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Odysseus HF
 "King of Ithaca"  

An Ansata Shah Zaman son and an *Ansata Ibn Halima grandson
Ansata Shah Zahir
Ansata Shah Zahir - 1995
An Ansata Shah Zaman and The Egyptian Prince grandson
Odysseus HF
Odysseus HF - 1999
A *Bint Moniet El Nefous granddaughter
Rodoniet
Rodoniet - grand dam

Odysseus is named after one of the first Greek mythic heroes renowned for his brain as well as his muscle. Indeed, like Odysseus the man, he is a stallion with an inquiring mind, with outstanding prowess and bravery, and a top-notch athlete which only adds more to this seemingly insuperable character. It is no wonder so many scholars refer to Odysseus as a powerful, mythic hero. Similar to Odysseus the man, this stallion often hesitates before acting while he uses his gift of reason to evaluate the circumstances presented to him. This patience and search for understanding is one of his best human-like, character assets. Pedigree Analysis follows the pedigree below.

Structural Assets
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Photo taken January 3, 2009
paddock condition

Square Conformation
At 15 Years of Age
Photo taken at age 6
ridden condition

Neck Length
Demonstrates neck balance = 50% of body length
Photo taken January 3, 2009
paddock condition

Neck Conformation
At 15 Years of Age

Left Front Leg
Right Front Leg

Breastbox
Breastbox

Right Front Leg
Left Front Leg
Seqlawi     *MORAFIC AHR*32261 Grey 1956 NAZEER RAS*247 Grey 1934
MANSOUR RAS*111 Grey 1921
BINT SAMIHA RAS*133 Bay 1925
MABROUKA EAO*12 Chestnut 1951
SID ABOUHOM RAS*285 Grey 1936
MONIET EL NEFOUS RAS*441 Chestnut 1946
    ANSATA SHAH ZAMAN AHR*47967 Grey 1968    
Seqlawiya     *ANSATA BINT MABROUKA AHR*15898 Grey 1958 NAZEER RAS*247 Grey 1934
MANSOUR RAS*111 Grey 1921
BINT SAMIHA RAS*133 Bay 1925
MABROUKAEAO*12 Chestnut 1951
SID ABOUHOM RAS*285 Grey 1936
MONIET EL NEFOUS RAS*441 Chestnut 1946
  ANSATA SHAH ZAHIR AHR*237273 Grey 1981    
Dahman     *ANSATA IBN HALIMA AHR*15897 Grey 1958 NAZEER RAS*247 Grey 1934
MANSOUR RAS*111 Grey 1921
BINT SAMIHA RAS*133 Bay 1925
HALIMA RAS*420 Bay 1944
SHEIKH EL ARAB RAS*228 Grey 1933
RAGIA RAS*317 Chestnut 1938
    ANSATA JAMILA AHR*94539 Grey 1973    
Dahmah     *ANSATA BINT SAMEH AHR*69406 Grey 1962 SAMEH IOHB*139 Grey 1945
EL MOEZ IOHB*8 Grey 1934
SAMEERA IOHB*103 Grey 1934
FUTNA RAS*403 Grey 1943
SHAHLOUL RAS*193 Grey 1931
FARIDA RAS*110 Grey 1921
ODYSSEUS HF AHR*512703 Grey 1994 ~ Seqlawi Jedran Ibn Sudan of the Moniet El Nefous Branch of the Roga El Beida Family

Seqlawi
 
   *MORAFIC AHR*32261 Grey 1956 NAZEER RAS*247 Grey 1934
MANSOUR RAS*111 Grey 1921
BINT SAMIHA RAS*133 Bay 1925
MABROUKA EAO*12 Chestnut 1951
SID ABOUHOM RAS*285 Grey 1936
MONIET EL NEFOUS RAS*441 Chestnut 1946
    THEEGYPTIANPRINCE AHR*45351 Grey 1967    
Seqlawiya     *BINT MONA AHR*30263 Grey 1958 NAZEER RAS*247 Grey 1934
MANSOUR RAS*111 Grey 1921
BINT SAMIHA RAS*133 Bay 1925
MOUNA EAO*22 Chestnut 1954
SID ABOUHOM RAS*285 Grey 1936
MONIET EL NEFOUS RAS*441 Chestnut 1946
  ALIAMAH MONIET AHR*313074 Grey 1984
Dahman     UMI AHR*32560 Chestnut 1965 SHIKO IBN SHEIKH AHR*20616 Bay 1961
*RASHAD IBN NAZEER AHR*14453 Bay 1955
*BINT EL BATAA AHR*14454 Black 1955
*BINT DAHMA AHR*14457 Chestnut 1956
EL SAREEI RAS*387 Bay 1942
DAHMA II EAO*224 Grey 1950
    RODONIET AHR*72138 Chestnut 1971   
Seqlawiya     RSI RARA DELSOL AHR*29547 Bay 1964 *RASHAD IBN NAZEER AHR*14453 Bay 1955
NAZEER RAS*247 Grey 1934
YASHMAK RAS*376 Bay 1941
*BINT MONIET EL NEFOUS AHR*14455 Chestnut 1957
NAZEER RAS*247 Grey 1934
MONIET EL NEFOUS RAS*441 Chestnut 1946

You may note Odysseus' pedigree was patterned to be a breeding stallion with him being a maternal and paternal grandson of the full-brothers in blood Ansata Shah Zaman and The Egyptian Prince. His breeder wrote an eloquent letter to me speaking of his individual excellence and potential as a breeding stallion when he was less than one year old in this letter which convinced me to buy him: page one and page two. His paternal granddam, Ansata Jamila, was sired by *Ansata Ibn Halima who was the result of breeding a Mansour son (Nazeer) to a Mansour granddaughter (Halima) in keeping with "let the sire of the sire be the grandsire of the dam". Ansata Jamila's dam (*Ansata Bint Sameh) was sired by Sameh (known for good bodies and atheletic ability), out of daughter of Farida (Futna) by an Ibn Rabdan son (Shahloul) and her paternal granddam (Halima) was also out of a daughter of Farida (Ragia) directly sired by Ibn Rabdan again, in keeping with "let the sire of the sire be the grandsire of the dam". Odysseus' maternal granddam, Rodoniet, was sired by a grandson of *Rashad Ibn Nazeer (Umi) and out of a *Rashad Ibn Nazeer daughter (RSI Rara Delsol). In this last instance, the sire of the dam was the grandsire of the sire. Odysseus' sire line is that from the King of the Nile, Nazeer, with a total of eight crosses which undoubtedly contributes to his ability to sire beauty and atheleticism, consistently. He traces in tail female to the Queen of the Nile, Moniet El Nefous, five times through three of his grandparents. Twice through Ansata Shah Zaman, twice through The Egyptian Prince and again through Moniet El Nefous' only direct daughter imported to the United States, *Bint Moniet El Nefous, who was bred almost exclusively to *Rashad Ibn Nazeer. This aspect of Odysseus' pedigree needs closer examination. Though some will disagree, we believe this infusion of the atheletic *Rashad with the exquisite refinement and beauty of *Bint Moniet was exactly what both horses needed relative to their intrinsic value as breeding stock for the future. In Authentic Arabian Bloodstock II, page 253, Judith Forbis states " . . . *Bint Moniet El Nefous (by Nazeer), was the finest of the Pritzlaff imports, but unfortunately, she was bred most of the time to his bay stallion, *Rashad Ibn Nazeer, (*Rashad photo) Rashad Ibn Nazeer who was completely out of type to her, and she produced mostly bays who were unlike her, being taller, heavier boned and plainer headed by comparison" one of such was AK Monisa Moniet (Monisa Moniet Photo) AK Monisa Moniet a *Rashad/*Bint Moniet daughter. And on page 252, Mrs. Forbis states ". . . the royal family of Egypt developed lines that were generally prized for their refinement and elegance. Chestnuts and greys predominate in Egypt; in America a bay line also developed through use of the more substantial and less typey bay Kuhaylan Rodan Stallion *Rashad Ibn Nazeer, on the elegant chestnut, *Bint Moniet El Nefous, regrettably almost wiping out the refinement and type the best greys and chestnuts of this line were noted for . . .". In 1999, Mrs. Forbis acquired MB Sateenha (a double great-great-granddaughter of *Bint Moniet El Nefous and *Rashad Ibn Nazeer) as a 4 year old at the Montebello dispersal auction and used her as a broodmare before exporting her and her daughters overseas. If this instance alone is not convincing enough that the cross of *Rashad Ibn Nazeer and *Bint Moniet El Nefous was an excellent breeding decision designed thoughtfully for use in the future (in spite of being the brainchild of the less popular breeder Richard Pritzlaff), then please click on **these examples** being representative of tripling the *Bint Moniet El Nefous family with two lines to *Rashad Ibn Nazeer on the sire's tail female via the granddam Rodoniet and one from the dam's side via AK Monisa Moniet. Together, sire and dam produced some of the most stunning, exotic and refined foals with nothing less than breathtaking, unequalled motion from the family of Moniet El Nefous. We strongly believe this was a direct consequence of *Bint Moniet El Nefous being bred to *Rashad Ibn Nazeer generations ago. In these aforementioned examples you should see the athletic genetics of *Rashad having been skillfully blended with the timeless beauty of Moniet El Nefous, through, in fact, her only daughter having left Egypt (I am still pondering the whys of the EAO in allowing this single, described as best daughter of Moniet El Nefous, to be sold to Richard Pritzlaff). This skillful blending allows breeders to this day to use the beauty and refinement of this blood without losing the athleticism and solid structure known to the true authentic arabian horse. Though the dam of these examples, (*MB Jamillsa,) was a bay mare from this breeding on her tail female, she is an excellent example of what has NOT been lost as she epitomizes exotic type and refinement with the bonus of excellent overall structure and incredible, far reaching motion. Many thanks goes to the late, great Richard Pritzlaff for his foresight and consideration to the long-term future and function of the straight Egyptian arabian horse in selecting his broodstock and making breeding decisions however unpopular they may be with those more politically well-situated to influence and persuade others in their decision making.

**(Note: These offspring are full-siblings from the tail female of *Rashad Ibn Nazeer and *Bint Moniet El Nefous from both their sire [twice on the tail female] and dam.) Bint Bint Jamilla Bint Bint Jamilla, Omar Saalim Omar Saalim, Hanana II Hanana II, Hanana Hanana - click on name to go to their webpage.

Odysseus expresses these inherited genetic qualities as an individual with a noble, handsome, slightly dished head that is wedge shaped with a prominent jaw. His ears are small and well set and he bends nicely at the poll. His neck is of good length, set and used well and ties in nicely to well-laid back, well-developed shoulders that are free moving. His chest is wide, deep and well muscled. His ribs are well-sprung with a deep barrel and good heart girth. His forearms are long, his cannons short, his knees large and flat. He has good bone, large round hooves and strong pasterns. His topline is admirable with a long hip and flat croup. He drives deep from his hocks and pounds out the trot with riveting action. A masculine, yet beautiful athelete that is tractable, intelligent and gentle, he is easily handled without a chain or whip and most often without a halter. He does not strike, bite, rear, kick or make other aggressive behaviors towards humans - he comes when you call him. He has proven himself to be a prolific sire, undoubtedly due to his excellent, well-planned pedigree, passing many qualities from his ancestors to his foals. He has added correct legs and feet, as well as overall quality, refinement, smoothness of body, thinness of skin, a thin fine coat, desert dryness, overall conformational balance, beauty, spark, motion and pizzaz. With limited showings and use, he is sire to a few notable foals, two of which have been exported to the middle east. Please visit the Breeding Philosophy Page to see his offspring with links to individual pages.

Odysseus is a 14.3+ hand grey arabian stallion with no white markings that is straight Egyptian, Asil, and Al Khamsa. He has been with us since March of 1995 and just like a fine wine, he has bloomed into an exceptional egyptian stallion of rare vintage. Please visit his historical photos to witness his slow transformation from the catapillar to the butterfly.

Please click here to read the eloquent letter written by Joan Skeels of Hope Farms convincing us so many years ago that Odysseus HF should become our herd sire.

2009 - full winter coat, paddock condition
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2007
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Odysseus HF was bred by Hope Farms of Cove, Arkansas and breeders of exquisite Egyptian Arabians for over 40 years. Odysseus HF is full brother to HF Sybel who has been exported to Israel. Odysseus HF was sired by Ansata Shah Zahir,a full brother in blood to Ansata Ibn Shah and herd sire for Hope Farms. Zahir was an exotic, correct stallion that was sire to 74 foals including HF Aset (Ansata Shah Zahir X Bint Bint Pasha) who was exported to Israel (and winner of the Breeder's Cup Champion Mare title, winning both the breeder's cup halter title and the semi-finals as well as finals on the race track), Abitibi Shahira (exported to France), Cajun Man a Class A Champion Stallion, Arkansas Lady a Class A Reserve Champion Mare, The Beat a Class A Champion Gelding In-Hand, Henrie the Eighth a Class A multi-Champion Stallion/Gelding, TF Shah Sahir a Class A multi-Champion Stallion, Holly Hocks a Class A Champion Mare, TF Zahira a Class A multi-Champion in Country English Pleasure and Hunter Pleasure AT, COA Barbarosa a Class A multi-Champion Stallion, SH Lord of Rings a Class a Multi-Champion in Country English Pleasure, Carousel Shazlima a Class A multi-Champion Mare, Luka H a Class A Champion Stallion, Shahsata Zelig a successful racehorse, Double Deuce a successful endurance horse and HF Ann Boleyn (exported to France). Ansata Shah Zahir was sired by Ansata Shah Zaman, a multi-champion United States National and Class A Champion stallion as well as sire of 255 foals including prolific producers such as Ansata Rosetta (dam of notables Ansata Halim Shah ~ exported to Germany then Qatar, Ansata Omar Halim, Ansata Prima Rose ~ exported to Germany then Qatar), Ansata Damietta (dam of Ansata El Mabrouk who was exported to Paraguay then Uruguay then Argentina, Ansata Halima Son, Ansata Dia Halima, Ansata Abu Halim, Ansata Marietta, BKA Damilll), Ansata Delilah (dam of Ansata Imperial, Ansata Samantha, Ansata Bint Halima ~ exported to Qatar, Ansata Sudarra ~ exported to Qatar, Ansata Deborah ~ exported to Qatar, Ansata Haji Halim ~ exported to Brazil, Ansata Haji Jamil ~ exported to Morocco then Saudi Arabia), Ansata Nile Star (dam of Ansata Nile Joy ~ exported to Australia), Ansata Aya Maria ~ exported to Germany, Ansata Ibn Shah (sire of 44 foals), Ansata Nile Bay (sire of 41 foals), and ZT Sharello (sire of 135 foals including ZT Sharuby) to name a few. Many of Ansata Shah Zaman's progeny are National Champion horses including United States National Futurity Champion Stallion of 1977 and Canadian Reserve National Champion Stallion, Ansata Shah Zam. Ansata Shah Zaman was exported to Argentina by Zichy-Thyssen Arabians in 1980, was syndicated in 1982 and expired in 1985. Ansata Shah Zaman was sired by the legendary *Morafic a legend in his time, sire of 207 foals and a Class A Halter and Park Champion as well as multi-champion producer and founder of one of the most prolific sire lines in the World. *Morafic was himself a grandson of the undisputed Queen of the Nile, Moniet El Nefous and sired by the King of the Valley of the Nile, Nazeer. Nazeer's kingdom was small, but his influence dominant around the world changing Egyptian breeding forever. Nazeer was also a successful racehorse and from 1937 to 1939 he won 4, placed 6, showed 1 out of 20 starts. *Morafic, himself an inspiring athlete, sired the remarkable Amaal (sire of Talmaal), and Shaikh Al Badi who went on to sire Alidaar, Ruminaja Ali, Ruminaja Fayez, Ruminaja Majid, Ruminaja Bahajt and countless other champions. In addition to being a sire of sires, *Morafic was equal in his ability to produce exceptional broodmares that are legion in number and in proliferation of their type being the stellar foundation mares of many farms. *Ibn Moniet El Nefous was out of Moniet El Nefous the undisputable Queen of Egypt and the Bride of the Nile who so captured Judith Forbis she wrote "At first it was her outward beauty that enraptured me. I had not yet learned that true beauty is but an outward expression of an inward state . . . beauty is permanent, and by so being, is beyond the confines of the five senses of the body and can be apprehended only by the spirit". Dam of Mabrouka (dam of *Ansata Bint Mabrouka), Mona (dam of *Bint Mona), Ibtsam, Fayrooz and *Bint Moniet El Nefous - the only direct daughter to be exported. Moniet El Nefous was a dam of sires as well giving birth to *Soufian, *Ibn Moniet El Nefous,*Fakher El Din and *Tuhotmos. Each one of her direct progeny created dynasties of their own proliferating beauty and athleticism throughout the world and who's blood is still sought out today. Ansata Shah Zahir was out of Ansata Jamila dam of just 4 foals. Ansata Jamila was sired by *Ansata Ibn Halima, a three time United States National Top Ten Halter Champion Stallion, Class A Champion at Park and Halter, Most Classic and Legion of Merit Stallion. *Ansata Ibn Halima sired the United States National Champion Mare, Fa Halima, United States National Champion Stallion, Ansata Ibn Sudan, Reserve National Champion Stallion of Europe's Salon Du Cheval, Ansata Abbas Pasha and Reserve National Champion Mare of Europe, Fa Halima. He also has countless champion grand get throughout the World and his blood may be found in most modern day horse pedigrees. Ansata Jamila was out of *Ansata Bint Sameh dam of just 3 foals - Ansata El Wazir, Ansata Jezabel (dam of Ansata Ibn Shah, Ansata Joy Halima - exported to Saudi Arabia, Ansata Jacinda and Ansata Jasmina) and Ansata Jamila (dam of Ansata Shah Zahir, Ansata Ibn Jamila, Ansata Judea and Ansata El Halim). *Ansata Bint Sameh was one of Ansata's early imports and foundation mares by Sameh, known for producing outstanding broodmares with wonderful bodies.

Odysseus is out of Aliamah Moniet a stunning pure white mare of exceptional quality with huge black eyes, an extreme head and correct structure. Dam of Annie's Song HF (by Alidaar), HF Sybel (exported to Israel), White Lace HF (retained by Hope Farms by Shah Zahir), and Magic Monieta (sired by the Minstril and exported to Italy). She held the title of broodmare supreme for Hope Farms for many years before being sold as a foundation mare to Showdown Ranch of Kansas. Aliamah Moniet was sired by The Egyptian Prince, more well-known for siring exceptional broodmares and was himself unshown, but a progenitor of beauty to be found in many successful modern day pedigrees. The Eygptian Prince was sire of 826 foals of which there are countless United States and Canadian National Top Ten Champions. Luck is bestowed upon the breeder who is caretaker of a daughter of the Egyptian Prince, a name that is quite fitting. Some of his illustrious daughters include Amiri Sanaa (dam of Thee Maistro), AK Amiri Asmarr (dam of Thee Desperado), MFA Maara Isis (dam of Khartahl Maaroufa, Khartahl Malika, Khartahl Mahroussa), MFA Tashery (dam of MFA Tiye Moniet, MFA Tassiadeh), AK Nawaal (dam of Nadeemah, ZT Bint Nawaal, AK Desert Rose), Aliamah Moniet (dam of Odysseus HF), and MFA Monien (dam of MFA Mareekh Amir) to name a few. He sired several outstanding sons, including Imperial Salateen, RDM Dhakhkhar, Egyptian Imperor, AK Prince Sabah, Anwar's Prince, Al Kidir (exported to Germany), Price Egypt (exported to Sweden then Germany), Bady As San (exported to Brazil), El Masri Amir (exported to the Netherlands), FF Desert Asahm (exported to Australia), and AF Eskimo (exported to Brazil). Perhaps his best known sons were ET Crown Prince herd sire for Abraxas Arabians, Raquin RA of Kuhaylan Arabians, Prince Fa Moniet who was used extensively at Ansata producing exceptional daughters and sons. a producer of countless United States and Canadian National Top Ten Champions and noted broodmare sire. The Egyptian Prince was also sired by *Morafic, also discussed above. The Egyptian Prince was out of *Bint Mona, dam of 13 foals and an early import with significant impact on Egyptian horses known for producing extreme heads with large black eyes. *Bint Mona was also dam of the prolific sires Mohssen, Melouki, and Ibn Zagloul. As a granddaughter to Moniet El Nefous, *Bint Mona brought a beauty and elegance to Egyptian breeding sought the world over to this day and her "look" is recognizable several generations removed. Aliamah Moniet was out of Rodoniet bred by Richard Pritzlaf and eventually owned by Bentwood Farms where she was bred to *Ibn Moniet El Nefous producing Chafa Moniet (sire of 15 foals including Il Mara Moniet), Nafis Romoniet (sire of 22 foals) and Chafa Monhalim, dam of 8 foals including Shaikh Monhalima exported to France, then Germany, and REA Nisrs Adiva who is just beginning her broodmare career. Rodoniet was sired by Umi who was sired by the Park horse and producer Shiko Ibn Sheikh and out of the early import *Bint Dahma known for producing exotic faces with wide foreheads. Rodoniet is out of RSI Rara Delsol dam of 8 foals including AK Bint Raya who was exported to Germany registered at Myrna then exported to the UK, Mofid who was exported to Italy, Amon-Ra who was sire of 29 foals for Katherinenhof, Mubarak who was exported to Iran, registered as Mobarak and sire of 89 foals, Nabeel sire of 13 foals and Sanana exported to Kuwait and dam of NK Oteyba, a black stallion by Salaa El Dine. RSI Rara Delsol was also dam of AK Raiyeh who was exported to France then Germany and dam of 15 foals including AK Bint Raiyeh, AK Desert Flower, CH Rasha, Shaikh El Kuran (exported to the UK, sire of 86 foals and a multi class A Champion Stallion), Rashala (dam of Mumtaz a black stallion, Abitibi Talya, and EAI Rashalika). RSI Rara Delsol is dam of Classic Rashma for Classic Arabian in France producing Classic Ramses (a 2000 black stallion) and Classic Rashidan both by Lohim (x Ansata Halim Shah). RSI Rara Delsol was sired by *Rashad Ibn Nazeer , imported by Richard Pritzlaf and sire of 35 foals including Tibor The General, Shiko Ibn Sheikh sire of 255 foals many of whom are Champions in Performance, Bint El Sarie, RSI Sara, Alcibiades (sire of 101 foals including RG Al Mone and several other notables), Soja RSI, Monieta RSI, Monietor-RSI, Rafisa RSI, Monisa RSI (dam of 12 foals including AK Monisa Moniet, Bint Monisa-exported to Argentina, and AK Radia), Rasmoniet RSI (exported to the UK then Australia and sire of 178 foals), BiMoniet RSI, Sonieta, and Dazeera to name a few. RSI Rara Delsol was out of *Bint Moniet El Nefous the daughter of the "Queen of the Nile" and most famous broodmare of all times, Moniet El Nefous, known for her exquisite beauty and refinement.

In a Land Far Away and Long Ago . . .


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there was a young girl exploring a thick, dark pine forest on a wintry, gray, blustery day ~ exploring endless harbours of drifting snow, twinkling, sparkling flakes casting illumination in the frozen air ~ in a glimpse she saw him, a great, white stallion ~ turned to see him ~ to hear him galloping away ~ fluidly moving over the earth as if suspended by the hands of God ~ boldly engaging powerful hind quarters, collected impulsion, sharp hock action ~ could it be? ~ but no, Zaman is gone ~ yet ~ sloping shoulders moving freely with each great stride, legs flawless with substantial bone, moving in timeless synchronization with the wind ~ hooves black as the darkest night sky, level croup, his tail thrown over his back in a proud display, head held high ~ supremely elegant, intelligent ~ black skin envelops his entire being ~ flaring nostrils, pinched muzzle, vast ebony eyes beckoning, gentle, inviting ~ seeing what you and I never will ~ tipped, small ears, alert, set apart, rotating to hear what we cannot ~ the essence of courage and valor reflecting his heritage of royal blood ~ he turns far off in the distance to present himself, challenging, a snort, a blow, a rear ~ striking the air as if to demand respect, submission ~ behold his impeccable presence ~ this is Odysseus ~ now you have seen him in your mind's eye, you will see him again . . .

written by:
Elizabeth Dieter

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