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*Rose of Sharon

Leafy Bullet Rose of Sharon Leafy Bullet
AHR #246
(GSB #108)

Color: Chestnut
Sex: Mare
Foaled: May 12, 1885

Sire: Hadban (Desert Bred)

Dam: Rodania (Desert Bred)

Breeder: Crabbet Arabian Stud. Sussex, England

Dam of 13 purebred Arabian foals (7 colts and 6 fillies) as registered both here in the United States and in England, for which we at Arieana Arabians most appreciate her dynastic influence mid-pedigree through her sons Rijm and *Rodan and her daughters Ridaa and Rosa Rugosa.

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From our Arieana Notebook: *Rose of Sharon, imported as an aged mare to the United States by Spencer Borden, is the line foundress of a remarkable world-wide dynasty and is, without question, one of the greatest mares ever imported to the United States. After a long and productive life in England and after several years of negotiations between Spencer Borden and Lady Anne Blunt, *Rose of Sharon finally arrived at Colonel Borden's Interlachen Stud in Fall River, Massachusetts in October, 1905. She was in foal to Harb, a son of Mesaoud, and in the following January, 1906, the colt *Rodan was born, he being her 12th foal.

In addition to her myriad other qualities, *Rose of Sharon was admired for the beauty of her golden chestnut coat with flaxen mane and tail, and she remained flaxen to the end. Lady Wentworth is quoted as having written: "Rose of Sharon. Golden Chestnut with white mane and tail. The colour constantly reappears in her descendants, and after crossing with brown develops maroon almost black chestnut with flaxen or golden manes and tails. With golden bay cross instead of brown, it sometimes reappears as a vivid iridescent buttercup gold of dazzling brilliancy with lighter gold mane."

Ironically neither Lady Anne Blunt nor Spencer Borden cared for *Rose of Sharon's flashy coloring and extensive white markings; but we are grateful that her other numerous qualities were recognized and appreciated, for through her foals those same traits of good basic riding horse conformation, balance and type, style and elegance have been consistently passed on down to us through her descending generations.

In closing I sit here with memories of our own Gleeful Pico and smile as I think of how similar these descriptions of *Rose of Sharon's coat coloration are to those of Gleeful Pico and her own son Haat Pursuit. And I feel compelled to quote this paragraph as written by Carol Mulder in my tribute to them all: "*Rose of Sharon had a certain style about her and sometimes appeared elegantly superior. It was a look which almost seemed as though she knew she was a beautiful and great lady and was above caring what the rest of the world might think; she seems to have perhaps had an air of aloofness and possibly even a trace of disdain." 

*Rose of Sharon died in 1907 at the age of 22, only three months after having her last and 13th foal Rosa Rugosa. But her legacy still lives on in the foals of Arieana's Arabians!

~Suzi Morris (updated 01/29/06)

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Bibliography:
Archer, Rosemary, Colin Pearson and Cecil Covey. The Crabbet Arabian Stud, Alexander Heriot & Co. Ltd., Northleach, Gloucestershire, England. 1994. p. 245

Borden, Spencer. The Arab Horse. Doubleday, Page & Company, New York, New York. 1906. pp. 93-94

Bowling, Michael. Personal Communication dated June 23, 1997.

Mulder, Carol June Woodbridge. Imported Foundation Stock of North American Arabian Horses Volume 2 (Revised Edition). Borden Publishing Company, Los Angeles, California. 1993. pp. 189-196.

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Pedigree of *Rose of Sharon AHR #246

Desert Bred
Desert Bred
Desert Bred
Hadban GSB 49
Desert Bred
Desert Bred
Desert Bred
*Rose of Sharon
AHR #246
Desert Bred
Desert Bred
Desert Bred
Rodania GSB 13
Desert Bred
Desert Bred
Desert Bred
Sire Line: Hadban (1878) (Blunt) (Hadban Enzekhi)
Tail Female: Rodania (Blunt) (Kuhaylan Rudan)

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

Suzi Morris
ARIEANA ARABIANS
28952 Via Hacienda
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-5546
Phone: 949-248-1260
e-mail: arieana@fea.net


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