Bred in Arabia by Ibn Al Raschid the Sheikh of the Northern branch of the Rohilla tribe. said to be of the highest caste.
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Bashom The Fox, who is registered in AHS Volume VII of the Societys stud books was a dark chestnut bred by Sheykh Ibn Alre Rashid of the Roala. The horse was wounded at Omdurman (2 September 1898) and galloped 50 miles one afternoon with dispatches.Captain Smyth his rider was awarded the Victoria Cross.(dispatches to say the battle was won by the British Army).
Imported from Egypt to England in August 1901 by Captain W Smythe VC, who rode him at Omdurman, of the Queens Bays: who refered to him as a first-rate polo pony. Bashom the Fox went to live in Essex with Hon. Mrs Ives at Moyns Park, bred several foals and spent the rest of his life in the green fields at Moyns Park.He bred several Polo Ponies and its thought that some of Bashoms blood runs through and is related to Polo Ponies in Australia owned by the Ashton Brothers and which arrived in England in 1930 to play polo.
Bashom is also known as the Giraffe, after he was used in the early days in Sudan for game hunting Giraffe prior to him going to the British Army as a Charger.
Omdurman is in central Sudan and today is a suburb of Khartoum. There is a Battle of Omdurman between the British General Herbert Kitchener who defeated the army of Abdullah al-Taashi (a Sudanese General & Ruler) and the date would be appropriate - 2 September 1898.120 horses died in battle that day.
Bashom was wounded, but survived to make the journey to England with his officer of that day.
Available at archive.org is the book The Arab: the horse of the future, by The Hon Sir James Penn Boucaut KCMG published in 1905. Within this Mrs Ives of Moyns Park has an Arab stallion called Bashom. I quote
\"....The writer adds that there are a few thoroughbred horses to be found which combine the required qualities in perfection, and that it is noteworthy that the majority of those are smaller than the average blood horse, and that amongst those at Moyns Park which have those required qualities was Bashom, an Arab of the highest caste, bred in Arabia by Ibn-Al-Raschid, Sheikh of the northern branch of the Rohilla tribe, thus showing that in using the word \'thoroughbred\' Arabs are included....\"