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Kuhaylan Rodan

The horses of today belonging to the strain Kuhaylan Ajuz Ibn Rodan or Kuhaylan Rodan have their origin in one mare, Rodania, bought by the Blunts from the Rwala tribe. According to the Abbas Pasha Manuscript the Kuhaylan Rodan horses are from old times. From the Beni Khaled in Nejd they had passed to the Shammar and later to Funaykh of al Shaalan of the Rwala. Funaykh gave one mare to Rodan, a relative of Shaalan. But Rodan sold the mare to al Sab´a (Sebaa, S´baa) . In a battle between the Bishr ( Fedaan, Sebaa and Amarat) and the Rwala many horses were captured by the Rwalas, among them two Kuhaylah mares of Rodan. Thus the strain of Kuhaylan Rodan is of southern origin but was bred also in Northern Arabia after the tribes had migrated north.


Rodania was a chestnut mare foaled 1869. She was bred by Ibn Rodan and captured from Sotamm Ibn Shaalan, Sheikh of the Rwala in 1880, by Tais Ibn Sarhan of the Gomussa (Sebaa), who sold her to Mr. Blunt. An old and celebrated mare, formerly the property of Beneyeh Ibn Shaalan, and a cause of feud between him and his kinsman Sotamm. The Blunts had heard of her two years before they first saw her. Tais Ibn Sharhan was riding her and told them when asked: "Oh, that is Beneyeh Ibn Shaalan´s mare.” Rodania was the only mare at Crabbet Park with ill temper. "She strikes with her forefeet and kicks too. Her strange temper may possibly be the result of having been knocked about and especially the severe firing she had undergone before we bought her." Today the dam-line of Rodania is the largest in number worldwide. Rodania´s most important daughter was Rose of Sharon (Hadban /Rodania) 1885, who gave Ridaa (Merzuk/Rose of Sharon) 1892 and her granddaughter Risala (Mesaoud/Ridaa) 1900. The R.A.S. bought two mares of the marbat of Kuhaylan Rodan from Lady Wentworth at Crabbet Park.

Rasim (Feysul/Risala) was a Champion stallion in England and later exported to Poland.

1. Bint Rissala (Razieh) (Ibn Yashmak/Risala) 1920. Her half sister Rissla by Berk, became one of the most influential mares of Crabbet Park: In England and worldwide through the stallion Rissalix, in Spain through her daughter Reyna by Skowronek, in the United States through her daughter Rifala (dam of Raffles) and her granddaughter Rissletta by Naseem. Bint Rissala founded a large family through three of her daughters: Yaquota 1937 by Balance, Kateefa 1938 by Shahloul and Yashmak 1941 by Sheikh El Arab. Some very important stallions have their origin in this family: Alaa El Din 1956 (Nazeer /Kateefa), Kaysoon 1958 (Nazeer/Bint Kateefa), Farag 1962 (Morafic/Bint Kateefa), Ikhnatoon 1974 (Farardac/Bint Om El Saad), but also mares like Serenity Sonbolah 1967 (Sameh/Bint Om El Saad), first Egyptian mare to win U.S. National Championship in halter.


2. Bint Riyala (Risama) 1920 by Nadir, was exported to Egypt and became the second foundation mare for the R.A.S. of this line. Riyala (Astraled/Ridaa) 1905 was the dam of Bint Riyala, a bay. Her sire Nadir was by Mesaoud out of Nefisa and her dam Riyala was by the Mesaoud-son Astraled out of Ridaa. Her daughter Bint Bint Riyala 1924 by Gamil Manial was very productive and gave as most important daughter Malaka 1941 by Kheir. Her son Waseem 1958 (Nazeer/Malaka) was used as sire in El Zahraa and her son Azmi (Nahr El Nil) by Sid Abouhom, was presented to the USSR and had only a short life at Tersk studfarm. In America Asadd 1970 (Sultan/Amani) and Imperial Imdal 1982 (Ansata Imperial/Dalia) were Champions, the latter was later exported to Israel and gained worldwide influence through his son Laheeb. Rustem 1908 and his full sister Rim, were full siblings to Riyala. Rustem was also sold to Egypt and became influential through Bint Rustem and Mekdam. Noteworthy is the difference between Rustem (who came after his sire Astraled) and his two full sisters.

Alaa El Din (Nazeer/Kateefa), main stallion at El Zahraa in the 1960s, photo Erika Schiele.

Kaisoon (Nazeer/Bint Kateefa) at Duisburg Zoo, Germany, one of the most used stallion of his time.

Nasheeta El Bediya (Safeen/Nahzle)

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