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Books of Interest


There is much written material about Davenport Arabian horses. Much of it is in magazine format and inconvenient to access, but this problem will be somewhat corrected by a book now in process to be published by The Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy. A reader who is familiar with the references in this bibliography would have an excellent knowledge of the literature on Davenport Arabian horses.

The list below has a special emphasis on articles by Charles Craver or about Craver Farms.

The Arabian Horse Club of America: Stud book of the Arabian Horse Club of America, 1909, privately printed. This is the first Arabian Horse stud book published in America. Its registrations include most of the surviving horses of the Hamidie Hippodrome Society of 1893 and most of the horses imported by Homer Davenport from Arabia in 1906. The registrations of the Davenport importation horses are of special interest because they give detail not available elsewhere of the signatories in Arabia to the otherwise lost desert pedigrees of several horses of that importation. The 1909 Stud Book was published in two editions, the first of which included a class of Part-Arabians and the second one being exclusively concerned with Arabians. Either edition is sufficient for research into Arabian breeding.

Arabian Horse Club of America: The Arabian National Stud Book, Volume I, 1913, privately printed. This volume completes registration of the horses of the Davenport importation from Arabia of 1906. The book was published after Davenport's death and includes some puzzles he might have clarified had he lived to monitor its content.

Arabian Horse Club of America: The Arabian Stud Book, Volume II, 1918, privately printed.

Arabian Horse Club of America: The Arabian Stud Book, Volume III, 1927, privately printed. This volume completes registration descriptions of the horses of the Homer Davenport importation of 1906 from Arabia.

Davenport, Homer: My Quest of the Arabian Horse, New York, R. W. Dodge & Co, 1909. This book is a great adventure story about the purchase of Arabian horses in Arabia. Nothing else in the Arabian Horse literature so effortlessly combines adventure, humor, and factual information about the Arabian horse in its native habitat. Many items of information are still pertinent for breeding Arabian horses at the present time. This book has had several re-publications, most recently as The Annotated Quest, Charles and Jeanne Craver, annotators. For detail, see discussion of The Annotated Quest below.

Craver, Charles and Jeanne (annotators): The Annotated Quest, Seauphah Publishing Association, Inc, 1992, ISBN 0-963-4591-08. This book republishes Homer Davenport's original My Quest of the Arabian Horse, but material having to do with negro slavery in the Ottoman Empire are omitted. The original text is supplemented with commentary and additions. There are many new pictures in addition to those published in the original issue of Davenport's book. The book closes with a section of photographs in color of modern Davenport horses and a listing of all Davenport horses to the time of publication.

Hickman, Mickey: Homer, The Country Boy, 1986, privately published. This biography of Homer Davenport provides a story of his life. The account was developed in large part from resources close to Davenport's life in and around Silverton, Oregon. It has many illustrations. Mickey Hickman, the author, provided a great service to Davenport breeding by collecting, preserving, and using historical material about Homer Davenport which would otherwise likely have been lost. Mr. Hickman felt an affinity to Homer Davenport to a greater extent than would ordinarily be found in a biographer.

Huot, Leland and Powers, Alfred: Homer Davenport of Silverton-Life of a Great Cartoonist, West Shore Press, Bingen, Washington, 1973. This book contains much information about Homer Davenport and his life. Its organization is mildly confusing. The book comes across as informative and interesting but not elegant.

Raswan, Carl: A Collection of Articles by Carl Raswan, 1967, privately published. Prior to the end of World War II, Raswan wrote a series of articles on the Arabian horse for Western Horseman magazine. Shortly following his death in 1966, his friend and disciple, Alice Payne, collected these articles which she reprinted for the benefit of his family. The articles were influential in preserving the classic type of Arabian horse. In his later years and somewhat after World War II, Raswan's position on some subjects mentioned in the articles changed and the reader has to decide how to allow for that change. The articles are from the time of his earlier thought. They remain very readable, full of fact and the romance of Arabian horse breeding. Raswan's later positions on Arabian breeding can more readily be found in his books The Raswan Index and The Arab and His Horse.

Raswan, Carl: The Arab and His Horse, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 55-11083, 1955, privately printed. In readable and concise form, this little book gives the substance of Raswan's later thoughts about Arabian horse breeding. Of special interest to Davenport breeders is the observation that "Davenport horses if kept pure in the classic strains have (to this day) produced some of the most handsome ARABIANS in our country." (Capitilization by Raswan). Many fine pictures. This book was the first major work in English and maybe elsewhere to depart from the Wentworth pedigree of Skowronek, a change of position which cost Raswan the support of much of his public in the U.S..

Raswan, Carl: The Raswan Index, three volumes, I-Tex Publishing Company, Inc., Ames, Iowa, 1969. There are other editions, of which the first edition (in seven volumes) published in Mexico is the best. This book, written at the end of Raswan's life, was meant to catalog all that he knew about Arabian horses, everything important that had been written about them, how he felt they should be bred, and to answer questions about them which he often had raised. He came very close to succeeding. There is much about Davenport horses scattered through this book. Readers are warned that the book is best understood by prople who are familiar with the Raswan subject. It should be read in the context of his life and his other writing and with the understanding that it contains notes he collected over many years.

The Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy, (prepared by R. J. Cadranell): A Directory of Davenport Arabian Horses 2002, privately printed. Through the year 2002, this directory provides an index of Davenport Arabian Horses, a directory of location of such horses by state, a listing of horses not located, a listing of stallions and their get, a listing of mares and their produce. The directory is useful for purposes of locating horses and owners. It is an essential for research into the current status of the breeding of Davenoport Arabian horses.

Davenport, Homer C.: Davenport Desert Arabian Stud of Thoroughbred Arabian Horses for the years 1909 and 1910. Reprinted 1967, Best Publishing Co. Davenport published a number of catalogs of his horses. The text of this issue is frequently used by writers discussing the horses of his 1906 desert importation. A good part of it is incorporated in The Annotated Quest (see above).

Ott, Jane LLewellyn: The Blue Arabian Horse Catalog, privately printed, ©1961, with supplements through 1969. This book draws heavily upon selected positions of Carl Raswan and the opinions and observations of its sponsors, Jane Llewellyn Ott and her mother, Kathleen Ott. Its opening sentance states its purpose as the encouragement of the production of "the type of Arabian Horse originally found in the possession of the Bedouin tribes of Arabia and bred in other countries by breeders whose foundation stock was drawn entirely from those tribes. The Catalog is devoted to those bloodlines which its sponsors believe to be suitable for that purpose..." This book provided the starting point of much current purist breeding in the United States. All Davenport horses are included in The Blue Arabian Horse Catalog.

Smithsonian
, Volume 6, Number 6, September, 1975: Anthony Amaral: "Quest for Arabian Horses Became a Desert Odyssey." This article provides an account of Davenport's trip to Arabia of 1906 to get the Davenport foundation horses. It concludes with a brief discussion of Craver Farms. There are many pictures beautifully presented. Some are historic of Homer Davenport's time. Others are modern, color pictures by A. Y. Owen, including a beautiful wrap-around cover shot.

Arabian Horse News
, Vol. XXIV, August, 1972: Charles C. Craver III: "Homer Davenport and His Wonderful Arabian Horses." An account of Davenport's 1906 trip to Arabia to buy Arabian horses.

Arabian Horse News
, Vol; XXVII. No.5, May 1974: Craver, Charles C. III: "At the Beginning." A discussion of early years in Davenport breeding. Includes some delightful material from the New York Times written just after the arrival of the Davenport importation of Arabian horses from Arabia to this country. There is also detail about early controversy among American Arabian breeders, and some statistical analysis of Arabian breeding in the U. S., which is of historical interest but is now out of date.

The Arabian Horse Journal
, January, 1981: Craver, Charles and Jeanne: "There is Nothing Like a Dame." This article provides a detailed consideration of the female lines of descent established by the Homer Davenport desert importation of 1906.

The Arabian Horse Journal
, April 1981. This is a Davenport issue with a cover showing a rearing shot of Lysander, and several articles, most notably "From the Grand Hotel du Veseuve," containing a letter written by Davenport to his wife en route home from Arabia with his horses. Another article, "And Noah Begat" provides a detailed discussion of the breeding history of the imported Davenport stallions.

Arabian Visions
: Numerous articles. Of special interest are issues of April '86, May '88, June '89, September '89, May '90, September '90, May '91, September '91. Of particular interest are the issues of May '92 giving an analysis of the Thompson's Grey pedigree and the issue of September-October '94 concerning the Akmet Haffez of Homer Davenport's book My Quest of the Arabian Horse, here also shown as published in The Annotated Quest. The article is by Muhammad Ali Al Hafez and others. It is titled "The Life and Times of Sheykh Ahmad Al Hafez."

Arabian Horse World, March, 1984: Craver, Charles: "The Common Denominator." This is an introductory article to Davenport studies. It is extensively illustrated with pictures of historic and recent Davenport horses.

Arabian Horse World
, July, 1984: Craver, Charles: "The Forgotten Man". Concerns the contribution of Peter B. Bradley to Arabian breeding. Bradley was Davenport's parner in owning, importing, and breeding Arabian horses. Following Davenport's death in 1912, Bradley continued the breeding of the Davenport horses, establishing this group as a major factor in American breeding which still has impact today.

Arabian Horse World
, September & November, 1989, Craver, Charles & Jeanne: "Horses of the White City." Arabian breeding in the U.S. had its real beginning with the contacts between breeders and the exhibitions of horses at the World's Columbian Exhibition (Chicago World's Fair of 1893). This article describes the Fair and Arabian Horse foundation breeders of the time, including Homer Davenport. The discussion of the horses of the Hamidie Society from Turkey are pertinent to Davenport breeding.

Arabian Horse World
, July 1993, Charles and Jeanne Craver (annotaters): Condensed version of "The Annotated Quest." Many attractive illustrations. For readers who do not have access to the book from which it is made, this is the next best thing.

Arabian Horse World
, September 1997: Parkinson: Mary Jane: "Foundation Breeders, Charles & Jeanne Craver." Gives a brief history of Craver Farms. This beautifully written, illustrated and produced article is especially remarkable because it was solicitated by the World's editor, Denise Hearst, without request by Craver Farms. Tasteful advertising by Davenport breeders provides pleasant enhancement.

Khamsat
Vol. 5 No. 1: This is a Davenport issue with articles by several authors. Of special interest is "Leading the Davenports: Carl Raswsan Correspondence to Charles Craver."

Khamsat
Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer, 2000, Cadranell, Robert J.: "A Life's Work: Davenport Breeding at Craver Farms." This is a detailed discussion of breeding history at Craver Farms. The issue has generous advertising support from Davenport breeders.

Khamsat Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring, 2001. Craver, Charles: "Moment of Truth: Foaling." This article is written to help breeders who have to take care of horse matters themselves, which is frequently the situation with foaling mares. It contains detailed instructions for an attendant in the foaling process and is written from the point of view that the foaling attendant should be encouraged to actively participate in the birthing process.

Al Khamsa Inc.: Al Khamsa Arabians III, printed by Josten's, Topeka, Kansas, 2008. Al Khamsa Arabians III provides a roster of horses considered by the standards of Al Khamsa to be reasonably assumed to be descended from Bedouin horses of Arabia. Detail is given concerning the sources of founding horses in the pedigree of each living horse listed. All Davenport horses of present reproductive potential and their ancestors are catalogued in this book.

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