Purebred Arabians Registry Case for Separate Registries – US Arabian Horse Registry

US Arabian Horse Registry has no opposition to Arabian Racing but there is the need for these horses to be in their own Stud Book, since Thoroughbred DNA is prevalent in the Arabians racing. Several overseas countries follow this policy.

The Mission Statement for the 2024 AHA/USEF Value Shows states as one of its main points: Preservation of the Integrity of the Breed. This is not true! Since 2020 with the release of the Genetic Diversity Paper by Samantha Brooks, Arabian Horse Association has known they had been and continue to this day to register horses carrying Thoroughbred DNA as Purebred Arabians. https://www.arabianhorses.org/export/content.export/aha-docs/AVS_Rules_Guidelines.pdf

Samantha Brooks from her study/paper on Genetic Diversity: “Deregistering these horses all at once would not have good outcomes for the welfare of these beautiful animals,” she said. “And anyway, the issue is widespread enough that there wouldn’t be much of the racing population left. These data document a Thoroughbred breed influence much more expansive than most people realized. It’s just everywhere, really.”

Prominent members of the Royal Family and other respected people in the racing community sometimes also owned Country-breds and raced them in their own classes. There is the example of H. M. The King racing a horse in the Country-bred class. Of course, the King (Fouad) also raced Pure Arabs such as El Deree. Also there was a class for Thoroughbreds which were usually owned by the British.

You might find it interesting there was a 1927 race in which both Mr. Babson’s *Bint Serra and *Exochorda were in the same race.

In the early 20th century Egyptian Jockey Club records and the rules in the front of each volume make it clear what were the qualifying categories for each race. Current TB-Arab crosses would be essentially the same as the “country-bred” racing class. These rules were strictly enforced by the staff and commission most of which were prominent British military officers living in Egypt or members of the Egyptian ruling elite. Anyone caught trying to run a country-bred in a Arab only class would be fined and banned from the tracks.” That was the way TB/Arab crossbreds were handled in Egypt back then. They were not looked down upon either.

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