and His Amazing Feats of Endurance
from Arabians (June 1984) by Suzi
with information and photos from various other sources.
splashy chestnut *Crabbet (Rijm x *Narda
II by Rejeb) was a yearling when
he was imported to the United States from England in 1910 by F. Lothrop
Ames of Boston, Massachusetts. Although *Crabbet was gelded after his arrival, he had
a permanent impact on the Arabian breed here as one of the all-time
great endurance horses.
*Crabbet, who had a bald face,
high white on all four legs and a large white patch on his belly, was
nine years old when his endurance training began. In 1918, he was
entered in a private contest held by W.R. Brown and several other horse
breeders which required the mounts to carry 200 pounds for 162 miles. *Crabbet,
who was recovering from an illness at the time, was withdrawn after 100
miles, a distance he completed in 17 hours, 12 minutes.
endurance ride debut, *Crabbet went on to complete and finish in
four of the U.S. Cavalry Endurance Tests (1919, 1920, 1921, and 1922).
In these, he took honors three times.
In the 1919 test, *Crabbet
took fifth place, carrying 200 pounds over 306 miles in 53 hours, 56
minutes. This course covered ground from Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, to
Camp Devens, Massachusetts, and the distance was required to be covered
at a rate of 60 miles per day for 5 days. There were 14 entries of
various horse breeds.
*Crabbet took fifth place again in
the 1920 test which covered the same course. In this test, horses were
required to carry 245 pounds, and there were 28 entries of all different
breeds with a total of only 10 horses finishing. *Crabbet finished
in 5th place in the time of 52 hours, 33 minutes ~
topping the time recorded the year before. His full sister *Noam
also completed the ride successfully, and so did Rustem Bey who took second place. These three horses were all owned by W.R.
Brown and represented his Maynesboro Stud of Berlin, New Hampshire.
had come into his prime by the 1921 test. This race covered 310 miles. *Crabbet
won it in the time of 49 hours, 4 minutes, again carrying 245 pounds.
His performance was even more impressive as the following morning, only
he and the Half-Arabian, Rustem Bey (Khaled
x Midgie by Sentinel Wilkes), were able to gallop freely up and down the field. Out of
the 17 entries, only 7 managed to complete the ride. Furthermore, much
of this route (from Redbank, New Jersey to Washington, D.C.) was on
Although he did not place in the 1922 U.S. Army
Endurance Test, *Crabbet continued to win other distance
contests. His ability to excel in endurance tests did much to promote
the Arabian breed among horsemen of the day.