WASHA – 2006 WAHO Trophy Winner – Denmark

WASHA., Chestnut Mare, 1982 (Shalom / Warissa).
Breeder: PAJB-Arabians. Owner: Lisa Kiesbuy.
Strain: Not Recorded (Family of Murana, 1808)

The Danish Society of Arabian Horse Breeding (DSAH) has awarded the 2006 WAHO Trophy for Denmark to the mare WASHA. Now 23 years old, this beautiful mare from the so-called “Danish W” line founded by the well known German-bred mare Warissa, has not only achieved show ring success herself, but has also become breeder’s dream of a very special broodmare whose progeny are often even better than she is.

Her dam Warissa’s influence is immortal in Danish Arab horse breeding. With an international pedigree including bloodlines from Crabbet, Egypt, Poland, Argentina and Germany, Warissa was most often bred to El Mokari (who has become a legend in Denmark) yet until now her true successor has undoubtedly been WASHA, by the Egyptian/Spanish stallion, Shalom. The Bedouin tradition of retaining the first daughter has been proved true in this case.

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It is true to say that WASHA has inherited the qualities of her famous dam in all areas, a feminine beauty of harmonious balance with the classic face and characteristic big black eyes that are the very special “Warissa heritage” and which are passed on from generation to generation. WASHA was a show champion both as a filly and as a mature mare. In 1993 she had the special honour to become Senior Mare Champion, best Danish-bred Horse and Best in Show at the Danish National Championships. More importantly, as a broodmare she has consistently passed on the extraordinary beauty and charisma inherited from her dam, no matter which stallion she is bred to and no matter their bloodlines.

Owned in turn over the years by her breeders PAJB-Arabians, by the Husted family and now by Lisa and Steven Kiesbue of Mekka-Arabians, WASHA is the dam, grand-dam and great-grand-dam of many consistently high quality foals. Just to mention two of her direct offspring, there is the up and coming young stallion Laheeb Ibn Washa (by FS Eternal Flame), now proving himself as a sire through his son Mahfouz (out of Mekka). WASHA’s most famous daughter is undoubtedly the beautiful chestnut Wanessa, by El Mokari. This multi-champion mare is very well known in Denmark both as a show mare and in her own right as a broodmare and in turn is the dam of the incomparable show-stopper Wanila by Ansata Nile Pasha, who herself produced the champion show horse and significant sire Wan Kahli (by FS Bengali) and also as the ultra-feminine Wadiah (by Khidar).

Now living in retirement with her proud and happy owners the Kiesbue family, the grand old lady WASHA remains very beautiful despite her advancing years, still showing off her extraordinary floating movement, with her tail carried high and proud. This is truly a “once-in-a-lifetime” mare. The DSAH would like to offer the breeders and owners of this distinguished and much-loved mare their sincere congratulations on winning the well-earned 2006 WAHO Trophy for Denmark.