Friday, July 30, 2010

Sunny Weather

In February 2008, I wrote about the son of Ansata AlMurtajiz, Suror Ezzain. Do you remember this beautiful horse? Suror's full sister remains at Ezzain Arabians. Her name is Azhaar Ezzain. Like her brother, Azhaar is uniquely bred,  having only one line to Hanan, through the tail female line of her dam (Hanan is her great-great grandmother). Her dam's ancestors are horses that are rapidly disappearing in today's Egyptian Arabian Horse bloodlines: There is Gharib, there is Tuhotmos, there is Hadban Enzahi, there is Galal and there is Ghazal, as well as the complementary influence that her sire offers through Sameh and all the imported Babson horses (except for Bint Bint Durra).

Bred to NK Qaswarah, this wonderful mare produced one of my favorite fillies at Ezzain, Shamsilshmous Ezzain, the best of all suns. I love the extreme tail carriage on this filly. She has retained all of the wonderful qualities that come from Azhaar's pedigree like her substance, her smoothness, her balance and harmony, and yet, she has been richly influenced by the elegance and refinement that comes from NK Qaswarah. Her neck is a little longer, with a little more length in the mitbah. Her head has a sharply defined, very prominent bone structure, with a larger sized jowl and the quality of her skin is so fine, that her veins look like they are popping out of her face. Her muzzle is fine, not thick and the desert look is accentuated by nostrils which are large and delicate. However, did you see her eyes? They are beautiful and completely black, round in shape and luminous, as if they are deep pools of sparkling obsidian-colored water.

For me, it is personally challenging to identify my favorite Ezzain horse, because of the consistency that this program is producing, over and over and over. However, if I could commit to writing such a list, Shamsilshmous would be at the top, with Hooreyah Ezzain and Dorrah Ezzain closely behind her. These 3 mares would help me to capture that mystical horse, who gallops all day in my mind, looking for a way out into the wide, wide world.

Still dreaming, Still hoping, Still wishing and always living.

PS Usamah's son, Jaber, took this fantastic photo. I wanted to make sure to credit him, as he is an excellent photographer.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


This super-refined bay filly is a full sister to Annesilnefous Ezzain. For me, she is a living standard for what the ultimate in feminine elegance should look like. Her brother is equally refined, with a sculpted look made extreme by the translucence quality of his skin. There is no fat to blurry the definition of his bone structure. We see this quality also in his sister. Like her name, her femininity glows, in the same way that a most precious pearl would glow.  She is sired by NK Qaswarah and is out of NK Momtaza, a tail female line Saqlawiyah Jedraniyah, tracing to Moniet el Nefous. Her name is Dorrah Ezzain. Her face is short and wide, with round, full, lusminous, deep black eyes. The definition in her face, highlights both veins and bones, is dramatic and conveys the translucence of her skin. Once, I tried to define quality and I experienced a difficult time trying to find the correct meaning. I thought of quality, expressed in the quality of the horse's hide, almost as if there wasn't enough skin to cover the entire horse and while stretching it taughtly over the horses body, resulting in a very tight fit, which accentuates every curve, every bump, every line in the horse's body. That's quality and that is what I am thinking, when I see this filly. Her muzzle is fine and tapered. It is not meaty or thick and yet, her nostrils, with a delicate curve are large and add to the powerful impression of classic type overall. Her ears are smaller, and very sharp, the points curving inwards. I love smaller sized ears and they complement an already outstanding filly.

Sometimes the light of heaven appears here on earth, if only for a brief second or two. It can be a manifested as a rainbow, a delicate flower, the melodic song of a bird or even in the ethereal beauty of a horse like Dorrah. I always wonder if this is a blessing sent our way, to remind us that as beautiful as this world may be, there is something more incredible waiting for us, so beautiful that we can't comprehend it. Sometimes, we miss this fleeting glimpse of heavenly beauty but if we work at it, to sharpen our awareness, how encouraging and inspiring will our lives become, when we realize how abundantly blessed we really are?

Keep wishing, keep hoping, keep dreaming, keep living,

I must give credit to Jaber Alkazemi, Usamah's son, who took this beautiful picture of Dorrah.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Yaasoob Ezzain

"Then in his beautiful eyes, stood the tears of appealing,
words inarticulate.
If he had learned our men's language, then had he called to me:
if he had known our tongue's secret,
had he cried to me."-from The Ode to Antara,, 2004
Yaasoob Ezzain is sired by NK Qaswarah and his dam is NK Nada (Adnan x Nashua), a double Salaa El Dine grandaughter, as both her sire and her dam claim him as their sire. In tail female, NK Nada traces to Kamla, through her daughter by El Sareei, Bint Kamla. This is the same line that has given our community a stallion like Shaarawi (*Morafic x Bint Kamla), the Alaa el Din daughters, Lutfia and Nazeema (who bore the stallion, Ibn Nazeema by Ameer, who in turn, sired one of the most beautiful stallions, the chestnut El Thay Mameluk). The remarkable fact about Nashua, NK Nada's dam, is that she produced daughters, not sons: four mares by Adnan and three mares by another son of Salaa El Dine, Nahaman. NK Nada has three full sisters: NK Nasrin, NK Nadirah and NK Nadeerah.

I was fascinated over the beauty of the mare, NK Nada. I think that Yaasoob favors his mother, as he is very strong in his physical look for NK Nada. I really like this horse.
“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”-Alex Tan
If NK Nada's name means "the misty water on the flowers", then this special water, suitable for only the most precious flower, flowed from the eyes of angels, who cried when they bore witness to the beauty of NK Nada. She is that beautiful, that extravagant, a delicate and rare flower, feminine and graceful, a celebration of elegance and splendor. And now, my eyes sting and the water flows, as suddenly, NK Nada's flower begins to bloom...


the son of the delicately beautiful flower of Ezzain and now, the promise of the future for Ezzain, as Usamah continues to breed the celebrated horse of his desert fathers. May God be forever praised for all the wonder and beauty He blesses upon the earth.

Friday, July 23, 2010


“Behind closed eyes, colors fade and blend into beautiful new creations. Fate is left at the shaking hands of our imaginations. How, then, does our heart feel as if racing in the anticipation of a dream?”-Nicholas
Altafilbari Ezzain is sired by NK Qaswarah and out of Ajmal Ibtihaj (Adnan x Alijamila). Her delightful joy is manifested in her action, as if she is shouting at the top of her lungs, "Zweena! Zweena! I'm beautiful!  I'm beautiful!" I look for a poem or even a song, which celebrates the freedom, the exuberance, the joy that Altaafibari has for life but I find none that can express this heavenly feeling, made glorious by a little filly. She was bred by Usamah Alkazemi of Ezzain Arabians in Kuwait and captured on film by Jenni Ogden.

We have talked of Usamah's super stallion, NK Qaswarah. I marveled over his mitbah in Bedouin Beauty. As a son of NK Hafid Jamil, NK Qaswarah is a most elegant horse and certainly, one of the most refined Egyptian Arabian stallions in our community. At a young age, he has already surpassed the quality that horses much older than he have yet to achieve.

When Usamah shared the pictures with me, I was caught off-guard. The beauty of Altafilbari is so unexpected. Usamah is a very excellent breeder and has bred horses that have made me lose my breath in wonder. So why the surprise? Never, have I seen a picture that has made me so intoxicated and light-headed, the beauty of this filly pushing me off the edge of any rational thought. I shared her picture with Shawn Crews of Arabians Ltd., who said,
"There is no question who this baby looks like and it is not just the color. Looks just like Grandma!!!"

The *Jamil daughter, Ansata Justina, when bred to Ruminaja Ali, produced a rare black pearl: Alijamila.
Alijamila was foaled in 1987, bred by Hank and Phyllis Browning and was later sold to Mr. Mohammed Bin Jassim Al Marzouk of the Ajmal Stud in Kuwait. She has produced a number of sons and daughters, i.e. Al Baraki, Thee Atticus, Bint Bint Justina, Bint Alijamila, Ajmal Jumanah, Ajmal Jamila, Shabab Jamal to mention a few of the outstanding progeny she has produced. I envy Mr. Usamah Alkazemi for the great blessing that God has made in his life, with a daughter of Alijamila in his breeding program. In Alijamila's tail female line, she traces through Ansata Bint Sameh to Farida.


This lovely black filly, with a super-smooth body, a strong connection of hip, croup, loin and hindquarter PLUS the longer, more upright set neck; captures within her physical body many of the qualities that I have learned to appreciate as coming from Farida. When she matures, she will be an outstanding broodmare.

There is a dreamy quality about Alijamila. I will never forget this about her. When she was in America and you looked at her, it was almost like you wanted to focus your vision but somehow, her beauty was so overpowering, so extreme, you just couldn't do it. She overwhelmed all of your senses. She was ultra-feminine, delicate and fine, ethereal, maybe even a character which stepped out of one of the Black Stallion books, a mare worthy of being bred to The Black, because he only bred the best. Now, it appears that her look-alike grand-daughter, Altafilbari Ezzain, will carry the legacy of this beautiful mare, Alijamila, so that another generation will be enchanted by a black pearl. Now I can suddenly focus, now I can dream, now I can only imagine what may happen next.

Keep dreaming, keep hoping, keep wishing, keep living,