BARFIN – 2011 WAHO Trophy Winner – Iran

BARFIN, Grey stallion, *1995 (Mobarak / Jem).
Breeder: Mrs. Mary Gharagozlou. Owner: Zia Vakil Sadaat.
Strain: Kehailan Ajuz (Berenji, 1966)

The beautiful stallion Barfin has been officially awarded the 2011 WAHO Trophy. He was bred by Mary Gharagozlou, by the imported Straight Egyptian stallion Mobarak bred by Dr. Nagel in Germany, out of a particularly lovely mare called Jem, herself by the imported American-bred stallion, Aegian Rooz out of the Iranian-bred mare, Berenji. Right from the beginning, the little chestnut/grey colt showed great potential. At that time, young Hilly Benjamin took a fancy to the gorgeous snow white mare Jem who was also the dam of her beloved colt, Patan. The four of them were quite a sight, Hilly riding Jem out on those beautiful hills surrounding Mary’s property, followed by the 2 years old Patan and little Barfin.

Barfin was 2 years old when a major breeder from Yazd, Zia Vakil Sadat, bought him – not knowing yet what an important impact he was to have in their region. In his new ownership, Barfin was raced successfully for 2 consecutive years and after that began his siring duties. The resulting foals were of great quality and he would upgrade most of the mares bred to him.

To date Barfin has sired more than 300 foals and most of them were not only successful on the racetrack but they have also been winning at shows. Just to name a few of his offspring who have also been breeding with great results: Khaghan (out of Akhtan) was the most awarded race horse in Iran, Roham (out of Azizeh), Khordad (out of Parvaz), Zamzam, Chaman Soltan, Hafez, Chalderan, Sharareh, Zolfaghar, Rudabeh, and the list goes on.

Barfin has had a great influence in Iran, and especially in the region of Yazd which has at present more than 300 breeders. He is a very worthy winner of the 2011 WAHO Trophy for his country of birth. The important WAHO Trophy Award Ceremony in his honour is planned to take place during the Arabian Show in Yazd in May 2012.

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Barfin, WAHO 2011 Trophy winner Iran, photo credit Saman Moradi