M. El Alamein (born 1943; Dhareb x Antarah).
Handled in this photo by breeder and Davenport fancier Charles Craver, El Alamein was central to Craver’s efforts after World War II to revive “straight Davenport” breeding. Carrying the blood of five of the original Davenport importation— *Deyr, *Hamrah, *Muson, *Reshan and *Wadduda—the horse is conformed similarly to *Haleb. Davenport horses are typically broad-headed and substantial, with good shoulders and hindquarters, broad backs, correct legs, and powerful but well-shaped necks. They’re also so intelligent they can almost talk, and so personable they can almost tell a joke. Such horses— which go to “extremes” only in those qualities which less-than-expert riders ought to want most—are certainly worth preserving and perpetuating.