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Crabbet Heritage Souvenir Magazine

Celebrating 140 years of Crabbet Arabians

July 31, 2018

The Crabbet Heritage souvenir magazine was published to celebrate the founding of the Crabbet Stud, 140 years ago. This 56 page, full colour Souvenir magazine, includes stories of this first horses, their influence around the world, and Crabbet studs of today. With contributions from Rosemary Archer, Betty Finke, Natalie Tindall, Anne Brown and others, this is a must for the Crabbet enthusiast.

Limited stock still available for order from

July 01, 2018

140 years ago on 2ndJuly 1878, the first six desert Arabians arrived at Crabbet Park. 

We celebrate this momentous occasion with two articles. Natalie Tindall reflects on this first arrivals with 'On this Day!' and Betty Finke looks and the 'Past, Present and Future of the Crabbet Arabian'.

February 13, 2018

Great News - to celebrate the Centenary of the Arab Horse Society.

All Arab Horse Society members will be sent a complimentary ticket (admits 2) for 2018 National Show.

This is in addition to the Free admission that each member gets as part of their Membership.

22ND MARCH – 13TH JULY 2018

This exhibition tells the story of the Arab horse from its earliest Bedouin origins to the present day, exploring in particular the fascinating story of the arrival of the Arab horse in Britain. In the 19th century, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and his wife Lady Anne scoured the Middle East to import Arab horses to their stud at Crabbet Park and therefore played a vital role in the success of the breed. Their story is and the activities of the Arab Horse Society are presented in the exhibition through a compelling series of objects. Situated upstairs in the Thompson Galleries and included in general admission

Centenary of the Arab Horse Society

The AHS Celebrates 100 years since it's founding in 1918

January 16, 2018

A Fully illustrated AHS Centenary book will be published in March and a number of events are planned throughout the year. 

  • The Arabian Horse Exhibition at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket, entitled “From the Desert to the World”, opening on 23 March, to 13 July

  • The Founders’ Day Photo project – to snap a moment in time with your horse on Sunday 1 April

  • The Arab Racing Seminar on Saturday 7 April at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket and parade of racehorses at 3pm

  • The parade of Arabian Performance horses on Saturday 28 April at 2.30pm at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket

  • A Silent Auction of equine memorabilia and services at the National Arab Championship Show, Malvern from 26 to 28 July

  • The Marathon over the Rowley Mile and Town Plate courses in Newmarket on Sunday 7 October

Limited to 250 world-wide

January 15, 2018

We have commissioned this beautiful wall plaque from talented artist Sara Lee Debnam as a special memory to the remarkable Lady Anne Blunt who died on 15th December 1917 at her beloved Sheykh Obeyd near Cairo, a 100 years ago.

For more information and to order your plaque click here

Crabbet Heritage Acquires the Photonews Archives!

Photonews were the official photographers of the AHS in the mid 50's through to the mid 70's

June 08, 2017

We are pleased to confirm the acquisition of the Photonews archive.  The late Gillian Lancaster had acquired the archive from Alexander Heriot and had left it to Jackie Givens and Danna Gowans with the wish that it should remain in the UK and be of benefit to those interested in the Arabian horse. We are grateful to Jackie and Danna for entrusting the archive to Crabbet-Heritage where it will be treasured and the images made available to the public once again.

Photonews images have been used in many books and other publications on the Arabian horse. Once we have catalogued the hundreds of images we have of the many Crabbet and Old English horses, we will be displaying them on and may make them available for general sale in the future.

The images will also be available for viewing at our new Heritage Centre, to be built in the UK during 2018.

February 11, 2017

Three days of an international conference hosted by the Royal Family of Bahrain with 41 countries represented, expert guest speakers and tours to the Royal studs - what an amazing experience.

Visit our picture galleries of the beautiful Bahraini horses and the conference events to get a flavour of the event.

Prize money will be available for each class 1-13

January 29, 2017

2017 is the tenth anniversary of Equifest and is pleased to announce its support of the show organised by Anne Brown, with prize money for classes 1-13 to try and encourage more competitors along to this special Crabbet Show. Many classes are qualifiers for other National Competitions. Please see our competition page for more information.

Crabbet Classes are held on Sunday 13th August 2017 see schedule A new website for everyone interested in the Crabbet Arabian!

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February 04, 2017

Crabbet Heritage is a new site designed to be a resource for everyone interested in the Crabbet Arabian. You will find images, historical timelines, learned articles and conversational pieces about this amazing gene pool of horses that Lady Anne and Wilfrid Blunt brought to Britain over a hundred and thirty five years ago.


We aim to bring together information, knowledge, expertise, enthusiasts and breeders from across the world and provide support to breeders and owners of a Crabbet Arabians whilst actively encouraging everyone interested in horses to learn about the Crabbet Heritage and what makes these beautiful animals so special.


This is a big task and we are very lucky to have an increasing number of experts and others who contribute to Crabbet Heritage for the good of the Crabbet Horse from all over the world. If you have any historical materials including photographs, videos or articles that we can publish on this site, or could help with show results, competition listings etc., we would be pleased to hear from you.  We are always interested in the latest news and events and stories of what people are doing with their Crabbets now, both in competition or simply for fun, please do get in touch with us at

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