The Arab Horse Society

of Great Britain

 EXHIBITION 22nd March to 13th July 2018


Arabian Horse: From the Desert to the World, is a compelling new exhibition at Palace House Newmarket that will present a rich selection of key works to mark this memorable anniversary and to celebrate the history of the world’s oldest horse breed. The exhibition opens on Thursday 22 March until Friday 13 July 2018.

Brought together for the first time on public display will be the first mapped genome of an Arab horse, ‘Sambist’, together with paintings, prints and artefacts all from the untapped archives of The Arab Horse Society.

The exhibition will tell 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 and the activities of The Arab Horse Society are presented in the exhibition through a compelling series of objects.

Anne Brown of the Arab Horse Society said,

We are delighted that this exhibition is being held at Palace House Newmarket in the heart of the racing industry as Arabs are the ancestors of all English Thoroughbreds. It is a fitting place to showcase this noble breed and to celebrate the Centenary of The Arab Horse Society.”

This exhibition is generously sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, of Shadwell Stud, and supported by Racetech. The exhibition has been designed and curated by The Company Curator.

Complementing the exhibition will be two parades of Arabian horses in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena on Saturday 7 April at 3pm and Saturday 28 April at 2.30pm.

Arabian Horse: From the Desert to the World opens from Thursday 22 March – Friday 13 July 2018 in the Thompson Galleries, National Heritage Centre at Palace House, Newmarket.

Palace House Newmarket

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily

Adult £12.00      Tickets

Children (5-16 years): £7.00

Family (2 adults and 4 children): £35.00

All Day Tickets can be upgraded to an Annual Pass on the day of purchase by paying the difference

On 3rd November 2016 Her Majesty the Queen opened the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House Newmarket. Situated in the remaining elements of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables it spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket and comprises three complementary attractions: The National Horseracing Museum (NHRM Registered Charity No. 283656), the Fred Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art (BSAT Registered Charity No. 274156) and a new flagship yard for Retraining of Racehorses Charity (Registered Charity No. 1084787).

CENTENARY – The Arab Horse Society 1918 - 2018

The Arab Horse Society marks its first 100 years with a lavishly illustrated book celebrating the horses and people who have made it the success it is today.

Her Royal Highness Princess Alia Al Hussein of Jordan,

one of the Society’s patrons, provides the Foreword.

The Hon President for the year, Peter Upton – who

probably knows more about the world of Arab horses than the

rest of the membership put together – writes about

the Society’s origins. The doyenne of Crabbet Arabian

breeding, Rosemary Archer and her daughters Elizabeth

and Caroline, contribute the chapter on Crabbet Park,

whose horses were, and still are, the backbone of many

Arabian studs around the world.

The book charts the successes and achievements of

Arabian horses in Britain and overseas, from their origins

as the source of every Thoroughbred racing today, to

Olympic winners such as Three Day Eventer Tamarillo

and world-beating athletes over 160 kms.

Compiled and edited by Anne Brown, an Arab Horse

Society Council member and a former Hon President,

the book gallops through Arab racing, endurance,

showing and dressage. This special Centenary edition is

lavishly illustrated and luxuriously bound– a great gift

for any horse lover.

The Society was the first ever formed to register the

pedigrees of pure Arabian horses and continues to

lead today, as a founder member of the World Arab

Horse Organization and as a key player in many other equestrian activities.

Other Arab Horse Society events include the Arabian

Horse Exhibition ‘From the Desert to the World’ at

the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket from 22 March to 13 July,

an Arabian Racing Seminar on 7 April, a parade of Arabian

performance horses on 28 April, and the revival of the Marathon on 7 October.

Centenary is published by Medina on 22 March 2018, price £40 and is available from the Arab Horse Society and many leading book shops  - Order Here