To many the name of the late Betty Arnold is synonymous with the Olford Arab Stud and the outstanding quality of her horses. Highly regarded for her keen interest and breeding of the Crabbet Arabian, two mares namely Sharona (Rissalix x Samsie) who died soon after her arrival and Silverlet (Raktha x Silver Gilt) who became the foundation mare at the Olford Stud, were imported from Crabbet Park in 1948.
This marked what would become a life long love affair with the Crabbet Arabian, the beginning of the Olford legacy, and the preservation of 100% Crabbet Arabian blood in South Africa.
The Olford stud consists of three families, each descending from an Imported Crabbet mare. These families are the, Silver Family, the Sera family and the Dancing Family.
Because of her efforts, South African breeders are able to draw on a gene pool that will only improve the efforts of any breeding program.
The stud is now owned and run by Wesley Robert Hayes.
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