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by Randy Meyer
Crabbet Arabian horses are those originating from the Crabbet Park Stud, which was founded by Lord Wilfrid and Lady Anne Blunt in England in 1878. After 93 years of operation and the production of many legendary horses that became the foundation of other great studs worldwide, the Crabbet Park Stud was dissolved and the last of the horses were sold off in 1972 when a roadway was planned that divided the park.
Anne Noel, granddaughter of the poet Lord Byron, fell in love with horses at an early age and was an accomplished equestrienne. Her husband, the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, had knowledge of middle-eastern politics. During a trip to the Middle East, Lady Anne Blunt decided to embark on a lifelong quest to save the Arabian horse, whose population amongst the Bedouin tribes was dwindling for a variety of reasons, including modern warfare techniques. Lady Blunt's goal was to preserve the pure bloodlines of the desert horse, as the Bedouin had done for centuries. She was fluent in Arabic and an excellent judge of horseflesh. She and her husband ventured deep into the Nejd desert, seeking the Bedouin tribes' prized horses. In 1878, the Blunts returned to England with fine Arabian horses with which to begin their breeding program.