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The all-time most in­flu­en­tial Ara­bian horse world­wide is the Pol­ish-bred Skowronek, whose name means “sky­lark.” Foaled in 1909 and im­ported to Eng­land as a 4 or 5 year old, he was a more cor­rect horse than Azrek, with a short, strong back and ex­cel­lent

sub­stance. Like Azrek, Skowronek pos­sessed a short, broad head with a def­i­nite jib­bah and no­tice­able dish.

Skowronek’s son, *Raf­fles (foaled 1926), is the ances­tor of many Amer­i­can Ara­bi­ans

with so-called “ex­treme” heads. *Raf­fles had very high ac­tion at the trot, a fea­ture val­ued by his U.S. im­porter Roger Selby, who was also a prom­i­nent breeder of Amer­i­can Sad­dle­breds.

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