Help save Rafi and his family!

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Meet Rafi, Bahi, Niya,  and Nasr.  Two stallions (intact male) and two mares (females).
These may be the last four of the breeding Jilfan Sitam al Bulad Arabian horse bloodline in the USA.   Their blood traces on their mother's side all the way back to Syria.  
They may also be the last Jilfan Sitam globally.  The clan that founded the Jilfan Sitam al Bulad line is from Syria north of Aleppo.  The last news was that all contact with that clan was lost after the bombings in the fall of 2016.  
These are also Early American Foundation Arabians. This means all their bloodlines come from horses imported into the USA before 1944.  Truly american Arabians. There are fewer than 1000 Early American Foundation Arabians of any bloodline.
Finally, these are Malabar Arabians.  Malabars are a bloodline bred for rare black color, good size, strong bodies and above-average calm intelligent minds with strong empathy for humans.  These are throwbacks to the original "live in your tent" Arabians from history. There are only a couple hundred 25% or more Malabar Arabians left in the USA.
Each of these qualities alone is rare.

Those three combined qualities make these six the last of the last and as rare as horses get.

You might ask, why is saving this band of horses so important.  There are many many horses in this world, and many Arabians.
And you would be correct.
However, as breeders have retired and horses have aged and died, this Jilfan Sitam al Bulad bloodline, and the Malabars and Early American Foundation Arabians - all are at risk of vanishing and taking their unique DNA with them.  Someday, that unique DNA could be the key to solving a horse disease.  Or bringing back a valuable genetic trait.


These Jilfan horses are unusual.  You have to meet them to fully appreciate just how much.  They are conscious beings, intelligent, thoughtful, caring.  Their empathy is very strong.  
East West welcomes visitors - you may come meet them for yourself and decide.  Whether you are able to travel to East West and meet them in person, or must participate from a distance, you can be part of their journey, part of the circle of life and new births and the return of a precious bloodline.

We welcome you to join our preservation family.  

Joint us and follow the lives of the herd, cheer for their progress, have faith and courage during setbacks, and feel excitement for the future babies.

You can be part of the Jilfan Sitam village, a Horse Hero.  You can watch the mares bloom, foals be born, help with the naming, follow their growth to adults.

Please consider being part of their journey and preservation.  Once they are gone, they can never be replaced or duplicated.  We get one shot at doing this right.  

[Note: East West is the caretaker of this herd of horses.   Legally, on paper, the owner is Carrie Eastman, proprietor of East West.  Morally, ethically, East West and Carrie are simply custodians of these conscious beings.
All funds raised will be spent only on the care and preservation of these four horses and their offspring, including securing sufficient land and facilities for the growing herd.
Funds will be spent mainly in Pennsylvania, USA .  Some out-of-state or international spending will be necessary for the breeding program, exhibition, for purchases such as stallion services, genetic testing, and feeds, supplements and other supplies.
East West maintains a separate bank account for these horses, and all receipts for expenses.   East West is not planning to seek non-profit or not-for-profit status.  The Jilfan Sitam horses must be exhibited and compete in shows to raise awareness of the bloodline.  As showing is sometimes a for-profit activity, non-profit status may not serve these horses best.   The horses also earn by assisting with teaching at East West (no forced work, the horses volunteer for what they do) and model for social media.  Any profits earned by the horses will be reinvested back into the Jilfan Sitam al Bulad Preservation Program, and receipts and records maintained as proof.  The goal is to have the Preservation Program supporting itself through guest hosting, paid activities and breeding services.]

Remaining cost breakdown:
$600 registrations/paperwork
$500 genetic testing
$300 stallion services
$700 shelters/fencing
Only $2100 to meet our goal and complete our tasks.

The Preservation Program welcomes sponsors and partners as Horse Heroes.  We are happy to offer publicity opportunities in exchange for your support.  Please see our website for the details of the Horse Hero advertising opportunities.

If you would like to read more about  East West or the Jilfan Sitam al Bulad Preservation Program, please visit the East West website.


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We believe in returning value for value.
With that in mind, the Preservation Program has shifted focus to individual horse sponsorships, with sponsors receiving computer wallpaper, frame-able certificates, discounts on visits to the farm, advertising (you can gift your ad to a favorite animal charity) and other seasonal incentives.
When you join or continue your membership in the Preservation Program, please tell us which horse you are sponsoring.
Please see our website for details.
We are also still selling our 2019 wall calendar with quality prints that can be framed after the year is over.
Even with the loss of the 2 oldest and most fragile mares, the project continues.
Stallion Rafi is well, and should be breeding again this season.
baby Nasr is now near weaning age, and growing fast.
Bahi and Niya are here to carry on the Jilfan Sitam line on the female side of the bloodline.

Please consider inviting your friends to be part of our growing family of horse sponsors, to be part of continuing this rare and beautiful bloodline.
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Sadly, Jalisa (Ramey) did not beat the combined illnesses that hit her hard and fast.
She is buried next to Miriya.

The Preservation Program continues, with all hopes now resting on the remaining 2 mares Niya and Bahiya.

Both are due for prenatal exams, and Rafi (our aging senior stallion) needs some extra care to get through the winter comfortably. We just invested in a hay shredder for him, and donations are very welcomed to help offset the cost.

Hopefully all our Preservation Program members received their computer wallpaper and sponsor certificates. Please contact us if you did not receive the private message with your links.

Please check out our new improved Horse Hero program and updated social media.

Thank you for being part of the team!
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Sweet fiesty Jalisa is facing a medical crisis.
If you were on the fence about sponsoring her, or sharing the program with friends, now is the time.

We will post more details after the vet visit.
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I am deeply saddened to report that Pasha Miriya has died.

She fought hard, and just ran out of time to beat everything she had going on.

Her last weeks were spent running the green pastures with the herd at the new farm.
I'm so grateful she had that before the end.

And now it is even more critical that we get Jalisa Ramah successfully bred. Miriya was a slightly different genetic mix than Bahi and Niya.

We have a brand new sponsorship program, for as little as $5.

We would love to have you join the Preservation Program family and follow the lives of the remaining horses while we work to rebuild the line.

Please visit our website for details.
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