Knights returning from military campaigns in the Middle East during the 11th Century brought large numbers of Arabian horses back to Europe.
The stamina and agility of the oldest human-developed horse breed in the world came to be hugely prized, not least of all by the English nobility including members of the Royal Family.
Such thoughts were high in the mind of British race goers last month, when two Arabian stallions belonging to the Queen were paraded at this year’s Dubai International Arabian Races.
Sheikh Hamdan’s Ramades ridden by jockey Dane O’Neill. (Photo credit: Amy Taylor)
Sheikh Hamdan’s Muraaqib ridden by jockey François-Xavier Bertras. (Photo credit: Amy Taylor)