In memoriam

AHS Premium Stallion Prince Sadik: 1987 - 2008

1987 was a very special year at Mr and Mrs Archer’s Worth Arabian Stud. Four foals were born that year, three fillies and a colt, all grey and all outstanding. The decision was made to keep the three fillies but as the stud did not keep colts the one male foal would be sold.

The three fillies were Silvern Image (Masjid x Silvern Dream), Sema (Prince Saraph x Sa’lilah) and Rose of Medina (Silvern Idyll x Princess Rubiya) and the colt was Prince Sadik (Silver Gauntlet x Princess Alia). Princess Alia is out of Princess Troubadour who was a full sister to Ludo and Silver Gauntlet was out of Silver Mantle by Rajeyd.

Sadik’s pedigree is littered with great horses of the past and was of particular interest to me as I had always loved the Ludo horses. Rajeyd was by Ludo out of Silver Ripple and had outstanding action. The beauty of Silver Mantle together with Rajeyd produced the exceptional colt Silver Gauntlet, bred by Mrs D M Campbell and Mr and Mrs Archer, owned by Rosemary Bretherton of Hawkhurst Arabian Stud. I was so pleased that Alia had produced a colt even though I knew he would have to be sold. In the 1980s selling was not a problem and colts of this quality would remain entire.

The wonderful fillies got all the attention that year but Sadik proved he was equal to them. Princess Alia was entered for the veteran mare class at the Arab Horse Society National Show, which was then held at Ascot. In those days the veteran mare class had mares with or without foals in the ring together and the classes were very large. I was thrilled to pieces that Sadik won the foal class, proving how valuable a colt he was. First outing, first win and many more were to follow.

Toni Thorogood (now Le’vell) purchased Sadik having first seen him at three months old and he went to live in Suffolk after weaning. Sadik was successfully shown by Toni and was well placed in many shows including Towerlands International and won Reserve Junior Male Champion at the South East Region show.

While in Suffolk, Sadik stood at stud with Hilary Chapman and had about 14 visiting mares that year, almost unheard of now and this wonderful crop of foals enabled me at a later date to qualify Sadik as a Premium Stallion with the Arab Horse Society.

I had always been interested in Prince Sadik and had kept in touch with Toni and when I saw him advertised for sale I immediately rang her to enquire after him. My husband and I had recently purchased our home and land in Binley, Andover, Hampshire and I was looking for a horse to ride, not necessarily a stallion but when I knew Sadik was for sale we went to see him with Toni and bought him, even though he had only been backed but not schooled.

Sadik was the first horse to arrive at Binley in August 1993 and a couple of months later he was joined by Sa’lilah and Princess Gaila, who were both in foal. Sadik was king of the place, a joy to have, full of fun and of course that exceptional movement which is very important to me and has been passed on to his progeny. I had never handled a stallion before and it is different to mares but we learnt together and I started riding him. He was a wonderful ride, green but comfortable and we used to go for miles around the countryside having fun. I did enter one show but did not have the knowledge I do now or the ability to train him on. One year I was asked if I would go with a friend and take the Pony Club on a 15 mile ride, I duly said yes and although we got lost Sadik was brilliant. We led the way and at lunchtime, the halfway mark, there was a penned-off area for all the ponies and he was tethered in the corner with his haynet, he was exceptionally well behaved as the ponies were not far away. Anne Pringle, who used to house sit for us, had never ridden Arabians before but loved riding Sadik around the area and my husband, Charles, rode him too.

His reputation in Norfolk and Suffolk continued as he won the Sire High Points at the 1996 summer show and was reserve on two other occasions.

As the stud grew I was not able to ride him as much but he continued to be used for breeding. We were never able to take many visiting mares but my mother sent Silvern Dream for her last foal, the outstandingly beautiful Silvern Pearl, who has lived with us since she was a yearling. Not long after, two of his early playmates, Silvern Image and Sema, came to live at Binley. My mother had already started sending Silvern Image to Sadik when he was with Toni and the first foal had been Ikoni, purchased as a weanling by Hayley Budge. Ikoni needs no introduction, with his outstanding temperament and wonderful stride he done exceptionally well under saddle.

When Silvern Image came to us it seemed sensible to continue with this cross, in-fact Image never went to any other stallion. The cross continued to be so successful that Silvern Prince, Binley Silvern Grace, Binley Golden Reverie all live at Binley and Prince Salim is owned by the Gadebrook Stud. Reverie is the only chestnut offspring of Silvern Image and promises to be outstanding.

Sadly with the lack of experience in covering, not my favourite hobby, Sadik never covered Sa’lilah prior to her retirement from stud. For many years I have tried to cover the daughters but never managed to get them in foal to him. We hope to have two foals by Sadik in 2009.

The wonderful cross of the Dream family with Sadik continued with Image’s daughter, Ismala. Ismala produced two offspring, Binley Ishara, now owned by Jo Corby and Binley Prince Iqbal who has been sold to Shahwan Park Arabians, Australia. Sadly I cannot keep any more stallions but Iqbal is a loss to the UK breeding pool. He was an outstanding moving colt with excellent conformation and we hope he will give the Australian breeders a great new influx of British breeding.

Although Sadik will probably be remembered for his outstanding cross with my mother’s Silver family, he was used by other breeders and all foals born have his exceptional action as well as good temperaments. Llain Arabians in Wales have a 100% Crabbet daughter of his out of Pearl Silva, bred by Carol Carpenter, and they also have two fillies by Sadik’s son Naresh.

Naresh is the only pure Crabbet son of Rose of Bediya who is also mother of British National Champion OAS Panache. Naresh, owned by Jackie Hutchings in Devon, has outstanding movement and temperament and loves being ridden. He sired the excellent race mare Mellway Gold Charm, whose first win was at Lingfield over one mile two furlongs and in Exeter over the same distance, she also won at Brighton, Wolverhampton and Exeter over one mile four furlongs and has had many placings and was just beaten by a nose at Uttoxeter.

In 2001 it was suggested that I should apply for Sadik to become a Premium Stallion and with the Crabbet Convention taking place in 2002 this encouraged me to apply. It is not easy finding out the information required, show results have to be obtained and owners of offspring contacted. At the time, Ikoni was just starting out on his ridden career but Kahruss Ibn Sadik was winning at the major shows, as were other offspring of that successful year up in Suffolk. The gelding Yassa, trained and ridden by Sarah Kellaway, had success on the racetrack and with many of his progeny having success in the ridden environment I soon managed to clock up at least seven offspring (only 3 required) for entry. I submitted my portfolio to the Premium Scheme Committee and awaited the result and was thrilled to have him accepted on the merits of his children. I feel the decision was justified as Sadik has sired some exceptional horses who have done well in performance.

His legacy lives on with his many sons and daughters, which include the Pure Crabbet sons Prince Santros owned by Joan and Jo Parsons of Sharloam Stud, Worcestershire, Naresh, Silvern Prince retained at Binley, Binley Prince Salim owned by Anne Brown of Gadebrook Stud but for sale and Ikoni. We miss Sadik but are blessed with many of his children, all of whom,without exception, have his outstanding action.