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Actress and Arab breeder Susan George took over as president of the Arab Horse Society (AHS) at its annual meeting yesterday (10 April).

Miss George — best known for her part in the 1971 film Straw Dogs — runs the Georgian Arabians Stud on Exmoor.

She is also honorary president of the Horse of the Year Show where her stallion Egatist took the Arab stallion title last year.

AHS chairman Finn Guinness said: “This is quite a coup for the society. Susan is a successful breeder and will be a wonderful ambassador for the breed.”

Miss George said: “I adore Arabs and my total desire in life is to make others like-minded. I hope to do that as president.”

The AHS had no president last year, but members voted to reintroduce the post.

Last year, H&H reported a split in the society after allegations of cruelty against a handler at the AHS Show. The society ruled that complaints by members were not made within AHS rules.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (8 April, ’10)