It is the stallion Narim RASB, a grey foaled in 1980 at Tersk Stud in Russia, who wields the most influence at Al Waha. "He has put us on the map," states Jane. "His offspring inherit beautifully-set, expressive eyes, superb lay of shoulder, a high-set arched neck, excellent coupling, strength of back, length of quarter and a level topline; they're extremely athletic movers with a naturally high tail carriage." Suffice it to say that he was Sire Progeny Champion with only two foal crops on the ground at the 1989 National Show; second Leading Sire of the Show at the 1990 and 1991 National Show, and third Leading Sire of the Year in 1991. He raced in Russia with a record of 2/16 (3-6-5) 2.
In 1992 and 1993, the stallion Gonorar (Menes x Mastika by Aswan), bred at Tersk and imported in 1990, covered most of the Al Waha mares. Purchased as "the next step" in the breeding program after many years of searching. "He added extraordinary type," she says. "I saw him in Russia in 1987, the year he won the St. Leger, while on a shopping trip for a Middle Eastern sheikh. Initial inquiries to purchase produced a firm 'niet' from the Russians. In his first season in the show ring, in 1991, he won his class at our National Show; was U.K. International Champion Stallion, and third in Paris in the World Championships to Simeon Shai. In 1993, he was British National Champion Stallion and also won the Roy Creber, the Supreme Championship, entitling him to go to Wembley for the Horse of the Year Show to represent the Arabian breed." Gonorar died in 1996 before he could fulfil his promise as a sire.
Palubnik (Balaton x Pesnianka by Nabeg) has been leased since 1996, after the untimely death of Gonorar. Standing 15.1 hands, Palubnik is a different-looking horse than Gonorar but is proving as consistent a sire as Narim RASB. Jane comments, "I am very fortunate to have two such sires during one breeder's lifetime".
With the interest at Al Waha in the English lines, now owned is the Courthouse stallion Spearmint (Shammar x Sappho by Blenheim). A British National Champion, Spearmint has an extremely rare pedigree and will be used to continue the English lines.