GADEBROOK ARABIAN STUD -2016 resumé
The Crabbet heritage
I established Gadebrook Stud almost 50 years ago
to breed pure Crabbet Arabian performance horses. They have been
exported around the world and include the majestic grey dressage
stallion Magic Domino (by Ludomino). He was a "Living
Legend" and Leading Sports Horse Sire (over ALL breeds) in
the USA, owned by Kim + Mark Thomason.
Hachim, his bay half-brother from the same
Hanif daughter Hamsfah, and by Achim's Silver Magic, went
on to international victory in endurance in the Middle East. He
created the (then) world record of 160 kilometres in 7 hours and
2 minutes at the World Endurance Championship in Dubai. One of
his daughters, Zaha, was twice in the top eight in the
hard-fought UK Marathon. Another daughter, Magic Sheen,
joined her sire in Abu Dhabi at the well-respected W'rsan Stables
of HH Sheikh Sultan, and is breeding on.
My exceptional groom Jackie Pringle, bought another
son of Achim's Silver Magic, named Magic Phantom, as a
weanling and - although Jackie was a complete novice - she trained
him herself for the race course. As a 4-year old, he notched up
a win, two seconds and a third in just FOUR Arab races - not bad
for a couple of newcomers!
One daughter, Mariska (2013), from my top
race winner and leading racing sire Sambist (1987 - 2014), is
now at Phase 11 Ranch in the USA; her full sister Kallista
(2010) is racing successfully - and winning - in the colours
of Paul Simmons of Zayin Arabians.
Magic Domino in 2005 Photo: Bob Tarr
I had built up quite an impressive Crabbet broodmare
herd of my own, including Nishtar (by Jubilee Star) and Zaharina
(by Ludomino) when Iona Bowring, a doyenne of Crabbet breeding, retired.
In 1996, Iona gave me her four precious mares: Crystal Sheen
and Silver Aura, both daughters of the multi-British National
Champion Silver Sheen from the Silver Fire tail female
line, and the two General Gold daughters: Getana and Silver
At the same time, Jean Peck of influential Paslow Hall
Arabians, emigrated to the USA and passed me her precious Old English
stallion Silvern Sceptre, bred by the Duchess of Rutland from
Silvern Idyll. He nicked exceptionally well with Iona's former
mares. Many of the offspring such as Silvern Sheena are winning
under saddle and in hand at national level.
At Gadebrook, Sceptre also sired Crystal Magic
who is now an Arab Horse Society Premium stallion and senior sire at
Spirit Arabians. He is the sire of my FEI 3-star-qualified endurance
Binley Prince Salim in 2015
senior stallion, Binley Prince Salim, whom I reserved when
he was just two weeks old in 2005, has been the recent star of Gadebrook.
His success in endurance at FEI**level and his Advanced Dressage
wins earned him the title of "Overall Performance Horse Awards
Champion" in 2013 and "Reserve Champion" in 2015.
In 2016, Salim won the first-ever AHS "Premium Progeny High
Points Award" at the National Arab Championships for his ridden
results, and the Pezare Trophy for Dressage.
I am delighted to have back the lovely dapple grey mare Azarina
(2007) (right) by the multi-talented performance stallion Shaded
Silver who stood at stud at Gadebrook for a number of years.
Azarina is competing in endurance and moves up to Open level in
2017. She distinguished herself at the 2016 Crabbet Show at Equifest
by winning the MarFemale Championship and the Reserve In-hand
Her field companion as a foal in 2007 was Remynisce by
the top US show and long distance stallion, Remington Steele*++
(with frozen semen available in the UK through Gadebrook). Remynisce
is now excelling in Endurance, ridden by Susan Hawes. The RemBeast's
successes include Gold at the 2015 Golden Horseshoe Ride over
Exmoor in the 120kms class, and a win over 172 kms at The Royalties
in 2016. The means he starts 2017 at the top FEI*** level.
Azarina in 2016
Remynisce in 2016
I believe in using the widest possible gene pool
of the best performance Crabbet horses, so during a visit to the
World Crabbet Convention in Australia in 2005, I sourced some
significant Crabbet mares to import to Gadebrook, all clear of
SCID and LFS.
My "Boomerang Plan" brought back
long-lost lines from Australia to expand the depleted pool in
the UK, especially bays, which had just about disappeared in pure
The first filly Palma Benay, from Leon
Bennett's Pevensey Stud, travelled over safely as a two-year old
in 2007, despite being caught in quarantine by Australia's first
equine 'flu outbreak! Since then, Palma's impact has been considerable.
Her first foal, the bay colt Kaalif by Silver Zaanif
from the proven Rissalix lines, was the Leading Futurity Endurance
Two-Year Old at the BEF Youngstock Evaluations in 2012. Once under
saddle in 2015, he won both the Novice Ridden Championship at
the Crabbet Show at Equifest and the Sport Horse class at the
Arab National Show, and is now competing in endurance. He will
start Advanced level 2017. He is a licensed stallion and sired
my energetic 2015 bay colt Shaarif, from another of my
imported mares: Inshallah Signature.
Two more of Palma's athletic sons have gone into
important Crabbet breeding programmes. The flamboyant bay Palermo
by Erin Park Excel (2013) - a youngster imported by Llain Arabians
in Wales at the same time as Palma - has joined Moonlight
Arabians in Cornwall. They also have Palma's only filly to date,
the charming grey Palmyra (2011) by Klinta Sultan.
The strutting bay Dandini (2014) by the
dressage stallion and Crabbet Show champion, Marbon Masadi,
is with Jan and Dom Atkinson at Seren Arabians in the Lake District.
Tragedy hit Gadebrook in 2016. After no losses
in 40 years, my third imported Australian mare, the glorious Pevensey
Zariffia, a Veridan Za'aria daughter by Ghazari,
suffered a prolapsed colon with a three-week late foal and had
to be put down. The loss is incalculable, but she has left an
outstanding colt by Binley Prince Salim, called Hadiya
- 'Gift' in Arabic. He was fostered by a shaggy Belgian draught
mare, Blondie - a godsend!
Palmyra at 6 weeks with dam Palma Benay Photo:
Zariffia also produced a stylish pure Crabbet
chestnut filly Mazaria by Marbon Masadi, in 2014. She
has the kindest temperament and the longest stride, so the genes live
on at Gadebrook.
Shiraaz with Anne, in 2016
In 2016, the third of the "Boomerang Gang",
Inshallah Signature, had a smart bay son, Shiraaz (now
gelded) by the British National Champion Aazari who sires
phenomenal movers with lovely characters. Her 3-year son Bismillah
by Australian stallion Monarch Lodge Ambition, is now
gelded and with doting new owner Katherine McGilchrist.
The Boomerang Plan has not been just one way.
My 75% Crabbet show and brood mare Rusleema by Rusleem
went to Attilio Panizza in Western Australia as a 3-year old in
2007, and Binley Prince Salim's gracious grey daughter,
Silver Sunbeam (2009), to OSO Arabians in 2016, in foal
to Rosemary and Elizabeth Archer's veteran Indian Idyll.
Parallel to the Crabbet breeding programme, I
have been privileged to benefit from the excellent Russian racing
lines of Sambist, who joined Gadebrook in 2007 from the
Umm Qarn stud of HH Sheikh Khalifa al Thani of Qatar. This added
racing successes to the dressage and endurance achievements of
the Gadebrook progeny. In fact, in 2016, Sambist posthumously
received the "Arab Racing Sire of the Year" award for
the 11th time, for the racing results of his progeny, an unbeatable
record! I have retained his daughter Samska (2010) who
produced a super-speedy pocket-rocket filly, Sameera in
2016 by the other great Russian race horse and sire, Vadeer.
Join me at the Crabbet Arabian Show at Equifest
on Sunday 13 August 2017 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough