Believed to have French origin, the Anglo-Arab is a relatively new breed that was first developed at Le Pin National Stud in 1833.
While the formal breeding of the Anglo-Arab is credited to Le Pin and the efforts of a Mr. De Bonneval, the original groundwork is thought to have been laid elsewhere in Normandy in 1750, when pairings between Thoroughbred mares and Turkish and Arabian stallions first took place.
Napoleon Bonaparte is also credited with introducing a number of Arabians to France on his return from Egypt, where it is thought he first fell in love with the breed. However not everyone fully embraced the Anglo-Arab or ‘cross-breed’ on its introduction, despite it eventually achieving independent breed status.
Like its Arabian forebear, the Anglo-Arab boasts refinement and stamina, as well as the speed, size and spirit of the Thoroughbred. Typically, this equine is taller than average (15.2-16.5 hands), has a sturdy, well-balanced body, a tail carriage that is held high and a relatively fine head. Colours vary from bay and chestnut to grey.
For an Anglo-Arab to be considered such, a horse requires only 25% Arabian blood, with the remainder being Thoroughbred.