LADY WENTWORTH’S HORSES
After her parents died, Judith Blunt-Lytton (Lady Wentworth) continued breeding Arabian horses at Crabbet Park in Sussex, England. Below: Lady Wentworth bred the stallion *Berk (foaled 1909) from a cross of her parents’ Mesaoud and Basilisk lines (see last month’s installment for photos of these horses), but sold him along with many other similarly bred horses in order to make room for new and unrelated individuals, a tactic which she felt was necessary to avoid excessive inbreeding and to improve the Crabbet herd. *Berk was imported to the U.S. in 1918. Lady Wentworth imported primarily from Poland, and the stallion Azrek (foaled 1897) represents the type of horse she was able to obtain: more muscular and less “dry” than the original Crabbet Park horses, longer in the mid-body and lowwithered, though substantial and correct through the legs. Lady Wentworth favored a “cute” head, broad across the forehead but short in the muzzle, with a big jibbah and well-marked dish.