Published on Issue 3/2018 presented at the Aachen Show
Text by: Gianluca Martino - Sonja Smaldone – Noemie Zeller
W hile much of Kuwait and its neighboring countries are covered in desert sand, the city of Wafra is surrounded by fertile soil and lush farmland. Underground lakes provide the water source for growing produce and nourishing the pastureland for horses and other livestock. It was the perfect location for Ahmad Abdulaziz AL Babtain to pursue his lifelong dream of raising Arabian Horses, and he founded Abhaa Arabians in 2012 that in our days is known to many in the industry. The name of the farm is a tribute to the straight Egyptian breeding farm under the same name. Located in Saudi Arabia, it was established by Al Babtain’s close cousin and very good friend, Saud Al Babtain in 2006. The breeding philosophy of the farm is to find solid, good-bodied mares with excellent pedigrees, then add refinement and other qualities by focusing on the pedigree match with correct stallions. Al Babtain’s vision is to continue to breed towards the ideal Arabian horse. There are over 25 horses in Abhaa’s herd, each one of them is specially selected to support Al Babtain’s vision without restricting a variety of straight Egyptian bloodlines and non-straight. One broodmare that stands out among the foundation mares is BINT FARID NILE MOON (Farid Nile Moon * Bint Farid, by Anaza El Farid). She is not only the dam of 2016 Czech National Champion Stallion, DHS Tahrir; she is also the dam of one of Ahmad Al Babtain’s finest homebred fillies, 2017 Straight Egyptian Gold Champion Junior Filly AB FARIDAH sired by DF Milk Jamil. Foaled in 2015, Faridah has earned many other titles including Gold Champion Junior Filly at the West Coast Cup Egyptian Event, where she also won the trophy for the Best Straight Egyptian horse at the show. At the World Championship for Straight Egyptians in 2017 in Milan she was named Gold Medal Champion filly. In 2018, she continued with her great success at the SE All Nations Cup in Kuwait bringing home the Gold Medal for Abhaa Arabians. Another very nice young filly bred by Mr. Babtain is AB MUHRA (Royal Colours * Hamra Music Memo). She made her show debut in 2018 and won her class, and was named Silver Champion Yearling filly at the Kuwait Local Show and also at the SE All Nations Cup she made a great performance and won her class and was crowned Silver Champion Yearling filly. The amazing and very special DALAL ZAMANI (Laheeb * Zena Al Burar) is one of the highlights of Abhaa Arabians. She is considered as one of the very best straight Egyptians of her time. She was Gold Champion Mare at the 2016 Egyptian Event Europe after earning Silver Champion Yearling filly at the 2014 Event. In the non-straight Egyptian collection of Abhaa Arabians you can find some of the finest bloodlines of our time. She is the very special FER FIERA BLANCA (WH Justice * Clio Fiera Blanca). She won several titles as a youngster and now under the name of Abhaa she earned already the Gold Champion Title in the “Great Gils Class” at the International Show in Bergamo 2017 and in 2018 she was named Bronze Champion Senior Mare at the well-known Elran Cup. This fantastic mare will leave her marks as a very special brood mare in the great group of Abhaa Arabians. Another promising young addition to Abhaa’s herd is PRISCILLA OS (Poseidon OS * El Lucina OS). She won several titles and even in high class shows she competed very well for first places. Some of her most recent titles are: Bronze Champion Junior Filly at the International Show in Wels, and 2018 and Bronze Champion Junior Filly at the AHO World Cup in Chantilly the same year. The exotic bay beauty NEMESI REGALIS (SA Faez Simbad * Nashira by Chawy NA) was leased to Abhaa Arabians last year and she got some fantastic results with them. Despite her young age, she has competed at the highest levels of show such like the European Championship in 2017 where she was named Silver Champion Yearling Filly. There is also a young colt in the team! His name is D KAHEEL (FA El Rasheem * D Muwadah by QR Marc). This bay beauty had not been shown until few weeks ago at the International B-Show in Vichy where he got unanimous Gold Champion Junior Colt and Best promising junior male in 2018. We guess he will have a bright future ahead as he is just so unique. One of the latest additions to Abhaa Arabians is the very exotic BASMA DEL PALAZZOTTO (FA EL Rasheem * Magic Cleo). Like her sire, she has a very beautiful head with expressive black eyes combined with a well-shaped neck and a very nice attitude. I am sure we will be hearing more from her in the future. We cannot help but mention one more special young colt who he is now representing the new generation of Abhaa Arabians. His name is AB NAIF and his pedigree looks more than unique. His sire is nobody else but World Champion producer FA EL RASHEEM and out of a very special dam like Nefertar by Laman HVP. We cannot wait to see this promising young boy in the show ring in the future. Midway through the year, the stunning, exotic bay stallion SULTAN AL ZOBARA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Inra Al Shaqab) born in 2011 has joined the team of Abhaa Arabians. Sultan Al Zobara has so far collected a great deal of victories. His main achievements can be listed as follows: - 2012 Gold Champion Yearling Colt at the World Championships, Paris. - 2014 Silver Champion Junior Colt at the Mediterranean & Arab Countries’ Arabian Horse Championship, Menton. - 2015 Gold Champion Stallion at the Arabian Bree- ders’ World Cup, Las Vegas. - 2016 Gold Champion Stallion at the Kuwait International Arabian Horse Championship in Kuwait. - 2016 Reserve World Champion Stallion at the World Championships, Paris. AB NAIF FA EL RASHEEM X NEFERTAR Sultan Al Zobara will be standing at Capecci Training Center, Italy. There have now been open a limited number of breedings, so make sure you won’t miss the wonderful opportunity to breed him to your mares!