The Ezzain breeding program has evolved to include 45 horses - 9 stallions and 36 mares (which does not include the new foals that have been born this year). This is a larger number of breeding horses than we are used to seeing in this day and age of modern Egyptian Arabian horse breeding and because of the unique combinations in this group of horses, this is a program to study, as it is one of the more serious breeding programs that I have ever known and Mr. Usamah Alkazemi, is one of the great students of the breed, as evidenced by the quality of the horse he is breeding consistently. In organizing the program, I divided the mares into 11 families:
- NK Momtaza
- Azhaar Ezzain (Zahra)
- Dhuha AlNakeeb
- Ajmal Ibtihaj
- NK Nariman
- NK Yasmin
- Jenan AlNakeeb
- NK Nakeebya
- NK Nada
- Nayyerah Ezzain (Ansata Suleyma)
- Hebatilbari Ezzain
The advantage in getting to know each and every horse personally, with a solid understanding of the vision of Usamah Alkazemi and the attributes that are important to him, pedigree study of the families, which includes the observation of the traits inherent within each family, have sharpened my awareness to recognize the influential mares who have not only impacted Ezzain significantly, they have become part of the living fiber that defines Ezzain and the unique look that this breeding program has created. It's more than just recognizing the individual and remarking on her beauty and the beautiful foals she has produced. It's WAAAAY more than that. It's astutely observing the strengths that are passed from one mare to her daughter, to a granddaughter and on and on and on. The beauty, the refinement and the elegance becomes even more intensified, in the succeeding generations. It's important to say that at the core of these mares, is Usamah Alkazemi. He is selectively breeding for specific traits that are loyal to the desert horse, that is, qualities that allowed the horse to not only survive the harsh climate but thrive in it as well. Usamah has tried a wide variety of blood and because he is a decisive person with a keen eye, he knows when a particular horse is not working in the program and he practices out of necessity, the most rigorous and strict culling that I have ever known. There is no emotion involved. I think of myself and the challenge that it would be to recognize when a horse whom I have had a great deal of affection for, is not working out in the way that I believed she would. For Usamah, there is no "muddying of the water" and either the horse produces to his expectations or she doesn't and is no longer part of the breeding program. He is a visionary and a great breeder and the strength and consistency of his horses is his ultimate reward. The following five mares represent the very foundation of the program and are vitally important to Ezzain, through the continuing influence they continue to exert, through their progeny.
"Here is one of my cornerstones and one of the most blessed mares in term of production, NK YASMIN (ADNAN X HELALA). She is a half-sister to NK Hafid Jamill, Qaswarah's father, both out of Helala(Salaa eldine x Ansata Gloriana). She is a wonderful mare and a big blessing for Ezzain, AL7HAMDOLILLAH AL3ALI AL3ATHEEM."-Usamah Alkazemi
NK Yasmin has produced one of the most beautiful mares at Ezzain, the black beauty, Ekramilbari Ezzain. If Ekramilbari were her only achievement, she would remain a noteworthy mare but she also produced Najmah Ezzain, who in turn produced two spectacular fillies, Radhwaa and Einaas, who will take this family further into the future. They are both extremely promising fillies. Yasmin also produced the mare, Anwaar, who in turn has produced Saneiah, another spectacular filly, who will become yet another important mare in the family. Yasmin also has produced the exciting and upcoming stallion, Maisarah.
"NK NAKEEBYA (NK HAFID JAMILL X NK NABEELAH) is a Hadban mare that was a pivotal stone at Ezzain, AL7HAMDOLILLAH. She was a heavenly gift, a super producer with whichever stallion that was tried, AL7HAMDOLILLAH."-Usamah Alkazemi
NK Nakeebya is one of multiple sources of Nashua blood in the Ezzain program. There is also NK Nada and a new filly, Naswah Bint Nadeer. However, this mare has produced so well for Ezzain and in turn, her daughters are producing well for Ezzain and their progeny are up-and-coming stars for the breeding program. NK Nakeebya has nicked well with Nooreddine Ezzain, who interestingly, is a son of NK Nada, a Nashua daughter. She produced the full sisters, Aaliyah and Albaheiah by Nooreddine. Albaheiah has produced the very exciting and promising black stallion, Thettwa Ezzain and a bay filly named Bahilla Ezzain, both by NK Qaswarah. With Ansata AlMurtajiz, who is the sire of Nooreddine, she produced masterpieces, including the national champion mare of Bahrain, Nabaweyah Ezzain and her full sister, Safeyyah Ezzain. Safeyyah, when bred to NK Qaswarah, produced the bay mare, Naseemah AlWard, who when bred to Aneesilnefous, produced the very promising filly, Ssafinaz Ezzain. NK Nakeebya vividly illustrates why a mare is considered influential. She is a beautiful mare herself but she has produced daughters who are even more lovely than she is. THAT, to me is a rock solid foundation mare, who produces a level of quality that is far greater than her own.
"THANK YOU LORD FOR ALL THE BLESSING YOU HAVE GIVEN ME AND CONTINUE DOING THAT GRATIOUSLY. THIS IS AZHAAR EZZAIN (ANSATA ALMURTAJIZ x ZAHRA)."-Usamah Alkazemi
Azhaar Ezzain is representative of her dam, the outstanding broodmare, Zahra (KP Nameed x Assal) who remains a "superstar" in the Ezzain program, having produced the stallion, Suror Ezzain and the full sister, Azhaar. However, it is Azhaar who has given Ezzain the outrageously beautiful mares, Shamsilshmous, Badrilbdoor and Ommilmaali Ezzain. It is not possible to go anywhere in this world and find three mares of this high caliber, located in one place. Any visitor to Ezzain, after meeting Shamsilshmous will marvel over how beautiful this mare is in person and for a long time, will not be able to think of anything else. I know, because this visitor was me. In turn, Shamsilshmous has produced an up-and-coming colt, Addilham, who one day, will influence this family from the sire side of the pedigree. In addition, she has produced the exciting filly Kamilia, by Yaasoob Ezzain.
"THIS IS THE MOTHER OF ANEESILNEFOUS EZZAIN, NK MOMTAZA WHO GRANTED ME 3 SUPER HORSES. ANEESILNEFOUS EZZAIN AND HIS FULL SISTER DORRAH EZZAIN AND BY SALAA E LDINE, MONIET EZZAIN,TABARAKALLAH."-Usamah Alkazemi
The Saqlawi strain at Ezzain Arabians would not exist, if it were not for NK Momtaza. She is the source and the dam of Aneesilnefous Ezzain, one of the most exciting stallions that I have ever met and a sire who gets consistently, wonderful daughters. She has also produced one of my favorite mares in the program, the ravishing bay beauty, Dorrah Ezzain. When I think of Momtaza, I think of these two horses immediately, as they have made the greatest impression upon me. However, Momtaza also produced Moniet Ezzain by Salaa el Dine, who has produced for Ezzain two daughters, Omneyah Ezzain by Nooreddine and the up-and-coming filly, Najeiah Ezzain by NK Qaswarah. Omneyah has produced for Ezzain, a fantastic filly named Amaani Ezzain by NK Qaswarah. The other NK Momtaza daughter is Nasseyrah Ezzain by Nooreddine Ezzain, who has produced two fillies by Aneesilnefous Ezzain: Mardeiah Ezzain and Hhawraa Ezzain.
AL7AMDOLILLAH WA ALSHOKR LAH AL7ANNAN ALMANNAN FOR NK NADA (ADNAN x NASHUA), THE GREAT MARE WHO I WAS BLESSED TO KEEP FOR 11 YEARS."-Usamah Alkazemi
It can be said by other enthusiasts that NK Nada and NK Nakeebya belong to the same mare family, that of Nashua and while I don't disagree, the real reason as to why I separate both mares into two distinct foundation families is because NK Nakeebya is an influencer through the female or maternal side of the pedigree, while the family of NK Nada exerts its most influence on the sire side. NK Nada has blessed the Ezzain program with two significant sons: Nooreddine Ezzain (by Ansata AlMurtajiz) and Yaasoob Ezzain (by NK Qaswarah). The Nooreddine-sired daughters like Omneyah, Albaheiah, Aaliyah are phenomenal broodmares for Ezzain and have strengthened the influence of the NK Nakeebya family, which interestingly is related to this family, as they trace to Nashua too. One of the last foals that NK Nada produced for Ezzain is the filly Qattrilnada Ezzain. It will be interesting to see how the influence of NK Nada is made from a different side of the pedigree, than what we are used to seeing Nada on.