Straight Egyptians Centerfold

December 2009

*SAKR+++ and AMAAL

*Sakr+++ and Amaal
Photo: Jerry Sparagowski

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The white stallions *Sakr+++ (left) and Amaal (right) were both integral to the legendary Gleannloch herd. These two stallions were foaled only 18 days apart, in January of 1969. The historic picture above was taken shortly after Douglas and Margaret Marshall moved the Gleannloch herd to their magnificent farm in Barksdale, Texas.

Photographer Jerry Sparagowski first encountered *Sakr+++ at a large Arabian horse show near Lufkin, Texas in the early 1970’s. He described *Sakr+++ as being “a sight to see in the bright sunlight,” with an “astonishing silk-white coat” unparalleled by any white horse since. Mr. Sparagowski first photographed Amaal during a winter photo shoot at Imperial Egyptian Stud in Maryland. Jerry’s memory of Amaal was that he was absolutely beautiful with a gorgeous head and nice dish.

*Sakr+++ was sired by the EAO’s regal chestnut stallion Sultan, and out of the beautiful Morafic daughter Enayat. *Sakr+++ was a Kuhaylan Rodan tracing to Bint Rissala through Inshass’s Yaquota. *Sakr+++ was one of the most winning Arabian horses in history. He held 13 national titles, 123 championships, and the highest award given by the International Arabian Horse Association at that time; the Supreme Legion of Merit. *Sakr+++’s most notable get was his national champion son Nabiel+/.

Amaal was a fantastic producer, and a full brother to the US Reserve National Champion Futurity Stallion Shaikh Al Badi. These full brothers were of the Dahman Shahwan strain, by *Morafic and out of the famous bay show mare *Bint Maisa El Saghira, out of Maisa (EAO). Amaal was not shown due to an injury, but he produced over 25 champions including the US National Top Ten Futurity Stallion Al Saad. Amaal, as an individual, was truly exceptional.

Article compiled by Laurie Schmelzle of Al Badia Arabian Stud, Contributing Editor at

Photograph courtesy of Sparagowski Photo

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