Imperial Al Kamar

1987 — 2018

by Jody Cruz

In most cases, we plan and strategize a perfect mating or well thought out purchase, but in Imperial Al Kamar’s case, it was something much more. We were not looking for a stallion in 2007, especially a 20-year-old, but when we heard that Imperial Egyptian Stud was closing their doors, I asked my good friend, Polly Shaefer of Eastern Star Arabians, to inquire if Kamar might be available. Not surprisingly, they had a waiting list of breeders wanting to purchase him. An Egyptian Event junior Champion Colt and sire of many Egyptian Event and regional winners, I knew that Imperial’s manager, Beverly Sziraky, wanted him to stay in the country and to move to a warmer climate, due to his age and a previous ankle injury. I was also told that she wanted him to go to a family who had mares that might complement him well. So I knew we had a chance. I checked back every couple of days and waited. I didn’t really believe Beverly when she called to say that we could purchase Kamar. Over the next 10 years, Kamar was to have a significant influence on the Rancho Bulakenyo breeding program. We were very lucky that he crossed so well with our mares, in particular with Binte Aziza MH. Together they produced three full brothers, Kaliph MH, Bashar Al Kamar MH, and Nour Al Kamar MH and a daughter, Bint Binte Aziza MH. The truth is Kamar was more than just a horse, he was a very unique and special creation. He waited 20 years, but he came home to Rancho Bulakenyo where he lived to the wonderful old age of 31½ years old.

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