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The newsletter for Egyptian Arabian horse admirers of the world

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The immortal ones
Reference horses of the Mandala bloodstock
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courtesy of Charles F. Poynter

One side of heaven

I am standing upon
the open plain.
The horse at my side takes a whiff
of the morning breeze
and starts for the blue horizon.
He is beauty and strength
and I stand and watch him
until at length
he hangs like a speck
of white cloud
just where the land and sky come
down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says:
"There! He's gone."
Gone where?
Gone from my sight - that is all.

He is just as large
in height and girth and style
as he was when he left my side,
and just as able to bear a load
to the place of destination.
His diminished size is in me,
not in him;
and just at the moment
when someone at my side says,
"There! He's gone,"
there are other eyes
watching him coming,
and other voices ready
to take up the glad shout,
"There he comes!"

Our first heavenly horse
Can you guess who this Egyptian stallion is, who was being started under saddle at the tender age of nine?

The Egyptian Prince at a canter The Egyptian Prince being saddled The Egyptian Prince at the trot photos by W.S. Wilson

Answer: The Egyptian Prince in 1977 in Enumclaw, Washington, being trained by Harlan Blumenthall. Find his pedigree.

Says Harlan in 1998:

Talk about some memories! Seeing those photos reminded me of "Granpa", that was my nickname for him, and the many good times he and I had. He still remains one of he easiest horses to start under saddle, even at 9 years old! When it came to training him, he did one hell of a job on me. He taught me a lot.

Yep, I'm still doing a bit of training and showing. I've done work with some other "straights" through the years; Abu Ali, Ahadd... I still prefer the Egyptians over the others! A very prominent trainer/judge once told me he hated Egyptians. He couldn't get them to do anything he wanted. Then he realized that I worked with mostly Egyptians. He asked, "You never seem to have those kinds of problems. How come?". My come back was, "You just got to be smarter than an Egyptian!" As I recall, he called me some name relating to "questionable heritage". I guess he had a rather limited sense of humor!

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