I am no authority on Anchor Hill but hopefully my reflections, thoughts will get this thread to take off. Anchor Hill was in Missouri and Dr. Atkinson was devoted to his Arabians. They have 2? sons, one of whom still has some Arabians and I think a grandchild is still showing. Anyway, their Arabians started out, I believe, as a family project and grew. There were several articles on the Atkinson family and their horses thru the years in both Arabian Horse World and the old Arabian Horse News from Colorado.
They originally started with Egyptian-Crabbet horses and advertised every month in the News; it wasn't until later that they had their first straight mare, the mare Spiker mentioned, and she produced her own family. I now have a Granddaughter of Anchor Hill Bing Gamila, AK Rasima.
After the sons were grown I remember Anchor Hill sold a huge package of foals, both born and coming in the future to someone in the West Coast NW region - Oregon??? This was before anyone else was selling large numbers as a package to one buyer. The Atkinsons could be counted on for honesty, integrity, truthfullness in all their dealings. To have an Anchor Hill horse, one never had any second thoughts as to the parentage.
The Atkinsons went back to the Babson Roots of Hadbah and either obtained their SE Babson mare when they purchased Hadbah or later, don't remember. Anyway those two SE mares were it for them -- the others were from their Crabbet mares. And these horses could do it all, dressage, jumping, trail, pleasure, whatever your little ole heart desired and be happy campers doing it. I may not be correct but I hope I remember correctly that Mrs. Atkinson told me she and the Doctor had like a Bed and Breakfast operation, the Arabian horses were actually supposed to help in that, they were very remote, on rocky ground, and sometimes had trouble getting a farrier out to their place. There have been other stories written too -- like the one where they were returning from a show and the truck or trailer broke - something happened so the rest of the family unloaded the horses and rode to get help - mechanic??? -- leaving Dr. Atkinson with the young Al Metrabbi -- then as they were returning or in town, whatever, one of their horses called out and lo and behold, the unbroken Al Metrabbi was now coming towards them with Dr Atkinson on bareback. Seems the good Doctor got tired of waiting out there alone so - here they were. [Hope I remember this all correctly! LOL]
Anway, up one month Anchor Hill advertises in the News (January stallion issue) they now have these young Babson stallions, one of which was Char Echo. Years later with their Hadbah fillies, they went to Gleannloch and selected Al Metrabbi who I think was shown by Tom McNair to US National Futurity Champion. Dr. Atkinson went Top Ten for sure or more with Al Metrabbi in US Nationals Trail. Needless to say, this family USED their Arabians.
In his later years Doug Marshall leased Al Metrabbi and all of those later productive years were with Gleannloch. Metrabbi returned to Mrs. Atkinson (the Doctor was then deceased) and lived only a couple of months with her. Mr Marshall first sent her the full brother to El Mareekh, the grey El Razal, and then Rofann for her use as a stallion while he had Al Metrabbi.
Some reflections of my own here and since I had a grandson of old Hadbah I am biased: My own personal belief is that Hadbah and Fadbah were the best sires the Babson Farm ever bred - they produced outstanding mares and stallions that were also top sires. Fay-el-Dine was an outstanding broodmare sire. I do confess that I have not kept current with the Babson breeding but I do believe those were that farm's shining hour. Al Metrabbi always gave some of himself but like his sire, went very strongly to the dam thus defeating Mr. Marshal's desire to produce another Morafic look-alike. Too few people study the pedigree and know anything about the horses in a pedigree -- thanks to the garbage of only the sire and grandsire is important teaching of the 80's and being practiced today as only the Sire is important.