What is it?
There is so much to know and learn about this family of horses that there
is no way to include all of it here. It is hoped that each of you will pursue
that knowledge. Learn what makes the Arabian horse special and
learn what makes our tail-female Sahanad horses EXTRA special.
Who was Sahanad?
Sahanad was a 1959 mare whose female ancestors in
the bottom line of her pedigree (that is what is
referred to as the "tail-female line") all descended
from the mare *Wadduda imported directly from the
desert to the United States in 1906 by Homer
Davenport. *Wadduda was a famous Bedouin war
mare known for her athletic abilities, beauty and
carriage, and loyalty to her owner. Her slave, Said
Abdullah, came to the Unitled States with her--
together they starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild Wild West
Show. She passed on her qualities to her get and all
Davenport Arabians trace to her in their pedigrees.
Sahanad's only straight Davenport daughter died
before leaving a daughter to carry on the line,
resulting in the loss of the tail-female *Wadduda line
in the Davenport horses. This program is trying to
preserve her line in the purest way. She is also found
in the pedigrees of many, many other Arabian horses
What is a "preservation program?"
A preservation program is breeding in a way so as to
try to keep a desired trait or traits. This means using
mares and stallions with those traits to breed to each
other to produce offspring (called progeny or get)
with those same characteristics. (Hence, geldings
are not considered part of a preservation program
but are often included in program information since
they can teach much about a particular program.)
So, what is the SAHANAD PRESERVATION
Program all about?
The SAHANAD PRESERVATION Program is
breeding tail-female Sahanad horses in such a way as
to keep as much of the gene pool of Sahanad
available for the future. It means breeding tail-female
mares of the family line to Al Khamsa (Al Khamsa =
all lines in the pedigree trace back to desert-bred
horses) stallions, and if possible, to other tail-female
Sahanad Al Khamsa stallions to maintain her genetic
contribution to the Arabian horse breed. (We have
also included Al Khamsa stallions whose sire were
tail-female Sahanad even though the mare was not.)
How did this current program start?
In the late 1980's Robin and Nathan Howard bought
the mare Vaneta Sphar (currently owned by Lisa
Visnaskas). They loved her! It became their desire
to produce more Arabians like her, SO they switched
to an Al Khamsa program and sought other horses of
her line. They were able to locate about a dozen at
that time, and they began buying and breeding.
Many of the horses in the program today are because
of what they started. Other horses are in the program
because their owners were also--by plan or by
"accident"--breeding their mares to Al Khamsa
stallions, creating their own little preservation
program. Several of us who happened to meet up
with Robin and Nathan (and agreed with their goals)
have started our own programs of preservation. It is
our hope that more will continue to join us.
What can I do?
Learn about different horses. Learn about the horses
this program preserves and the horses available to do
it. It is hoped that you will love our family of horses
and help the lines of these worthy horses continue.
Whichever horses you breed, carefully and wisely
Said & *Wadduda
Said & *Wadduda