The Arab Horse Society

of Great Britain

 EXHIBITION 22nd March to 15th July 2018

   “From the Desert to the World” – celebrating the Centenary of ARAB HORSE SOCIETY


A rich selection of key archives and works of art marks this memorable anniversary and celebrates the history of the world’s oldest horse breed.

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 from the untapped archives of The Arab Horse Society and its members.

The exhibition tells 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

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the AHS Patron HH 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; details below.

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily

Adult £12.00    Children (5-16 years): £7.00

Family (2 adults and 4 children): £35.00

Discount for pre-booked groups of AHS members.

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, 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 endurance which compete over 160 kms in a day.

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, published by Medina is lavishly illustrated and luxuriously bound. AHS members receive a £5 discount off the £40 price (& £4.50 for p&p). Available from Easter. Order Here

Founders’ Day photo Project, 1 April

To capture a moment in time, AHS members were invited to e-mail one photo of their horse or activity on Easter Sunday 1 April, with full caption (name of horse, sex, age, location + owner) and their membership number to Centenary Events Co-ordinator, Anne Brown at A selection of the best will be published in the AHS News and elsewhere

Arabian Performance Horse Parade, at the National Heritage Centre’s O’Sullevan Arena in Newmarket on 28 April at 2.30pm featuring 20 Show champions and winning horses in all ridden disciplines. Entry via Museum: Adult £12.00;  Children (5-16 years): £7.00; Family (2 adults and 4 children): £35.00. Discount for pre-booked groups of AHS members. Supported by Birch Spring Arabians and West Kington Stud.

Arab Horse Society Marathon on 7 October.

By kind permission of The Jockey Club, the Marathon will run over the historic Rowley Mile and Town Plate courses in Newmarket from 11am, generously sponsored by the Kingdom of Bahrain.