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Baahir El Marwan Returns to Scottsdale with Andrew Sellman


When Baahir El Marwan hits the Wendell in gate with trainer Andy Sellman on Thursday morning it will be a triumphant return to Scottsdale for the four-year-old *Marwan Al Shaqab son.

Baahir made his show ring debut at the 2009 Scottsdale Show where he won the Senior Yearling Colts, Scottsdale Junior Colt Championship (unanimously). At the U.S. National Championships in 2009 he was a Top Ten Sweepstakes Colt. At three he went East and was awarded World Champion Stallion honors at the North American Championships in Virginia, a title he proudly took unanimously in front of eight respected judges.

The judges were more than enthusiastic in their praise of Baahir El Marwan. “I have watched Baahir’s career ever since he was a yearling and he has gotten progressively more and more beautiful,” said Greg Knowles. “I recently had the opportunity to judge him where he was awarded unanimous Champion Stallion. It is obvious to me that Baahir’s future is unlimited. Congratulations!”

“Baahir is a young horse with everything,” said Joe Polo. “He has a proven pedigree, exceptional Arabian characteristics and he’s a great show horse. He also has an unbeatable support group. The team that supports him, from his trainer to his great owners, is outstanding. Baahir is a legitimate World Class horse.”

“I think that when you see Baahir enter a show ring for the first time, you know immediately that you’re watching a high quality, first class individual,” says Paul Kostial. “It’s difficult to defeat a horse that impresses everyone who sees him so dramatically. Then, when on closer inspection he honestly lives up to those first impressions, you can’t help but remember him.”

Sired by multi-National Champion and leading sire, *Marwan Al Shaqab, Baahir El Marwan’s dam, HB Bessolea is a Regional Champion and Scottsdale Top Ten Mare. She’s a daughter of U.S. National and Reserve National Champion Besson Carol, out of a multi-Top Ten daughter of National and Reserve National Champion Enchanter Magic FHP. In fact, of Baahir El Marwan’s fourteen immediate ancestors, 10 of them have impressive National show records and eight of them are National or Reserve National Champions.

The cross between *Marwan Al Shaqab and Besson Carol daughters is proven and has produced a great many international champions. Baanderos, Baahir El Marwan’s older brother, is now owned by the Al Khalediah Stud, Saudi Arabia. A multi-champion throughout Europe and the Middle East, Baanderos was 2010 Senior Champion Stallion at the Salon du Cheval in Paris, the Menton, France Show and the All Nations Cup in Aachen. In both 2010 and 2011 he was Senior Champion Stallion in Sharjah, Dubai and Qatar. Baahir El Marwan’s youngest sister, Bessolina El Marwan, was Region 9 Champion Filly in 2011 and won three Top Ten awards at the U.S. National Championships last October.

Baahir El Marwan is owned by the Baahir Group: Frank Chisholm, Greg Jacobs and Claire Larson, and trained by Andy Sellman. The group got together and bought the charismatic grey colt immediately following the 2009 Scottsdale Show. It was a great moment for both the new owners and the trainer.

“Baahir El Marwan is a ‘once in a lifetime’ horse!” Andy Sellman says. “He is very unique in his conformational quality level, exceptionally beautiful and magically intelligent. It’s a privilege to have him in my life and I would recommend that anyone who has the chance see Baahir El Marwan in person. I guarantee you’ll be impressed!”

“Baahir is exactly what he is supposed to be,” owner Greg Jacobs says. “He’s a perfect example of the Marwan- Besson Carol cross. I have always loved this breeding. Personally I like his incredible intelligence. He figures out problems in a matter of minutes. He’s calm and observant. Sometimes I can almost hear him saying, ‘Stand back. Let me take care of this. I know what I’m doing!’ Baahir’s first foals are upright, pretty, and athletic. They are from a variety of bloodlines, but they invariably have that good, short coupling, correct legs and feet and classic quality. When people have an opportunity to see Baahir in person they are always impressed and frequently breed to him. We’ve sold numerous breedings to South America and Europe.”

Like his visit to Scottsdale as a yearling, 2012 promises to be a special occasion for Baahir El Marwan, Andy Sellman and the Baahir Group, not to mention those who will crowd the rail on his entrance into the Wendell Arena on Thursday morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of greatness.