The Crabbet Stud

The Arabian horse is an ancient breed that evolved as the war horse of the bedouin of the deserts of Arabia.  The Crabbet Stud was the cornerstone of early English Arabian purebred breeding.  Founded in the 1870's by Lady Anne and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt who collected the best of the horses they could find direct from the Bedouin tribes and from the Royal Stud of Ali Pasha Sherif.  

This required them to travel the deserts themselves in a perilous era.  Lady Anne became fluent in Arabic and they learnt the worth of their steeds as they traversed the desert.  This was still a horse powered world and Lady Anne's accounts of this time in her journals are full of admiration for the toughness, structure and noble temperament of the Bedouin horse.  Lady Anne Blunt's Journals and Correspondence edited by Rosemary Archer are now out of print but, if you can find a copy, it remains one of the best windows to understanding the true nature of the Arabian horse.  Lady Anne retired to Egypt and spent her last years there close to the desert and surrounded by her precious horses.

Other early breeders relied heavily on the Blunts' bloodlines and a few other imports by horseman and breeders who appreciated what the Arabian had to offer.  It was not until after the Second World War that showing began to be an end in itself and the Arabian showing world started its slow transformation to the exhibition it is today.  For this reason the end of the Second World War is taken as the cut off for imports to qualify as Old English, traditional Arabians.

Hanstead Stud

 

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Crabbet Today

 

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Rare Breed

 

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Azrek

 

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