Thee Desperado, a 1989 Egyptian Arabian stallion, first made an impression in the Arabian horse world as a halter champion: U.S. and Canadian Top Ten Stallion in 1993; Unanimous Grand Champion Stallion at Scottsdale and U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion in 1994. His greatest success, however, has been as a breeding stallion. A sire of many U.S. and Canadian national and international champions, Thee Desperado was named Leading Sire at the Egyptian Event, an annual international competition held by The Pyramid Society breeders’ association, for ten consecutive years. Arabian horse breeders from around the world seek out his foals to enhance their breeding programs, and many of his foals are purchased before they are born.
© Randi Clark
Unfamiliar to many horse enthusiasts, the Straight Egyptian Arabian is considered by members of the Arabian horse world to be the purest descendant of the desert horses of ancient Arabia.
Surrounded by legend, the true ancestry of the Arabian horse has been left to word of mouth, making it nearly impossible to trace today’s Arabians to a specific horse or family – save the Egyptian Arabian.
In 1908, the Royal Agricultural Society in Egypt, known today as the Egyptian Agricultural Organization, gathered descendants of a herd of Arabians owned by Abbas Pasha I, a ruler of Egypt in the mid-1800s who kept immaculate written records of his horses. These descendants were used to establish a line of pure Arabian horses.
A 2007 Arabian Horse Association Sweepstakes Nominated Sire, Thee Desperado was owned by Jim and Judy Sirbasku of Arabians Ltd. in Waco, TX. At the time of his passing in 2013, he had sired nearly 1,000 registered foals.
Thee Desperado's Breyer portrait model was produced from 2008 to 2009.