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Legacy: In Tribute to the Egyptian Arabian Horse - *Ansata Bint Mabrouka

Updated: Jun 7

It has been a labor of love researching and bringing to light the many ways that this breed within a breed, the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse, has influenced the Arabian breed as a whole in ways that are as profound and lasting as they are interesting.

Revered English author, Charles Dickens, was a master at weaving the lives of his characters together in such interesting ways. Whether it was the unsuspecting influence that Abel Magwitch would have on the young Pip in Great Expectations, the heartbreaking connection between Lady Dedlock and Esther Summerson in Bleak House, or the chance meeting between a young orphan child and Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist, the impact these characters had on each other was almost incredible.

Similarly, the value in hearing and rehearsing the stories of the connections between horses and humans cannot possibly be overstated. As endearing as the fictional accounts of Sham and Agba in Marguerite Henry’s famous King of the Wind, or Alec Ramsay and The Black in Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion might be, yet just as dear, if not more so, are the factual and true accounts of the Egyptian Arabian horse and the people with whom they’ve been entwined in rich and meaningful ways. Over these coming weeks we invite you to consider some of them as recorded in Volume XII of the Reference Handbook of Straight Egyptian Horses. If you have one you’d like to share with us we encourage you to share them with us as well. Perhaps one of the stories will touch or inspire you to share your own, or even lay the groundwork for your own story yet to be written. We hope you’ll enjoy those we share here and look forward to hearing your own.

The following are the introductory pages of the special Legacy Section of the Reference Handbook: In Tribute to The Egyptian Arabian Horse. It is followed by the tribute to *Ansata Bint Mabrouka

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