NAGARAJ ARABIANS STUD
Through a targeted breeding programme and painstaking selection with the support of Dr. Hans Joachim Nagel, NAGARAJ ARABIANS stud farm strives to preserve the heritage of the original Arabian horse - the NEJDY.
The history of the "Nejdy" began in the late 19th century in the heart of today’s Saudi Arabia – in the western portion of the Arabian Peninsula. It is said that, at that time, English aristocrat Lady Anne Blunt reached the northern edge of the Nejd. According to ancient tradition, this region was the cradle of the original Arabian horse because of its favourable natural conditions.
The town of Hail was ruled by the most powerful pasha, Ibn Rashid. He loved the noble, graceful horses, which were only to be found in the southern part of Arabia. He possessed an extraordinary collection of Arabians which, at that time, were still kept in the hands of the Bedouins.
At this time, Egypt’s viceroy Abbas Pasha I fulfilled a personal dream by creating the magnificent stud farm “Kafr Farouk”. He was a horse aficionado to an extraordinary degree, collecting the noble Arabians and housing them in opulent stables throughout Arabia. This also resulted in Cairo becoming a mecca for the southern style of Arabian horse.
Only later, in the year 1842, did the Egyptian state stud system "El Zahraa" take over the breeding program, the legacy of Abbas Pasha I.
Nagaraj Arabians' closed breeding programme is based on painstaking selection. The numerous valuable characteristics of an elegant Arabian mare, which are clearly evident in the phenotype and, as a consequence, also present with high probability in the genotype, may not be adversely affected by breeding decisions. In the face of such demands, the selection of a stallion that has similar characteristics to those of the mare’s family is an absolute necessity. On the one hand, the stallion should exhibit several positive characteristics that might represent welcome improvements to the broodmare family, though without destroying other traits that are considered valuable! We should bear in mind that it is ultimately the genotype of a stallion which determines its quality.
In our concept, the founding and primary stud stallions are defined as a dynamic component of the programme. The Mansour line of stallions (Nazeer, Ansata Ibn Halima, Ansata Halim Shah, Salaa El Dine, Adnan, Nejdy, Ibn Nejdy, NK Hafid Jamil, NK Jamal El Dine, NK Nadeer) is the basis of our breeding programme and serves as the most abundant source of improvements. This line of stallions has demonstrated a measurable influence over the course of generations.
The stud farm currently boasts, with Al Wahed Al Nedj & NK Ezz El Dine, a good stock of stallions from the family Hadbah Enzahieh. Al Wahed Al Nedj embodies the perfection. He is an exotic, an ideal combination of the families Hadban Enzahieh. He shows presence, nobility, elegance, breed type, correctness, while his character is extraordinarily agreeable. As is to be expected of a Hadban, his tail carriage is high and perfect. He owes his magnificent motion to his harmonious build, culminating in perfect balance!
The genealogy of Al Wahed Al Nedj & NK Ezz El Dine is a combination of the most valuable mares from the Katharinenhof (NK Noha, NK Nabeelah, Nashua, Lutfia) followed by Ameera and Hanan.
The goal of our breeding efforts is ideal features such as a noble head with an elegant concave line, a fine muzzle, large flexible nostrils, small ears, large black eyes, correct fore- and hind legs, croup and neck length in harmony with the length of the legs, and high tail carriage.
The typical "look" of each of the two mare families, which we have chosen as the foundation for our breeding efforts and upon which our entire programme is built, remains intact.
- The family of Lotfeia - by Kamla - Hadban Enzahieh - Venus (Shahneekah Family)
- The family of Helala & Ansata Ken Ranya - by Bukra-Sabah - Dahman Shahwan (El Dahma Family)
The "nobility" and elegance of our horses has its origin in the expressive, unmistakeable traits shared by the descendants of NK Hafid Jamil.