The Arab Horse, by Peter Upton


The Arab Horse, by Peter UptonLong considered the definitive work on early arabian horse imports to Britain from the desert, Peter Upton’s The Arab Horse has been revised and republished for the second time.

The Arab Horse, by Peter Upton
A Record of the Arab horses Imported into Britain from the Desert of Arabian from the 1830s to 1960
285 x 234 mm Landscape
336 pp hardbound
ISBN 13:978-0-9570234-0-6
ISBN-10: 0957023405
Price: £45 / NZ$109 (free postage)


This third edition has been substantially revised and is a true visual feast for the arabian horse lover. This edition – following the original in 1980 and the second in 2006 – is being released to coincide with the opening of the British Museum’s exhibition on ‘The Horse from Arabia to Royal Ascot this month (May) and in the jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II, perhaps the most famous of all horse lovers.

Although there have been more recent imports to Britain in the past few decades Peter Upton has updated this book to include imports up to 1960 – because, he said, “one has to draw the line somewhere”.

A visual feast indeed. The 86 major imports with lines existing today are noted and 60 are accompanied with a full page portrait by Upton. His work and the art of many other renowned artists also accompany the text of the book. There are more than 150 black and white photographs, offering a look at the horses, people and places mentioned in the book.

The words of the original owners and importers of these horses are reproduced, with the author having access to many old archives and little-seen sources of information.

The striking dust jacket picture is a reproduction of Lady Anne Blunt’s 1881 life-sized oil painting of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt on Pharaoh.

A great debt is owed to the early British explorers and enthusiasts who searched for suitable horses, and these are generally credited with the survival of the arabian horse breed. These pioneers include Major Roger Upton, Wilfrid
Scawen and Lady Anne Blunt (founders of the famous Crabbet Stud in 1878), and the Honourable Miss Dillon.

Included also are detailed tables of descent of mares and stallions, and sections on Bedouin horse breeders, the origins of the Arab horse, and the development of strains.


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3 thoughts on “The Arab Horse, by Peter Upton

  • May 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    “An indispensable addition to the history of the Arabian for in these horses which came to England we have a heritage without price.”

  • May 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    “Mr Upton conducts us on a triumphant progress from the stallion Padischah, foaled in 1825 and imported circa 1830, to the stallion Shamyl, imported in utero when his dam was given to HM Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) in 1960 and foaled in 1961. However long the 130-year pilgrimage, Mr Upton points out to the reader many fine sights and, rather like the conscientious driver of a tourist coach, takes a number of side roads so the passengers can more fully appreciate the delights of the territory traversed.

    “All in all, a feast for the eye, for the imagination and for the intellect. And if you are interested in breeding Arabian horses there is sustenance aplenty here for you.”

  • October 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Diffently interested in reading this Arab Book. Should Be quite a good read…Thank U for Sharing.


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