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Darley Arabian

North Yorkshire

The Darley Arabian was a gift by Thomas Darley (a merchant with the Levant Company in Alepp, Syria) to his brother Henry.  He resided at the Darley’s ancestral home, Aldby Park in North Yorkshire.


Henry commissioned an early painting of the Darley Arabian which hangs in the entrance hall at the park.


Beauty and refinement

95% of all thoroughbreds toady trace their Y chromosome to the Darley Arabian. 


He was described by William Osmer, a respected veterinarian of the time as,


“A horse of substantial beauty and refinement, bay with a a blaze and three white socks, standing 15 hands high.”

Darley Arabian
Thoroughbred Origins
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