HOLMES FARM ARABIANS
FOUNDED IN 1949
Patricia Lindsay founded the Stud at Stockings Farm in Brackley in Northamptonshire with the purchase of the bay stallion RUSHTI (Rosh / Rufeiya) and the grey filly Rexeena (Irex / Rafeena). Both were of Crabbet Blood-lines and of the Rodania family. Rexeena became a well known winner at the National Show and her direct descendant , Vitorio TO has been used in Poland in 2014 and 2015 when leased from Oak Ridge Arabians in America.
The present-day Stud descends from Patricia's travels to Poland in 1958. She went, having studied the language and made a detailed study of Polish Arabian families. She developed strong ideas and preferences and was lucky enough to be able to import many of her favourites.
Patricia Lindsay with Rushti (Rosh/ Rufeiya) photo taken in 1955 and with Rexeena (Irex/ Rafeena).
At the same time as establishing her own stud she was also able to initiate the post war imports to the USA at a time when the "Cold War" made it difficult for westerners to travel and negotiate with Communist governments. Her negotiations enabled her to facilitate the purchase of such American superstars as Ardahan, Bachantka, Naganka , Muzulmanin and the great Nabor who have long since established themselves in American Arabian folk-lore.
Ardahan (Trypolis/ Adis Abeba)
Bachantka (Wielki Szlem/ Balalajka)
Naganka (Bad Afas/ Najada)
Muzulmanin ( Doktryner/ Mufta )
Nabor (Negatyw/ Lagodna)
In Great Britain progress was slower but the impact of such horses as Celina, Karramba, Nawarra, Argos, Gerwazy and Grojec, all chosen by Patricia, did lead to Polish breeding becoming acceptable.
The first Polish imports to Great Britain in 1958 they are, from left to right:
Czantoria born 1949, Carmencita 1949, Karramba 1951, Celina 1949 and Damieta
Celina ( Witraz/ Elza ) , became British National Champion when owned my Mr Musgrave Clark
Karramba ( Witraz/ Karmen II ), became reserve British National Champion aged 23
Nawarra ( Trypolis/ Najada ), owned by The Marchioness Townsend of Raynham
Argos ( Nabor/ Arfa ), Created a Dynasty for The Theobald Family and sire of British National Champions
Gerwazy ( Doktryner/ Gwara), the father of Polish Arab breeding at Holmes farm Arabians
Gerwazy ( Doktryner/ Gwara) at White City Horse of the Year Show ridden by Mick McGrath
It is from these imports in 1958 that the modern day stud was formed. Some found homes with British breeders and some stayed with Patricia. Further purchases were made in Poland - notably the females : Latawica, Lafirynda, Widawa , Etyka and Cygaretka ( in partnership with Robin and Wendy Gow ) being added to Karramba. It is these female lines that can be found at Holmes Farm Arabians today.
Latawica ( Wielki Szlem/ Larissa )
Lafirynda ( Miecznik/ Lala )
Widawa ( Gwarny/ Warmia )
Etyka ( Gwarny/ Etna )
Cygaretka ( Fanatyk/ Cizemka )
Over the years very few female families have been added to the Stud instead a variety of stallions have been used to bring in new blood and as an outcross. Those whose blood still remains on the Farm are detailed on History part 2