The End of *Hamrah’s Story

This was the back cover ad for the program of the 2013 Al Khamsa/CMK Convention & Symposium. We’ve seen a cropped version of this photograph before, but the uncropped version, showing the crowd admiring *Hamrah, is new.

This picture shows *Hamrah early in his career, ridden by Said Abdallah at one of Homer Davenport’s farm social events. The studbook record of *Hamrah ends with his 1923 and 1924 foal crops–three fillies bred by Mrs John G Winant. The story picks up in Northern California, when Mr. Winant retired the horse with his fellow WWI pilot, noted stockman Phillip G. Smith. *Hamrah was bred to the local mares, and lived to the age of 32.  We owe this information to Mr. Smith’s niece, Louise Pryor Charles, who owned one of *Hamrah’s half-Arab get.

Fathers and Sons

Sometimes a resemblance carries through the generations; sometimes an entirely unique individual makes his or her mark. Last September while visiting Davenport breeder Betty Ball, I was struck by how familiar certain young horses are, even when I’m meeting them for the first time. Although this post focuses on stallions, it’s important to not overlook the tremendous influence our mares have on this program. However, too many pictures can overwhelm — links to pictures of mares (where we have them) are included.

Starting almost at the beginning, Sir (Tripoli x Dharebah) 1958 grey stallion


Clearly one of the foundation stallions of the Davenport breeding program, Sir is pictured here at age thirty.

Bred to the second foundation mare Dhalana, pictured below, Sir produced the influential stallion Lysander.


Dhalana (Salan x Dharanah) 1950 grey mare, pictured as an aged mare.

Lysander (Sir x Dhalana) 1966 grey stallion.


Lysander is a dominant influence throughout the Krush and Core Haifi families of Davenports — Junes Air, Desert Air, C-Lysara, Javera Thadrian (Triermain CF), Ionian, Audacity (Audobon), Demetria, and Lydian all trace to Lysander. From here we can follow footpaths to many different destinations — great dams, amenable stallions, family groups, et cetera.

For now, please enjoy Lysander’s son, Dubloon CF (Lysander x Decibel) 1988 grey stallion, an older gentleman, and Dubloon CF’s 2008 son, Gilad Ibn Dubloon (Dubloon CF x Genuine Tes LD), a young fellow with many years ahead of him.

Dubloon CF


Gilad Ibn Dubloon

Gilad Ibn Dubloon

Dubloon certainly shows qualities from Decibel, dam of many of the non-Fasal Core Haifi family. And Gilad Ibn Dubloon is no exact replica of Lysander or Sir — Genuine Tes LD is making her way into the mix. But it is a fun parlor game to play — to see glimpses of the father in the son, and in the son.

Decibel: Decibel (Dharanad x Dixie) 1974 chestnut mare
Genuine Tes LD: Genuine Tes LD (Tesio CF x LD Genisis) 2002 bay mare
For more pictures of Dubloon CF, visit his album.
For more pictures of Gilad Ibn Dubloon, visit his album.

2013 Al Khamsa-CMK Convention

The theme of the 2013 Al Khamsa convention is “After Davenport”, and included in the festivities is a unique opportunity to visit the mounted skeleton of Jadaan (*Abbeian x Amran) 1916 grey stallion, famous for being Rudolph Valentino’s mount in Son of the Sheik.



For more details on hotel rates, rental car rates, et cetera, please visit the Event Page at the Al Khamsa website,

2013 Al Khamsa/CMK Annual Convention and Symposium
September 13-15, 2013
Sacramento, California

We will be hosting our fellow preservationist CMK breeders for a joint event at the outstanding Starr-Vaughn Equestrian Center.

A Tour of UC Davis to see the mounted skeleton of Jadaan in person!
Farm Tours!
Fantasia and Speakers!
Silent Auction and Banquet!
Wine Tour!
Rancho Cordova also has a few public golf courses in the area –
if there’s interest we could help organize a round on Sunday or Monday.
Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove are close to Old Sacramento, Aquatic Park, many museums, about 45 minutes from Auburn (location of the finish line for the Tevis Cup), and about an hour from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park.

… to enhance public awareness of the Davenport Arabian Horse as Homer Davenport knew it.

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