A DEFINITION OF
Carol Woodbridge MulderRevised September, 2007
100% Crabbet, "straight" Crabbet, and "pure" Crabbet all mean the
thing. In this treatise I used the term 100% Crabbet. A 100%
pedigree means that the pedigree traces in all lines to Arabians
1. PURCHASED AND OWNED BY CRABBET:
A) Original Blunt desert purchases and importations to Crabbet.
B) Blunt importations to Crabbet of Ali Pasha Sherif and other
Egyptian source stock.
C) Skowronek, 1908 gray stallion bred by Antoniny Stud in Poland
from all Polish non-Crabbet stock, but the major part of the
stud career of this great horse was under Crabbet ownership;
acquired for Crabbet by Lady Wentworth.
D) Jeruan,1920 chestnut stallion bred by Arthur J. Powdrill,
England,of 87.5% Crabbet lines and 12.5% non-Crabbet lines; acquired
for Crabbet by Lady Wentworth.
E) Dafina, 1921 gray mare, desert bred and imported to England
through King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia; acquired for Crabbet by
F) Dargee, 1945 chestnut stallion bred by George Ruxton, England,
from 84% Crabbet lines and 16% non-Crabbet lines, but an
important Crabbet sire; acquired for Crabbet by Lady Wentworth.
G) Zirree El Wada, 1948 gray mare bred by Mrs. S. A. Nicholson,
Ireland, from 87.3% Crabbet lines and 12.7% non-Crabbet lines. It
is unclear if Lady Wentworth bought this mare, leased her, or
borrowed her, but she was evidently at Crabbet for a brief time
before Lady Wentworth's 1957 death, and Lady Wentworth is recorded
as breeder of Zeus II (AHS Stud Book, Volume 9, page 51), 1957 son
and first foal of Zirree El Wada.
Zeus II appears to have been foaled after Lady Wentworth's
death, and Zirree El Wada returned to her breeder who bred her next
7 foals from her, including her 1958 foal, which was full-sister to
2. ARABIANS BRED BY OTHERS WHICH PASSED THROUGH THE
HANDS OF CRABBET WITHOUT BEING BRED FROM BY CRABBET:
A) El Lahr, 1899 bay mare bred by Miss Ethelred Dillon, England,
Crabbet-bred mare she owned, but exchanged back to Crabbet
El Lahr was a foal at foot. Crabbet owned El Lahr for
years, as was acknowledged by Lady Anne Blunt, until she was
Boucaut in Australia. El Lahr left successful influence in
Her pedigree was 50% Crabbet and 50% non-Crabbet.
B) *Mirage 790, 1916 gray stallion, desert bred; eventually taken
England where Lady Wentworth much admired him and bought him
use at Crabbet, but sold to Selby in America when the General
Book of England closed their books to new desert stock.
3. ANY PUREBRED ARABIAN BRED BY CRABBET STUD, FROM ANY
OF THE BLOODLINES USED BY THAT STUD, BETWEEN THE YEARS
1878 TO 1971.
The non-Crabbet backgrounds of Skowronek, Jeruan, Dargee, Zirree El
El Lahr are not considered Crabbet when found in pedigrees through
than Skowronek, Jeruan, Dargee, Zirree El Wada, and El Lahr. These
All the Polish ancestry of Skowronek;
Maidan and El Emir in Jeruan's pedigree;
*Aldebar 1864, known as Aldebaran in England, and Shahzada in
pedigree (although the Crabbet parts of the pedigrees of
*Aldebar 1864 and
Shahzada are always considered Crabbet);
El Lahr's sire *Imamzada 210;
Jezail and the old Egyptian parts of Zirree El Wada's pedigree
Crabbet part of Jezail's pedigree is always considered
The influence of Crabbet Stud has been enormous and continues to
exist in the 21st century
in most of the Arabian horse breeding countries of the world,
particularly in the West.
Revised by author in September 2007;
the original first appeared in the
April/May/June 1992 issue
of Crabbet Influence magazine.
This definition may be used and disseminated freely
as desired, but not changed or altered in any way
without permission of the author.