Preserving the heritage of the Crabbet Arabian
The Crabbet Organisation aims to promote and support the traditional Old English Arabian descended from the great early breeding programmes in the UK. The Crabbet Arabian Stud, founded in the 1870s by Lady Anne and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, provided the majority of these early bloodlines but Hanstead, Courthouse and Barton Lodge added key lines to the gene pool which greatly benefitted the breed.
Today there are still breeders who treasure the characteristics of these lines and the type of Arabian that is generally referred to as “Crabbet” in honour of that great stud. Crabbet type Arabians today include precious horses of 100% Old English bloodlines as well as a few of all Crabbet Stud bloodlines along with Crabbet types that have been blended with other complimentary elements. We support events and awards for these authentic descendants of bedouin war horses that prove again and again their versatility, nobility and talent.
The Crabbet Organisation is currently reviewing all its activities and aims to provide more support for the Arabians we call Crabbet.
The Crabbet Arabian Stud Legacy
For a century and a quarter Arab horse breeding all over the world has benefited from the results of the Blunts’ achievements in gathering together such a unique collection of horses. No other group of Arabians can equal the influence that Crabbet horses have had over this period of time dispelling the view that the Arabian is just a pretty show horse. Taken up by other talented breeders, in its own era and since, horses of these bloodlines have demonstrated consistently their ability to perform well in all ridden disciplines.
Taking Action for Crabbet
The Crabbet Symposium in Denver 1983 was the first gathering of like minded people and resulted in the formation of Crabbet groups in the US and Australia. It was the Australian Convention of 2000 which spurred supporters of the breed to hold another in theUK and in 2002 the UK Convention took place at Merrist Wood.
This signalled the beginning of a movement in the UK to reinstate Arabians of Crabbet bloodlines, not only to their rightful position as reliable foundation stock, but also to raise awareness of the unrivalled athletic ability of these horses.
Much has been achieved in raising awareness amongst riders and breeders of the value of Arabians of Crabbet lineage. Nonetheless the changing financial climate has put pressure on all breeders so in 2013 the UK embarked on another World Crabbet Convention to display the outstanding horses we have but also to bring like minds together in an effort to work together to maintain the breeding of our ever reducing stock of Crabbet Arabians.
Relive the 2013 Convention all over again under our Memory Lane tab. There is plenty of information about other events too and the glories of the Crabbet Arabian. Enjoy!