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Why Buy Crabbet?
By Georgia Cheer
First printed in the April
1992 issue of "The Crabbet Influence magazine
Why should someone buy an
Arabian of Crabbet lineage? That interesting question was posed to me by
the International Arabian Horse Association publication, resulting in this
To properly answer that question, I tapped upon many of
my resources. These include: the numerous close relationships with horse
owners and breeders that I have established in my 10 years of Arabian horse
ownership; my eight years of publishing experience in which I personally
observed Crabbet Arabians in the U.S. and abroad (Great Britain, Australia)
via attendance at specific Crabbet symposiums, conventions, Crabbet horse
shows and Crabbet "Days"; and lastly, by attempting to answer this question
myself 11 years ago when I began my quest to buy a purebred Arabian horse.
A Breeding Program of Historic
Initially, if you desire to
gain a proper perspective on the history of the Crabbet Arabian, you should
read good books on this subject. The most outstanding and my personal favorite
is The Crabbet Arabian Stud, Its History and Influence, by R. Archer, C.
Pearson and C. Covey (published in 1978 by Alexander Heriot, Ltd.). In this
excellent book, the Stud's history is examined in detail, from its beginnings
in 1878, to its complete dispersal in the early 1960s.
In this book,
you will learn that the Crabbet Arabian descended from Arabians bred at
Crabbet Park Stud in England. The foundation horses of Crabbet Park Stud
were selected directly from the Arabian desert by the Stud's founders, Lady
Anne and Wilfrid Blunt. The Blunt's specifically traveled to the mid-east
desert to find, purchase, and ship back the best Arabian horses available.
The pedigree of each horse purchased was authenticated by the Bedouins,
and included historic accounts of several of the horses heroic loyalty during
the all too common tribal desert battles and wars. After the Blunt's death,
the Stud passed onto their daughter, Judith, Lady Wentworth, who's mastery
at breeding Arabians is well documented in history books.
breeding program created by the Blunt's and Lady Wentworth has greatly bolstered
the quality of Arabian horses bred worldwide. Nearly all the world's Arabian
horse breeding countries have been influenced by the Crabbet lines, including
Poland, Canada, the U. S., Australia, and Spain. In fact, Crabbet horses
have been sold to Italy, India, Argentina, Holland, South Africa, Pakistan,
Mexico and Chile.
The Crabbet Value as an
In my opinion, the Crabbet
Arabian is the "chicken stock" of bloodlines from which all good soups are
derived. They have the exceptional value of being the best (and most reliable)
blood from which to outcross. Prove it to yourself: try examining the pedigree
of many national champion horses (halter or performance), or examine the
pedigree of a horse that you admire. You will likely find that Crabbet blood
is within their pedigree, quite often through the tail-female line. For
example: if the horse is said to be Polish; see if he has Negatiw blood
through *Naborr or *Bandos. If so, he traces back to Naseem, bred at Crabbet
from Nasra by Skowronek. If the horse is said to be Russian; see if he has
Priboj in the pedigree. Priboj was sired by Piolun out of the Crabbet bred
mare, Rissalma. *Padron and *Salon are two other Russian Arabians that have
Crabbet lineage. If the horse is Egyptian, most likely you will see Aswan
(who is by Nazeer) or Nazeer in his background. Aswan's tail-female goes
to Bint Rustem, a Crabbet bred mare. Nazeer's dam, Bint Samiha, was by Kazmeyn
(also Kasmeen), the grandson of *Astraled, who was bred at Crabbet. These
days, it is extremely difficult to find an Arabian that hasn't got a Crabbet
horse for an ancestor (to their credit).
Qualities of the Crabbet
To this day, the foremost
character trait of loyalty and devotion to his master in the Crabbet Arabian
are still very much evident. They seem to thrive when owned by considerate,
loving owners. These Arabians are unique in temperament; they are "people-lovers."
They seem to have the magical power to "possess" their owners, enabling
them to extract from their owners the same loyalty and dedication they so
generously give. When I'm asked to describe the best feature of the Crabbet
Arabian, I respond, "their temperament." Many young riders got their best
start aboard a gentle Crabbet Arabian.
Crabbet Arabians are remarkably
high-achievers. Ask them to respond to a request, and they try very hard
to do it. They want to please their owners. This is why so many Crabbet
line Arabians achieve high marks in the performance world. If you are looking
for a super trail horse, race horse, first place endurance horse, top cutting,
reining or stock horse, look for Crabbet breeding in the pedigree.
Crabbet Blood Has Survived
If you were to dig further
into Crabbet lines, you would find the most successful breeders have incorporated
Crabbet blood into their herd. Most of these breeders survived the 1980s
slump in the Arabian horse market. In your research, you may notice that
many of the larger farms that started breeding pure Polish or pure Egyptian
in the 1970s and 1980s have gone out of business. In today's market, you
may have certainly noticed that there are less of these farms advertising
in the all-color magazines. But where are the Crabbet breeders? Where they
have always been, that is, steadfastly nurturing their horses. Perhaps they
are breeding less, while selectively selling their horses to only "deserving"
If you looked closely, you would find that there are many
more small farms with Crabbet line Arabians than you thought possible. Although
these small breeders or farms may not have huge advertising budgets to make
them more noticeable, they have maintained value and consistency, and most
evidently, the Arabian type, by not over breeding. Thus, they have insured
their chosen bloodlines continued success. It's as if these breeders were
never affected by the Arabian market's crazed days in the late 70s and 80s.
The Crabbet breeders held by their principles, by not switching from one
bloodline to another and then back again to follow what is "in fashion."
As such, they lost very little in comparison to the large farms who overproduced
to gain profits. Crabbet breeders think in the long term and not the short
haul. Crabbet Arabians are still the best (and proven) value for the money.
Preparing Yourself to Buy Selectively
What if you are new to Arabians,
or considering your first Arabian horse purchase. What should you look for?
What about all those pedigrees with strange or unfamiliar names? How to
get through all this information?
My first piece of advice: examine
your own tastes to discover in your own mind the "look" of the Arabian horse
that you enjoy. Keep your "look" in mind as you examine prospective horses
advertised in magazines. Usually it starts with how the head is shaped,
the size of the eye, nose or ears, followed by your preference for color,
and body style. With your ideal in mind, you can begin to formulate a clear
objective, and keep your search selective. When I began my search for an
Arabian horse, I found the "look" that appealed to me, which I soon discovered
were horses of Crabbet lineage.
Before making a purchase, decide
the things you want to do with your horse. Ask yourself: will you be trail
riding; will you be involved with breeding, or will you have your horse
compete in shows or competitions? Which classes: halter or performance?
You should keep in mind that Crabbet line Arabians are very will known for
their performance ability. Their disposition is well suited to withstand
performance rigors, whether it be in the halter or performance ring or on
the mountain trail.
Secondly, do your homework: study up on established
breeders, horses, pedigrees and prices. The more you are aware of what is
selling and for what price, the better you can assess your selection in
today's market. Subscribe to the current Arabian horse magazines in circulation,
read books, visit horse farms, ask questions, in short, become a "sponge."
My last piece of advice: consider seeking professional advice. This
is very important, especially if you are not very knowledgeable with Arabian
conformation or pedigrees. Choose an established breeder, horseman, researcher
or trainer who has years of involvement in the Arabian horse field. This
person should have a good reputation, and provide accurate, quick guidance
at a nominal fee. This person could save you both time and money in your
search to find the ideal horse. Please remember: you may have limited knowledge
whereas the professional's knowledge of a horses conformation, its champion
background, its influential ancestors, would help paint a better picture
of the capabilities of your chosen horse (whether it be in performance and/or
breeding). Their guidance can help to customize your choice on the correct
horse to purchase, and it could even make the difference in your future
happiness in becoming a horse owner.
Owning any Arabian horse should
be a rewarding and pleasurable experience. There are many Arabian horses,
of many bloodlines, in many price ranges, waiting to be purchased. Many
of these Arabians would make good future horses for their new owners. Know
the "look" you want; do your homework; seek professional advice, if necessary,
and be selective. After all, you and your horse will be forming a mutually
beneficial partnership for many years of fun and love.
So, from my
experience, if you are looking for a wonderful Arab, with a people-loving
disposition, who can not only give you love and loyalty, but has historically
proven bloodlines, you should definitely buy CRABBET.
Georgia Cheer (and The Crabbet Influence magazine ) grants permission
and encourages the reprint of this article with these three requirements
to avoid copyright infringement.
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1992 issue of "The Crabbet Influence magazine" must accompany the reprint.
Last Modified October 1996
1996 Silver Monarch Publishing All Rights Reserved
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