East West Equestrian Arts is the home of the Jilfan Sitam al Bulad Preservation Program.
Nafis Rafiq, Safin n Niya, Bahiya Mizan and Pasha Miriya are likely the last four Arabians in the USA with an unbroken damJilfan Sitam al Bulad bloodline. Tradition traces bloodlines and subgroups of horses through the maternal (dam) bloodline back to the original clan and family that bred that strain. These four have a mother's bloodline that traces all the way back to Syria to the Jilfan Sitam al Bulad (also spelled with other variations).
They may* also be the last unbroken Jilfan Sitam al Bulad dam line globally. The clan that founded the Jilfan Sitam al Bulad line is from Syria north of Aleppo. The last news was that all contact with that clan was lost after the fall of 2016 bombings. *Purity and lines in Arabians can be very subjective
These are also very rare Early American Foundation arabians. This means all their bloodlines come from horses imported into the USA before 1944. Truly american arabians. There are fewer than 1000 Early American Foundation Arabians of any bloodline.
Finally, these are rare Malabar arabians. Malabars are a strain bred for rare black color, good size, strong bodies and above-average calm intelligent minds with strong empathy for humans. These are throwbacks to the original "live in your tent" Arabians from history. There are only a few hundred breeding 25% or more Malabars remaining.
Each of these qualities alone is rare.
Those three combined qualities make these four the last of the last and as rare as horses get.
Why is preservation important
There are many Arabians in the world. Why work so hard to save these four and continue their bloodline?
This Jilfan Sitam al Bulad bloodline, and the Malabars and Early American Foundation arabians - all are at risk of vanishing and taking their unique DNA with them. Someday, that unique DNA could be the key to solving a horse disease. Or bringing back a valuable genetic trait.
These Jilfan horses are unusual. You have to meet them to fully appreciate just how much. They are conscious beings, intelligent, thoughtful, caring. Their empathy is very strong.
East West welcomes visitors - you may come meet them for yourself and experience their unique empathy. Whether you are able to travel to East West and meet them in person, or must participate from a distance, you can be part of their journey, part of the circle of life and new births and the return of a precious bloodline.
Time is short and the need for partners in the preservation is urgent.
Rafi the stallion is twenty two years old. The normal lifespan for a horse ranges from the early twenties to thirty plus years. Thirty five is unusual. He has a limited number of years remaining that he will be fertile and can breed.
Miriya is eighteen years old and recovering from a life-threatening medical condition. Miriya needs more supplements, more bodywork, more medical care and special foods.
You can be part of her return to health.
Paperwork must be filed, genetic testing done, Rafi the stallion needs to have his semen collected and preserved for future artificial insemination.
Pregnancy lasts eleven months. A young horse must mature for several years before being bred. This will be long process, saving this bloodline, and must begin immediately. It will take a village to complete the task. You can be part of the Jilfan Sitam village. You can watch the mares bloom, foals be born, help with the naming, and follow their growth to adults.
We get one chance to save this bloodline
Once they are gone, they can never be replaced or duplicated. Please help to preserve this Jilfan Sitam al Bulad line.
Where and how are the funds spent
All funds raised will be spent only on the care and preservation of these four horses and their offspring.
Funds will be spent mainly in Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA and nearby town in Pennsylvania, Deleware, Virginia and Maryland. Some out-of-state or international spending will be necessary for the breeding program, exhibition, for purchases such as stallion services, genetic testing, and feeds, supplements and other supplies.
East West maintains a separate bank account for these horses, and all receipts for expenses. East West is not currently seeking non-profit or not-for-profit status. The Jilfan Sitam horses must be exhibited and compete in shows to raise awareness of the bloodline. As showing is sometimes a for-profit activity, non-profit status may not serve these horses best. Nafis Rafiq is offered for breeding service to other Arabian mares. The horses also earn by assisting with teaching at East West (no forced work, the horses volunteer for what they do) and model for social media. Any profits earned by the horses will be reinvested back into the Jilfan Sitam al Bulad Preservation Program, and receipts and records maintained as proof. Click "Help Preserve Now" to donate and join the Preservation Program team!