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 Melbourne  VIC  Australia

 
After many years at the iconic Isola Equestrian Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, the entire stud was relocated in January 2017 to the new farm near Melbourne, Australia.

Owners Fanus and Ria Crous are dedicated to the breeding of world-class Straight Egyptian Arabian horses and the preservation of the ‘old SE bloodlines”. Arabian horse lineages and strains are carefully researched in the breeding program, whilst adopting scientific and dynamic approach throughout. Rhodium Arabian Stud is a life member of the Pyramid Society and also of the World Arabian Horse Organisation (WAHO).

 Fanus is a retired geo-scientist and businessman but is still involved in a number of other non-equine ventures. He is also a devoted breeder of Lowline Angus cattle on a small scale. Both their children, Sharné and Arno are horse enthusiasts and ardent riders, a passion which they get very little time for nowadays, given their respective professional careers.

Two of Rhodium Arabians’ foundation stallions that made a notable impact on the establishment of the stud’s current broodmares are ANASATA NILE PHARAOH (Ansata Iemhotep x Ansata Misty Nile by Ansata Hejazi) and RAJAH KA (Makhnificent KA x Rahimah KA by RA Jahim). The stallion, MB MAYAL (El Halimaar x Imperial Maysama by Imperial Madheen) also had a profound influence on the stud’s breeding program over the years and is still being used via artificial insemination on a selective basis.

The stud was fortunate enough to purchase adequate frozen semen of MB Mayal prior to his export to Saudi Arabia and ultimate passing. Rajah KA has since been sold and exported to Mongolia but his desired traits will live on through his daughters. Export-quality frozen semen of a number of other SE stallions that were owned by Rhodium viz. The Source CC (Salaa El Dine x Mouna by Malik) and Simeon Shatul (Asfour x Wed Albadeia by Farid Albadeia) have also been retained in Australia.

The most recent addition to the stud’s males is the very elegant SE colt, RHODIUM NILE TITAN (Ansata Nile Echo x RNZ Flos Ferri by Ansata Nile Pharaoh) – “Titan” will be kept by Rhodium and given his attributes and exceptional bloodlines, is earmarked to become a leading stud sire for Rhodium.

Within the existing core-group of broodmares the stud relies heavily on sire bloodlines of Imperial Madheen (Messaoud x Madinah), El Halimaar (Ansata Ibn Halima x RDM Maar Hala), Classic Shadwan (Alidaar x Shagia Bint Shadwan) and Makhsous (Sultann x Nabda), as well as the various older pedigrees of the world-renowned Ansata bloodlines (in particular the “Nile Line”).