Blue Pyramid Egyptian Arabians is a small breeding
program dedicated to the conservation of the very rare strain of horses
listed as Kuhaylan with no sub-strains.
Following mtDNA testing, it was discovered that the Blue Pyramid Nafa'a
line is not only pure Arabian blood, but traces in all lines to the Arabian
desert and is an original Saudi bloodline. It was also determined that, to this point in time, the line is
absolutely unique in that it is not related to any other bloodline of
Arabian horses. The Blue Pyramid Egyptian Arabian horses trace through the dam
line to the mare Nafa'a, bred by
Abdul Aziz Ibn al Sa’ud. The line was
incorporated into the
Inshass stud when received by King Farouk as a gift from the Sa'ud family
and has bred on pure with no admixture.
to the notion that preservation breeding is not compatible with selection for
improvement or with breeding "quality horses," I think there are two
separate ideas here: we want to improve our individual animals, in the
sense of breeding to combine more of the best features of our kind of horse in
each individual. What we do not subscribe to is the conventional notion that
one can "improve the breed," which seems to mean, in
practice, "make it look more like some other breed." Most of us are
breeding within specific pedigree limits precisely because in our experience
they turn out specific kinds of good Arabian horses. Michael
I reversed the image of Nafa'a to
illustrate the similarities between her and her descendant Shahna,
67 years through the generations. I have been infusing more of the
blood of Nafa'a hoping to get back to the original desert standard.
Looks like I am getting close. . . except Shahna is even better.
site was developed as an educational tool and a way to share my research with people whose
love for horses has sent them on an Internet quest for more information. I
maintain the site in the hope that the horses will not be lost in
obscurity, but will remain true to their origins. My goal is to
concentrate the Nafa'a blood and breed for the desert-type in the form
so loved when they were first introduced to the world.
Please explore the links on the
Ancestors page and see picture pedigrees of the
horses whose blood combined to create the mares at Blue Pyramid Egyptians.
Take a trip through time and see where it all began by stepping
Equine Evolution link. Sit back and open
an eclectic collection of
some written by me and others included with the permission of the
authors. Thanks for joining me, make yourself at home. I hope you will find
something of interest and want to come back from time-to-time.