our Arieana Notebook: Skowronek was the single, sole radical
outcross introduced into Crabbet's breeding program in the stud's
entire history. He was foaled at Count Potocki's Antoniny Stud in
Poland; however at that time Antoniny was held by the Russians, so
technically Skowronek was born in Russia. He was imported into
England in 1913, brought over by Mr. Walter Winans, who used him as a model for his
sculptures and paintings.
Mr. Walter Winans then sold
him to his friend Mr. Webb-Ware who used him as a hack. Mr. Webb-Ware later sold him to Mr. H. V. Musgrave
Clark, under whose ownership Skowronek initiated his show and breeding career.
Lady Wentworth acquired him from Mr. Clark in 1920; Skowronek was
by then 11 years old. Lady Wentworth campaigned him in earnest and he
began to win championships; she also began breeding him to her Crabbet
Skowronek, one of the great stallions of the
breed and one with world-wide influence, was an entirely
different type of Arabian horse than those previously used at Crabbet. Whereas the
Crabbet Arabians were often apt to be dry and reachy, with good shoulders
and forehands, and sometimes with good size, but might lack in smoothness,
strength, and correctness through the loins, hindquarters and hind legs,
Skowronek was a small, more compact, strongly built horse of a different
classic type. He did not have the forehand qualities possessed by many
of the Crabbet Arabians, but Skowronek definitely brought in the back, hindquarter,
and hind leg improvement some Crabbet Arabians needed ~ and he
was very strong in passing on his good qualities in these areas, as well
as amazingly prepotent in stamping his get with his own type. Maturing
to an alabaster white color, he proved
an outstanding cross with nearly all the Crabbet mares to whom he was
put; the blending of Skowronek with the Crabbet bloodlines proved one of
the most auspicious nicks ever made, and the results have had tremendous
positive influence through much of the Arabian horse breeding world. Skowronek
died in February 1930, but the effects of this blending and his legacy are still
seen going forward in his descends of today.
recommended for further study on Skowronek and his role and place
within the CMK Heritage:
(3 Pages with an Extensive Photo Collection) by Eva DanÝ.
by Carol Mulder. From The Crabbet Influence May/June 1989 issue
and Collectors Vol. 1, 1992.
"A Brief History of the Founding of Crabbet
Stud" by Carol W. Mulder. The Arabian Horse Journal, August