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wpeC9.jpg (7792 bytes) Nazeer
"An Egyptian Legend"

by Suzanne Phillips - 1999
Sex: Stallion
Sire: Mansour (RAS)
Dam: Bint Samiha (RAS)
Color: Grey (born chestnut)
Markings: Star
Born: August 9, 1934
Number: RAS Volume 1 page 72
Registries: RAS/EAO
Breeder: Royal Agricultural Society, Egypt
Importer: N/A
Tail-Male: Saklawi I (APS)
Tail-Female: Venus (KDV)
Height: 14.3 hands
Strain: Hadban-Enzahi
Died: June 7,1960

Race Record:

20 (4-6-1-4)

Straight Egyptian
Sheykh Obeyd
An Arabian Horse World
"Sire of Significance"

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Nazeer in Egypt at 17 years of age
photo from Richard Pritzlaff - 1957

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from EAO collection

      NAZEER (RAS) was born in 1934 at the Kafr Farouk Stud of the Royal Agricultural Society of Egypt.  By MANSOUR (RAS) and out of BINT SAMIHA (RAS), NAZEER began life as a chestnut with a star upon his forehead and the name of Noseir, which translates to "That which attracts the eye."

       In 1937, NAZEER'S clean legs, deep chest and powerful hindquarters caught the eye of race trainer Sheikh Abdel el Sabek.  Over the next four years, NAZEER was campaigned as a race horse at the tracks of Egypt, finishing with a record of 20(4-6-1-4). (20 races where he finished 1st four times, 2nd six times, 3rd once and 4th four times).

   Retired from racing at the age of seven, NAZEER returned to Kafr Farouk, sound and ready to be used as a breeding stallion.  His competition for mares of the RAS included his own sire MANSOUR (RAS), as well as IBN RABDAN (RAS), SHAHLOUL (RAS), IBN SAMHAN (RAS), BALANCE (RAS) and SHEIKH EL ARAB (RAS).  Since these were all proven stallions, NAZEER'S fate as a stud seemed remote.  As a result, NAZEER was sent to a stallion depot where he was used upon the mares of the local farmers. 

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photo from Judith Forbis


      These were the lean years of World War II.  NAZEER seemed doomed to obscurity until the RAS hired the famed Hungarian horseman, General Tibor von Pettko Szandtner.  At the time of NAZEER'S "discovery" by General Szandtner, NAZEER was a mature snow white stallion of 15 years.  The general had been looking for a stallion carrying the lines of MANSOUR.  Since he also liked the breeding of BINT SAMIHA, NAZEER was recovered from the stallion depot.  Szandtner described NAZEER as being fine-skinned, with correct legs and good action.

     It was thus, that after being brought back to the RAS, NAZEER was bred to FOTNA (Futna) and the following year she foaled a filly by the name of DAHMA II.  NAZEER'S career as a breeding stallion began to take off.  As the quality of his get increased, the quality of the mares he was given to breed increased accordingly. As horsemen the world over began to visit the RAS, later known as the Egyptian Agricultural Organization (EAO), NAZEER sons and daughters began populating the Arabian breeding sheds in other countries. HADBAN ENZAHI (Kamel in Egypt) and GHAZAL went to Germany.  ASWAN went to the USSR.  *RASHAD IBN NAZEER, *BINT MONIET EL NEFOUS, *ANSATA IBN HALIMA, *MORAFIC, *RAMSES FAYEK, *BINT MAISA EL SAGHIRA and others came to the United States.  In all, 23 NAZEER sons and daughters eventually found their way to the USA, the last one imported in 1973.

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at home
photo by Pritzlaff

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      NAZEER was the sire of 100 purebred foals for the Egyptian Agricultural Society.   This does not include seven foals that died before they were registered plus an additional three that are unaccounted for.  He had 57 sons and 43 daughters.     
      In the United States in particular, Egyptian Arabian were being bred according to how many "lines to Nazeer" the resulting offspring would have.  In the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's and into the 1980's, Nazeer line-breeding was carried on to such an extent that very few straight Egyptian Arabians today can be found that do not carry at least one line to Nazeer.

     NAZEER died of old age on June 7, 1960.  He was close to 26 years of age.  He left behind a legacy that few stallions can ever hope to achieve. 

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photo by Richard Pritzlaff