By Susanne Bösche
Straight Egyptians are competitive on the highest level as Maisa Al Nasser and Adham Sakr have proved at the 2019 World Championship for Arabian Horses in Paris.
After winning Gold at the prestigious All Nations Cup in Aachen, Maisa Al Nasser also took the challenge to compete in Paris. And the Sinan Al Rayyan daughter succeeded by winning Bronze Champion Senior Mare. Bred and owned by Al Nasser Stud, Qatar, Maisa Al Nasser combines the blood of Ansata Sinan and the influence of Hanan through her sire Sinan Al Rayyan with other influential Straight Egyptians. Maisa’s dam is the striking bay Zenubia Al Nasser, sired by Imperial Mahzeer (Imperial Madheen x Maar Bilaah) who left an important impact at Al Nasser Stud. In tail female line, Zenubia Al Nasser is out of Imperial Sanama (Ibn Dafinaz x Imperial Imalana) who is tracing back to Ghazala (Kawkab x Dalal), a branch of the famed Saklawiyah Jidraniyah Roga El Beida, the very same line Moniet El Nefous represents.
The Senior Stallion Championship saw a Straight Egyptian Bronze winner, too. Adham Sakr is no newcomer to the showrings in the Middle East and Europe. Bred by Omar Sakr and owned by El Farida Stud, Egypt, Adham Sakr’s pedigree also offers a line to famed Imperial Madheen, just like Maisa Al Nasser. This time through the sire Imperial Madori who is by Imperial Madheen. For sure, many of Straight Egyptian breeders and enthusiasts will remember that Imperial Madheen was bred by PSE Honorary Member Prof. Dr Siegfried Paufler. Imperial Madori’s dam Imperial Orianah is by Orashan, another important stallion bred in Germany (by Günter and Karin Maiworm). On the female side of Adham Sakr’s pedigree, we find his lovely dam Ameera Sakr (Shaheen x Alidaara) who is tracing back to the famous Babson mare Bint Bint Sabbah (Dahmah Shawaniah) through Ansata Sabiha.
The influence of Straight Egyptian lines in top show horses cannot be denied. The Marwan Al Shaqab sire line was still extremely successful and is – in the end – the sire line of Nazeer through Ruminaja Ali. One of its representatives, FA El Rasheem, received the “Best Sire” award. The same applies to “Best Dam” award winner Minwah, who is by Kahil Al Shaqab – Marwan Al Shaqab.
Al Khashab Stud’s Malikat Al Moluk was awarded the third place in Senior Mares A with 92,57 points and became fourth in the championship. Born in 2014, the paternal WH Justice granddaughter out of Straight Egyptian bred Asalat Al Hala (Al Bilal x Nob, by Laheeb x Imperial Naffata) had a great season in 2016, winning Gold and Silver championships in Europa, including All Nations Cup Silver Champion Junior Filly.
Another example of the important Straight Egyptian influence is World Gold Champion Junior Colt EKS Farajj. Bred by Elkasun Stud and leased to Al Kashab Stud, Kuwait, EKS Farajj already enjoyed a Gold medal at the All Nations Cup in Aachen earlier this year. Steel grey EKS Farajj’s pedigree shows a line to Marwan Al Shaqab through Marajj in the fifth generation; the rest of his pedigree is dominated by Straight Egyptians. We find former World Champion Crusader (Salaa El Dine x AK Kastana) on the male side of EKS Farajj’s pedigree. The dam EKS Bint Helwah is a Straight Egyptian, sired by Laheeb and out of Helwah AA, a granddaughter of broodmare supreme The Vision HG.