champion Stallion for his new owners before he conquered European soil. The next year he was named Belgium National Junior Champion, European Junior Champion and World Reserve Junior Champion, carefully handled by Bart van Buggenhout, who remembers very well the soulful character of Sinan. “In the beginning, Ansata Sinan was a bad and spoiled eater, he loved to be hand fed. I did that so many times for him and just loved doing it,” Bart says. “Also, he would endlessly enjoy it if you held his tongue. Scratch him under his lip and he would give you his tongue, and if you held it, he could stand there for hours. A great way of keeping him and yourself calm.”

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Photo by R. Sax

Photo by R. Sax


Esskhija Bint Essteema

Photo by R. Sax

Ghajariy by Khidar

Ansata Sinan

Ansata Sinan left Europe and returned to the USA after four short years; however, he had already created his own dynasty. His influence is still very much alive, not only in Egyptian lines, but also in show horses as well. Sometimes even an outstanding horse needs the right time, the right place and the right hands to become successful. Three future World Champions and excellent sires came out of only two foal crops (Ansata Sinan would have been accorded a place in the annals of Arabian horse breeding for this alone). The merit for this performance was uncanny for Bart van Buggenhout, who managed the mating of Ansata Sinan and three top mares. One was Navarrone P, by El Khadir-P, owned by Martine van Hee, who foaled Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D, 2015 Platinum World Champion Stallion. Then Robert De Mulder’s iconic Saskia RJ, by Plakat gave AS Sinans Pacha, 1999 World Junior Reserve Champion and sire of Ajman Stud’s amazing Escape Ibn Navarrone-D, 2005 ANC Senior Champion and World Senior Champion.

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The trio is complete with 2005 European Senior Champion and World Senior Reserve Champion Khidar out of the Esta-Ghalil daughter Elizja, bred by Rik Verrejdt. Khidar’s look-at-me presence caught German breeders Reinhard and Monika Sax’s attention. “Khidar has this something extra … we like his prominent, expressive eyes and he is a homozygote grey, just like his sire and grandsire,” Monika explains. “We gave him our best mares, Triple Crown Winner Essteema and Al Amrya, and Khidar did not disappoint us. The 2014 Unanimous German National Gold Champion Mare Esskhija Bint Essteema and 2014 German National Bronze Champion Stallion Europe Al Khidar, are just two examples of his wonderful produce for Sax Arabians. “Khidar is also the maternal grandsire of Ajman Stud’s 2014 ANC Silver Senior Champion Stallion Shanghai EA, as well as the sire of 2003 ANC Junior Champion Colt and European Champion Colt Ghajariy. While in Europe, Ansata Sinan sired several other top stallions as well. Egyptian-bred Mishaal HP

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Mishaal HP

Fer Mia

Kamsin Rodan

Shaikh Al Nadir

out of the lovely Mesoudah-M, bred by Horst Preuss, Germany, was another one-of-a-kind beauty, who brought four-legged treasures while standing at Arabians Ltd., USA. One of his first babies was Saniyyah RCA, who garnered 2012 Israeli National Gold Champion Mare for Ariela Arabians and is the dam of 2015 SE Berlin Cup Gold Champion Filly Salsabil AA. The German couple, Manfred and Heike Hain, bred two Ansata Sinan sons out of their foundation mares Khediva Rodaniyah and Talia Halima: Kamsin Rodan and Tabari. “We still hold the inf luence of Ansata Sinan in high regard,” Heike says. “Next to Kamsin Rodan, we have several Tabari daughters and now introduce a new Sinan line through his chestnut grandson, Dhahab Al Danat.” Besides these champions, Ansata Sinan sired endurance winners as well. Next to Egyptianbred Al Najma Ovid, out of Orayana, is Shamir Ibn Ansata Sinan out of Spanish Harima, 2011 WAHO Trophy Winner in the Czech Republic.

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TS Vivien Leigh and dam Savannah CC

So much about the sons, but what about the daughters? An extraordinary Ansata Sinan daughter is Martinique out of Spanish bred Marrataxi, herself 2008 European Reserve Champion Mare and dam of lovely Fer Mia, being by JK Nasser, so double Ansata Sinan blood and proudly owned by Dubai Stud. The cross of Ansata Sinan with Spanish blood also worked with Om El Deladiva. Her daughter, Bint Deladiva, bred by Ralf Heckenbücker, is a treasured producer for Ajman Stud. Did Ansata Sinan miss the rich, vast green pastures of Arkansas while he was in Europe? Nobody knows, however, the fact of the matter is, Ansata Sinan had come home to continue where he left of in Europe, siring excellent foals. Someone who took a chance was Gail and Joe Mailloux of Two Silos Farm. “We tried Ansata Sinan on three different mares, and all turned out just wonderful, but Savannah CC, by Thee Desperado, was the best cross for us,” says Gail. “She gave us a series of blockbusters: the delicate TS Vivien Leigh, the stallion Al Bahir, now owned by Sandy DeShazer,

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Nader Al Jamal

Labibah AA

Photo by Shlomi Nissim

Lutfina AA

Photo by Shlomi Nissim

Martinique

and two time Champion at the Israeli Egyptian Event, Nader Al Jamal, of course. Joseph Polo did a great deal in assisting in the success of this horse.” The whole Arabian horse scene deeply grieved when this outstanding individual died in 2014, at just ten years old. Nevertheless, Nader Al Jamal sired numerous champions, including the delicate 2013 Israeli Egyptian Event Gold Champion Mare Lutfina AA, and 2013 Israeli National Gold Champion Yearling Filly Labibah, both out of Latifah AA, who are impressive evidence of his influence.

Ansata Sinan

Habitee, comes from this cross while her maternal half-sister, Hanaya Elisaar, is by Nader Al Jamal. Meanwhile, Sinan Al Rayyan out of delicate Al Wajba Al Rayyan, by Safir, and proudly owned by Al Waab Stud, Qatar, turned out a worthy representative of his sire Ansata Sinan, in the Middle East. Sinan Al Rayyan’s influence is enormous, as he is well known for siring extreme type and refinement, just like Ansata Sinan himself.

In combination with the dashingly beautiful Ansata Samiha, Ansata Sinan also sired the embodiment of this classical pedigree—Ansata Sinan Pasha, now owned by Chase Arabians.

The work of an architect arguably has a great effect on us in the long term, just like an excellent breeding stallion. Like the famous architect, Mimar Sinan, Ansata Sinan has left us a lasting influence.

Furthermore, he sent another son back to Europe, El Khaled out of the Shahir IASB daughter Shahirs Abriel. Nayla Hayek of Hanaya Stud was searching for some Ansata Sinan blood and El Khaled just worked well for her, especially with her jewel, 218 Elf Layla Walayla. 2010 born mare Hanaya

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Falima S

by Geert Oben with Susanne BÖsche

ometimes the last choice enables you to be the lottery winner. When Donald and Judith Forbis leased four mares from Babson Farm in the 1960’s, grey Fa-Habba by Fadl was their last choice. In fact, she beat the odds thanks to her bay Ansata Ibn Halima daughter, Falima, the bell ring.

Like Fa Moniet, dam to the heavily used Ansata stallion Prince Fa Moniet, Falima too became one of the most famous crosses of old and new Egyptian bloodlines in the U.S., as well as a cornerstone in Ansata’s history. Not only thanks to her beautiful head, strong body, good topline, clean legs and superb movements, but from establishing the much-revered Nile family through her fabulous four daughters: Ansata Nile Queen, Ansata Nile Mist, Ansata Nile Jewel and Ansata Nile Star, two bays and two greys by Morafic, Ansata Ibn Sudan and Ansata Shah Zaman. The first filly, Ansata Nile Queen, by Ansata Ibn Sudan was an even more elegant version of Falima. This valued broodmare lives on in mares like Ansata Nile Charm, Ansata Stari Nile or Ansata Nile Dream, the dam of the most popular crowd pleaser, Ansata Nile Pasha. Morafic daughter Ansata Nile Jewel had a bad start in life as one of her eyes was kicked out as a foal, but her overall quality was exceptional. Needing just the right owners, Ansata Nile Jewel produced Ansata Nile Gift, and went on to become an important mare for the Hacklander family. Enchanting and influential mares followed, such as Ansata White Nile, Ansata Nile Gypsy and Nile Allure, including the bold moving multiple champion, Ansata Nile Echo. Under the ownership of Imperial Egyptian Stud, Falima’s third daughter, Ansata Nile Mist, left a prominent family, thanks to horses like Imperial Mistry, Imperial Mistilll, Imperial Kamilll and Imperial Kamaala. This line is still very lively in remarkable horses like Italian Egyptian Event Senior Champion Mare Imperial Baarillla, 2013 Egyptian Event Europe Supreme Gold Champion Mare PSE Mistrez, 2007 Sharjah Egyptian Event Champion Filly Thoraya Al Zobair, and Badawieh AA, who garnered 2014 World Senior Female Silver Champion for Ajman Stud. And like the Nile River that is long and strong, the list goes on and on. Farms all over the world focused on adding this precious blood so the Nile family became one of the most valuable branches of the Bint Bint Sabbah family. Although breeders have stopped using the word ‘Nile’ within their names, the quality flows on, and many have turned out to be lottery wins for their new owners, just like their ancestor Falima. A HT A BROA D

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ANSATA HALIM SHAH Leader of the Great Migration

By Judith Forbis Š (Portions of this story are condensed from Authentic Arabian Bloodstock II)

ONCE IN A LIFETIME If you were visiting Ansata Arabian Stud on April 28, 1980, you would have felt excitement pulsating throughout our farm deep in the piney woods of Lufkin, Texas. The broodmares were happily grazing the tender spring grass. The staff were tending their daily chores, lunging show horses, putting them on the walker, grooming Ansata Ibn Halima, Ansata Ibn Sudan, Ansata Shah Zaman and various horses in the show barn. Some of the top ten songs of the day were playing as everyone went about their work: Shining Star, Fame, Celebration, Once in a Lifetime, among them. Meanwhile our very special mare, Ansata Rosetta, in foal to Ansata Ibn Halima, was about to give birth in the mare barn. Was she listening to the music too? Were the titles of these songs prophesizing the future of the foal about to be born? After keeping all of us waiting and wondering, Rosetta presented us with a healthy capricious grey colt. From day one he was his very own self. It wasn't long before we could see in him the qualities we hoped he would inherit from his outstanding parents and four grandparents: balance, beauty and the gentility of his sire, Ansata Ibn Halima; the elegance, grace and spirit of his dam, Ansata Rosetta; the exceptional overall refinement and fine bone structure of his grand dam, Ansata Bint Bukra; and the extreme pride and individuality of his dam's sire, the inbred Ansata Shah Zaman who resulted from breeding Morafic to his full sister, Ansata Bint Mabrouka. The fact that he was intensely bred to Nazeer added that indefinable quality and nobility that Nazeer imparted to his get.

Ansata Halim Shah’s home in the Ansata Arabian Stud show barn in Mena, Arkansas. Sparagowski photo. AL SH AQAB | 1 | AHT ABROA D


From top left: Ansata Halim Shah after arriving at the airport enroute to the Salon du Cheval in Paris. Count William DeChoisey, manager of the show, obtained the photo, signed, and sent it to Judith Forbis as a memento of this auspicious occasion. Ansata Halim Shah with Dr. Nagel's farm manager Johann, in 1984. Van Lent Photo. Richard Sanders presenting Ansata Halim Shah to the judges at the 1983 Salon Du Cheval where he was Reserve Junior World Champion Stallion. Forbis photo. Ansata Halim Shah and Martin Nagel at a place near Dr, Nagel's Katharinenhof Stud near Bremen, Germany, where Ansata Halim Shah stood at stud in 1984. Van Lent photo. AL SH AQAB | 2 | AHT ABROA D


WHAT'S IN A NAME What to name this new colt? A potentially great horse should have a memorable and meaningful name. He had already developed a certain attitude of royal reserve and his regal bearing was enhanced by a high-borne silken tail. He was refined and elegant at this early age. His big black expressive eyes were constantly alert to his surroundings. Nothing escaped them! He was extremely intelligent, kind, yet somewhat haughty, down-to-earth but a mischief-maker with a twinkle in his eye. He'd nip at you to attract attention, but he never bit hard or intentionally tried to hurt. It was his way of saying, “Look at me, I'm special!" We decided to name him Ansata Halim Shah: Halim (kind) after his sire, Ansata Ibn Halima, and Shah (ruler) after his dam's sire, Ansata Shah Zaman. It fitted him perfectly. When he tried to self-destruct, we knew he would become something special. These "accidents" often occur only to the best ones. I can remember it to this day. When we walked into the barn, there he was with his foot jammed through the bars of his stall door. How he did it remained a puzzle, but fortunately he understood his precarious situation and remained quiet. We finally cut him free and luckily the injury to his pastern was minor and left it unscarred. Was this a sign of fame to come? His stable mate, Ansata Ibn Sudan, had also done likewise, and he had become a U.S. National Champion.

AT HOME IN ARKANSAS - THE NATURAL STATE In 1981 we sold the Texas farm and began the migration to our new ranch in Mena, Arkansas. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, it was a haven of natural beauty. Several friends including Lisa Lacy and her father, Jarrell McCracken of Bentwood Farms, were on hand to meet the caravans and record the arrival of Ansata Ibn Halima and his family. Lisa vividly recalls that historical day, “My strongest memory of this regal heir to the Ansata throne is when he was a brash young colt leaping off of the van. He exuded quality and he knew it. He was comfortable in his own skin. He was a classic whose bearing and attitude reflected the ethereal beauty now well known to the whole world.” Soon after we made several trips abroad, including a stop at our friend Dr. Nagel's Katharinenhof Stud near Bremen, Germany, to see his handsome white stallion, Jamil. Short wedgy head, big black expressive eyes, tiny ears, long neck, well-balanced with clean bone and good straight legs, Jamil was an elegant refined individual. Also bearing in mind his excellent parents, grandparents, and their pedigrees, he seemed a perfect match to add to the Ansata program. Not long afterwards, Nagel came to visit us. This meeting turned out to be what I often refer to as one of those "divine appointments." “It was my first visit to Ansata in the early eighties, after Don and Judi had moved to Arkansas,” Dr. Nagel recalls. “I had the opportunity to see most of the horses at that time, especially the colts and the stallions. Admiring Ansata’s special look and quality, I was busy in my mind with the question, which horse might improve some features of our Arabians in Germany, and

naturally, also in my own farm. My face apparently changed expression drastically when I saw the young Ansata Halim Shah coming out, and Judi apparently noticed this fact.” He went on to reflect, “She asked me later about my impression of her horses, and my answer was like many of them, ‘It is difficult to tell which is the one.’ And Judi remarked, ‘I can tell you which is the one, because I saw your reaction when Halim Shah appeared’.” A cooperative agreement was then struck whereby Jamil would come to America to be shown and stand at Ansata, and Halim Shah would go to Europe after the U.S. Nationals, compete at the Salon du Cheval in Paris, and then stand at Nagel’s farm in Germany.

SHINING STAR Jamil (registered in America as *Jamilll) arrived at Ansata in time to be exhibited together with Halim Shah at the Pyramid Society's 1983 Egyptian Event in Lexington, Kentucky. Together, the two stunning white stallions made a memorable impact on breeders and spectators who came from around the world to attend the annual gathering of straight Egyptian Arabian horses. Other prestigious shows were soon to follow. Halim Shah, now age three, was already eligible for the Stallion Futurity Class at the U.S. National Arabian Horse Show to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that year. Jamilll went about qualifying for the U.S. National Champion Stallion class by winning several Class A championships and gaining popularity along the way. “The Egyptian Event had been very exciting that year, especially with *Jamilll’s debut in this country. Even with the hoopla about *Jamilll, Halim Shah held his own and seemed to affect people with his impish regal air,” Richard Sanders, Ansata's resident trainer reminisces. "We arrived at U.S. Nationals on quite a high note, having had a very successful summer of showing a group of straight Egyptian stallions that turned everybody’s heads. Through all of this, Halim Shah seemed to know he was on a mission. Showing never seemed to stress him. Although he was a nipper, most of his energy came across as impish and playful. It looked good in the ring.” In those days, classes were huge and highly competitive. Richard recalls, “If I remember correctly, we had to compete against as many as 60 stallions, and as many as three cuts of 20 just to reach the top ten. The competition was exceptionally tough, but *Jamilll was chosen as a U.S. Top Ten Stallion, and Ansata Halim Shah was chosen a U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Stallion. By this time, he was getting considerable notice from breeders and Arabian enthusiasts worldwide.” Jody Cruz of Rancho Bulakenyo and his dad, Dr. Felino Cruz, were devoted fans of Ansata Ibn Halima. Jody fondly recollects, “My favorite memory of Ansata Halim Shah was at the 1983 U.S. National Championship Show when he and our own El Halimaar were crowned U.S. National Top Ten Futurity Colts. The two brothers [by Ansata Ibn Halima] made their sire proud that day.” In speaking of Ansata Halim Shah, Jody reflects, “Anyone who saw him even once, remembers him forever.

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Mansour Nazeer

Ansata Ibn Halima

ANSATA HALIM SHAH

Nafaa El Saghira

Kazmeen Bint Samiha Samiha

Mansour Sheikh El Arab Bint Sabah Halima Ibn Rabdan Ragia Farida

Morafic

Ansata Rosetta

Gamil Manial

Nazeer

Mabrouka Ansata Shah Zaman Nazeer Ansata Bint Mabrouka Mabrouka Nazeer

Mansour

Bint Samiha Ansata Bint Bukra Shahloul Bukra Bint Sabah

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His beauty was unmistakably ‘Ansata’ and his classic type unforgettable. What attracted me most was his exquisite, finely chiseled head, beautiful black eyes, and his memorable expression. Of course, one would expect such beauty from his pedigree."

CELEBRATION After Nationals, we decided to "take on the world" and prepared to ship Halim Shah to Paris for the Salon du Cheval World Championships. Halim Shah was in peak show condition for the trip, and Richard recalls that exciting day, “We left Arkansas for Europe, flying from Houston to New York and then on to Paris after spending eight hours on the J.F.K. tarmac due to mechanical problems. However, Halim Shah did not seem to mind the delay. He sensed he was on a mission and it seemed to help keep him out of trouble. We traveled well." Halim Shah’s fame and U.S. National win preceded him to Europe. Richard was unprepared for the reception committee of newspaper reporters and press that greeted them when they landed, or for the anxious moments that followed. “Somehow, the arrangements to move Halim Shah from the plane across town to the Longchamp race track, where he would stay temporarily, were overlooked," Richard remembers. "My French, being very poor, forced me to draw pictures indicating the need for a ride. It was a bit traumatic, but we finally got transportation and, with a strange mare riding beside us, traveled across Paris in an open-topped two-horse trailer. When we arrived at Port du Versailles, where the historical Salon du Cheval takes place, Mizan Taj Halim, a beautiful black-bay Ansata Ibn Halima son from America, was there with Midwest Training Stables. It was an exciting show with much class and an enthusiastic French crowd, as well as spectators from around the world. When the cheering was over and the show had concluded, two Ansata Ibn Halima sons stood out from the rest, Mizan Taj Halim was World Champion Stallion, and Ansata Halim Shah was Reserve World Junior Champion Stallion, and the only horse to receive a perfect 20 in type. It was an unforgettable event."

SINGING HIS PRAISES After the show, Halim Shah was vanned to Dr. Nagel’s farm in Bremen. “He remained for 18 months only, and any Egyptian horse, since that time, that does not carry his blood, ranks on a lower level,” Dr. Nagel vividly recalls. “This stallion had such a positive influence, that even those breeders who were at first very skeptical about him, nearly all changed their minds, and until now, Halim Shah is still the top name in all the breeding farms concentrating on Egyptian blood.” With a practiced eye for classic beauty, Nagel carefully selected the mares to be bred to Halim Shah, not only his own, but those from the Babolna State Stud of Hungary, the Marbach State Stud of Germany, and from other private breeding farms.

From top: Ansata Ibn Halima (Sparagowski) Ansata Shah Zaman (Sparagowski) Ansata Rosetta (Sparagowski) Ansata Bint Mabrouka (left) and Ansata Bint Bukra (right) (Polly Knoll)

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From top: Judith and Don Forbis with Ansata Halima Shah Judith Forbis and Ansata Halima Shah as a seven-year old in Mena, Arkansas. Sparagowski photo. Ansata Halim Shah growing up at Ansata Arabian Stud before he went to Europe as a three year old. Sparagowski photo. Ansata Halim Shah back home in Mena, Arkansas, enjoys a run in his paddock. Forbis archives.

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In Europe, horse breeding is a serious, honorable profession, and much attention is paid to breeding horses who have excellent conformation, are sound and athletic, and have good character which allows them to be happy in performing their allotted tasks. Classic type in Arabian horses encompasses all these attributes, including the unique beauty characteristic of this breed. At that time, German breeders were still compelled to obtain official approval for their stallions when they wanted to use a horse for breeding. It is therefore, significant that at the very strict German stallion licensing tests, Ansata Halim Shah was the only horse to receive a perfect 20 in type. A letter from Stefan Walterman of the Maiworm Stud, who bred the celebrated Ansata Halim Shah son, Maysoun, explains how Ansata Halim Shah came to be even more appreciated by German breeders as time progressed:

“Dear Don, dear Judith, Something unsurpassed happened during the 1987 German stallion licensing: 29 stallions out of 62 were licensed 4 were by Ansata Halim Shah 9 were rated “PREMIUM” (Same as ‘Elite’ in Tersk) 3 are by ANSATA HALIM SHAH. The success of your stallion as a breeding horse is absolutely unique for the breeding of Arabian horses in Germany. In his article in the Arabisch Pferde, Dr. Wolfgang Cranz, the director of Marbach, mentioned that the four Halim Shah sons had been noticed as ‘superior in type, ideal neck, fine in the throatlatch, flowing movement with an extreme elasticity of the body.’ We all would like to thank you for sending Halim Shah to Europe and we all congratulate you for the phenomenal success.” Dr. Nagel further commented at that time regarding the German licensing system and Ansata Halim Shah’s total record, “According to statistical figures covering 20 years of licensing, an Arabian stallion produces in all his life only one or two licensed sons. Ansata Halim Shah instead produced, in only 18 months during his short time in Germany, nine stallions who were all approved by the governmentally guided committee.” Concluded Nagel, “His unprecedented success was definitely based on his own high breeding potential, but also on the careful selection of mares that might fit to such a horse. His striking appearance as a most classical Arabian and the quality of his ancestors listed in his pedigree, together made him a unique horse. He was also endowed with the rare ability to produce excellent sons and daughters as well.” Halim Shah sired for Nagel a group of beautiful grey mares and the very influential grey stallion Salaa El Dine. In fact, Halim Shah changed the look of the Katherinenhof program, from colored horses to greys, and marked it with a new look. Many stallions sire good quality in only one sex; Halim Shah sired equally good colts and fillies, and his sons and daughters were soon winning national and international championships.

Among the enthusiastic Straight Egyptian Arabian horse breeders in Germany at that time, as well as now, was Cornelia Tauschke of El Thayeba Arabians. She remembers, “When I saw Ansata Halim Shah the first time, he was three years old and had just arrived at Dr. Nagel’s Katharinenhof. His exotic head and balanced body impressed me very much. We were happy to have the chance to breed some mares with him. Today when you see the group of El Thayeba horses, you can see Ansata Halim Shah in every horse.”

HOME SWEET HOME When Halim Shah returned to America, he was quarantined for a month in Kentucky before traveling back to Arkansas. Not long after his arrival in Mena, he appeared colicky. Don rushed him to a vet clinic in Oklahoma where exploratory surgery was performed. No problems were found, and he came through the operation with his usual aplomb and serenity, surprising the vets with his rapid recovery and playful demeanor. Ansata Halim Shah matured into a majestic silvery-white stallion and made an indelible impression on breeders and judges, including Peter Pond of Forest Hill Arabian Stud in Australia, who has known the Ansata horses since 1971. “I marveled at how successful a sire Halim Shah was when used in many of the Egyptian breeding programs in Europe and the Middle East,” remarks Peter. “Ansata Halim Shah was truly one of the great Arabian sires of our time.” Similar thoughts were echoed by two American breeder judges, Bill Trapp and Jim Panek, who were dedicated to rewarding classic type in the show ring. “Recollections of Ansata Halim Shah for me are of an exceptional individual with that elusive quality many good horses lack, a ‘presence’ about him, coupled with a lot of vitality,” remarked Trapp. “He was the epitome of Arabian type, and, of course, had the bloodlines to ‘breed on.’” Panek’s appraisal is similar, “If there is any one Arabian stallion that has re-awakened the world of Arabian horses to the classic Arabian, it is Ansata Halim Shah. He has perpetuated his likeness in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Through his offspring in each of these geographical areas, Ansata Halim Shah has become the epitome to which breeders strive. There is no doubt that as the history of the Arabian horse progresses world-wide, Ansata Halim Shah will be recognized as the standard bearer of the breed.”

STAR QUALITY Writers were captivated by Halim Shah's extreme beauty, pride and nobility. Respected author Cynthia Culbertson was one of many who fell prey to his charms, “Ansata Halim Shah, much like his legendary father, Ansata Ibn Halima, seemed to have an inner sense of self,” she muses. “In his presence, one sensed a sublime serenity and harmony. He could stand quietly, a certain stillness in his faraway gaze, and project his greatness without unnecessary fuss.

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From left: Sculptor Karen Kasper portrayed Ansata Halim Shah in bronze by choosing a similar playful rearing pose that mirrored that of his sire. Forbis archives. Ansata Ibn Halima (shown at the Ansata ranch in Chickasha, Oklahoma as a young stallion). Forbis photo. Artists loved to portray Halim Shah’s extreme refinement. Pencil drawing when he was seven years old by Barbara Lewis. AL SH AQAB | 8 | AHT ABROA D


He was exquisitely beautiful... Ansata Halim Shah, like many of the greatest Arabian stallions, wasn’t a tall horse, but he had extraordinary balance, and in motion could be bigger than life. He was the essence of Arabian type." Joe Ferriss, former editor of The Khamsat magazine, knows Ansata horses well. Reflecting on when he first saw Halim Shah in the early 90’s, he wrote, “As I walked around him looking over his pearl-like surface, the experience was like that of viewing an Auguste Rodin sculpture. He was continuously harmonious when viewed from every angle. Knowing his pedigree, I was aware that he represented an amalgam of the key ingredients that embody the Ansata vision and type. Yet, he was not a horse that one could accurately say, ‘he reminds me of... .' As I looked into his deep lustrous eyes, I felt an immediate sense of quiet dignity conveying with certainty that this was a horse unto himself, a soul like no other." Breeders loved Halim Shah, who was in his element whether holding audience at home, or at the Pyramid Society’s annual Egyptian Event where he was exhibited in the 80’s and early 90’s on the Hall of Stallions. Karen Henwood, successful breeder and owner of Sandybrook Farm in Fla., remarked after she first saw him in the Big Barn at the Egyptian Event. "I was stopped dead in my tracks. Before me was a vision I thought only possible in ancient paintings. I had never seen anything like this in the flesh." She further noted, "There was no other horse in that barn that gave me the feeling that Halim Shah did.” Long-time breeders Joan Skeels and Sue Burnham of Hope Farm in Ark., remembered, “At first we saw him in his huge double stall, his coat opalescent as if he were cast from fine bone china; huge dark eyes glanced briefly then he returned to the order of his day. Regal, a king in his demeanor, were our thoughts of him. Once on a lead shank, he became animated; his tail a plume over his back claiming full attention from those observing him, yet reflecting kindness and docility. Standing there, each point of his construction fluidly created a model of perfection.”

Internationally famous equine photographer, the late Erwin Escher of Germany, became an enthusiastic fan of Ansata Halim Shah when he and his wife, Annette, came to America in 1993. “We first visited Ansata Arabians, and this has had much influence on our future breeding program,” Erwin remembered. “The first horse we saw there was Ansata Halim Shah! Don showed him to us outside his barn, and we were totally impressed by his incomparable Arabian beauty and charisma... white, dry in type, elegant—simply a real ARABIAN HORSE. We never before saw a beauty like him!" Gigi Grasso of Italy also needs no introduction as a worldfamous photographer. He too, began his career at Ansata. “Ansata Halim Shah will always be a special horse to me because he was the very first Arabian that I had the chance to photograph,” Gigi fondly recalls. “Even after I have had the privilege of photographing many of the world’s most beautiful and famous Arabians, I still cannot forget Ansata Halim Shah. After I had seen several of his offspring, I said to myself, ‘Just once in my life, I would like to have a horse of this blood!’ His charisma, his eyes, his fine skin, his splendid quality—all of this made Ansata Halim Shah simply spectacular.”

THE PERFECT MODEL Photographers worldwide considered Halim Shah a perfect model. Because of his ideal fine bone structure, he was very photogenic, and every photo session produced excellent pictures. Jerry Sparagowski began his career in equine photography at Ansata in the early 70’s. He recorded Halim Shah's life in America and his famous “fountain” image of Halim Shah looking over his back at his high-plumed tail set a new benchmark in Arabian horse photography. Harking back to those formative days, Jerry remembers, “In the early seventies, Ansata Arabian Stud had three important stallions: Ansata Ibn Halima, Ansata Ibn Sudan and Ansata Shah Zaman. They were very different in style, and one could easily pick out which foals were by which stallion. As time moved on and Ansata’s breeding program continued to mature, a distinctive ‘look’ started to appear. In my eye, that ‘look’ was Ansata Halim Shah. He had Ansata Ibn Halima’s beauty, Ansata Ibn Sudan’s strength and elegance, and Ansata Shah Zaman’s flair for life... . To my mind, he had become the Ansata horse.” AL SH AQAB | 9 | AHT ABROA D


From top left: The iconic Sparagowski "fountain photo" of Ansata Halim Shah that started a trend among Arabian horse photographers. Admirers of all ages enjoyed visiting with Halim Shah and he was always happy to receive them. This charming Sparagowski photo graced the cover of Arabian Horse World magazine. Ansata Halim Shah shows his ideal balance and overall classic type in 1990 as a mature stallion in this photo by Sparagowski. A foretaste of things to come. Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani and his friends from Qatar pay a visit to Ansata Arabian Stud in Arkansas where they met Ansata Halim Shah for the first time. Forbis photo. Bon Voyage! A going away party, complete with carrots and carrot cake, was held for Halim Shah by his many friends in Mena before his departure to Qatar. Forbis archives. AL SH AQAB | 10 | AHT ABROA D


IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER From time immemorial, artists have been inspired by the Arabian horse's classic beauty. When Halim Shah was seven years old, accomplished painter and sculptor Barbara Lewis of Baraka Farm and Studio in Mena, portrayed him in a charming pencil sketch entitled “Grey Monarch". She reminisces that, “On occasion, it would seem that God sends us an Arabian horse of such beauty and elegance that it becomes an ideal by which all others are to be measured. They remain a goal for breeders to accomplish, and for lovers of perfection to own." To her artist's eye, "Ansata Halim Shah was such an Arabian horse. He had that indefinable, ethereal quality. His demeanor made it known that he did not question his importance. If I were to compare him, it would have to be with the finest Meissen china... delicate, and refined, yet with a strength that is enduring... he was perfection in elegance. It is the hope of this achievement that drives us forward against all odds.” When we commissioned celebrated sculptor Karen Kasper to portray Halim Shah in bronze, she came to Ansata and spent several days in and out of his stall studying his structure, taking his conformation measurements, and observing his mischievous habits. She finally chose to depict him in a playful rearing position. At that time she didn’t realize this pose was also common to his sire, Ansata Ibn Halima. Speaking in retrospect about Halim Shah, she was reminded, “Although a stallion of exquisite refinement and beautiful type, I remember most his unique and expressive energy that projected a powerful charisma, attitude of superiority, and an inherent sense of mischief.” She further recalled, “I was among those who sensed that he was profoundly important in some way beyond our present understanding, and I felt that Halim Shah himself sensed this as well. I sculpted him rearing proudly, yet with a playful eye on his admirers, and this is how I will always remember him.”

majestically trot into the show ring and win the first Qatar National Junior Mare Championship will forever remember her. She was a true queen, and she lit the torch that carried Halim Shah's flame into the Arab world. “When I first saw Ansata Halim Shah in photographs, I had high expectations," remarked Sheikh Abdulaziz. "When a few months later visiting the Ansata Arabian Stud, I realized this stallion was still more special! Halim Shah made such an impression on me that from that day, I gladly dedicated my own breeding program towards him, hoping that one day I would be honored with a colt foal possessing his incomparable Arabian horse type, quality and charm.”

ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS BECKON Meanwhile, the hint of an Arabian horse renaissance was on the horizon in the Arab world. HH The Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, sensed the time for the renaissance had come and he was determined to move it forward at a rapid pace. A life-long horseman, he enjoyed riding, but he was also particularly aware of his country's Arabian horse heritage and was determined to restore the cultural tradition of his ancestors in breeding superior bloodstock. That he would choose a stallion of the Dahman Shahwan lineage as a foundation sire was prophetic, for the founding father of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, (r. 1878-1913) also coveted this strain as did celebrated breeder Abbas Pasha I, Viceroy of Egypt (r. 1848-1854). It is noteworthy that the first Dahma Shahwania mare mentioned in the famous Abbas Pasha Manuscript was from Qatar.

FAME During the late 80’s and early 90’s, Ansata was continually receiving guests from around the world. One day Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Khalid Al Thani, a young man in his early twenties from the ruling Al Thani family of the State of Qatar, paid us a visit. Arriving at Ansata with an entourage of friends, and minus their luggage, they uncomplainingly made themselves comfortable with clothes hastily purchased from Wal-Mart until their bags arrived two days later. Rain or shine, they walked through the pastures and studied every horse. The young sheikh had the keen eye of his beloved falcons, and nothing escaped his critical gaze. He knew exactly what he wanted—whether or not it was for sale made no difference. Mindful of Sheikh Abdulaziz's extreme enthusiasm, remarkable pedigree knowledge, and his potential to lead the Arab world to new heights in breeding Arabian horses, we agreed to sell him our stunning chestnut U.S. National Top Five Futurity Champion Mare Ansata Splendora (*Jamilll x Ansata Splendora), and the dynamic white Ansata Majesta (Ansata Halim Shah x Ansata Malika). Majesta promptly lived up to her name for her new owner. Those who saw her

One of Sparagowski's special photos showing the extreme beauty of Ansata Halim Shah's very refined head.

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From top: Making friends! His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, soon thereafter to become The Emir of the State of Qatar, with Ansata Halim Shah at Al Shaqab in 1994. Van Lent Jr. photo. HH The Emir Sheikh Hamad and Halim Shah pose for photographer Rik Van Lent Jr. in 1994. The first Al Shaqab Stables in 1994. Rik Van Lent Jr. photo. A group of Arabian mares awaiting Halim Shah’s arrival at Al Shaqab. Rik Van Lent Jr. photo. A head study of Halim Shah at Al Shaqab. Irina Filsinger photo. AL SH AQAB | 12 | AHT ABROA D


As a site for his exciting new project, HH The Emir chose the Al Shaqab region where Qatari blood had once been shed in the battle for Qatar’s independence. He meticulously began construction, naming his stud farm Al Shaqab in honor of the valiant horses and warriors who fought the Ottomans there in 1893 and paved the way for Qatar's future independence. His Highness's vision for the stud was three-fold: to preserve many of the breed’s ancient sire and dam lines, to perpetuate the native Qatari Arabians, and to elevate the standard in world-class Arabian show horses which would bring recognition to Qatar’s cultural heritage. His goal was to see the results of his Al Shaqab Stud’s breeding program become a valuable contributor to breeding herds around the world. To manage his breeding program, HH The Emir chose a very capable young horseman, Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani, whom he had known for years. Sheikh Hamad was a devout patriot, devoted to His Highness, and determined to make Al Shaqab world famous. Sheikh Hamad did his homework, studied pedigrees, and set forth on his quest to purchase world-class Arabian horses. He visited with Egyptian breeders from around the globe and attended the Pyramid Society's Egyptian Event in Lexington, Kentucky. After looking at many horses, he purchased the handsome straight Egyptian Arabian stallion Sabiell, who promptly won Supreme Champion Stallion of the show. This win further inspired Sheikh Hamad to boldly move Al Shaqab forward into the highly competitive international show ring. A few months later at the Salon du Cheval World Championships in Paris, Sabiell was crowned 1993 World Reserve Junior Champion Stallion, the first of many World Championship titles to be garnered by Al Shaqab in the future.

WHITE HORSES - SYMBOLIC OF VICTORY One day in 1993, an exquisite white mare pranced into the life of HH The Emir. Immediately he recognized in her something beyond beauty. It was Ansata Majesta! She had become the talk of the Arabian horse community since winning at the Qatar National show. Desirous of having horses of this unique quality and beauty, HH The Emir inquired of Sheikh Abdulaziz and his brother, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Al Thani, where he might obtain some like her. Thus he learned about Ansata Arabian Stud, including the farm’s remarkable stallion Ansata Halim Shah, and the Ansata breeding program. In the course of events, we were approached to sell Halim Shah and a group of mares that could help found a straight Egyptian Arabian breeding program for Al Shaqab. We gave much thought to the pros and cons of letting Halim Shah leave the States. It seemed a wonderful opportunity for him to become a “light on the hill” to further the Arabian horse renaissance in the Arab world. Therefore, after great deliberation, we made the decision to let him return to his ancestral homeland where the Dahman Shahwan strain had long been celebrated. Well-known breeder, Christie Metz, of Silver Maple Farm, remembers her visit to Ansata just before we made that fateful decision, “I saw Halim Shah, along with Ansata Omar Halim [Halim Shah's full brother], Ansata Manasseh and Prince Fa Moniet, the first time I visited your farm. AL SH AQAB | 13 | AHT ABROA D


“Ansata Halim Shah was the best Egyptian horse; he comprised all the great things which all breeders love,� remarked Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani, shown here with Ansata Halim Shah in a memorable pose for Rik Van Lent Jr. Opposite page from top: Ansata Majesta, (Ansata Halim Shah x Ansata Malika) the most winning daughter of Halim Shah, won hearts in America and captivated HH The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani after she was imported to Qatar and was a champion the first time shown there. Gigi Grasso photo. A conformation study of Halim Shah shows his maturity at age 14. Irina Filsinger photo. Don Forbis, Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani with Halim Shah soon after he arrived at Al Shaqab in 1994. Rik Van Lent Jr. photo.

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I remember thinking how special it was to see these beautiful silver talismans of the breed and thinking that I wanted to breed Sahbine to Halim Shah. The next year you sold him and the rest is history. It was a lesson for me to follow your instincts immediately, do not wait.” Before Halim Shah was to make his fateful journey, we held a special farewell party in the show barn, complete with carrot cake, to wish him bon voyage. Soon thereafter, Don and Dr. Craig Bullock, D.V.M., were accompanying him on his flight to the faraway land of Qatar, jutting off the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula into the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.

THE GREAT MIGRATION BEGINS The trip was undertaken without mishap. Halim Shah deplaned into the blinding desert glare and was taken to his new home at Al Shaqab in Doha. A small but select group of straight Egyptian Arabian mares, as well as those of other international Arabian bloodlines, awaited his arrival and he promptly went about his mission of getting them in foal. The future looked bright. HH The Emir was very pleased with Halim Shah and always made it a point to see him when he came to visit the farm to take his daily walks. Eileen Verdieck, an advisor to Al Shaqab in its early years, remembers that after Ansata Halim Shah arrived, His Highness loved to stand at the fence and watch him running loose. “The stallion would gallop right up to him, snort, and whirl away again,” she recalls. “It was fun to watch him play and entertain HH The Emir.” Not long after Halim Shah arrived in Qatar, caravans of Ansata's choicest Dahmah Shahwanieh mares wended their way eastward to join him at Al Shaqab: Ansata Bint Halima, Ansata Sudarra, Ansata Aliha, Ansata Prima Rose (a maternal half-sister to Halim Shah) Ansata Malaha (a special Halim Shah daughter) and Ansata Deborah, as well as Ansata Narjisa of the Saklawiah Jedraniyah strain. Thus the foundation for a significant straight Egyptian Arabian program was in place and founded primarily on the Dahman strain valued by the Al Thani ancestors. The renaissance of the Arabian horse in the Arab world was beginning to blossom. In a few years it would be in full bloom, much to the credit and leadership of HH The Emir. What a fabulous opportunity it was for Qatar to carry on that time-honored strain. It seemed that Halim Shah and his harem might live together happily ever after. However, it was not to be. The “Hand of Fate” struck. Halim Shah suffered an irreparable accident and sadly passed away far too soon! His beautiful white light, however, did not diminish. It continues to shine in reflection through his magnificent descendants.

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Ansata Halim Shah in the Qatari desert. Rik Van Lent Jr. photo.

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Fortunately a few mares had gotten in foal during his short period at Al Shaqab and they delivered several fine daughters. Fate was also kind enough to provide a stunning, very impish, grey colt to carry on his father's legacy. Named Al Adeed Al Shaqab, he matured into a dynamic silvery-white stallion. A born show horse and big showoff, halter championships fell at his feet including multi-National Champion Stallion wins, Egyptian Event Supreme Champion in the U.S. and World Champion Stallion at the Salon du Cheval in Paris. Now his get and grandget are passing on many of his traits, and the influence of Halim Shah continues.

THE LAST MIGRATION After nearly fifty years of involvement with Arabian horses, in 2006 Don and I decided to phase out our breeding program – just two years before our Golden Anniversary. HH The Emir inadvertently heard the news from one of his friends, and he was determined to acquire the remaining Ansata herd which contained some of our choicest mares. We agreed to the purchase, and another migration of priceless Dahmah Shahwaniah mares wended its way eastward to Qatar, most of them carrying close-up breeding to Halim Shah and his relatives. Among them were: Ansata Nefri, Ansata Nefr, Ansata Bint Nefr, Ansata Nadra, Ansata Shahkira, VA Ahlam, Ansata Desert Star, Ansata Desert Sunrise and the double Halim Shah mare, Ansata Millennia. Accompanying the herd were two young Dahman Shahwan colts, Ansata Mabrouk and Ansata Ibn Sirius. Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani, the current Breeding and Show Manager of Al Shaqab recalls, “From the beginning of the foundation of Al Shaqab Stud, we selected the best stallions which became the basis of our present elite horses. I am remindful that Ansata Halim Shah is one stallion that I chose and I have never forgotten; he was the main pillar at Al Shaqab Stud. "Ansata Halim Shah was the best Egyptian horse; he comprised all the great things which all breeders love,” Sheikh Hamad reminisced. “Although it is not difficult to find a beautiful stallion, it is very difficult to get one with the specifications of Ansata Halim Shah. He incarnates beauty, magnificence, elegance and endurance, and was much beloved. I have never seen any other like him nor one that had something of his fascination; he was a unique stallion that cannot come back." Sheikh Hamad continued, "I tried to find suitable words that can describe my lovely stallion, but I couldn’t. He is gone, though he lives in my heart and mind. All breeders around the world from the U.S. and Europe, to the Middle East, are missing him. I can say, Al Shaqab Stud is very lucky, because the blood of Ansata Halim Shah is running into new generations of stallions born here, and Al Aadeed Al Shaqab is one of them. He is not Ansata Halim Shah, but he takes most characteristics of his sire. Thus, I can say he is a unique stallion. I love him, just as I loved his sire.”

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Ansata Halim Shah never died. He will always live on and his remarkable influence will always be there.� Rik van Lent Jr. photo

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME "The moving finger having writ, moves on..." Over a quarter of a century has passed since the young Qataris first visited Ansata Arabian Stud in Mena, Arkansas. In 2008 we closed the farm and Don Forbis passed away at the close of our 50th anniversary year. Al Shaqab was gifted by HH The Emir to the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development located within Education City - “a city of knowledge built for the people." Twenty-one years after HH The Emir founded Al Shaqab, he abdicated the throne in favor of his son, HH Sheikh Tamim. Now beloved as HH The Father Emir, his foresight in bringing the Arabian breed to new heights is being enjoyed by Qataris and breeders worldwide. Furthermore, the bloodlines of Ansata Halim Shah are carrying forward at Al Shaqab, and other Qatari farms, through a host of beautiful broodmares and outstanding stallions such as Al Adeed Al Shaqab, Ashhal Al Rayyan, Ansata Selman and Faris Al Rayyan. As if by prophesy, the songs predicting Halim Shah's future the year he was born came true. In the year of his passage into greener pastures, they had been replaced by another prophetic set, Always, Take a Bow, Broken Hearted, and The Crossroads. But the tunes I remember that seemed to fit him best were those of the early 90's, when he was in his prime, Here and Now, All Around the World and Nothing Compares 2 U. Ansata Halim Shah achieved legendary status as a classic Arabian stallion by which many others are measured, and as an unsurpassed sire during and after his time on earth. He touched countless lives, leaving each person with a treasured remembrance of his remarkable virtues. Rik Van Lent Jr., was the last artist with a camera to portray him at Al Shaqab in 1994. His beautiful portraits and thoughtful observation provide an everlasting memory, “Halim Shah never died. He will always live on and his remarkable influence will always be there.”

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Ansata Halim Shah in the Qatari desert. Rik Van Lent Jr. photo. AL SH AQAB | 20 | AHT ABROA D


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MICHAEL MICHAELBYATT BYATTARABIANS: ARABIANS:MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST MIDWESTTRAINING TRAININGCENTRE: CENTRE:NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO GIACOMOCAPPACI: CAPPACI:GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: IATC:WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA LUCAOBERTI: OBERTI:LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL ALMILAD MILADTRAINING TRAININGCENTER: CENTER:MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FARHANGFAZELI: FAZELI:IHP IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM .FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL KARLHEINZ HEINZSTOCKLE: STOCKLE:GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

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WADEE AL SHAQAB

(MARWAN AL SHAQAB X OFW MISHAAHL) STANDING AT PAOLO CAPPACI ARABIANS

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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HARIRY AL SHAQAB

(MARWAN AL SHAQAB X WHITE SILKK) STANDING AT MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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KAHIL AL SHAQAB

(MARWAN AL SHAQAB X OFW MISHAAHL) STANDING AT MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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FADI AL SHAQAB

(BESSON CAROL X ABHA MYRA) STANDING AT MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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AL ADEED AL SHAQAB (ANSATA HALIM SHAH X SUNDAR ALISAYYAH) STANDING AT HANAYA ARABIANS

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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MARWAN AL SHAQAB

(GAZAL AL SHAQAB X LITTLE LIZA FAME) STANDING AT GIACOMO CAPPACI ARABIANS

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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GAZAL AL SHAQAB

(ANAZA EL FARID X KAJORA) STANDING AT GIACOMO CAPPACI ARABIANS

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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HADIDY AL SHAQAB

(GAZAL AL SHAQAB X WHITE SILKK)

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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PA R I S 2 0 1 6 W I T H PAO LO C A P E C C I

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST ARABIANS: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM

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MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM

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PA R I S 2 0 1 6 W I T H PAO LO C A P E C C I

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

MICHAEL BYATT ARABIANS: MICHAEL@MICHAELBYATT.COM MIDWEST TRAINING CENTRE: NATE@MIDWESTARABIAN.COM GIACOMO CAPPACI: GIACOMO_ARABS@YAHOO.COM IATC: WOODYARABIAN@HOTMAIL.COM LUCA OBERTI: LUCAOBERTIARABIANS@GMAIL.COM AL MILAD TRAINING CENTER: MRAFI@MILAD.COM.SA FARHANG FAZELI: IHP.FAZELI@GMAIL.COM KARL HEINZ STOCKLE: GESTUET.OSTERHOF@T-ONLINE.DE

AL SHAQAB SEMEN AGENTS

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