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The Arabian Horse, A Long Journey Forward


In Memory of Charles Craver, the Founder of ARAB, Inc.

ARAB, Inc., an affiliate of the Arabian Horse Association of America, will host lecturer Joe Ferriss at the Sangamon Co. Fairgrounds, 318 W. Birch St, New Berlin, IL, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. “The Arabian Horse, A Long Journey Forward” will summarize the path of the Arabian from the early 20th Century in America to the present.

A potluck in tribute to the founder of ARAB, Inc, Charles Craver, who died on December 30, will begin at noon. Long distance guests need not bring anything but their appetites. The building will be open at 11:30 for gathering of Charles’ friends and those who wish to speak to Joe Ferriss ahead of time. Joe’s lecture will begin at 1 p.m. and include a tribute to Charles, who influenced U.S. breeding programs by continuing the line of Arabians first brought to America by Homer Davenport in 1906.

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1946, Joe Ferriss grew up fascinated by cars and art, later getting a Bachelors degree in Commercial Art from Michigan State University. Married in 1969, his wife Sharon introduced him to riding horses, immediately after which they discovered Arabians. Joe quickly became consumed with learning all he could about Arabians, while owning and breeding a few along the way. He accumulated a large library on Arabians, Thoroughbreds, and general horse related information, some of which was inherited from his grandfather who was a member of the Arabian Horse Registry in 1918.

Joe traveled around the US throughout the 1970s and early 1980s filming many ancestors of today’s Arabians and interviewing breeders as Charles Craver had done in the 1950’s. For over 30 years, Joe has authored numerous articles on Arabians in America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. He has been a guest speaker and lecturer on Arabians since 1980 as well as serving as the Editor/ designer of Khamsat Magazine for 15 years. Joe was also a past president of Al Khamsa, Inc, the preservation breeders group founded by Charles in 1975.

Joe has traveled on research trips in Jordan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain including spending time among the Bedouin tribes. In addition, he has designed and produced books on Arabian horses and on related Middle Eastern subjects for various authors like Judith Forbis’ Authentic Arabian Bloodstock and Gail Goodman’s The Saluqi: Coursing Hound of the East. This year marks his 47th anniversary of involvement with Arabians as he continues to enjoy his journey with this fabled breed.