Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Nazeer Sons in America

Rashad Ibn Nazeer - Full Article

Part One: Rashad Ibn Nazeer

Nazeer! The "magical" name in every pedigee of Egyptian horses. In our new series, we want to present his most influential "American" sons. It is the continuation of our popular features of the three "German" Nazeer sons, which seem to be the favourites of many of our readers. Countless mails arrived us asking if we could make such a series about other countries. No problem folks, here we are! Let's start with North America...

Without any doubt, Rashad Ibn Nazeer wasn't the most famous of the Nazeer sons in America. But he was the first who arrived in that country in 1958, along with the first Nazeer daughters, Bint Moniet El Nefous and Bint El Bataa (and two El Sareei daughters). It was the first shipment of Egyptian Arabians to come to the USA since the Babson and W.R. Brown importations in 1932. This shipment encouraged many American breeders to go to Egypt and bring back Arabians - it rekindled the interest in Egyptian Arabians.

Rashad Ibn Nazeer (Nazeer x Yashmak by Sheikh El Arab) was foaled in Egypt in 1955. He was chosen for the late Richard Pritzlaff (owner of Rancho San Ignacio in Sapello/New Mexico) by General Tibor von Pettkoe-Szandtner (the head of El Zahraa at that time), because Nazeer was his favourite stallion. A preference which was shared by Richard Pritzlaff. "When I saw Nazeer in Egypt in 1956 he was led quietly out of his stall, in a halter, walked quietly around, stood in all positions, trotted slowly, then faster, a short hand gallop, stood quietly," he said. "Then the groom rode him out quietly to wait to test the mares for breeding. This scene has stayed forever in my mind."

His son Rashad was 15 hands and 2½ inches in height, fine-boned with elegant action and a dry head. He wasn't a typical representative of the Nazeer blood simply because he wasn't a "pretty" horse. Those who knew him described Rashad's beauty as an "austere" one. His face wasn't comparable to that of an Ansata Ibn Halima but the breeders who saw Rashad in the flesh were impressed by his cat-like movements and his overall elegance. He was indeed a "beautiful athlete", one of those horses who deserved a second look. No eyecatcher at all, but a well-built stallion who excelled under saddle...

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