| Julia Byfield is often heard saying something like this:
“Your breeding program
is something that defines itself. Whatever plans you may make in the horses you
add or try to add, your program will tend to go its own way and define
(Ibn Fa-Serr x Serabah) is such a horse for us. We brought him home to use on
Faadana (Ibn Saafaddan x Masada Serrasaada) as part of our non-Maaroufa
program. We had a noted University check him just before shipping. They said, in
error, that he was reproductively normal. Little did we know at the time that we
were bringing the sterile stallion home to breed to what we later discovered was
the sterile mare! I guess in that way they were meant to be
Faadana absolutely loved him and couldn’t bear him out of her sight.
They even spent a winter sharing a pasture
together. He was the only one that came out looking pregnant since Faadana is on
What a grand horse Serabaar is.
a favorite with farm visitors. They all want to breed their mares to him! (ME
too!) He dances and shows off for visitors but could be led with a silk thread
as he does it. Although now 31 years young (2001) he still loves to show off
and capture hearts with his regal gentle ways.
Although he came to us sterile he has
since created a family here! His only Babson replacement, a son, Ibn
Sabbah Bedu (x Shar Sabbah) came after a flurry of secret Midnight E-Mail
between Bruce and John Fippen. I intercepted one of the messages and sent off my
own “I want him too” to the Fippens. Bruce was going to slip in another stallion into his stallion collection “as
my birthday present!” Its a Good line, I recommend it. I think it would have
worked! Ibn Sabbah is now “our dressage and jumping show horse” and
has done very well
against all breeds. He, like his dad, is a joy to handle.
In the fall of 1996, Ibn Sabbah was
about to leave for the trainer’s after mowing pastures. I had hoped all summer
to get a photo of him with his sire. I had envisioned one of those classic shots
of the stallions arching their necks, ears alert, eyes bright looking at each
other. Time had run out, the trailer was hitched. It was now or not. Ibn Sabbah
had just been collected the day before for a cooled shipment test (which he passed
with flying colors) so I expected the spark would be there.
We washed both stallions and dressed
them up in show halters. We only had the two of us so Serabaar was tied to the
fence. Bruce led Ibn Sabbah up. I was poised with the camera, ready for action
or at least interest. The resulting photos were not at all what I had expected.
I have photos of two very relaxed stallions; Ibn Sabbah licking Serabaar’s
face! Actually the photos show who they really are and very much of what they
are like to live with.
Fa Rabdan (Ibn Fa-Serr x Aroufina), a twenty-three year old 7/8 brother in
blood to Serabaar was beckoning us from Diane Clark’s in Maine. He was a
beauty, leggy and elegant with a powerful trot. (What another stallion!!! He
would be stallion number 6! Are we nuts, they outnumbered the mares!)
not able to get a fertility test due to the remoteness of the farm. His owner
took a look around to make sure the neighbors weren’t watching and did a quick
manual exam. Looked and felt promising! We bought him! Maine is a long way from
Arizona and when the shining silver Bateman van pulled up, I felt as if I had
walked all that way myself. He was in the box stall in front. It seemed like
forever before he walked down the ramp and into our lives.
|You would think we would have
stopped there... Early one Sunday morning in 1996 two of Serabaar’s nieces,
Sarita and SSH Serahsaafa and Serabaar's 3/4 sister, LCA Bint Serabah arrived here
from New York!!! “Sarita” (Mah Deluque x LCA Bint Serabah) is owned by Beate
Wallawach and was here on lease to breed to Midbar Fa Rabdan. LCA Bint
Serabah (Serr Rou x Serabah) and two month old SSH Serrahsaafa (Almoraima el Cid
x LCA Bint Serabah) were purchased from Beate by Elizabeth Dawsari
LCA Bint Serabah
All of these events can’t help but
leave me knowing that a sterile stallion really can be at the very heart of a breeding
Bint al Bahr Babson Arabians a.k.a. “Serabaar Arabian Stud”