Miles > >I enjoyed your posting to ridecamp. > >There is
a website at the url below that has some articles on Skowronek >(I got
this address off of one of the Whitehorse Forums : > >http://www.hhdevel.com/becky/desert/arabian/index.html > >I
would be very interested in the article written by Ian Thompson to
the >editor of the SARAB magazine 1977 regarding Skowronek including
pic`s. > >Thank you. > >(Mr. RJCadranell has some
articles on the Blunts and Crabbet at his >archive site: > >http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/8800/ > >Reply: Here
is the copy of the letter from Ian Thompson to the sarab 1977.
Arabians The Editor South African Arabian. Dear Sir, In view of the
reaction to my comments in an earlier Newsletter
regarding SKOWRONEK-RAKHTA_GENERAL GRANT bloodline, I would like to make it
clear that the intention was not to cast reflections on the horses belonging
to any particular studs or persons, but merely to correct a highly inaccurate
and misleading opinion which had previously been published. Futhermore ,
my remarks were offered constructively in the hope that they might
be instrumental in improving the standard of the Arabian horse in
It is an unfortunate fact that all too few of our breeders have seen
any Arabs outside of those in our own country and the United Kingdom ,which
are basically very similar . Many do not subscribe to avrious Artabian
Horse magazines or keep up to date with new books on the subject .
Consequintly the majority of our most experienced breeders and even judges
are not familiar with the degree of excellence of conformation which can and
does exist in the highest class of Arabian , and have their
"eye" spoiled by the mediocore assortment of shapes and sizes whith
which they have come into contact . Others are so convinced that the horses
in their own stud are the paragons of every virtue in the Arabian breed that
they are quite unable to take an objective view of the situation and regard
any horse of a different type a suspicion . Of the various non-authentic
elements in the pedigrees of our Arabs SKOWRONEK at least did not damage the
"breed points" , such as heads and tail carraige - in fact , in
these respects his progeny were frequently improved over their dams though
heads frequently tended to be too fleshy - but , more than any other , he
wrought havoc with the conformation of the true desert horse producing a
completely new type . The difference is so marked that there is a group in
the U.S.A which considers the SKOWRONEK descendants are entitled to be
regarded as a breed . (offshoot of the Arabian , such as the Shagyas )in
their own right .
The following drawings (with apologies for my lack of
artistic ability) and photographs will , I hope , serve to clarify the
A :SKOWRONEK grandson RAKHTA pictured in his prime at
Crabbet . Almost a replica of his grandsire except that he has a long back as
well , this in spite of the fact that every other ancestor in RAKHTA'S
pedigree was of authentic desert descent .
B:A prizewinner and stud
sire in England , and a good example of the transmission of thhe SKOWRONEK
influence through the female line . Sire has one cross to SKOWRONEK in the
6th generation. Dam a daughter of RAKHTA.
C:The " Polish pony "
that started it all . One of the rae photographs of SKOWRONEK which has not
been retouched so as to completely alter his shape . Note particulary the
height of his croup in relation to where his non existent whithers were
supposed to have been , the short and relatively straight shoulder and
shallow girth . A caricature of a riding horse.
D: Tha Abbas Pasha mare
KOHEIL AGUSE , very influental in the weil and Bablona studs . The true
desert type - note especially the well defined withers , relative heights of
withers and croup , length and slope of the shoulder and clearly visible
" girth groove "
E:Abbas Pasha type 120 years later
. The 16 yr old brood mare pictured was bred by the Egyptain Agricultural
Organization and imported to the U.S.A Note again the excellent withers ,
great lenght of shoulder and greatest depth of body between forelegs .
(Photograph with acknowledgements Mrs Judith Forbes . )
breeder of experience knows only too well , " like does not beget like
" and there are horses descending from SKOWRONEK which have
excellent conformation (One well-known example which come to mind is the late
RAKHTA'S SOUVENIR , a horse of vastly superior conformation to that of his
sire , thanks to a very prepotent dam line ).