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*Garaveen | Ghanigat | *Ghazala | Ghazil | Guemura | Gulastra | Gulnare

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Gulastra Studbook IV

Leafy Bullet  Gulastra  Leafy Bullet
AHR #521

Color: Dark Chestnut    Sex: Stallion
Foaled: May 31, 1924

Sire: *Astraled (Mesaoud x Queen of Sheba by Desert Bred)

Dam: Gulnare (*Rodan x *Ghazala by Ibn Sherara)

W.R. (William Robinson) Brown
Maynesboro Stud
Berlin, New Hampshire

Last Owner of Record:
Bazy Tankersley
Al-Marah Arabians

Markings: Broad blaze, near fore stocking, near hind pastern. Height: 14.3 Weight: 900 lbs.

Double registered with The Thoroughbred Jockey Club in their American Stud Book as No. 108963.

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From our Arieana Notebook: 
Gulastra became the greatest progenitor of the Mesaoud sireline in the United States. He was one of the most well-traveled horses of the pre-international era, and left a valued legacy wherever he stood at stud. 

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We proudly present the photo above to illustrate Gulastra's strength and long-lasting productive influence. All these stallions pictured above are descending from the Rahas branch of Gulastra's sireline, and all, with the exception of of Tamarif, appear in the pedigrees of Arieana's Arabians. Indentity (left to right) in this photo taken at the AHASC Club's Annual Fall Show at the Pomona Fairgrounds in 1950 reads: Tamarif, who is the son of Tamarlane, who is the son of Abu Farwa, who is the son of Rabiyas, who is the son of Rahas, and finally Gulastra himself at age 27.

Gulastra sired a total of 117 purebred registered foals and his name is synonymous with the versatile, athletic traits for which the CMK Heritage breeding traditions have become known and admired. In particular, Gulastra, a highly-spirited "red head" with kindly disposition, was noted as himself having a fast flat-footed walk with lots of impulsion and siring foals with the same traits. While under the ownership of General J.M. Dickinson of Travelers Rest, he sired Kolastra, a stallion accepted into Volume I of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Association of America Studbook Appendix Section for his proven ability at the running walk. Some people have mentioned Gulastra was "hot", but Bazy Tankersley noted in the Arabian Horse Journal December 1976 "...that he and his foals, if carefully broken, were sweet, but if handled roughly, they rebelled and were fractious." It has also been noted that purebred Arabians did not breed on within the Tennessee Walking Horse breed for they rebelled at the harsh training methods, and today we do not find them readily listed in TWH pedigrees. But that does not stop us at Arieana Arabians, for we love the amble and encourage this gait in our horses. We believe, although not yet  genetically proven, that this natural gaiting ability is coming down to our own bloodstock through this branch of the Mesaoud sireline.

Gulastra is "Blue Listed" in the Ott Catalogue and considered pure Egyptian by some sectors. The following gives a brief summary of his life and travels, his owners and his foals.

Bred by W.R. Brown and foaled at his Maynesboro Stud in Berlin, New Hampshire. Covered his first mares at three years old and sired a total of 14 foals there including Rahas, Kolastra, and Nusi, and one for Albert W. Harris.
Purchased by William Randolph Hearst during the Maynesboro Dispersal Sale and moved to his stables at San Simeon, California where he sired three foal crops including the stallion Balastra.
Purchased by General J.M. Dickinson and moved to Dickinson's Travelers Rest Farm in Tennessee where he was highly regarded as the sire of quality foals with excellent dispositions. Peggy Fleming also recalled in a personal communication that Gulastra was schooled by her father's old groom in five gaits (walk, trot, canter, running walk or slow gait, and rack) and was able to present them quite creditably, winning prizes at the five gaits in horse shows, and that Gulastra was "...very showy and willing, never a problem in any way." (Fleming, May 14-17, 2002).
When Dickinson closed down his operation in Tennessee, Gulastra went to Clifford A. Lodwick of Ohio and later on to H.V. Tormohlen of Indiana.
By this time, Gulastra was owned by John Rapp and living near Santa Fe, New Mexico "...running loose and living in a shack and not being cared for." In 1950, Howard M. Marks of Tracy, California, sent his accountant down there to buy him for $2,500, sight unseen at age 25. Howard Marks was totally satisfied with his purchase and is quoted as saying: "He was a good-headed horse, with a big eye on him, short ears, and he was a chestnut without too much white." (Parkinson, p.265) 
In 1954, in one of the biggest moves in his life, Gulastra was flown across the United States by Howard Marks in a lease-exchange for Indraff in cooperation with Bazy Tankersley of Al-Marah Arabians who at that time was located in Maryland near Washington D.C. Bazy Tankersley believed Gulastra to be the oldest living Arabian stallion still breeding, and Gulastra rewarded their efforts with eleven purebred foals for that 1954 breeding season and his last foal crop  ~  remarkable indeed considering that by then Gulastra was 29 years young. Unfortunately Gulastra was never to see California again. In March 1955, Gulastra injured or fractured his right forearm, and it was decided with a phone call to Howard Marks to have Gulastra put down. Gulastra was 30 years old at the time of his death. (Hoffman, p. 4). Gulastra's headstone was a gift from Howard Marks to Robbi Pruitt as she was the last owner of Gulastra's youngest son ROH Beta Gulastra. (Synowski, p. 2).
In fitting tribute Albert W. Harris said of Gulastra: "Good himself, from the best blood that produces better than himself." (Hoffman, p. 4). Gulastra's pedigree reflected the Blunts' preference to blend their direct-from-the-desert sources with horses acquired in Egypt from the stud of Ali Pasha Sherif. Of particular note Gulastra was line bred to the Ali Pasha Sherif sire Aziz II, having four crosses to this chestnut sire of two important horses in the Blunt program: Mesaoud and Bint Helwa (Synowski, p. 2). With his own 13 crosses to Gulastra, we look now to the Arieana-bred rising star and future herd sire Haat Pursuit as he carries forward his sireline Gulastra heritage, traditions, and legacy.

Happy Trails!

~Suzi Morris (08/20/2012)

Research Resources:
Brown, W.R., The Horse of the Desert. Originally published 1929. Reprinted by the Macmillan Company, New York, New York. 1947.

Conn, George H., "Pure-Bred Arabian Horses Imported Into The United States (1879-1948)," The Arabian Horse in America. A. S. Barnes and Company, New York, New York. 1972. pp. 192-194.

Dickinson, J.M., A Catalogue of Travelers Rest Arabian Horses 1947. Reprinted by the Arabian Horse Trust, Denver, Colorado. 1988.

Fleming, Margaret (Peggy). Personal Communication via e-mail. May 14-17, 2002.

Hoffman, James C. "Gulastra". Copy of undated 4-page article courtesy of Sandy Obermeyer. Atascadero, California. 

Maynesboro Arabian Stud: Catalogue for Season 1927. Berlin, New Hampshire, U.S.A. 1927.

Parkinson, Mary Jane. ...And Ride Away Singing. Al-Marah Arabians. Arabian Horse Owners Foundation, Tucson, Arizona. 1998. pp. 56-59.

Parkinson, Mary Jane. "Foundation Breeder: Howard Marks Family." Arabian Horse World. August 2002: pp. 264-273.

Synowski, Rick. "Gulastra". Article prepared for the 2009 Al Khamsa/CMK Symposium. Bend, Oregon. 2009.

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Pedigree of Gulastra AHR #521

Aziz RAS 41
Mesaoud GSB 2070
Yemameh Egypt 88
*Astraled 238
Desert Bred
Queen of Sheba
GSB 31
Desert Bred
AHR #521
Harb GSB 397
*Rodan 258
*Rose of Sharon 246
Gulnare 278
Ibn Sherara
Egypt 138
*Ghazala 211
Bint Helwa GSB 140
Sire Line: Zobeyni (Abbas Pasha) through Mesaoud (Blunt)
Tail Female: Ghazieh (Abbas Pasha) (Saqlawiyah Jidraniyah)
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Source of Pedigree Data: Arabian Horse Association DataSource 2000. Arabian Horse Registry of America, Inc., Denver Colorado, 1999.

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For more information on Gulastra or to see for yourself how his influence lives on in the prized and cherished horses of Arieana Arabians, please contact us. Visitors are always welcome; appointments are appreciated.

Suzi Morris
28952 Via Hacienda
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-5546
Phone: 949-248-1260

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Copyright © 2003-2012. Website designed and maintained by Suzi Morris. All rights reserved. This page originally created for Arieana's Heritage Notebook November 2, 2004. Revised and updated August 20, 2012.