Nasr Marei, champion of the Arabian horse


It is with great sadness that the AUC Press notes the passing of Nasr Marei, a world-renowned breeder of Egyptian Arabian horses for over four decades, and an AUC Press author.

Marei was the third-generation owner of the famed Albadeia Stud Farm in Giza, on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital. His bestselling book The Arabian Horse of Egypt (AUC Press, 2010) came as the culmination of the love, knowledge, and dedication he fostered and shared for the Egyptian Arabian horse, evocatively embodied in his sensitive and striking photography.

Click here to view photographs of the book launch at the Albadeia Stud Farm in 2010. Click here to listen to Nasr Marei speaking about the book and of the horse-dancing during the event.


Nasr Marei and his German Shepherds



Photo by Nasr Marei from The Arabian Horse of Egypt

The book, with text by Cynthia Culbertson and a foreword by HRH Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein, is considered “an ode to the Arabian horse, its beauty, nobility, grace and dignity” (Arab News) and “a collector’s item” (The Daily News Egypt). To view some of Nasr Marei’s photographs from The Arabian Horse of Egypt, click here.

Marei was the co-founder and vice-chairman of the Egyptian Arabian Horse Breeders Association. He also attained an international reputation as a judge at horse shows and was an ambassador for the Arabian breed that he once described as “one of the noblest creatures on earth, and the Egyptian Arabian horse in particular.”

Photo by Nasr Marei from The Arabian Horse of Egypt


“Since childhood I have been fascinated by these noble creatures,” Marei said in a previous interview with Desert Heritage Magazine. “I grew up loving them. Being passionate as I am, over the years I have developed a critical ‘eye’ and sharpened my skills in evaluating horses.”

In 2013 Marei was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance. He held a PhD in plant science from the University of California, Davis.



Photos taken in 2014 by Nasr Marei while attending the Salon Du Cheval D'El Jadida
as a judge for the International Arabian Show.





October 2017

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