Rifraffs Russian Nari
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     Rifraffs Russian Nari is a grey filly by Comar Gai Rifraff. Comar Gai Rifraff is a classic Crabbet silver stallion standing 14.2hh. In his limited show career, he was presented in 2006 at the Utah Autumn Classic Region 7 show and placed 2nd in the Arabian Stallion Breeding, and 2nd in the Arabian Stallion Breeding AT. While at home Comar Gai Rifraff is used as a ranch horse working cows and giving children rides. He is known to be a broodmare sire producing outstanding daughters with excellent legs and minds. His measurements are 8 inch cannons, 58 inches tall, and a 69 ½ inch heart girth.

     Comar Gai Rifraff's sire, LA Shaman, is Champion of many northwest Halter, Native Costume, and Driving classes. He was described as being a creature to behold. His beauty and charisma caused a person to stop in their tracks, and even forget to breathe.

     LA Shaman's sire, Gai Parada+++/ is the only stallion to ever win a National Championship in Performance prior to a National Championship in Halter. He is 1974 Canadian National Champion Pleasure Driving, 1974 US National Champion Pleasure Driving, 1975 Canadian National Top 10 Stallion, and 1977 US National Champion Stallion. Gai Parada+++/ is a Legion of Supreme Honor and Supreme Merit award winner. Gai Parada+++/ was foaled at Gainey Fountainhead Arabians in Owatonna, MN. He did some growing up at the Minnesota ranch before being sent to the Gainey ranch in Santa Ynez, CA. Each time Mr. Gainey looked the colt over, he was even more sure he had made the right decision to own him. Gai Parada+++/ pleased his artist's eye and fit his ideal of extreme refinement, intelligence, delightful disposition, elegance, and an exciting overall desert type. These qualities are still cherished today by breeders who continue to utilize the Gai Parada+++/ blood. Sterling White, who trained and showed Gai Parada+++/ to his 3 National Championships, found him to be willing and responsive. Parada quickly figured out exactly what was expected of him, and then tried very hard to perform. "The communication between us became so sensitive that I could just look at him and he knew what I wanted," Sterling recalls. They started with performance training; Pleasure Driving turned out to be his forte. Sterling remembers conditioning him in the buggy six miles per day, six days a week, as part of his Driving training. In the show ring, judges concurred with Mr. Gainey's assessment of Gai Parada+++/, as he won Championships and Reserves in Pleasure Driving and English Pleasure. When Gai Parada+++/ was 6, he impressed both the judges and the crowds at the 1974 US and Canadian Nationals, and he took home 2 National Championship Pleasure Driving titles. Daniel J Gainey took over the operation of Gainey Fountainhead Arabians in 1975 when his father became ill. Dan recalls, "I just knew Gai Parada+++/ was a great horse, and soon after I took over, I decided he was good enough that we should put him on the campaign trail. He ranked up a slew of Championships and Reserves and finished off 1975 as a Canadian National Top 10 Stallion. In 1977, Lady Anne Lytton judged him Supreme Horse of the Minnesota All-Arabian Show. And sure enough, he went all the way, becoming the 1977 US National Champion Stallion. With 3 National Championships, Gai Parada+++/ retired to the Santa Ynez ranch to further his career as a breeding stallion. This is where Parada really left his mark on the Arabian world. 6 Parada foals were born in 1972 -- 3 colts and 3 fillies -- 4 of them bred by Daniel C Gainey. He tried Parada with 4 of his choice mares: Gai-Gay-Ferzona (Ferzon x Arachne by Desmoin), Gavrelle (Ferzon x Gajala by *Raffles), Galatia (*Royal Diamond x Galata by Ferneyn), and Ferzona (Ferzon x Raffwe by Raffey). Marianna Hannah of Mountain Center, CA, sent her Comet daughter *Pallada (x Pandora by Wielki Szlem), and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond D Anderson of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, sent Giralda (Regis x Joraba by Al Farabi). 5 foals were born in 1973, 12 in 1974, 21 in 1975, and 37 in 1976. The numbers increased each year thereafter. In his lifetime Gai Parada+++/ sired 459 foals.

    Gai Parada+++/ was sired by the great stallion Ferzon. Ferzon was bred by Frank McCoy and foaled at the same time as Fadjur on the McCoy Ranch. McCoy listed both stallions for sale with Fadjur's price at $700 and Ferzon's price at $10,000, not dreaming anyone could come up with that kind of money during that time. McCoy then showed Ferzon in 1953 at the Palm Desert, CA First Annual All Arabian Show to Reserve Champion Stallion. At that same show Ferneyn, Ferzon's sire, took Grand Championship. Moneyna, the dam of Ferneyn, was named Reserve Champion Mare, while Hasa, a half-sister to Ferneyn by Ferseyn, was the Grand Champion Mare. That same year Ferzon also won the Long Beach, CA Yearling Colt Championship, San Diego, CA Desert Arabian Association Yearling Colt Championship (again he placed 2nd to his own sire Ferneyn in the Stallion Championship). In August of 1953, Ferzon was Reserve Champion Yearling Colt with Fadjur placing 4th. In September of 1953 Ferzon was the Champion Yearling Colt at the Los Angeles County Fair. Then came Daniel Gainey, Sr, with $10,000 to purchase Ferzon and to produce a distinctive look to Arabians that many people now call the Gainey-look. One of the most popular teams of horse and rider ever, Harvey Ellis and Moneyna were famous for his exhibitions of riding her with no bit, no headstall, no head equipment of any kind. Among their many show credits were Champion Mare and Grand Champion, Pomona 1948 at 11 yrs old, and Reserve Champion, All-Arab Show Palm Desert 1953 at 16 yrs old.

    
Moneyna traces in tail female to the famed war mare *Wadduda. Rifraffs Russian Nari carries 20 crosses to *Wadduda. *Wadduda was presented to Homer Davenport as a gift by Achmet Haffez. *Wadduda had been for several years the favorite personal mare of the Hashem Bey, and a gift of him to Achmet Haffez. On Davenport’s first meeting with her, ridden by Ali, eldest son of Achmet Haffez, in a moment into the courtyard she came tearing towards them, all afire, bouncing tassels, blue beads in her highly carried tail, such hock action, and her eyes fairly sparkled. Her name in Arabic has meaning of love/affection. Achmet Haffez in an emotional voice said that when you speak her name it shall bear witness of his regard and the gift and acceptance will be the foundation of their friendship and brotherhood without end. A child of the desert she was. It is said that she did not seem to like the confines of her life in town. Davenport recounts the evening of their departure from Aleppo, he riding her. Over the dirt and rocky road they rode, she fretted. Davenport felt that perhaps it was the strange rider and clothes. Then just at sunset, they came to the edge of the desert. *Wadduda stopped, as if paying tribute to the closing day. Salat Al-Maghrib, sunset prayer. Then, with a quick toss of her head she began to cavort and play. He settled deep in the saddle and let her frolic. Finally, she stopped short, snorted, and broke into a gallop with a delightful spring. It was a return home for her, the call of the nomadic life, of raids and races, open air under the canopy of stars, as opposed to the confines of her corral in town. Ears alert, she pranced, eyes blazing with intense satisfaction. Davenport said that during this, he too had been carried back to his boyhood dreams and fantasies, was surprised to find his cheeks wet; he had been crying without being aware of it, realizing then who and what she was and what she meant to him. Such was the true *Wadduda, mare of the desert. One of *Wadduda’s famed exploits was a ride in pursuit of a caravan from Iskanderoon to Aleppo, some 106 miles in 11 hours (a feat equal to The Tevis Cup Ride in time and distance) and prior to that feat to have had a pastern damaged in war/raid; she is also recorded as bearing lance wound scars on neck and shoulder. Gladys Brown Edwards of *Wadduda states that perhaps plain headed she may have been, but she was neither coarse nor common, and was a mare to be proud of.  ***from *Wadduda ‘The Great War Mare’ by Jack Kenning

     Gai Parada+++/'s granddam, Fersara, was Pacific Coast Champion Mare 1952, 1953 and Reserve Champion Mare 1954. NEVER OUT OF THE RIBBONS - 27 Classes (21 Blues). 3 time Grand Champion - Pomona Fall Show. Permanent Winner - Kellogg Challenge Trophy. Fersara was considered The Champion Mare, and was Always The Horse To Beat.

    
Comar Gai Rifraff carries many lines to Azraff. Azraff was a sire of numerous winners including Comar Bay Beau+++ out of Rose Of Mirage (1968 Canadian National Champion Stallion and 1972 Canadian National Reserve Champion Western Pleasure), Legion of Supreme Merit; Camiraff++ out of Veishea (1969 US National Reserve Champion Futurity Colt), Legion of Merit; Galizon out of Gay-Rose (1969 US National Champion Stallion); Lea Baron+ out of Lea Geymette (1973 US National Champion Futurity Colt), Legion of Honor; AZA Destiny out of Bint Bass Hisan (1981 Canadian National Reserve Champion). Azraff was grandsire of Gai Parada+++/ by Ferzon out of the Azraff daughter Azleta. Extensive list of Top 10 Winners: Adios+++ out of Rose-Of-Cherry, Legion of Supreme Merit; AZA Destiny; Azrhand out of Handeyna; Banouz out of Nejd Banou; Bolsoya Bachelor out of Rapanzel; Camiraff++, Legion of Merit; Comar Bay Beau+++; Comar Bay Brummel++ out of Rose Of Mirage, Legion of Supreme Merit; Comar Dorrah out of Rafleymira; Comar Garnet out of Rafleymira; Dar Es Salaam out of Al-Marah Indra; Gai-Apache out of Ga-Rageyma; Gai-Gay-Rose out of Gay-Rose; Galizon; Gay-Rouge out of Gay-Rose; Kanadea out of Karin; Kharaff out of Kharasaba; Marqeza out of Marjura; Mirraff out of Mirzona; and Rose Of Azraff out of Rose Of Comar.

     LA Shaman's dam Arifa Beau Azja, was the daughter of Bay Rouge, a son of Gay-Rouge. Gay-Rouge, sired by Azraff, was a Regional Top 10 in Pleasure Driving. Arifa Beau Azja's dam Beau Heiress, is a daughter of Comar Bay Beau+++. Comar Bay Beau+++ was 1968 US National Champion Stallion, US National Reserve Champion Western Pleasure, and was a Regional Champion in English Pleasure. Comar Bay Beau+++ was a Legion Of Supreme Merit award achiever.

     Comar Gai Rifraff's dam is Maur Kemaal. Maur Kemaal is a Blue Star, Asil, Al Khamsa mare, Tail Male: Jamil El Kebir (APK), Tail Female: *Al Hamdaniah. She is 15hh weighing approximately 900lbs, and with the finest most perfect legs ever witnessed on an Arabian. Maur Kemaal is a true desert mare fearlessly taking her rider through all kinds of terrain, never batting an eye at where she is asked to go. She has true courage, protective, a real desert Arabian mare. She is currently competing in Endurance placing well with perfect health scores and being awarded Best Condition. Maur Kemaal is also training in Dressage. She has produced talented Endurance horses such as Fadila Rajamaal and Kashmirii Fadmar. Kashmirii Fadmar in her 1st 2 races came in 4th against seasoned horses and 2nd place with an even more seasoned race group respectively. Fadila Rajamaal's first foal, DSZ Weayaya (by the Endurance producing stallion Muscastar Son) was purchased to be used as a foundation broodmare for the Chaney Endurance Arabians herd, as well as acquiring many Endurance miles herself.

     Burtanna is a 15hh 1050lb grey mare, 76 inch heart girth, 8 ½ inch cannons, with a mild and loving temperament. She has produced several foals both purebred Arabian and part-bred Arabian, all of which have her outstanding temperament and mind. Burtanna was never trained under saddle, but handles easily, is very easy going, and is quiet when she is sat on. Her foals have been easy to train and handle as well. Burtanna’s sire is the Taylor Ranch Arabians bred stallion TR Hosanna. Taylor Ranch’s Arabians have made a large impact on Arabians worldwide. They are known for their outstanding Russian Arabians, many of which are showcased in Burtanna’s pedigree. TR Hosanna’s sire is the accomplished *Muscat son and Kale bred, Mussiah+. Mussiah+ is a multiple time and multiple Region winner in Stallion Breeding classes from 1993 to 1995. He was then going under saddle and became a multiple time and multiple Region winner in Country English Pleasure and Hunter Pleasure from 1995 to 2000. In 1998 & 1999 Mussiah+ was Canadian National Champion Hunter Pleasure JT 14-17 & JO 17 & up Top 10. In 2000 Mussiah+ was US National Champion and Canadian National Champion Hunter Pleasure Top 10 in very large classes. Showing his bloodline’s versatility, Mussiah+ then crossed over into Western Pleasure winning in several Regions from the years 2000 to 2002, Legion of Honor.

      Mussiah+'s sire, *Muscat was the first Arabian to win US, Canadian & Scottsdale Champion Stallion (Triple Crown) in the same year, and was full brother to *Moment. His Performance offspring are legendary, winning National & International titles in every discipline from every level of English & Western competition to Reining, Cutting, Dressage & Endurance. *Muscat was the youngest stallion ever utilized for breeding at the world-famous Tersk Stud. The acquisition of *Muscat from the Russians was no easy task as Howard Kale Jr. took over a dozen trips to Tersk and had to trade two of America’s finest Standardbred stallions valued at $1 million dollars each for him. When *Muscat was sold to Howard Kale, Jr., the Russians quickly went to Bulgaria to get *Moment back and continue the line at Tersk Stud. *Muscat has achieved legendary status as the main continuer of the Naseem sire line. *Muscat combines the essence and elegance of Naseem with the athleticism and soundness of the Priboj sire line through Malpia a daughter of Mamonna by Ofir.

     Mussiah+’s dam is the imported Russian mare and Aswan daughter *Nissa. Burtanna carries 3 lines to Aswan, once through daughter *Nissa, once through daughter *Nariadnaia, and once through daughter *Muzza. All 3 mares were imported from Russia by the breeder Howard Kale. Aswan was born in Egypt and died in 1984 in the Soviet Union. Aswan is 25 % Crabbet. In 1963 Aswan, originally named Raafat by his breeder the EAO, was gifted to Russia in appreciation for Russia's assistance in building the Aswan dam. Aswan made an indelible mark on the mares of the Tersk Stud where he often sired very exotic foals. Those out of the best Race mares were also very athletic, of these 21 were Stake Winners and 3; Start, Pirit, Parapet were Derby Winners, 19 others were Stake Placed. Aswan sired 184 registered Arabians; among them the Derby winning stallion, Patron 2/23(7-1-6)D+1-0-3, (a 3 time Dutch National Champion the sire of US, Canadian and Dutch National Champion *Padron) and *Abdullahhh (the 1981 World Champion Stallion).

     TR Hosanna’s dam Natasha RA is by the magnificent Russian stallion *Nariadni. “A straight Russian stallion with a superb pedigree that represents the best of Russian breeding. In addition to siring over 500 foals and many Champions, *Nariadni was a successful show horse, winning at Halter and in English Pleasure performance competition. *Nariadni was twice a Regional Top 5 and Scottsdale Top 10. *Nariadni is the son of Tersk Stud sire Nabeg, Arax’s best son, who contributed not only excellent conformation, he added those magnificent big, soft eyes that mirrored his great disposition. *Nariadni’s dam Nariadnaia is considered to be one of the most beautiful mares ever bred at Tersk.” ** Taylor Ranch Arabians

     Burtanna carries 2 lines to Arax, once through Nabeg and once through Magnolia. Arax was the most significant. He was sent to Tersk in 1958. Sired by Amurath Sahib, out of the Wielki Szlem daughter Angara, he was foaled at the Michalow state stud in Poland in 1952. Arax sired 6 foals in Poland, the most noted being the US National Reserve Champion mare, Boltonka. Arax was transferred to the Tersk stud when he was 6 as the result of a trade with Poland for a number of mares. The Tersk stud breeding program would soon prosper with his addition. Arax made an invaluable contribution to the breed by providing superb and totally functional structure. As an individual he was noted for his overall smoothness and balance. Although slightly thick in the throatlatch, Arax's neck was of adequate length, but not as well set on as is currently fashionable. His well-shaped, clean head was highlighted by large, black eyes — traits that uniformly have been hallmarks of this line. Arax was known for his disposition — a prepotent trait in his line of offspring. The Arax linebred horses reflect good working attitudes and are generally happy, with quiet temperaments. Arax was used extensively at Tersk between 1959 and 1969. At age 17 he was sold to Holland. Unfortunately, he died in an accident while en route.

     The line progenitor for Arax was his son Nabeg, foaled in 1966 out of the Naseem daughter Nomenklatura. Tragically, Nabeg died at the age of 12, and the loss of this fine breeding stallion was monumental. 77 Nabeg sons and daughters are listed through Volume IV of the Russian Arabian Stud Book citing production years beginning in 1972 and extending through 1979.

     Arax daughters are greatly sought-after worldwide. His daughter Magnolia, foaled in 1960, was the last daughter of Mammona, who was one of the last daughters of Ofir. Magnolia is unique in the annals of the breed when her production record is analyzed. She is one of the few mares at Tersk to have had 5 sons win International Championships. In 1964 Magnolia won First Degree honors at the All USSR show.  In reviewing the dominant placings of Arabian horses shown at the All USSR Show, it is interesting to note that 6 Arax get were awarded the prestigious "Certificate of First Degree," which is analogous to the US National Reserve Championship. In 1964, in addition to Magnolia, 2 other Arax daughters, Podarok and Palba, shared First Degree honors. In 1970, the Arax son Nadir, out of Nitochka, earned the certificate. Unfortunately, Nadir died in 1976. Nemezida, out of Neposeda (by Priboj), captured the award in 1971, and her full brother, Namek, won in 1977 as a 13-year-old. 2 All Union speed records were established by Arax get. In 1968, at age 4, Mramor (x Metropolia) set a track record for the 1600 meter distance at 1:45:2. A filly, Sapina, by Arax and out of Solianka II, established a 2400 meter record as a 3-year-old in 1962 with a time of 2:42:5. Many European breeders were quick to recognize the value of Arax blood. They imported 42 of his offspring, beginning in 1962. 17 Arax sons and daughters were sold to Holland, with the remaining 25 going to England, Germany, Poland and Italy.

     Wielki Szlem is sired by Ofir. Ofir was thought to be the most valuable Polish breeding stallion produced between the World Wars. Ofir’s body was very strong and balanced. The fertility, hardiness, soundness and (in the case of the mares that were generationally close to Ofir) the propensity to be fabulous ‘milkers’ were factors that entered into the high opinion with which Ofir was regarded. Ofir’s neck was of adequate length, but was somewhat heavy in general. His eyes, ears and general dryness were first rate.Wielki Szlem and *Witez II resembled Ofir more strongly than did Witraz. Witraz had a longer and better shaped neck than Ofir. His head was more attractive than his sire’s, but his ability to sire unbelievably beautiful daughters and sons that were noble if not beautiful was a phenomenon of the breed. The body of Witraz was a little longer than his sire’s and his legs were not as clean. Witraz was a little over 15 hands. Ofir was a shade over 14.2 hands and Wielki Szlem was just shy of 14.2 hands. Ofir’s legs were quite good. Wielki Szlem had a squarer frame than did Witraz. His neck was definitely not as nice as Witraz’s. Wielki Szlem had short, nicely shaped ears and quite good eyes, but did not approach Witraz in terms of a general arresting quality of head. His head was reported to be short, but pictures certainly show a generally boxy overall shape. Wielki Szlem had very sturdy and sound legs. The quality of his bone, still was not quite as clean as his sire’s. Wielki Szlem was definitely a shorter legged horse than Witraz and did not have as long a forearm. The racing ability of the Wielki Szlem offspring as opposed to the Witraz offspring was generally superior, to a degree that was significant. Witraz was a fiery horse in possession of remarkable charisma and capable of putting on a tremendous show when being trotted in hand. Wielki Szlem offspring could trot like crazy, but he had a calmer temperament. This ability also translated well in the saddle seat venues of the US. The Witraz son *Bask++, certainly put an irrevocable stamp on those classes as well so counts for a lot, but there is a much larger sample of Wielki Szlem offspring as opposed to Witraz get to cite this demonstrable ability. Mr. Pankiewicz stated that Wielki Szlem was the more consistent sire, while Witraz had a wider cross section of quality in his offspring, but that was offset by the fact that Witraz had ‘not a few great’ horses as well. The Wielki Szlem daughters were often not glamour queens in the flesh, but their ability to give absolutely first class direct offspring was off the charts.

     Burtanna’s dam line is made up of a great combination of Egyptian, Crabbet, and Gainey blood. Burtanna’s dam Garanea, is by ES Samit Melik, an *Ansata Ibn Halima++ grandson. *Ansata Ibn Halima++ founded the Ansata dynasty. Imported from the Egyptian Agricultural Organization (EAO), known today as El Zahraa Stud in Egypt to Ansata Arabians as a yearling in 1959. Originally named Ibn Halima, *Ansata Ibn Halima++ was one of the world’s most influential Arabian stallions. An ideal example of the Dahman Shahwan strain, *Ansata Ibn Halima++ possessed a well-balanced and harmonious frame. He was the embodiment of the classic Arabian horse. *Ansata Ibn Halima++ was 1966, 1967, & 1969 US National Champion Top 10 in Halter, along with numerous Class A Championships in Park, Halter, and Most Classic Arabian, Legion of Merit. *Ansata Ibn Halima++ proved to be a highly prepotent individual siring not only Champions, but also Champion producers.

     Garanea’s dam Garane  is sired by Gai-Adventure.  A Sire of Significance, Gai-Adventure was 1973 US National Reserve Champion Stallion, 1974 US National Champion Stallion, US National Top 10 Pleasure Driving. Gai-Adventure is half sibling to US and Canadian National Champion Stallion *Aramus (*Naborr x Amneris), imported from Michalow State Stud Farm, Poland to be the foundation Stallion for Wayne Newton's Arabians and half siblings *Gwalior (*Naborr x Gwadiana), Canadian National Champion Stallion and *Dornaba++, US National Champion Mare and National Reserve Champion English Pleasure, Legion of Merit.

     Gai-Adventure’s sire is the great Polish/Russian import *Naborr. *Naborr is one of 8 World Sires of Significance who have sons who are Sires of Significance. (*Gwalior, *Aramus, Kaborr+++, and Gai-Adventure). In 1954 *Naborr was named Reserve National Champion at the All Union Agricultural Fair in Moscow. Winner of that class was his sire, Negatiw.  *Naborr sold at age 19 for $150,000 and in 1963 *Naborr was imported to USA by Anne McCormick, traveling on the same boat with *Bask++.

     *Naborr is by the great Russian stallion Negatiw. Negatiw was bred by Tersk Stud, Russia. He was 50% Crabbet. Exported to Poland in 1962 and was a race winner in Poland. Race record: 1/4 (2-0-0). Sire of many Race winners. Negatiw's sire line was Ibrahim and his dam line was Gazella DB. Negatiw was 1954 Russian National Champion Stallion. He was credited as the stallion that returned the Ibrahim sire to Poland. Negatiw remains highly regarded around the world as the most internationally influential grandson of the immortal Skowronek. Though bred in Russia, Negatiw was from predominantly Polish bloodlines as his dam was a Janów Podlaski confiscate from the Second World War. As a considerably successful sire at Tersk, Negatiw was greatly desired by the Poles for many years. He was finally obtained at age 17, standing in Poland for another 10 years with outstanding results. Having already sired international Sires of Significance *Salon and *Naborr in the USSR, Negatiw left Poland with the immortal *Bandos PASB and a host of wonderfully typey, ultra-refined and extraordinarily feminine broodmares. Director Krzysztalowicz described Negatiw as 'extremely dry and refined, with a small, chiseled head accented by beautifully large, dark and luminous eyes and small ears. His legs were relatively correct (though slightly sickle-hocked) and his back and topline were strong and a bit long. As a stallion, he was strikingly refined and distinguished - he represented a rare example of perfection.'

     Gai-Adventure is out of the Champion mare Gavrelle. Gavrelle was bred by Daniel Gainey and was part of the Gainey’s Gold Cross with Ferzon and the Rageyma daughter Gajala, and helped perpetuate the Gainey “look”. She was a beautiful dapple grey, was exported from the US to Paraguay in 1982 and continued having foals. Gavrelle was a Champion mare from 1957 to 1962. Gavrelle was sired by the great stallion Ferzon.

     Gavrelle’s dam Gajala is the daughter of the Crabbet stallion *Raffles. Comar Gai Rifraff also carries many lines to *Raffles, giving Rifraffs Russian Nari a total of 11 lines to him. *Raffles was bred by Crabbet Arabian Stud, Sussex, England, was imported from England to US in 1932 by Roger A Selby, Portsmouth, Ohio. (*Raffles was a gift from Lady Wentworth to the Selby children, as he was believed to be sterile). In 1937, at age 11, he was brought back to fertility by the Selby Stud Manager, Jimmy Dean and his wife, Thelma, primarily through exercise. In 1949, when he was 23, *Raffles was nearly lost to the breed when he broke a hind leg above the hock. Jimmy Dean and his son, Pete, rigged a special sling that supported the stallion enough to let the leg heal. The prepotency of the *Raffles type (Ali Pasha Sherif type - classy, bold motion, density of bone and stamina) fixed Arabian type for American breeders for generations. By 1981, 65 percent of the US National Champions and Reserves had one or more crosses to *Raffles.

     *Raffles' dam, *Rifala, was both an English and American Champion. She won several times in England and was Champion mare at the National Arabian Show in Nashville, Tenn., in 1933. *Rifala was also registered in the Jockey Club book as No. 5465.

     Burtanna carries 22 lines to Skowronek through both daughters and sons, and 9 of those are through *Raseyn. Comar Gai Rifraff carries 42 lines to Skowronek, 8 of those through *Raseyn, giving Rifraffs Russian Nari 64 lines to Skowronek, 17 through *Raseyn. *Raseyn was the first stallion by Skowronek to come to the US. He was a regular feature in the Kellogg Sunday Show, being trained first as a Jumper, then for five-gates as which he was fairly fast at the Rack, though not quite with the speed and form of a Saddlebred. He had a natural slow gait, which he performed with style, and a slow and graceful canter. *Raseyn was Champion Arabian at the Los Angeles County Fair in 1933 and Champion Arabian Stallion at the Los Angeles National Horse Show. He maintained his beautiful dark dappling for many years and the white of his coat had the silvery sheen so typical of the Skowronek horses. *Raseyn lived out the last years of his life with Alice Payne at her Asil Ranch near Chino, California, and died there following a stroke on May 19, 1952. He was 29 years old at the time of his death.

     Gajala’s dam Rageyma is a daughter of *Mirage. Combined with Comar Gai Rifraff’s lines to *Mirage, gives Rifraffs Russian Nari a total of 9 crosses to *Mirage. Roger Selby’s main purchase in 1930 was *Mirage, an imported grey stallion of the Seglawi Jedran Dalia strain, the most prized of the Seglawi strains. Lady Wentworth described him as ‘a very showy good horse. Excellent legs, splendid quarters and fine front. Very good in saddle, but too bouncing for English taste as he gets English riders off.’ But this was not the reason *Mirage was sold. Weatherbys had by now closed their Stud Book to new imports and although Lady Wentworth tried to persuade them to accept *Mirage, she was unsuccessful and therefore had no option but to sell him. Margaret Lindsley Warden said of *Mirage: “now rated by many experts as the most perfect specimen of the ancient elite or classic type in America…He stands a scant 14.2hh, a sturdy model with the characteristic refinements of the best of his breed. His head is a glory and his great eyes express high but gentle spirit and gracious personality.” *Mirage was English Champion at the Richmond Royal Show 1926, and American Champion at the National Arabian Show, Nashville, TN 1934, at the age of 25. A most unique honor for a horse of such remarkable age. Only one other horse, Mr. Selby’s mare Champion Rifala, holds the same record of being both a British and American Champion.

     One of these lines to *Mirage is through his son Rifage. Rifage drove cattle on the Van Vleets’ Lazy VV Ranch near Boulder, Colorado, at an elevation of 8,600 feet. Rifage was said to be small, but with the ruggedness and grace of tens of hundreds of generations of pure Arabian breeding behind him…Rifage weighs 850 pounds. Frequently, his rider and equipment will weigh 250 or 275 pounds, or one third of gallant Rifage’s own poundage. He doesn’t falter–he doesn’t stumble on that trail. When the pack train stops to “blow” in the rare air, Rifage disdains the opportunity to catch his breath. When Rifage wasn’t out riding the range, he was used in the breeding shed, siring a number of National winners, including Rominna, US National Champion Mare, and US National Top 10 winners Rishima, Shihada and Sulyman.

     Burtanna carries 8 lines to *Fadl. Comar Gai Rifraff’s dam Maur Kemaal is linebred to the desert horses *Fadl, *Turfa, and Sirecho, giving him 16 crosses to *Fadl. This gives Rifraffs Russian Nari 24 very close lines to *Fadl.  *Fadl was bred by Prince Mohammed Ali, Manial Stud, Egypt. Imported from Egypt to US in 1932 by Henry B Babson, Chicago, Illinois. Sire of 74 registered purebred Arabian foals (34 of which were Straight Babson Egyptians). The stallion *Fadl was used as a Polo Pony and as an Endurance mount, besides being a successful show ring competitor in both Halter and Performance, as well as working on the farm pulling the feed wagon and manure spreader. Modern Arabian breeding owes much to the Babson Egyptian imports. The breed’s all-time leading sire of Champions, Afire Bey V, traces to the Babson stallion *Fadl, as do US National Champion Stallions and influential sires Khemosabi++++//, Legion of Master and Excellence, and Ali Jamaal, multi-National Champion Park Aequus+/, Legion of Supreme Honor, *Simeon Shai+ (the only stallion to ever be named US and Canadian National Champion Stallion and World Champion Stallion), Legion of Honor, multi-National Champion Dressage El Bahim Halawa+, Legion of Honor, and multi-National Champion English Pleasure Empress Of Bask, to name just a few prominent horses who carry the Babson influence. Of *Fadl's 74 registered get, 34 were Babson Egyptian. 11 of *Fadl's get produced National winners. The 6 *Fadl sons who have sired National winners are: Fa-Serr, Fabah, Ibn Fadl, Fa-Turf and Fadheilan (sire of twice US National Reserve Champion Stallion Fadjur, one of the most influential stallions in American Arabian breeding in the 20th century). *Fadl's National-winner producing daughters are Arafay, Fa-Rahna, Dinah, Faaba and Turfara. *Turfa was bred by the Saudi Royal Family (His Majesty King Ibn Saoud) in the Royal Stud at Khorma, Nejd - Central (Saudi) Arabia. Strain: Kuhaylat al-Ajuz, from the stud of Al Khorma in Saudi Arabia. She was presented to King George VI of England as a coronation gift in 1937. Henry B Babson acquired her from the Prince of Wales and imported her into the US in 1941.

     Three of the lines that lead to *Fadl are through Fay-El-Dine. “The very first purebred Arabian foal bred by Henry B Babson, Chicago, Illinois, and arguably his best individual and best sire ever. Fay-El-Dine is also remarkable in that he is the sire of 10 producers of National winners from only 55 registered get. Fay-El-Dine remains my idol as relates to elegance and huge black eyes. (Ref. my book, The Royal Arabians of Egypt and the Stud of Henry B Babson for photos and history. It is now out of print.) Judith Forbis”

     *Fadl was by Ibn Rabdan, one of the most popular and heavily used stallions in Egypt. Carl Raswan considered Ibn Rabdan as a "World Champion" type.  Jack Humphreys, who selected Arabians in Egypt for W R Brown, described Ibn Rabdan as "almost perfect". *Fadl's dam, Mahroussa, was epitomized as one of the most beautiful mares of her time. Mahroussa was the daughter of Mabrouk Manial and Negma, both classic Arabians of exceptional quality. Mahroussa also produced such horses as *Zarife, *HH Mohamed Alis Hamida, *HH Mohamed Alis Hamama and *Maaroufa, *Fadl's full sister.

     ES Samit Melik’s dam Farah Mirbana is by the Fay-El-Dine son Mahrouss and out of the Sirecho daughter Sirbana. Sirbana’s sire Sirecho was regarded by Carl Raswan as having gone down in American-Arabian history as one of the important foundation sires. Also stating that he is one of the few who have become responsible for salvaging the completely PURE Arabian in America from extinction. Because of his acquisition by Mrs. Ott, Sirecho became one of the few sources of Straight Egyptian lines which remains an outstanding outcross for most pedigrees in which more popular Egyptians were used far more frequently and far less judiciously. He was not stood at public stud, Mrs. Ott handpicked the mares bred to him resulting in a relatively small, but high quality band of foals. A family of remarkable longevity, they are also highly prolific, still producing easily into their late twenties. As beautiful as they are athletic, the Sirecho descendants speak for themselves: Joramir 1968 US National Top 10 English Pleasure and Native Costume, 20 Class A Halter and Performance Championships; Jora Honey Ku 1978 Canadian National Champion; VP Kahlua 1984 US and Canadian National Champion Mare; AK Sirhalima Australian Leading Sire of Champions; Anchor Hill Halim German multi Champion and Endurance winner; Anchor Hill Omar South African National Champion; Anchor Hill Annah US National Top 10 Trail Champion; Ses Khebira Egyptian Event and Salon Du Cheval winner; *Simeon Shai+ US and Canadian National Champion Stallion, Legion of Honor, along with such notables as Glorietta Gaazal and Akid Geshan. The black Sirecho granddaughter Shar Gemla is influential in pedigrees of many black show Champions of the Arabians of “The Black Stallion” movie fame.

     Sirecho’s dam, *Exochorda (also known as Leila II and Marquita in Egypt) was known as a beautiful, powerfully built, and exceedingly correct Purebred Arabian racing mare. Much controversy swirls around her importation, birth date, and even her entries in the RAS. Few, if any, can deny the impact she had on the Arabian breed. *Exochorda was a Saqlawi mare born in Egypt in the early part of the 1920’s. A demure mare, she stood only 14.2 hands high and weighed about 825 pounds. Her sire, the stallion known as Aiglon, and her dam, Leila I, were both pure desertbreds who had been imported into Egypt directly from the Arabian desert by private breeders. According to Carl Raswan, both parents were acquired through the Argheyl Muhammed Ibn Marzuki of Bureyda Quasim. All 3, Aiglon, Leila I and Leila II, raced in the Purebred Division on the Cairo racetrack, under the scrupulous eye of the Jockey Club Committee, headed by Dr. Branch. Raswan stated that Prince Kemal El Dine “used to call *Exochorda (Leila II) the female counter-part of Mesaoud”.

     Sirecho’s sire, *Nasr, was imported into the US in 1932 by Mr. W R Brown. *Nasr was bred by Prince Mohammed Ali. He was a stunning white bold and powerful stallion.*Nasr had a remarkable Racing career in Egypt prior to his importation. Standing 15 hands high and weighing 1,000 lbs, he is recorded as having a girth of 70 inches with 7.5 inches of bone. His foals were exported to countries all over the world, including England, Brazil, Guatemala, Columbia and Venezuela.

     Burtanna carries 2 lines to *Mounwer through her female line Morane. Those crosses come from the brother/sister mating of Mounri and Muhlis. *Mounwer was one of fourteen (14) horses imported to the US from Syria in 1947 by William Randolph Hearst. The intention of this 1947 Hearst Importaion was to breed the newly-imported stallions on the Hearst's older, mostly Maynesboro-derived mares, and in turn, cross the older stallions on the newly-imported mares. After his arrival, Gladys Brown Edwards, in her book The Arabian: War Horse to Show Horse, comments that "*Mounwer was shown in California and won several prizes, rewarded by the judges for his beautiful shoulder, high withers, lots of style and other attributes." We also find in our notes that he was admired by Alice Bracker of Aldachar Arabians for his good head and large and beautiful eye full to the corners without white.” *Mounwer was a Shuayman Sabbah by strain, and was bred by the Khamis family of Rayaq, Lebanon, by Kayane out of Bint El Berdowny. Bint El Berdowny seems to have raced at the Beirut racetrack in the 1930’s. Bint El Berdowny, “the Daughter of the Berdowny”, is a name commonly given to Racing mares hailing from the town of Zahlah and its vicinity, in the central part of the fertile Biqaa valley of Lebanon. The Berdowny is the name of the stream on the banks of which Zahlah lies.



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Comar Gai Rifraff
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Burtanna
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LA Shaman
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Mussiah+
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Maur Kemaal
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*Nissa
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Gai Parada+++/
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*Nariadni
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Ferzon
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*Muscat
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Arrogaance
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Ansata El Arabi
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*Nariadnaia
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*Muzza
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Gay-Rouge
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Gai-Adventure
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Gavrelle
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Fersara
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Azraff
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Comar Bay Beau+++
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*Salon
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Aswan
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*Ansata Ibn Halima++
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*Naborr
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Bint Sahara
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Mahroussa
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El Maar
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Gajala
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Arax
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Nabeg
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Negatiw
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Al-Marah Ibn Indraff
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Al-Marah Radames
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Rifraff
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Maarqada
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Sirbana
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Malpia
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*Magnolia
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Seneyn
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Fay-El-Dine
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Mammona
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Moneyna
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*Nasr
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Enwer Bey
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Amurath-Sahib
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Priboj
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*Exochorda
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Elegantka
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Ghazi
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El Glaoui
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Indraff
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Nazeer
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Naseem
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Skowronek
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*Mirage
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Alla Amarward
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*Raffles
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*Raswan
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Wielki Szlem
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*Raseyn
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Ronek
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Stambul
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*Wadduda
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Kuhailan-Haifi
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Dziwa
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*Turfa
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*Azja IV
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Al-Felluje
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Alla Amarward
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*Berk
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Azleta
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Phala
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*Mounwer
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Ferneyn
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Ferseyn
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Pomeranets
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Rabdan El Azrak
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Gulastra
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Ibn Fadl
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Ibn Rabdan
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Nefisa
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Nasra
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*Rifala
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Risala
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Rissla
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Taraszcza
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Ibrahim
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Turfara
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