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greyarabpony:

Another chapter in the saga that is my horses’ pedigrees, this one from the Arabian Trakehner cross. This is the Arabian stallion Skowronek, a 1909 son of Ibrahim out of Jaskolka. Skowronek was bred by Count Jozef Potocki, owner of the Antoniny Stud in Poland. Skowronek was imported to England as a young horse by the painter Walter Winans, and changed hands several times but was later purchased by Lady Wentworth under confusing circumstances. Apparently, Lady Wentworth used an American exporter asa front for purchasing the stallion because she feared if the current owner knew a competing Arabian breeder was trying to purchase him, he would refuse to sell or increase the price. Whatever the reason was, Skowronek ended up in Lady Wentworth’s hands and became one of the foundation sires for Lady Wentworth’s Crabbet Arabian Stud. Skwronek was mainly used to cover the Mesaoud daughters and granddaughters and infuse fresh blood into the existing foundation Mesaoud lines. The outcross of Skowronek on existing Crabbet stock proved to be so successful the offspring were exported around the world. It is reported that Lady Wentworth tuned down an offer of $250,000 for Skowronek. 

The result of one such crossing between Mesaoud lines and Skowronek was Raseyn, a stallion imported to America by W. K. Kellog, and who became one of the most influential American stallions of the Arabian breed. Through Raseyn, Skowronek lines are responsible for such greats as Khemosabi, Bay-Abi, and Ferzon. However, Raseyn may never have gotten the chance to become so great because Raseyn’s older brother Raswan was considered to be Skowronek’s most beautiful son, and was imported alongside Raseyn by Kellog. However, Raswan had to be put down due to a hind leg injury after siring only three foals in England (all of which became very successful in breeding). Raswan’s misfortune allowed Raseyn to carry Skowronek’s legacy into the limelight in America. Other notable sons were Raffles and Naseem.

Skowronek died in 1930 at the age of 22, and his skeleton was donated to the British Museum in London. 

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