Preservation Breeders of
Straight Babson Egyptians
May 26, 1978 -
January 19, 2007
||Daara was the first of
several Arabians we acquired from Jackson’s Arabian Nursery. (See AHW February 1977 for a feature article on
their historic breeding program)
We spent many happy hours in the
company of Nellie Jackson and her horses. She
was an amazing woman. Nellie’s
stallion Maar-Rab, Daara’s great grandsire, was our first
introduction to the Straight Babson Egyptian, our current breeding
I very much enjoyed our visits to Jackson's Arabian Nursery. We often looked at
old photos and discussed the horses in them. One afternoon Nellie took
my hands, looked intently into my eyes and said she had some important advice
for me. I eagerly anticipated hearing important breeding secrets.
She then told me in a very serious voice “If
your house is too clean, you are not spending enough time with your horses.”
|Daara was a very smart
mare. She created and
played a game on her own we called “Trail Horse.” Daara used round ground feeders that are about 3 ft in diameter
and about 8 to 10 inches tall. She
moved forward, head down, in small steps until her toes touched the
of the tub. She then
each foot one at a time and placed them inside the feeder.
Daara inched her forefeet forward until her toes touch the tub
wall again then lifted them carefully out.
She moved forward until her hind toes touched the outside wall of
the tub then lifted them inside. When
all four feet had gone forward into and out of the tub, Daara looked
over her shoulder and reversed the process, her hind feet in first,
then out, then front in, then out again!
I used to get calls from neighbors
passing by about her extraordinary games!
Daara was honored in 2008 through 2014 (so far!) when the above photo was used
on the Arabian Horse Association Data Source web site in a photo slide show on
their opening page. Arabian
Horse DataSource (you might
have to be a subscriber to view this page.)
and her lifelong best friend Jackpot Holly
were happily retired here at Bint al Bahr Babson Arabians. Daara went on
to greener pastures in January 2007 at 29 years old. We miss her.
She owned us for 25 years.
1978 grey mare
My Amigo #27593 1963
#2864 Grey 1944
#4953 Chestnut 1948
#2687 Chestnut 1943
Pandaara #67469 1970 grey mare
#44601 grey 1967
#17602 Grey 1960
#2402 Bay 1942
Saanura #29202 Grey 1964
#12327 Grey 1957
|Ohio artist Karen Bremmer came for a farm visit and took some photos while here in 2004. Daara was honored as the subject of one of her
amazing paintings. Karen works in oils. Her realistic horses have a surreal quality created by her use of translucent layers of pure colors to create her wonderful paintings. Karen does
beautiful portraits on commission as well.
To contact her or learn more about her work, go to her
website at http://www.KarenBrenner.com/
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