Cover photo: "Hold Tight Fred Rice!", Fred with Indian Gold. -Fred Rice was born in 1905 and started work at Crabbet Park just after the end of the First World War. This book is a record of Fred's life with Arab horses, a record of the golden years of Arab breeding at Crabbet, as told by a man who started as cartman on the estate, and rose to be head showman with a reputation that stretched worldwide. His is an oral history of his times at Crabbet, and complements rather than supersedes, other accounts of life at the stud. This book not only casts new light on many aspects of the stud and its daily working, it also describes life on the Crabbet Estate, in the village of Worth, before it was swallowed up by the Crawley conurbation. As such this book should be of interest not only to Arbian horse enthusiasts, but also to local residents and historians. These reminiscences are sure to entertain and enlighten as many readers as they have listeners over the years.
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