To create the Arab horse, God spoke to the south wind: 'I will create from you a being which will be a happiness to the good and a misfortune to the bad. Happiness shall be on its forehead, bounty on it back and joy in the possessor.'Such passion is not unusual when it comes to talking about the Arab--a passion that authors Peter Upton and Hossein Amirsadeghi, along with photographers Rik van Lent, Senior and Junior, lovingly share in Arabians: The Classic Arabian Horse. Both a stunning photographic journey--comprised of over 250 full-colour photographs and arranged by geographical area--and a fascinating history lesson, the authors begin with a thorough examination of the horse's origins, dating back to 1700 BC and boasting such notable historical figures as the Prophet Mohammed and the Queen of Sheba, as well as the breed's growing popularity outside of the Arab world, which first took form in the last half of the seventeenth century and "reached a high point in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Other areas of discussion include the distinct features and characteristics of the breed (its exquisite head and high tail carriage as well as its "vigour, courage and great powers of endurance") and the numerous strains and sub-strains of the breed, which, when combined with a glossary of Arabic terms and a complete listing of Arabian horse organisations, registries, and societies, truly makes Arabians the "definitive book on this revered breed." --Stefanie Hargreaves
About the Author
Peter Upton is a former president of the Arab Horse Society of Great Britain, an international judge of the breed, and a founding member of the Arabian Horse Historians Association. He makes his home in England.
Hossein Amirsadeghi was born in Iran. He is a writer, filmmaker, and equestrian. Today he lives in London.