THE SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
VOL. LXVIII JANUARY, 1965 No. 3
Zte Origi and Deidope itt of the
LEON B. BLAIR
K ING HASSAN II OF MOROCCO SENT A PAIR OF BARBARY ARABIAN
horses at Christmas, 1961, to an American youth who
had rendered distinguished service to his own country and
to Morocco.' Both animals were selected by the king from his
royal stud and it safely can be said that no finer Arabian horses
existed in North Africa. The performance record in Morocco
and in the United States of both the stallion and the mare and
the production record of the stallion are evident proof of their
excellence. Both were furnished with registration certificates.
The government of Morocco certified them to be: breed-Arabi-
an. After clearing quarantine, both horses were delivered to the
recipient in Fort Worth, Texas, by a cousin of the king, the Pasha
Abdelhamid el Alaoui, in order that there might never be a
doubt that the horses delivered were the ones described in the
By 1964, the mare had dropped a filly foal and was again in
foal at Texas' renowned King Ranch. The blood of the stallion
has been massively infused in Southwestern horseflesh. King
Hassan's horses will leave a permanent imprint in America. For
that imprint to assume proper perspective, it is necessary that
*To avoid possible factual errors, draft copies of this article were furnished to
the Arabian Horse Club Registry of America, the International Arabian Horse
Association, the American Jockey Club, and the Quarter Horse Association of
Texas for comment. No errors were noted by the International Arabian Horse
Association, the American Jockey Club, or the Quarter Horse Association. No
reply was received from the Arabian Horse Club Registry of America.
xNew York Times, December 16, 1961, p. 16; "Gift of the Royal Arabians," The
Texas Horseman, VI (May, 196), 26 ff.; "A Gift Horse," Arabian Horse World,
II (July, 1962), 32 ff.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed July 28, 2014.