The Arabian has been in Britain since the Romans conquered our shores. They raced them at Netherby (Yorkshire) long before the Thoroughbred was produced. James I kept Arabians, including the famous Markham Arabian, at Newmarket where he instituted a kind of steeplechase on Newmarket Heath. The Parliamentarians confiscated his Stud in 1648 and his horses were dispersed - most being lost from record.
The Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian and the Byerly Turk from the 18th Century were to become the progenerators of the British Thoroughbred stock. Weatherby's Stud Book began in 1791 based on these three Arabians. Prior to this, the Jockey Club was founded in 1752.
ARO ran 18 professionally organised race meetings in the 2000 season providing the highest standards of entertainment for racegoers, sponsors and participants. There were also 8 races on Thoroughbred meetings. The sport is open to all, and provides a relaxed day out for the family.
ARO uses the handicap system in many races to create competition between runners at all levels. Thereby the slower horses too get their chances to win a big prize. Arabian horses can be purchased at a fraction of the price of a Thoroughbred - and if you get involved in a partnership or syndicate, ownership is very affordable, cost effective and fun.
ARO is delighted to welcome new sponsors and arrangements can be tailored to personal requirements. Whether you wish to promote your product or service, or celebrate a special occasion, or just wish to join in the fun, ARO offers unbeatable value for money.
Contact the ARO office to get the ball rolling. Tel 01635 524445/6 Fax 01635 230200
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.arabianracing.org.uk
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Updated: October 2005.