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KHIDAR. The return of a legend

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KHIDAR. The return of a legend

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Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Over the years he has proven himself as a sire of show progeny in Europe – already forty of his sons and daughters can boast various titles! Today he resides in Brazil, but thanks to frozen semen deposited in Poland, for the first time he is easily available to Polish breeders.

Milky-white, large, majestic, standing like a statue on strong, correct legs – that’s the way Khidar presented himself to me when I saw him in 2006. At that time he already had many of the most prestigious titles under his belt, which he gained by besting his rivals with type and beauty.

He was shown for the first time in 1999 at the age of two, in Deurne, where he earned the title of Reserve Champion Colt. From that moment his career gained momentum: in that same year he became Champion Colt in Wels, then in 2000 – Champion Colt in Deurne, Champion Colt at the Scandinavian Open Championships in Blommeröd and Belgian National Champion Colt. Two years later he again reached for the title of Belgian National Champion, this time in the senior

Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
stallions category and additionally was awarded with the Best in Show trophy. Later he won his class during the All Nations Cup in Aachen, before finally becoming European Champion Stallion and in 2003 – Champion Stallion at the All Nations Cup in Aachen and Reserve World Champion Stallion at the Salon du Cheval.

Khidar was bred in 1997 by Magreb Arabians in Belgium. The blood of superb ancestors flows in his veins. He is one of the best sons of the Straight Egyptian stallion Ansata Sinan, sire of the famous stallions Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D and AS Sinans Pacha. Also the pedigree of Khidar’s dam is very interesting. Elizja is a daughter of a champion, the stallion Esta-Ghalil and granddaughter (both on her dam’s and sire’s side) of the stallion Ibn-Estasha, the sire of many champions, combining in him the bloodlines of many renowned Egyptian horses, and on the

Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
side of his damline – a grandson of the famous Spanish Estopa. We will also find many Polish accents in Khidar’s pedigree, such as Biruta, Exelsjor, Dardir, Sake, Gerwazy and Lafirynda.

He is an extraordinary horse. This is what the renowned trainer Johanna Ullstrӧm from the ArcticTern Training Center has to say about him: „Khidar himself is a wonderful character!! He was under my care for many years, I also showed him at his first show as a shy 2-year-old, he was reserve champion colt. Next show for us was Wels, where he became champion. From that on his successes grew for each year. When he was younger, his biggest hobby was to break anything breakable. His stall. His pasture. His trailer. And so on. He was not nervous at all, just wanting to be the center of attention, with constant personal care. In case he felt forgotten for a few hours, he entertained himself by jumping at the stable walls, hitting them with his front feet. He did just the same in the pasture, he broke plank by plank with his frontlegs, just amusing himself, he didn’t even go out of the pasture when broken, just continued with the next plank. Electricity didn’t specifically stop him. This was a fantastic game in his eyes. When screamed at, he looked for something else to destroy. The watercup… The apple tree… and so on. The people around Khidar had to have a great sense of humor! He was great to ride and jumped like a cat.

Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Khidar, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
He could have had a great career as a performance horse, but it never went further than riding for conditioning. He was quite high educated in dressage though, and depending on the rider, he could do flying changes and start of piaff. He is the sweetest of horses. He is also an incredibly healthy and strong horse! Scratches healed in half the normal time, he was never lame and we never managed to make him tired. He has exceptional legs and hoofs, and a very correct structure, but I believe he has also heart and lungs worthy the best of endurance horses, and a spirit and fire as no horse I met.”

Mambo, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Mambo, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
A superb pedigree goes hand in hand – in his case – with a rich show career. The class of this horse is further confirmed by the successes of his progeny. The mere fact that already about forty of Khidar’s daughters and sons have titles to their names commands respect! The most renowned surely include: the stallion Ghajariy 2002 (Elran Arabian Cup Reserve Champion Colt, Belgium 2003; All Nations Cup Champion Colt 2003; European Reserve Champion Colt 2003; National Abu Dhabi Reserve Champion 2005), the stallion Mambo 2002 (Champion Foal Baalen 2002; Belgian Reserve Champion Foal 2002; International A-show Reserve Champion Colt, Wels 2003; Swedish National Champion Colt
BG Marcus, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
BG Marcus, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
2004; Swedish National Reserve Champion Stallion 2008; Kumla Champion Stallion, Sweden 2009, Golden Ribbon at the Belgian Stallions Licence 2011), his full brother BG Marcus 2005 (International A-show Reserve Champion Colt in Wels, Austria; Champion Colt at the Scandinavian Open Championships 2006; Tulip Cup Champion Colt), the lovely mare Bilkis Begum 2004 (Champion Filly, El-Zahraa 2006; class winner at the Al Khalidiah Arabian Horse Show 2008), the stallion Nesj El Khidars Treasure 2004 (International A-show Top Five Colt at Vilhelmsborg 2007), the mare Bacarolla 2005 (International Champion Filly, Norway 2006; Best Swedish-bred Mare from the
Bacarolla, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Bacarolla, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Scandinavian Open Championships in Blommeröd 2007; International A-show Top Five Filly at Vilhelmsborg, Denmark; National Reserve Champion Filly, Sweden 2008; Best Swedish-bred Mare at the Swedish Nationals 2009), and the mare Amyra Bint Khidar 2008 (National Champion Foal, Germany 2008; Arabica Reserve Champion Foal at Frankfurt 2008; Orientalica Champion Foal from Frankfurt 2008; National German Champion 2009, European Futurity Reserve Champion 2009; Bronze Medalist at Travagliato, Italy 2010; Bronze Medalist from Frankfurt, Germany 2010; Gold Medalist and Best in Show winner from Marbach, Germany 2010).

Psyche Kybele, by Mateusz Jaworski
Psyche Kybele, by Mateusz Jaworski
Khidar was successfully used in Spain. As a result during the National Show in 2005 the first five spots in the yearling fillies class were taken by his daughters and the yearling colts class was won by his son! He also successfully mates with Polish mares. An example of such cross is for instance the bred by the author of this article mare Psyche Kybele 2008 (out of Pomona by Ekstern), of a very proportional build, which has gained the title of Top Five (a Bronze Medal) during the Junior Spring Show in Białka in 2009. Successful foals by this sire have also been produced by other Polish mares, including:
Arabeska (dam of: the mare Alia EA 2005 – North-West AHS Champion 2009; the mare Annia EA 2006 – Best in Show, Fuentepelayo Reserve Champion Filly 2007, Spain; the mare Aura EA 2006),
Aura EA, from Equus Arabians archive
Aura EA, from Equus Arabians archive
Cygarniczka (dam of: the mare Cyrea EA 2004 – Senior Mare Gold Medalist at Concours D’Albi, XIII Arabes&Co Champion Filly 2007, Senior Mare Silver Medalist at the 31st National Show in Segovia, Spain 2010),
Calisia (dam of: the mare Carmen Elena 2005),
Ekbatana (dam of: the stallion Ekstrom 2005),
Zenobia (dam of: the mare Zarina EA 2005 – Arabequus Reserve Champion Filly 2006, Arabequus Senior Mare Gold Medalist 2010).

I believe that he can especially cross well with mares with pretty black eyes and strong, not too long bodies. They should also have an unconstrained, extendible, dynamic movement. There is

Nesj El Khidar's Treasure (out of Om El Evita by Sanadik El Shaklan), by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Nesj El Khidar’s Treasure (out of Om El Evita by Sanadik El Shaklan), by Johanna Ullstrӧm
no such thing as a perfect stallion, which would improve all traits – Khidar also has weak points, despite his enormous genetic potential. As Johanna Ullstrӧm says: „He was a great show horse, but he always decided. If he wanted to move, not much noise was needed. But if he decided not to, it didn’t matter if an earthquake broke out, he would just give a little look of triumph and say; good try, guys but I’m a little tired today… So, we had over the years all scores in trot between 14 and 20…”. He proved however that he can give very typey and handsome progeny, robust, with correct and strong legs and good body proportions.

Nesj El Khibo, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Nesj El Khibo, by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Breeding to him is definitely very prospective. His progeny has stood out positively not only at shows, but also in breeding. For instance we can mention such horses as:
Salymah EA (dam of the stallion Shanghai EA 2008 – World Championships Top Ten and „Best Head”, European Reserve Champion Colt in Verona 2009, International A-show Champion Colt in Hasselt, Bordeaux Champion Colt, Albi Champion Colt),
Nesj Al Khidouna, who foaled the mare Fazaa Al Zobair – Junior Bronze Medalist from the Ajman Arabian Horse Show 2010,
Mambo (sire of mares: Aizcaya – Örsta Kulle and Kumla Reserve Champion Filly, Sweden 2008 and Niimah – Champion Filly and Best in Show, Kumla 2008 Sweden, Junior Silver
Akhdar (out of Quizir by Sanadik El Shaklan), by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Akhdar (out of Quizir by Sanadik El Shaklan), by Johanna Ullstrӧm
Medalist from Blommeröd, Sweden 2009, Silver Medalist from the Swedish Nationals 2009),
Nesj El Khibo (sire of the mare Simca – National Brazilian Champion Filly 2010).
Bashayer Al Zobair – dam of the stallion Wannas Al Zobair (Colt Gold Medalist from the Ajman Show 2011).

These examples can be multiplied and attest to one thing: Khidar is still making history, having an amazing impact on modern show horse breeding all over the world.

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