Once upon a time, a farrier called Freddie Taljaard, as he went from farm to farm plying his trade, came across an old Arabian stallion. The owner had crossed him with his Boerperd mares, but did not have any pure Arabian mares. This stallion was small and very old and was aptly called Prince Valiant, but Freddie knew something about bloodlines. He knew this stallion needed to pass on his blood to a new generation. Fortunately, Freddie had an old mare called Venus of SA Old English breeding, and he brought the two of them together. The old mare conceived and in due time produced a colt. The old stallion died at a ripe old age, but he had left a purebred son: El-Jahrousse Amir.
Freddie loved his colt, so did his wife and children. Amir matured and sired some foals for them. One day they had some visitors from the Perseverance Stud. They knew about bloodlines and had come specially to see the young stallion, Amir. He was galloping along the fence as they drove up the driveway. Straight away they recognised his quality and heritage. They had the perfect mares to go with his bloodlines. They wanted to buy the horse but Freddie said he had turned down many offers and could not part with him.
Amir’s sire, the old stallion, Timarie Prince Valiant, was bred on the legendary Arabian stud of Marie Murray outside Graaff-Reinet. The dam is Jaudet Venus by Barabaz out of Olford Saphire, one of the best Crabbet mares from Betty Arnold’s famous stud. Putting these two bloodlines together was blending the best of the old type of Arabian horse, the kind that is born to be ridden and loves it.
One day Freddie phoned Laura and told her to come and collect Amir. He had thought long and hard and realised he could not keep this stallion at home. He had only four mares, and one was Amir’s dam and another his sister. That left only two mares to breed with: Too few for such a genetic gem. He was prepared to sell Amir to us because we had the right bloodlines to keep the line going, and he knew we would not sell Amir on to make a quick profit on the endurance market! He had summed us up correctly.
So, in 2009, Amir came to the Perseverance Stud at Broederstroom, right next door to the farm where his sire, Timarie Prince Valiant had been born all those years ago. He had come home.
We have six foals from El-Jahrousse Amir’s first season with us, with more on the way this summer. Below are two of his daughters. His stud fee is R5,000 + vat.