LADY WENT­WORTH’S HORSES

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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.

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