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SHARIFA 2798, dam of ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK, was not famous as his sire was - in fact she had a rather short breeding career and is best known for this one son. His success as a breeding horse indicates she must have possessed considerable genetic merit, for no sire, not even one of the magnitude of ABU FARWA, can get breeding horses without some cooperation from the mares he is bred to. Pictures and eye-witness accounts of SHARIFA show a very smooth compact mare with a beautiful big-eyed head. She had a fine disposition and was a good riding horse, certainly traits to value in the dam of a prospective foundation sire.SHARIFA's pedigree is less consistently English than ABU FARWA's; her sire was one of the famous early "straight Davenports" and was trained for the track, setting records in speed trials. He has proven one of the most valuable outcrosses to English blood in this country, ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK being just one of many successful results of this blend. SHARIFA's dam FERDITH was the first foal of the former top sire FERSEYN, and remains one of his best achievements; she topped an early-day California production sale and went on to produce many outstanding Arabians, including a remarkable lineup by ABU FARWA. It will most interesting to read Carol Mulder's article on FERDITH and her produce when she gets to her numerically, as she knew this group of good horses well. FERDITH's dam ARDITH founded a good family in the Northwest; she was a great-granddaughter of *ABU ZEYD, called by Lady Anne Lytton the most beautiful son of MESAOUD, so crossing back to the top of the pedigree.
[Note added in 1999: Ardith's paternal granddam Domow is registered, impossibly, as the bay daughter of two chestnut parents. The latest investigations confirm that her dam line matches that of the chestnut *Wadduda, so this *Abu Zeyd connection is no longer supported by the evidence. The sire of Domow is being sought among the bay stallions in Homer Davenport's possession in 1912. MB]
The rest of ARDITH's background was again the Davenport desert group - so ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK's pedigree represents English breeding outcrossed with two highly successful American lines of closer desert derivation.
This pedigree produced a remarkable horse who offers an illustration of the fact that the most worthwhile horses do not always get an opportunity to have brilliant show careers. ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK won his class at Pomona as a yearling and as far as I know never entered a show ring again. He has spent the rest of his life as a breeding stallion, although as a mature horse he was started under saddle and proved a willing and enjoyable mount for trail and pleasure riding in his spare time.After winning that colt class he was purchased by Carleton Cummings and taken to Idaho where he stood several seasons, his first foals arriving in 1952. He was used on Mr. Cummings' mares and on some Kellogg mares at the University of Idaho during this period. Some time after 1955 he was moved to Spokane, Washington where it seems he remained for the remainder of his owner's life; it was at this time, the Arabian population of Washington being a bit higher than that of Idaho, that he stood to some outside mares. At Mr. Cummings' death the horse went into retirement for a couple of years, returning to active duty in 1965 on lease to the Synowski Ranch in Oregon. He was purchased from the Cummings estate by Lois Selby Perry, spending one season on lease at Glenwood Farm in Iowa on the way to Connecticut and the Perry establishment.
ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK was not used to sharing his world with a number of stallions and did not thrive at Perrys'; he was made available to the Illings of Twin Brook Farm in New York, first on lease and eventually by sale. In January of 1975 he made what is expected to be his last move and change of ownership; he is now "alive and well in Waldorf, Maryland" and being used lightly at stud. He observed his 27th birthday quietly and shows every sign of planning on at least a few more.
Listing the ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK get and descendants of note is simply beyond me in the time at hand - besides, I don't have the whole October issue to fill with their stories. Rather than offend some by mentioning others I will risk offending all by limiting myself to general statements. ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK and his sons have sired many winners in halter and performance in Arabian and open shows, ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK is on the Leading Sire list (he is accounted the third leading siring son of Abu Farwa) and has founded a strong male line, with many sons and tail male descendants represented every year by Class A winners. His get and descendants include regional and Legion of Merit champions and U.S. and Canadian Top Tens at halter and performance, and National Champions in performance. He is, simply, a fine sire and an influence for good on the breed.
The story of ANTEZEYN SKOWRONEK has been 27 years in the telling (leaving out the years of prologue before his birth) and this short sketch is hardly an adequate summary.
NOTE: I sincerely thank all those who participated in this tribute, and apologize to those who would have taken part had they been notified, or notified sooner.