MAYMOON was never shown, but each time he was presented at his breeder's place, his presence, type, appearance and charisma fascinated everyone who saw him!
Born in 1975, MAYMOON is of straight Egyptian bloodlines. He was the first foal of the MALIKAH daughter MAYMOONAH, and his father is the classical NAZEER son KAISOON, who by strain, is a Kuhaylan Rodan, but was in his look a much Saqlawi type horse.
From the very first day, MAYMOON was something special! "I knew that this colt would grew into a swan," his breeder and owner Frank Filsinger says. "His eyes were dark and huge, his personality smart, sweet but in the same moment fiery and full of expression" he continues. "When MAYMOON was born, he was the only colt we had in this year, so he was raised alone. I myself was still a young man of only 20 years, just in the second year of my studies as veterinarian in Berlin, but as of the horses, I tried to come home to my parents' place as much as possible. MAYMOON was the first I visited and touched when coming home, and hearing me, each time he screamed", Frank says. This relationship and friendship between MAYMOON and his owner was very intensive - from the first moment and all time long!
The young colt indeed grew into an outstanding quality stallion in all aspects of his presence. MAYMOON developed to a very elegant white "swan" of Saqlawi type, full of grace and pride, with a long, elegant neck, a very clean throat, a wonderful shaped and fine chiselled head, with big dark eyes, a wonderful balance in body, great tail carriage, and great movement. He was a classical Saqlawi in his appearence while in his strain he was a Dahman Shahwan of best bloodlines.
The well known author and expert of straight Egyptians, Judith Forbis, wrote about MAYMOON in the book "Authentic Arabian Bloodstock II" :
"A very refined and elegant young stallion, he bore a striking resemblance to his sire and was an exceptionally classic individual. His dam, Maymoonah (x Malikah) was considered to be one of the most beautiful Hadban Enzahi daughters in Germany,...."
The longtime Arab horse expert and man of the first hours of the German Arab Horse Society, Dr. Ekkehard Frielinghaus, wrote about MAYMOON:
„Ein Spitzenhengst, klassisch in Typ, Harmonie und Ausstrahlung. Männlicher Ausdruck und Harmonie des Ganzen.“
("A top stallion, classical in type, balance and presence. Of masculine expression and harmony in total.")
And the German journalist, founder and longtime editor of the 'Araber Journal' and 'Arabian Horse Europe' magazines, and book author, Holger Heck, wrote the following:
„Er war ein imposanter Schimmelhengst, äußerst edel und typvoll, so wie man sich einen Wüstenaraber vorstellt. Seine Ausstrahlung war faszinierend. Der elegant geformte, lange Hals, der freie Kehlgang, der edle, trockene Kopf mit den riesigen dunklen Augen ... ausgesprochen harmonisch in den Proportionen, elegant in der Erscheinung, mit stolzer Aufrichtung, guter Oberlinie, schwungvollen Bewegungen mit jener Geschmeidigkeit, die der Reiter zu schätzen weiß.“
("He was an impressive grey stallion, very refined and typey, thus as to imagine a desert Arab. His charisma was fascinating. the elegant, well shaped, long neck, the clean throat, the fine chiselled, dry head with the huge dark eyes .... extremely balanced in his proportions, elegant in the appearance, in proud upright, good top line, powerful movement with smoothness and elastic motion which a rider estimates.")
Soon MAYMOON sired his first foals, and he proved himself as a sire. His foals were stamped by type, presence and attitude, and he also had and gave much pigmentation to his foals - something that was lost more and more in the straight Egyptian breeding. Anyway, he was genetically a true sire of breeding greys.
MAYMOON's reputation increased very quickly to being one of the best straight Egyptian stallions available in those days. Within the years, many breeders asked to bring their mares to him, and until his fatal accident in 1986, MAYMOON had sired only around 50 foals in this limited time of breeding career - in a time, when the only way to use a stallion was bringing the mare to the stallion and breed them naturally!
But as so often happened with exceptional individuals, destiny finds another way than everybody expects: the tragic accident happened in late 1986, when military airfighters passed over the stallion grassing in the pasture as he did every day. MAYMOON became agitated by the group of airfighter planes crossing the field one after the other from different directions and much to close over him. MAYMOON went into panic and galoped along the field of his pasture, changing direction in panic - and suddenly his owners saw him stopping, severely lame and standing on only three legs .... All immediate emergency efforts and trials gave no result and no hope. The shoulder and bone was broken in a way, that there was no chance. Even the clinic specialized in those matters, which he was taken to, could not do anything. Life comes, and life goes - but sometimes it is hard, and destiny makes things happen when you never expect - at least, not by the moments and/or age. MAYMOON passed away, much too early! Before his great career as sire had just really started, it was already over! His reputation as stallion and individual was already there, and so many calls and letters from straight Egyptian breeders and enthusiats from all over the world arrived to the Filsingers after this fatal moment, when it became known that MAYMOON was dead.
Salaal Arabians, California, did write in February 1987:
"Duane Scudder had visited West Germany in search of good Egyptian Arabian stock., and advised me that the premier Egyptian Arabian stallion in Europe was Maymoon, owned by the Filsingers. ....I have also had many discussions with United States and European members of the Egyptian Pyramid Society and the Asil Club, who have visited ranches throughout Europe, the United States, Egypt and South Africa. Inevitably, MAYMOON would be mentioned among the top ten producing stallions in the world".
A breeder from Texas and Canada wrote in January 1987:
"As a breeder of Arabian horses for the past seventeen years, Maymoon, in my opinion, was one of the very best Arabian stallions I have had the opportunity to inspect."
And Marion Richmond, owner of the well-known Simeon Stud, in Australia, wrote to MAYMOON's breeder and owner, Frank Filsinger, in January 1987:
"I am so sorry to hear about the lost of your wonderful Maymoon. As you know I thought that he was one of the best straight Egyptian stallions in the world and wanted very much to lease him to Australia. Horses of such quality are so hard to find and he will not only be a great personal loss to you but also to the Arabian horse breed worldwide."
From the famous Gleanloch Farms in Texas/ USA, arrived in January 1987:
"I was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of your great stallion Maymoon. I know the horse well and know what a wonderful sire he was. He will be missed by the entire Arabian horse Industry."
MAYMOON was indeed one of the best and most charismatic stallions ever seen and met in international travels over the world. He died at an age of only 11 years - very much too early for a sire! He was a gorgeous horse, with all classical characteristics you expect from an outstanding purebred Arab stallion!
Among his sons are three winners and champions at the annual German Stallion (Licensing) Halter Show. His most successful sons and producers are NASRAN IBN MAYMOON, a 1980 born, senior champion at the German Stallions Licensing Halter Show, Asil Cup Champion Stallion res. in 1990, and sire of excellent foals and broodmares. Another one is SHEIKH MAYMOON, a 1987 born, straight Egyptian, among the Top Ten' of all males at the Asil Cup Int. show in 1990, and sire of excellent daughters at the Filsinger Arabian Stud. And the 1982 born, but late IBN EL MONIET, Champion Stallion res. in France and 'Top Ten' stallion in Paris. He passed away at his last owner's place, with Count Federico Zichy Thyssen, in Argentina.
Amongst his daughters, the year of 1983 was a real highlight with the three exceptional MAYMOON daughters, ZENAYA Bint Zeenah, MUNIFAH Bint Malikah, and MANSOURA Bint Maisa - all straight Egyptians, all succeeding as excellent broodmares:
Among others, ZENAYA is the dam of the straight Egyptian, bay ZEYMOON El Nabil, a Belgian National Champion res., and Egyptian Event Europe Res. Champion Stallion.
MUNIFAH Bint Malikah is the dam of the Filsinger Stud's herdire, MOGADOR El Malik.
And MANSOURA is on the way to create her own little dynasty with her two daughters; MINDIF Bint Mansoura and MAHA Bint Mansoura, and their produce.
The two year younger full sister of MUNIFAH, the 1985 born, most exotic MAYMOON daughter MARANI El Malikah, is the dam of Filsinger Arabians' other herdsire, the exquisite MAHARAN El Nabil.
In June 2007, another MAYMOON daughter, the Egyptian-related and German National Champion SYLMOONAH, became also honoured by the German Arab Horse Society VZAP, this as 'Elite Mare'.
MAYMOON's get and blood has been included and/or exported to many countries - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, France, Portugal, The United States, Canada, Brazil, and Argentina - this at a time, when the world still had been more far away than in our today's days when everything is much faster, closer, and all countries like neighbours next door, by only a jump! Semen is getting shipped around within one or two days, horses flown from one continent to another easily, and embryo transfers and the production of several foals a year out of one mare in full fashion. Time is changing and values, too! But a stallion like MAYMOON will always remain exceptional and as something very valuable and special!