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                      Farida, 1921

El Dahma had two daughters, Obeya and Nadra El Kebira. Obeya is best known as the grandam of Bint Sabbah. Nadra produced Nadra El Saghira, who in turn was the dam of Farida. Farida offers a strong concentration of Abbas Pasha and Ali Pasha Sherif blood, with a combined total of nearly 85%. The balance of the pedigree came from desert importations by contemporary princes. Farida's sire was Saqlawi II. Also known as Farhan, Saqlawi II was of pure All Pasha Sherif blood.
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         Balance, 1928

Among his get are Nefisa (x Farida granddaughter, Helwa) and Zaafarana. Farida's second foal was the daughter Abla (by Sader). Nothing more is recorded of her.

Farida's third foal was more fortunate Bint Farida by Mansour. Bint Farida had two Sheykh Obeyd daughters. The younger of these was a mare that exemplified the best of "New Egyptian" for many enthusiasts. This was the beautiful *Ghazalahh, by Mashhour. Unfortunately she is no longer available within Sheykh Obeyd as she produced only two daughters, both in Egypt, neither of whom were by Sheykh Obeyd sires.


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Bint Farida, 1931
Second of Nefisa's daughters was the Nazeer daughter Nadia, exported to Germany. Nadia became an important brood mare in the Marbach Stud, producing 15 foals from 1960 to 1978. Six of these foals were Sheykh Obeyd. All were by Nazeer sons, one by Ghazal and five by Hadban Enzahi.

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*Bint Nafisaa, 1959


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*Ghazalahh, 1951
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                     El Hilal, 1966


Dahma II produced other, non Sheykh Obeyd foals, among them the Sameh daughter *Deenaa. Although not Sheykh Obeyd, *Deenaa remains among my all- time favorites. She was a truly lovely, rich bay mare with wonderful type and refinement. Much as I prefer Sheykh Obeyd Arabians, I hope I never become unaware of the value and strengths of the various other groups.

Ragia's only Sheykh Obeyd foal to produce was Halima by Sheikh E1 Arab. Halima produced ten foals of which seven were Sheykh Obeyd. Unquestionably her most influential foal was the Nazeer son, *Ansata Ibn Halima, long a popular Sheykh Obeyd sire and a predominant force in the Arab population worldwide. Halima had two other Nazeer foals, neither of which produced.


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    Nourah, 1971



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                               Halima, 1944



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                   Bint Dahma, 1956

The End.

SOFI Footnote:
SOFI has taken the liberty of providing addition photos to this article which were not included at time of its original publication.
By 1993 The Sheykh Obeyd Foundation was in full swing, and members acquired a number of the Farida bred horses and incorporated these into their breeding programs. Many of these mares were older , however, and no longer producing. The outcome of this line is a slim one, and only available in a few mares today. The El Hilal - Nourah daughter, Sidra, died without leaving any Sheykh Obeyd foals. The Pritzlaff *Bint Dahma is still al viable source with a few mares left to SO breeders.

The Anter and Abla cross was a prolific one! Three full sisters were imported to the USA. *Ein was bred to *Tuhotmos producing Amira Moniet, who in turn was bred to her sire, producing the beautiful stallion El Mon Moniet, long time heard sire for Windkist Manor. Her only other Sheykh Obeyd foal is Bint Amira Moniet.

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 El Mon Moniet (Stallion)
(*Tuhotmos X Amira Moniet (by *Tuhotmos)
SOFI Ancestor: FARIDA
                                                                  By Don Austin, 1993
As Dahman enthusiasts delight in  quoting, Ali Pasha Sherif stated,

"If I had only one strain to choose from in maintaining my stud, I would choose Al Dahmah."

Within Sheykh Obeyd, we have Dahmans descending in tail female from only one mare, Ali Pasha Sherif's foundation mare, El Dahma. This article is concerned with Farida, great-granddaughter of El Dahma.
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Farida was foaled at Prince Mohammed Ali's Manial stud April 11, 1921 and died August 18,1944. She is listed as the dam of nine foals, all Sheykh Obeyd except one by Registan. First came the Ibn Samhan son Balance, well known racehorse and sire. Repeating a common pattern, Balance was 37.5% Samhan with one cross in the second generation and another in the third.

Bint Farida's other daughter, Helwa, by Hamran II, produced two Sheykh Obeyd daughters-Nefisa by the aforementioned Farida son Balance, giving Nefisa 37.5% Farida blood, and Abla by Nazeer. Nefisa gave three Sheykh Obeyd daughters, all of whom were exported.

First was Richard Pritzlaff's El Sareei daughter, *Bint Nefisa. All her produce were Sheykh Obeyd, including three daughters, all of whom have replaced themselves.
Four were mares; none of whom I believe have been replaced within Sheykh Obeyd.

Nefisa's last daughter was the Gleannloch import *Bint Nefisaa, also by Nazeer. Four of her foals were Sheykh Obeyd, a *Moftakhar daughter Narjisa, and three foals by *Ansata Ibn Halima. Narjisa has had two Sheykh Obeyd foals, a colt and a filly by *Soufian.  According to Eva Dano's The Sheykh Obeyd Arabian in the United States, *Soufian had only seven Sheykh Obeyd foals, a surprisingly meager number for a son of Alaa El Din and Moniet El Nefous.
Bint Nefisaa's foals by *Ansata Ibn Halima carry three crosses to Farida. While preparing for this article I was struck by how often Farida blood was compounded, especially in Egypt itself. We accept as the norm the repetition of stallions' names, e.g. Nazeer or Ibn Rabdan. Doubling and tripling of a mare in a pedigree is much less common and indicates how highly regarded Farida must have been. *Bint Nefisaa's first, *Ansata Ibn Halima foal was the well-known sire.
*Bint Nefisaa's foals by *Ansata Ibn Halima carry three crosses to Farida. While preparing for this article I was struck by how often Farida blood was compounded, especially in Egypt itself. We accept as the norm the repetition of stallions' names, e.g. Nazeer or Ibn Rabdan. Doubling and tripling of a mare in a pedigree is much less common and indicates how highly regarded Farida must have been. *Bint Nefisaa's first, *Ansata Ibn Halima foal was the well-known sire El Hilal.

Abla produced eleven listed foals, all Sheykh Obeyd except two. The Egyptians were so satisfied with her crossing with Antar that they repeated the mating eight times, until Antar died. Following his death, for Abla's last foal an Antar son was chosen, Ibn Shahrzada, also Sheykh Obeyd. With Abla's eight daughters one would assume Abla is well represented



His sire was Saqlawi I. His dam was El Dahma herself, giving Farida a total of 37.5% of her blood through one cross in the second generation and one in the third as tail female ancestress. Farida's maternal grandsire was Samhan, also grand sire of Babson's *Bint Saada, Balance, *Zarife, Bint Samiha, and Khafifa, the great grandmother of Moniet El Nefous.
Most of Abla's daughters have died without Sheykh Obeyd replacements. Although the line is still present, it could easily be lost. After producing two Sheykh Obeyd foals that did not breed on, in 1938 Farida produced Ragia by Ibn Rabdan. Ragia's only Sheykh Obeyd foal to produce was Halima by Sheikh El Arab. Halima produced ten foals of which seven were Sheykh Obeyd. Unquestionably her most influential foal was the Nazeer son, *Ansata Ibn Halima, long a popular Sheykh Obeyd sire and a predominant force in the Arab population worldwide.

In 1943 Farida's last recorded foal was born, a Shahloul daughter named Futna. Futna produced seven foals, of which five were Sheykh Obeyd, two fillies and three colts, all by Nazeer. Only one of the daughters is found within Sheykh Obeyd.
This was Dahma II through her El Sareei daughter *Bint Dahma, another Pritzlaff import. *Bint Dahma produced eleven foals, all Sheykh Obeyd, five fillies. All have had replacements, by a variety of sires. Mention has been made of the Egyptians' repeated use of Farida. Until the present, the multiple crosses were from foals of Farida's by different stallions. By using more than one stallion, a good mare's influence is able to achieve greater affect.
Dahma II produced other, non Sheykh Obeyd foals, among them the Sameh daughter *Deenaa. Although not Sheykh Obeyd, *Deenaa remains among my all- time favorites. She was a truly lovely, rich bay mare with wonderful type and refinement. Much as I prefer Sheykh Obeyd Arabians, I hope I never become unaware of the value and strengths of the various other groups
Fortunately, we do not have to restrict ourselves to " only one strain to choose from in maintaining my stud". However, Farida's family provides an enlightening example of how a good mare, when selectively bred, can provide a solid foundation for generations.