Jan 18 2019

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In the Homeland of the Crabbet Arabian

The Arab Horse Society of Great Britain (AHS) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and the world-famous ‘Crabbet Park’ Arabian stud of Lady Anne and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt was founded 140 years ago. The global influence of the Crabbet Arabians is undisputed, therefore we had a look around the homeland of these legendary Arabians if there are any traces left.

Our stud tour across the UK took us to seven Arabian stud farms, from the Cotswolds to the Midlands, Wales and the Lake District. It was a journey through beautiful landscapes to stud farms with Arabian horses of different bloodlines. Follow us on our journey through the studs.

New Painswick Stud

For three generations, the stud has been family owned. However, the family has owned Arabian horses for five generations. The stud was founded in 1927 by Mrs E. M. Murray as ‘Painswick Stud’. Then it was continued by her daughter-in-law Caroline Murray under the name, Foxbury Stud ‘. In its heydays, around 80 horses belonged to the stud farm. In 1976, Caroline Murray’s daughter Fiona Leng founded her stud ‘New Painswick Stud’ after she had been given the mare Farenta (Fari II / Magenta) by her mother.
The small but fine stud of Fiona Leng with currently 10 horses is based today on two thoroughly bred Crabbet mare families. The stud was able to celebrate its biggest success so far in 1984: Fianza, Farenta’s one-year-old daughter of Procyon, became European Junior Champion at the Salon du Cheval in Paris and also won the Reserve Junior World Championships. Today there are three daughters of the Fianza-daughter Fianta (by Amal) in the stud farm.

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