*Morafic came to Gleannloch through a remarkable set of circumstances. The stables were well stocked with many winning horses, but still the Marshalls were tireless in their search for suitable Arabian horses to enhance their breeding program.
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In 1964, Doug and Margaret were on a wide-ranging horse-scouting trip to the Middle East and had already spent nearly a month in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia before Tom and Rhita McNair joined them in Egypt.

It is noteworthy that even before they arrived in Egypt, the reputation of *Morafic was well known to them. This stallion was a source of national pride who had already sired 30-40 daughters and a dozen sons.

Rhita said: “When Tom and I first visited El Zahraa Stud (The Egyptian Agricultural Organization or E.A.O.), we were not immediately impressed with the horses as a whole. Our eyes weren’t yet trained to ‘see’ what we were looking at…But as the days passed, our eyes were opened to the quality inherent in those horses, the dryness of their lovely heads, the strong withers and good shoulders, the high-arched tails. In short, we became ‘hooked’ on them!”

Rhita continued: “The more times we saw *Morafic, and what he had produced, the more we knew that this was the horse we needed in order to infuse this particular type and quality into the Gleannloch herd.” The Marshalls and McNairs saw the quality of foals that *Morafic and some of the other stallions they wished to import and were convinced of their importance. However, it took a year of complex negotiations to bring the arrangement to fruition. The officials at the E.A.O. were most reluctant to part with him and were it not for the respect in which the Marshalls were held in the Middle East, it is extremely doubtful if they would have let him leave.

Doug described *Morafic as “the sort of horse that you try to breed all your life, and maybe you will and maybe you won’t.” Eventually, the E.A.O. officials were persuaded, and through *Morafic a remarkable Egyptian Arabian breeding program began at Gleannloch.

*Morafic sired 30 U.S. and Canadian National winners. He was the grandsire of 50 National winners and the great grandsire of 29 National winners and the great-great-grandsire of 11 National winners according to data compiled in 1986! The influence of his sire line is still dominant around the globe to this day.

Surf, the First Gleannloch Star

In the days before Gleannloch focused solely on Egyptian Arabians, one of their most famous horses was Surf, a grey stallion foaled in 1955. The Arabian horse has always been known for its versatility and during Surf’s days in the show ring, the ability to perform across many classes was a highly desirable characteristic. Surf could perform brilliantly in many disciplines, including halter, English, western, and trail.

Surf was a many-time Grand Champion Stallion and earned the honor of becoming the AHSA Horse of the Year in 1961 and 1962. Celebrities loved to ride this great horse while performing in Houston including Dale Evans and Wayne Newton who rode him during the rodeo. He even played a role in Strauss’s opera, The Gypsy Baron.

When the Marshalls decided to take the unprecedented step of concentrating their attentions on breeding Egyptian Arabian horses and sold most of their horses in the 1964 “Sale of Champions,” it is said that there wasn’t a dry eye at Gleannloch when Surf was sold.

*Moftakhar – Racing across Egypt into American Arabian History

*Moftakhar was the first Egyptian Arabian horse that Gleannloch owned and he came to them by serendipity. Norman McAnelly, manager of Gleannloch at the time, stopped off in Kansas while returning from a business trip to Washington, DC. Visiting a sale, he noticed that among the farm equipment there were two striking horses, *Moftakhar, a white Arabian stallion, and a purebred Arabian mare. Snapping them up for $1,500 and $1,350, he made the Marshalls very happy!

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