The Circle Completed:
The Blunt’s travels through the desert over the preceding years had provided close contacts with the Bedouin tribes, and had taught them much about their ancient breeding practices. Lady Anne, a scholar by all accounts, became acutely aware of the importance of insuring the authenticity of Arabian bloodstock. She vigilantly pursued pedigree studies, readily adopting the Bedouin purist philosophies. Through their contacts, the Blunts acquired some excellent desert bred Arabians, retaining some at Sheykh Obeyd in Egypt while sending others on to Crabbet Park in England. But as Lady Anne became more exposed to the particular type of Arabians bred by Ali Pasha Sherif, she cultivated a more refined “eye” and her personal ideal evolved to reflect that influence. She made supreme efforts to acquire some of the best of the Ali Pasha Sherif stock, and succeeded. The combination of the Blunt’s original desertbreds with their Ali Pasha Sherif acquisitions resulted in some of the finest horses they ever produced.
During this time, this breeding circle in Egypt continued to grow. Several other private breeders took up the cause to perpetuate the exquisite legacy of Abbas Pasha and Ali Pasha Sherif. These included: Ahmed Bey Sennari, Prince Ahmed Pasha Kemal, and Khedive Abbas Hilme II. In 1908 the government of Egypt created the Royal Agricultural Society, intended to preserve the Egyptian Arabian horse. The private breeding community donated horses of their own breeding to help build the rootstock of the RAS. These gifts came from such breeders as Prince Kemal El Dine, Prince Mohamed Ali, and Lady Anne Blunt. While the RAS was a government project, it was run by the renowned Scottish Veterinarian and ardent purist Dr. Branch. A contemporary of Lady Anne, Branch was integrally connected to the Royal breeders, particularly Prince Kemal El Dine and Prince Mohamed Ali who consulted him closely on their breeding. He was said to know more about the bloodlines of Arabian horses in Egypt at the time than most anyone, including the Prince. Together, these seven devoted breeders created a breeders circle of like-minded preservationists never before known in Egypt. The inheritance of the modern Sheykh Obeyd Arabian is their gift to us.
The root stock of Sheykh Obeyd breeding is composed of 66 Arabian ancestors who were bred by, acquired by, or introduced into the gene pool by these 7 original breeders: Abbas Pasha, Ali Pasha Sherif, Ahmed Bey Sennari, Prince Ahmed Pasha Kemal, Khedive Abbas Hilme II, the Blunts and of the RAS (under the auspices of Dr. Branch). Sheykh Obeyd Arabians descend in all lines from any combination of those 66 original ancestors, and are identified by Al Khamsa as Egypt (1 & II) / Blunt ancestral elements. In addition to being Al Khamsa, all Sheykh Obeyd Arabians are Asil Club qualified, as well as Pyramid Society qualified (with the exception of the descendants of Kars).
The imports from Egypt into the United States of America between the 1920s and the 1960s were heavily composed of Sheykh Obeyd Arabians, including all of the Babson imports, many of the Brown imports, all of the Pritzlaff imports, and many of the Ansata imports. Sheykh Obeyd Arabians were also well represented in the Gleannloch imports, the Serenity imports and numerous others. Sheykh Obeyd Arabians include some of the most illustrious ancestors we have ever known, including but not limited to :
*Ansata Ibn Halima, *Bint Moniet El Nefous, Nazeer, Fa Serr, *Ansata Bint Bukra, Fa Halima, El Hilal, Maar Ree, *Tuhotmos, Ansata El Sherif, Talal, Zarife, Sirecho, *Maaroufa, Gulastra, Hadban Enzahi, Hallany Mistanny, *Ansata El Nisr, RDM Maar Hala, *Fakher El Din, *Soufian, Alaa El Din, Ghadaf, *Bint Nefisaa, *Bint Maisa El Saghira *Rashad Ibn Nazeer, Aswan, Zaafarana, Rabanna, *Bint Moniet El Nefous, *Fadl, Ghazal, *Hekmet, *Dawlat, *Ghazalahh, Bint El Bataa, Negmaa, *Serenity Shahra, *Adhem, *Exochorda, *Ansata Bint Nazeer, *Bint Shaams, *Serag, *GAF Waseem, *Bint Bint Sabbah, Yosreia, Farida... Just to name a few.