A Resume of the Influence of Crabbet on South African Horse Breeding

By Rosemary Archer. There were no horses in South Africa until the second half of the 17th century when some were brought in from Java. Two or three hundred years previously, Arab traders had taken horses to Java and it was the descendants of these which were the first to be imported into South Africa. During the two centuries following the arrival of these ‘Java’ horses, others came from Persia and then from South America, the latter being descended from Arabians and Barbs.

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Indian Magic: Wentworth Superhorse

By Arlene Magid. Lady Wentworth strove for decades to achieve what she considered to be the ultimate Arabian-a horse of type and extraordinary presence, with superb motion, and larger size to appeal to those for whom Arabians were a bit small. She bred her masterpiece in Indian Magic, foaled at Crabbet in 1944. He embodied the concept of the ‘Wentworth Superhorse’ and none who saw him could forget his dynamic qualities.

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The Most Beautiful Little Horse

By Alexia Ross. “That is the most beautiful little horse I have ever seen.” This was the comment of Sir Alfred Munnings on seeing Naseel at Roehampton. A legend in his own time, Naseel was one of the few examples of close double breeding to Skowronek to remain in the British Isles. Yet, circumstances conspired to make his descendants today more conspicuous for quality than quantity.

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Fairview Farm: The Abu Farwa Legacy

By Jim Robbins. The scenic Okanagan Valley of British Columbia is home to the finest peach and apple orchards in the province, a thriving tourism trade, and possibly the most concentrated Abu Farwa breeding program in the world. Dr. David Ward’s Fairview Farm is the home to a collection of over 50 linebred and inbred horses, based on the sons and daughters of the legendary Abu Farwa (Rabiyas x *Rissletta).

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UK Sires of Significance

By Alexia Ross. Articles on the great Crabbet names of yesteryear can often seem to bear little relevance to the breeding of today. It is a fact that, in Straight Crabbets in particular, the genetic pool in England is surprisingly limited and any Crabbet horse you care to mention is likely to carry at least one line if not more to Rissalix, Oran, Raktha and Silver Fire let alone the original imports, the majority of which will be in absolutely everything.

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Those Fabulous Crabbet Mares: The Major Foundresses of Crabbet Mare Lines in America

By Rick Synowski. In nine decades of Arabian horse breeding in America, the influence of Crabbet mare lines has lost none of its lustre. Crabbet-related mares continue to dominate lists of champion producers all the way to the Nationals. Their success when crossed with stallions of virtually every breeding group is a fact of record, from *Bask to El Hilal.

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The Horses of the World

By Lady Wentworth. The horse stock of the world can be roughly divided geographically into (A) “cold” blood (Equs caballus frigidus), which belongs to the North or more exactly Northwestern cold countries, including the strong slow-moving convex headed thick-skinned breeds, and (B) the “hot” blood of the South and East founded on the concave-headed Equus Arabicus, which is the tap root of speed and quality.

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