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From Humble Beginnings Great Things Were Brought to Pass

The past couple of weeks we’ve explored some of the major wins of the “new”

Straight Egyptians that came to the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s along with some

of their offspring. Today we’d like to turn the spotlight on what these amazing

horses were achieving when crossed with purebred Arabians of other bloodlines,

many of whom carry the blood of Straight Egyptian Arabians, as demonstrated in

our posts in February of this year. One of the recurring themes at the Breeders’

Conferences organized by The Pyramid Society, now known as The Pyramid Society

Foundation, has been the global significance and impact of the Straight Egyptian

Arabian horse.

The 1970s included some of the following great mares and stallions who were

sired by Straight Egyptian stallions:

Kahlette is a name that might not be remembered by all. Her dam, Kahla, was the

daughter of the Raseyn son, Moneyn, and was out of Fa Gazal (Fadl x Kostrzewa).

Fa Gazal was the first mare that the Marshalls bought in 1953, and Kahla marked

the beginning of the Gleannloch Arabian horse breeding program. She had done

some winning as a young mare and then settled into the role of broodmare. She

wasn’t a great beauty and certainly couldn’t be considered to be “exotic.” Her

first foal was a mare named Surur (x Surf) and was a U.S. Top Ten Mare. Another

daughter, Bint Surf, was the U.S. Reserve National English Pleasure Champion in

1968. At the age of 20, Kahla produced her first daughter by the Straight Egyptian

stallion, El Hilal. Her name was Kahlette. Kahlette was subsequently bred to Jora

Honey Ku (himself a son of the Straight Egyptian stallion, Joramir), and that

resulted in the birth of a lovely chestnut filly with flaxen main and tail, who as a 3

year old won the coveted “Triple Crown” being named as Champion Mare in

Scottsdale as well as Champion Mare of the Canadian & US National

Championships. And then, if that had not been enough, she went on to be named

World Champion Junior Mare. Thus from humble beginnings great things were

brought to pass.

El Hilal would go on to produce some exceptional mares and stallions, including

Canadian & U.S. National Reserve Champion Mare, Ebony Moon (x Esperanzo

Mara) who in turn produced a daughter, Ebony Lace (x Jora Honey Ku) who was

1981 Canadian National Champion Futurity Mare & U.S. Top Ten Futurity Mare;

U.S. National Top Ten Mare and Canadian National Reserve Champion Mare, RDM

Moon Gypsy (tail female ancestress of Aria Impresario) and U.S. National Top Ten

Mares and full sisters, Bint Chloette & Lalette (x Chloette [x Serafix]).

Another Egyptian Sired Arabian that came to prominence in the 1970s was U.S.

National Champion Stallion, Amurath Bandolero (Ramses Fayek x Amurath

Kashmira [Fadi x Sanacht]).

And other seeds had also sprouted that would bear fruit in future generations.

One such example was that of a Straight Egyptian Arabian stallion who produced

a son out of a mare then owned by a young college student. He wanted to breed

the mare to this stallion, but the stud fee was beyond his reach as a college

student. Some bartering was done, the mare was bred and produced the colt

who would be the sire of the maternal granddam of one of the most famous

stallions the Arabian horse world would come to know in the 21st century. Pared

with the blood of three other Straight Egyptian stallions, his pedigree has become

a classic example of what can be done in the skilled hands of master breeders

with just the right touch of the essentials to come closer and closer to the elusive

ideal. He is known to some as the “Champion Maker.” Do you know who he is?

If so, can you name the four Straight Egyptian stallions in his pedigree? Who was

the college student in this story? More to follow this coming week.

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