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Eureka, California

Sunday evening, Ahmed and I were on our way to Spokane, where we overnighted and caught an early Monday flight out to Eureka, California, on the northern California coast. We had a busy agenda for the afternoon. Our hostess Elaine Kerrigan had arranged for the majority of the inspection to take place at a large facility just down the road from Elaine's farm. There was a good-sized crowd gathered for the afternoon's activities. Elaine sent me her report of the inspection, and here it is, with some additions in italics added by myself:

"Monday, September 21st, was a warm sunny day, in Eureka, CA., for the last day of the 2009 NASS Inspection Tour. The inspection site was the outdoor arena at Freshwater Valley Stables. The judges arrived just in time for lunch and we enjoyed sandwiches and goodies before tackling the dayʼs tasks."

"The horses to be inspected were the purebred Shagya-Arabian mares, *Thassia (NASS ShA-003-261),(Bahadur x Thirza by Sulayman) owned by Elaine Kerrigan, and KB Shakami Fahim (NASS ShA-05-236), (KB Omega Fahim +++// x Shagyaʼs SzaSza AF by *Shandor), owned by Joan Clark. *Thassia is a recent import from Germany." *Thassia received 8's for type, head, neck and also for her good walk with a long overstride.

Thassia's sire is the black Bahadur, who is familiar to NASS already as a NASS-approved foreign stallion. His sire line is Gazal, since his paternal grandsire is the famous Gazal VII, who threw the black colt Herold in 1972 when bred to the Siglavy IX daughter Hera. The Siglavy line is known as having had some black representatives in the past, although to this author's knowledge, there are no longer any black stallions of the Siglavy sire line.

Thassia's dam Thirza has developed a great reputation in Europe as an athlete as well as a producer. Her sire line is also that of Gazal, through the Bartok son Nasrallah, whose son Sulayman was bred by NASS founding member Countess Arco of Germany. Sulayman's dam was the prolific mare Semira, and of interest to NASS members is that Sulayman is closely related to the NASS-approved stallion *Dante LCR, who is also by Nasrallah, and out of one of Semira's daughters, the Darimahn daughter, Daphne.

*Thassia pedigree and family Helmut Gloy photo

Bahadur (Herold x Bajdala by Ibn Galal)

Approved for breeding in many countries including North America, Bahadur has established a solid reputation as a sport horse as well as a breeding stallion. His grand-dam is a daughter of O’Bajan I, DK. O’Bajan I DK from Babolna was exported to Denmark and is also the sire of O’Bajan I-10, the sire of *Nicolette.

Thirza (Sulayman x Thaya by Shagya XXXIX-11)

Besides being an outstanding broodmare, the recently-deceased Thirza established a great performance record. Bred by Carin Weiss in northern Germany, she has one of the highest overall ratings in Germany, based upon her performance as well as that of her offspring.

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