What is CMK?
- CMK stands for Crabbet-Maynesboro-Kellogg.
It is a synthetic entity defined after the fact, very much like
"Al Khamsa" or "straight Egyptian," rather
than the product of any single breeding program (as "Crabbet"
or "Al-Marah" would be).
- CMK is a preservationist movement directed
toward breeding the traditional North American using and companion
Arabians. It is based on Blunt and Davenport sources, but not
entirely limited to them. It emphasizes the two great "cooperator
breeder circles" of the 1950's, which were the Jimmie Dean
circle in the Midwest and the H. H. Reese or "Old California"
circle, which includes the Kellogg horses. There was a great
deal of crossover between these groups as well. Horses such as
*Raffles are representative of the first group, and horses such
as Abu Farwa are representative of the second group.
- The bloodline requirements for CMK
are not as restrictive as are those of other preservationist
groups. By definition, "A CMK Arabian traces in at least
75% of its pedigree to traditional Blunt/Davenport breeding of
the 1950's: any or all of the horses of the Reese (Old California)
and Dean (Midwest) coordinator circles; other Maynesboro, Crabbet/Old
English horses; and unique North American desert lines. It traces
to a CMK sire line and a dam line established in North America
- As well as the combined source horses
defined by the above definition, CMK provides a rallying point
for the recognition and preservation of specialty groups within
CMK, such as Jockey Club, Davenport, Crabbet/Old English, and
- The point of CMK, as of any other healthy
preservationist movement, is the kind of horses produced. We
are preserving genes, not names in pedigrees.
- "CMK" is a registered US
trademark. However, rather than forbidding others to use it,
we encourage its use where applicable so long as it's consistent
with our pedigree definition.
- For more information about CMK horses,
history, and breeders, please visit the CMK
Arabian Heritage site.
- (The above is adapted from
- Photos of Aurab (top)
and Abu Farwa (bottom) as aged stallions.
Heidi Smith, DVM
P.O. Box 103
Tendoy, ID 83468-0103