(September 29, 2006) Famed publisher
William Randolph Hearst, who also established an important
horse breeding operation, is credited with having first
coined the name “Morab” for the distinct breed of horses
which were Arab and Morgan horse crosses.
He bred his Arabian stallions to Morgan mares to
produce horses which were sure-footed, fast and versatile.
Consequently, they were well suited to the rough and
varied terrain of his San Simeon ranch near the Pacific
Coast of California. More than six
generations later, the Morabs, some of which trace their
ancestry to Hearst’s superior breeding program, will visit
for the seventh annual Morab Nationals.
The Purebred Morab Horse Association (PMHA)
Morab Nationals: Championship and Futurity,
Oct 28-29, is unique in that the parent breeds of the
Morab are featured at this show. The
judge is “double-carded” for the Arabian and Morgan breeds.
This criteria is important so the Morab is judged by
an official who is familiar with the parent breeds.
The Morab show has added Sport Horse classes for the
Morab, Arabian and Morgan, which shows off the
form-to-function qualities of the three breeds.