Perhaps no farm in the United States made a more vidionary commitment to World Champion Stallion Al Adeed Al Shaqab than Lyday Farms of Honey Grove, Texas. Lyday Farms dedicated several of their finest mares to Al Adeed shortly after his arrival in the US from Al Shaqab of Doha, Qatar. The quality of foals that resulted early on prompted Lyday to continue to choose Al Adeed for many of their best mares, with excellent results. With the arrival of one last Al Adeed foal due in 2011. Lyday Farms will have produced a total of eleven foals by the "Prince of Qatar".
The *Magidaa Descendants:
LF Asil Ibn Al Adeed was the first Al Adeed foal bred by Lyday Farms, foaled in July 2007. Asil is the result of a particularly interesting cross. Asil's dam Asila Al Shaqab was also bred by H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al- Thani of Al Shaqab is by PVA Kariim, and descends from the Abbeyan Om Jurays dam line through world famous mare *Magidaa.
Like most of Lyday's Al Adeed foals, Asil is a smooth bodied horse with good legs, a good hip, and a nicely set on neck. Relatively show-maturing, Asil gets much better each year. He is a bold, charismatic stallion with good tail carriage.
Lyday Farms rebred Asil's dam Asila Al Shaqab to Al Adeed in 2007, and again in 2008. In the corresponding foaling years, Asila Al Shaqab produced two full sisters to Asil. Asila Al Shaqab, her 2008 filly LF Aliah Bint Adeed, and Asila's 2009 in utero foal were subsequently sold and exported to Italy.
Early in 2009, Asila Al Shaqab's daughter LF Majik Star, by Marquis I, foaled LF Al Saher. Al Saher is a 3/4 brother to Asil and Aliah. Also a *Magidaa tail female descendant, he is a particularly refined, long legged colt with very good length of neck.
Al Saher is a well balanced two year old who promises to be a stallion of excellent type and quality. Although he is a bit more reflective of the Gleannloch breeding program than Asil, Like Asil his body, hip, and overall conformation leave no doubt he is a son of Al Adeed.
The Yosreia Descendants Through Shahrzada:
A total of three very special pure in the strain Hadban Enzahi foals were born at Lyday Farms in 2008 and 2010. All three descend from Lyday's foundation mare TF Shardali, tail female to the EAO bred mare *Serenity Shahra, out of Shahrzada (full sister to the immortal Aswan), out of Yosreia. "Shahrzada... produced the two lovely mares Serenity Sabra (by Sameh) and Serenity Shahra (by Anter), exported to Canada (and eventually incorporated [into] the Imperial broodmare band) where their stock has percolated back throughout the world." Consequently, Egypt is the only source of the Hadban Enzahi strain.
Of note, both Lyday's TF Shardali and Al Shaqab's Al Adeed Al Shaqab owe their excellent and influential maternal granddams to Imperial Egyptian Stud. The former resulted from Imperial's insightful selection of *Serenity Shahra, bred by the EAO and crossed with Ansata Imperial to produce Imperial Sharah, and the latter resulted from Imperial's choice of *Malekat El Gamal, bred by Sayed Marei of Albadeia Stud of Egypt and crossed with Kayed to produce *Imperial Sayyah.
TF Shardali by Imperial Imdal, and her 2000 daughter Thee Makers Rose lie at the heart of the Lyday Farms breeding program. TF Shardali is a powerfully moving, very good bodied, showy mare. At the age of 18 Shardali still has a strong back and lots of attitude. She has a well shaped neck with a clean throatlatch, and large dark eyes. Shardali's daughter Thee Makers Rose is an ultra refined, very feminine, beautiful mare.
In May 2008 Thee Makers Rose produced LF Antar Ibn Adeed, by Al Adeed. Antar is a typey and substantial dark rose-grey colt with tippy ears, a beautiful Al Adeed/Shardali hip, a super laid back shoulder, and an admirable disposition. "[The Hadban Enzahi] proves to be the linch pin behind the unusually high number of good sires within Egyptian bloodlines... and yet a quick 'recce' of the stallions produced by the numerically small family says it all."
In 2010, a wonderful course of events brought Lyday four more Al Adeed foals, influding two out of their very special foundation mare TF Shardali. Born only a day apart, TF Shardali's newest foals are LF Sharif, a grey colt born on April 29th, and LF Sharifah, a bay filly born on April 30th. The siblings are predictably good bodied and balanced. The nearly-solid bay filly Sharifah continues to get more refined each passing month, while she maintains her shy yet curious demeanor.
The last two Al Adeed foals born at Lyday Farms in 2010 left little room for disappiontment. LF Rakizah, meaning 'treasure', is a brave and exuberant ruby red filly born on May 14th. Her dam Tammens Treasure is a lovely Tammen daughter, on lease to Lyday Farms from Eastern Star Arabians. Mare and foal descend in their dam line from Henry Babson's bay Dahman Shahwaniah mare Bint Bint Sabbah, bred by the Roal Agricultural Society of Egypt. LF Rakizah inherited the good body Lyday expected from her grandsire Tammen, and her sire Al Adeed, along with an upright, well shaped neck and fine tapered muzzle. Like a newly kindled flame, the bright bold LF Rakizah seemed to know she was a treasure from the start.
...And The Star:
On June 6th, the Kuhaylan Rodaniah mare Tahanie gave birth to a small, large eyed, strikingly beautiful grey colt. The colt was named LF Tali, meaning "rising star", and he is not the first star produced by Tahanie. Tahanie's 2006 filly Bint Tahanie won the tough 2010 Egyptian Event Extended Specialty Four Year-old Mare class. To her credit, Bint Tahanie edged out DeShazer Arabian's super 2008 Egyptian Even Junior Champion Mare DeSha Indeed, who came in second. Also of note, LF Tali and DeSha Indeed are both sired by Al Adeed Al Shaqab, and descend in their dam lines to Bint Rissala.
LF Tali's dam Tahanie is by Ibn Morafin, out of a *Talal daughter, and again out of an Ibn Morafic daughter. Tahanie inherited the large, dark, ethereal eyes of *Talal, which she in turn passed on to LF Tali, along with a tiny muzzle. Aside from having a pedigree of dreams, LF Tali is perhaps the most refined of Lyday's Al Adeed colts so far. LF Tali was born with a quiet, confident, almost timeless perception of the world around him. He possesses something beyond words, and one who understands the true nature of the straight Egyptian horse cannot help but love Tahanie's young colt.
In 2011, Lyday is expecting one last foal by Al Adeed, out of the exceptionally well bred mare EAI Maadeena, by Imperial Madheen. Qatari breeders have commented on the success of the Al Adeed/ Imperial Madheen cross, and Lyday puts their faith in Maadeena's foal being no exception!
The history of Lyday Farms dates back to the 1830's when cotton was 'king' and livestock were commonly seen throughout the landscape. Located in the rural east Texas countryside, the original 50 acre homestead has belonged to Sandra Lyday Fernandes' family for several generations.
Owners Gary and Sandra Fernandes became intensely interested in horses as their other business interests wound down and their desire increased to create a lasting legacy for their children and grandchildren. It wasn't long before the goals fo Lyday Farms' first class Egyptian Arabian breeding program were defined.
Gary and Sandra added over 1,200 additional acres to the original plot as well as the finest equine facilities, including state of the art barns, training equipment, and carefully maintained pastures. Lyday Farm's family has been hard at work continuing to build a world-class breeding program. A new barn with boarding and training facilities was added in 2003, and an additional 15 stalls are planned for construction in the training barn this fall.
Under the expert guidance of head trainer and manager Bryan Jeffries, and breeding manager Melinda Jeffries, they are now seeing the fruits of their labors in their eighth foal crop. "Quality in our operations is formost and is an integral part of both our breeding and training program," states Gary. In many ways the history of Lyday Farms is still in the making. "Our history will be determined by what we do every day," he continues. "I'm sure that the initial momentum we've worked hard to create will continue to build as we move forward together with this wonderful breed."
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