Co-authored by HRH Princess Alia, the eldest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, and the artist and author Peter Upton, Royal Heritage tells the story of the Arab horse in Jordan, from the early days of the Bedouin tribes to the 21st century, a story closely associated with the Hashemite family of Jordan, direct descendants of the Prophet.
The account also tells of the Arab Revolt of 1916, in which the Emirs Ali, Abdullah, Feisal and Zeid, with T E Lawrence, drove the Ottomans out of the region, and how some of the Hashemite mares became the foundation stock of the Royal Stud in Jordan. Royal Heritage covers many other adventures including the traumatic events which nearly led to the loss of the Stud’s precious mares and describes how, despite these setbacks, the Royal Stud has flourished. In 1987 Princess Alia, Director of the Royal Stud, organised the first Arab horse show to be held in Arabia entitled ‘The Arab Horse at Home.’ It was an event which inspired other Arab countries to organise horse shows of their own.
Princess Alia includes many fascinating personal reminiscences: about the horses she holds so dear, the people involved in the Stud through the years, the famous and infamous, family and friends, heads of state and handlers. The work is richly illustrated with paintings, drawings and rare photographs from old archives and private collections, as well as up-to-date portraits of the Stud and its horses. Peter Upton gives an in-depth account of the horses themselves; the breeding, lineage and preservation of the hugely important Jordanian bloodlines.
A story of legend, romance and war, Royal Heritage tells with passion for the first time the remarkable saga of the Arab horse in Jordan.
Sally Bland, Jordan Times –
“Together, the two co-authors have produced a delightful, highly readable book embellished with spectacular photos of the horses and their riders, grooms and handlers, as well as priceless historical pictures, starting with one of King Abdullah I as a child and others from the time of the Arab Revolt. This is fitting since the Royal Stud originates from the horses which then-Prince Abdullah brought north from the Hijaz during the Arab Revolt. HRH Princess Haya, admired for her great skill in show jumping, has penned a lovely foreword, followed by HRH Prince Rashid’s informative historical article.”
Andrew Steen –
“This beautiful, well-produced book would enhance the library of every serious equestrian and is imperative reading for everyone who admires the Arabian horse.”