The Arabian Derivative has been an essential component of the Arabian horse in Australia since the 1940’s, when the Anglo-Arabian registry was created to provide support for one of the world’s most celebrated combination of breeds: the crossing of the ancient noble Arabian horse with the aristocratic Thoroughbred. Since that time, seven more Arabian Derivatives registries and one performance register have been created domestically to encourage the breeding and wide-spread use of Arabian related equine athletes across a broad range of demanding endeavours and highly skilled disciplines.
The Arabian Derivative is, by definition, a horse that is “derived” from Arabian parentage. Celebrated for millennia as the ultimate versatile equine, the Arabian horse has inspired horseman for generations with the essential attributes unique to its breed type: superb balance and harmony of proportion, exceptional refinement and quality of skin and hair coat, strong solid dense bone and hooves, an instinctive alertness, curiosity and intelligence, uncompromising tenacity and stamina, as well as the ability to travel long distances at extreme temperatures with limited food & water. All of these traits have been incorporated into nearly every light horse breed in existence today, including several pony breeds and even a few draft horse breeds. It is this foundation – equines inspired and influenced by essential Arabian characteristics – that has led to the success of the Arabian Derivative in Australia.