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Another chapter in the saga that is my horses’ pedigrees, this one from the pedigree of my Arabian Trakehner cross. This is Raseyn, sired by Skowronek and out of Rayya, a Mesaoud granddaughter. Unfortunately, breeding was all Rayya had going for her; it is reported that she was downright ugly, being poor of both conformation and type. Raseyn was foaled in 1923 and imported to the US by W. K. Kellog in 1926. Raseyn’s breeding legacy in the United States is directly responsible for such horses as Khemosabi, Bay-Abi, and Ferzon. However, this stallion almost never got the chance to reach his full potential. He was imported alongside his older brother Raswan, considered by some to be the most beautiful Skowronek son. Raswan came to an unfortunate and untimely end through a series of strange events.

W. K. Kellog had sent his farm manager Carl Schmidt (who later became the writer Carl Raswan) to England to deal with Lady Wentworth. Soon after Schmidt’s return with Raseyn, Raswan, and twelve other horses, he and Kellog parted ways. Unfortunately, when Schmidt left he rode off on Raswan, claiming Lady Wentworth had gifted him the stallion. Naturally, Kellog demanded the stallion back. Before any serious debate could come of this theft, Raswan injured a hind foot and had to be put down. Kellog’s side of the story was that - under Schmidt’s care - Raswan had broken way from a fence to which he was tied and ran across a field, injuring his foot in the flight. Schmidt claimed that Kellog had a groom hamstring Raswan’s leg out of jealousy to keep Schmidt from establishing a breeding program and collect on an insurance policy. However, being that Kellog was worth millions, a $10,000 insurance policy in exchange for the destruction of an extraordinarily beautiful horse he still wanted back is a highly illogical exchange and Kellog’s version of events is most likely the accurate one. 

Raswan’s tragic end allowed Raseyn to reach his full potential. His blood can be found in many top performers of todays circuits and he remains one of the most influential Arabian stallions in America.

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