The spectacular performances of domestic progeny by foreign stallions from the line of the chestnut US National Reserve Champion Stallion PADRONS PSYCHE 1988 (Padron – Kilika/Tamerlan) at the last Polish National Arabian Horse Show, as well as a group of 2007 Janów foals already making a name for themselves by another stallion of this subline (Enzo), bid us to yet again turn our attention to this breeding and show branch within the most powerful and popular in the world today sire line of Saklawi I d.b.
The precursor of the „line of Padrons” was none other than the Egyptian ASWAN (Raafat) himself – another splendid son of Nazeer – given to the communist authorities of the USSR by the president of Egypt on the occasion of building the Assuan dam. In Tersk Aswan turned out to be a superb sire, laying down the foundations (together with Polish mares robbed earlier from Janów, together with our Piołun – sire of Priboj – and Arax – the sire of Nabeg) of the modern Arabian breed in the USSR and later Russia. Aswan gave many superb sire-sons in Tersk, including “our” Palas, Plakat, Mascat, Aromat, Kilimandżaro, as well as PATRON out of Podruga, who then found his way to Holland, where mated with the mare Odessa by Bright Wings he gave the chestnut PADRON (Dutch, US and Canadian National Champion) – founder of a numerous and charismatic “line of Padrons”. One of the best and most valuable sons of Padron turned out to be the already mentioned Padrons Psyche, who already
created his own “Padron branch”. Just as in the States (where the „Padrons” created a true dynasty of National Champions: Padron – Padrons Psyche – Magnum Psyche and Enzo), as well as in Europe and the Middle East, Poland is also witnessing more and more show successes of “Padrons” progeny, especially those of private breeding. At the already mentioned Polish Nationals they quite clearly dominated the youngest classes, besting even the offspring of Gazal Al Shaqab and Ekstern. Both series (A and B) of the yearling fillies class were conquered by the bay daughters of the Belgian PSYTADEL (Padrons Psyche – Bey Shah) – ESPIRIA 2006 (out of Ekspiacja by Emigrant) and ESPINEZJA 2006 (out of Entaga by Ganges) – a Top Five at the European
Championships – while right behind them placed the bay,subtle SOTIKA 2006 by the Italian-based sire WH JUSTICE (by Magnum Psyche, in turn by Padrons Psyche), out of Słonka by Wojsław. Also without equals among the yearlings was another representative of this line, the sensational grey ALTIS (WH Justice – Albia/Pers), who later went on to grasp the prestigious title of All Nations Cup Junior Reserve Champion Colt (as well as a Top Five in the European Championships and Top Ten in the World Championships). Only slightly less successful in Janów were the
previously well-performing in Białka: the grey WASA 2006 (out of Waresa/Empres) – 5th in class IA – and the chestnut SATIS 2006 (out of Sadika/Simeon Sadik) – 6th in class. However the youngest classes were not the only ones in which we could applaud the privately bred and owned Polish „Padrons”, as in the 4-6 year old mares class a very effective performance was given by the chestnut and robust PRIMADONNA 2003 (Padrons Psyche – Pelargonia/Alegro), placing 2nd, while in the class of the 4-8 year old stallions the bay ETNODRONS PSYCHE 2003 (Padrons Psyche – Etnografia/Aloes) made quite a sensation also placing 2nd. It’s a shame that in Janów in the 3-year-old colts class we were not able to see the handsome (and already titled at European shows) chestnut FIREBALL 2004 by Magnum Psyche (by Padrons Psyche) out of Flotylka by Emigrant. The frozen semen of the chestnut MAGNUM PSYCHE (US National Champion Stallion) was imported to Poland right after the semen of his father (Padrons Psyche) by Stanisław Redestowicz (a pioneer in this matter). Beside Fireball, Magnum Psyche left such interesting daughters
as: the chestnut FUMELIA 2004 (out of Fuma by Monogramm), the chestnut EMEGNA 2004 (out of Embola byBalon), the bay CIMANE (out of Circe by Alegro) and first and foremost – the grey KASHIRA 2004 (out of Kahila IV (DE) by Ibn Bint Inas (HU)). Whereas Padrons Psyche himself left in Poland, beside Etnodrons Psyche, such stallions as: the grey PILIN PSYCHE 2003 (out of Pilina by Eternit) and the grey CANZON PSYCHE 2003 (out of Canzona by Penthagonn (DE)) – wider described in our article “The Three Muskateers”. The youngest son of Padrons
Psyche in our country up to now is Michałów’s 2-year-old promising grey ZIGI-ZAN 2005 out of Zagrobla by Monogramm. After the first successful attempts of using sires from this line by private breeders, the State Studs also decided to try this option. In the 2006 breeding season Janów Podlaski Stud used 10 doses of frozen semen of the chestnut stallion ENZO 1999 (Padrons Psyche – RD Bey Shahmpane/Bey Shah), US National Champion Stallion, which resulted in 7 foals in 2007, considered as the best (beside those by Piruet) of all those born that given year. Among this group quite promising seem to be: the bay BENITA (out of Bogini/Arbil), the grey PALABRA (out of Palmeta/Ecaho), the chestnut POEZJA (out of Pelota/Pilot), the chestnut PERESPA (out of Polenta/Ecaho) and the bay EPINAL (out of Elima/Eukaliptus). These successful results were reason enough for Enzo’s semen to be used once again in Janów and for the first time – in
Michałów. How to describe and characterize this male strain in the population of the Saklawi I d.b. sire line? Certainly it has its own characteristic mark, its own distinct style. What’s interesting is, although it stems from the line of ASWAN (through his son PATRON and grandson PADRON), it shows more resemblance to the “Munighi” strain, but in a modern way: with plenty of beauty in a refined outline, a long neck, high-legged, although not the best size, a bit rigid movement and the characteristic chestnut coat color. The “line of Padrons” distinguishes itself with adaptability in type and quality. Among its members, apart from chestnuts (Padron, Padrons Psyche, Magnum Psyche, Magnum Chall, Enzo, Meridien ATL, Ajman Moniscione, Fireball) we also find almost
typical Kuhailans (Psytadel, El Amin, Monarcos DD), as well as classic Saklavis (WH Justice, Altis). This often depends on the type and pedigree of the dams. The “line of Padrons” is currently one of the most known breeding and show lines on the world scene, achieving many spectacular successes on a regular basis. For that reason it would be advisable and even desirable to have it in Polish breeding. The line has been used in our country for only the last couple of years on a small scale, so for the time being it doesn’t endanger the harmonious development of breeding in Poland – on the contrary. Of course in the interest of this breeding lies the maintaining of all sire lines, as well as introducing new ones, such as the incredibly effective when crossing with the “Padrons” sire line of Mirage d.b. (vide Enzo, Psytadel, Pandorah and many more).