8. Blue Mound Sultan (*Ansata Ibn Halima x Misty Star). 17-year-old gelding.
Submitted by breeder and owner Sue Cranston. I had the privilege in the 1970s of helping to introduce this horse to saddle, bridle and rider. Blind in one eye due to an encounter as a foal with the long, sharp thorn of an Osage orange, the injury never affected this horse’s rideability or usefulness. Even for an inexperienced “colt starter” such as I was, this gelding proved to be a fair-minded ride who objected only when my demands were excessively brusque or clumsy; in short, Sultan was a good teacher. He became a reliable companion on the trail and provided his owner some experience riding a good-moving horse in the arena as well. The Egyptian breeding of *Ansata Ibn Halima includes multiple crosses to an 1897 stallion. Can you identify this animal? Sultan’s dam’s “domestic” pedigree includes three crosses to a very handsome desert-bred stallion born in 1898 who stood at Crabbet Park in England. Can you guess this stallion’s identity?