Risslina (Rafeef x Rissla) 1926 chestnut mare. Photo from the Crabbet Arabians by Cecil Covey.

Margaret Murray and the Painswick Lodge Stud: Part 1, 1932-1967

By Emma Bennett. Perhaps the inspiration to own and breed Arabs came from Margaret Murray seeing her mother drive a pair of South African Arabs in a phaeton, for in 1932 she bought a grey two-year-old colt from Mr. T.C. Armitage’s stud at Taunton in Somerset. This colt was Sahban, by *Aldebar 1864 (bred by the Prince of Wales) out of the Crabbet mare, Seriya (Skowronek x Somra). Sahban was the start of a long friendship between Margaret Murray and Tom Armitage who was president of the Arab Horse Society three times. Sabhan was used mainly on pony and Thoroughbred mares and only sired a few purebred foals as at that time Arabs were used mainly to improve other types of horses.

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Comparison Photos of Ben Rabba Horses From the 1990 British National Show

By Georgia Cheer. Pictured left is the Israeli National Champion mare ABBAH by Ben Rabba out of Azeme Bint Gleam. Pictured on right is 1990 Junior British National Champion Mare AUREME by Aurelian (by Ben Rabba) out of the same dam, Azeme Bint Gleam. Do you notice the similarities? I took Abbah’s photo in 1994 in Virginia where she lives with owner Debra Cashvan. I think then she was about age 12.

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