By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on May 30th, 2013 in General
This is the text of Jane Ott’s obituary by Edie Booth on the Blue Arabian Horse Catalogue Facebook page:
“On Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, at 1:50 AM, Miss Jane Llewellyn Ott slipped peacefully away. Miss Ott is a major historic figure and prime mover in recognizing the loss of the original desertbred horses among American breeders. Her primary research work is The Blue Arabian Horse Catalog. The Catalog listed all the horses Miss Ott could find, frequently with the help of Carl Raswan, that were authenticated as the original horses of the Bedouin tribes of Arabia. These horses were jotted down in a notebook with a blue cover, and the additional grouping of a star/asterisk was added for the horses that were without the Managhi strain of horses anywhere in their pedigree. This separation was due to unknown background on some of the Managhi horses, and as Miss Ott might say, the separation may not matter at all, but if it does matter and all the horses have been mixed, there is no way back.
My introduction to Miss Ott was in 1986 after reading an interesting full page ad in EQUUS magazine. Located about 180 miles and under 3 hours away near Hope, AR, I called, and my husband and I immediately visited her special horses. Miss Ott was there with her aged parents, and if we were seeking hospitality, well… it did not happen. But the horses were great! It was my first introduction to *real* Arabians. I will never forget it. That visit was followed by a second, only with my mother, who would help me with the finances to buy a horse. No… I could not buy a horse, until our farm was inspected. Miss Ott visited us and pointed out the exact shortcomings in our facility for keeping a stallion, told us how to correct it, and went home. She immediately wrote me a letter stating we were not ready to buy SIGNATORE, a line bred, double SIRECHO yearling for $10,000. I did not know enough to buy!! How many horse breeders will not sell a yearling colt for $10,000??
But Miss Ott was right. I did not know enough. We needed to preserve the Blue Star desertbreds without the Egyptian lines, a tiny group of horses. Replacement breeding was not happening for many of the existing straight desertbreds. Miss Ott is rightfully credited for launching our successful horse search and breeding program, even though the overall numbers have not increased. She was a woman of character and strong conviction.
Although occasionally cantankerous, we always honored and respected Miss Ott and her work. Miss Ott revealed her horse documentation, without remorse, even though there were those who wanted to beat her up for it. There was a bit of a naïve quality about her when confronted by the vitriol of horse owners who had invested large sums of cash and effort in various groups of horses. Without her research there would likely not be an Al Khamsa, or at least the group grew out of her published research quite naturally. She altered history for the authentic desert horse and its preservation.
Miss Ott’s generosity was readily apparent in helping a new BOD continue with the Blue Arabian Horse Catalog, Inc., upon the move to Texas in 2008. She provided funding, as well as the remaining Blue Catalogs to sell for support of the organization. She was always generous with her help and her answers for those who would call with questions about horses or breeding. She was an invaluable resource, who will be greatly missed. A smart and talented woman, Miss Jan Llewellyn Ott, will be missed by more people than she would think.
Miss Jane Llewellyn Ott, may you rest in peace, clear minded until the end, with final plans carefully in place, deceased at age 86.”