Purebred Arabians Registry Registry History – US Arabian Horse Registry

Beginning of Purebred Arabians in the United States

Not included because of the date discontinued, 2007, is the formation of Purebred Arabian Horse Registry which was primarily an offshoot for WAHO, World Arabian Horse Organization. Bob Harvey and others created this entity administered by Linda Bye, Golden Colorado. Here is her final statement: It is with mixed feelings that I write this letter. It is my understanding that the Arabian Horse Association has agreed to accept all horses included in the World Arabian Horse studbooks without any exceptions and therefore, in accordance with WAHO’s request, the Purebred Arabian Horse Registry will close the registry effective December 31, 2007. I will transfer necessary documents to AHA or return them to the owners/breeders depending upon the situation. I wish you all the best of luck and would like to thank you for all of the support you have given PAHR, Bob Harvey and myself these past ten years.

Who created the first Arabian Stud Book Registry

The registration of Purebred Arabian horses in America began with the Jockey Club (Thoroughbred Registry), then proceeding to be established by itself as the Purebred Arabian breed stud book. The Registry was founded by a group of individuals who shared a passion for the past, present and future of the purebred Arabian horse. W. R. Brown, published not only the stud book for Arabians, but suggested they also be registered in the Jockey Club and Weatherby. Both Nadirat, 619 and Gharis, 623 were bred by him. On September 2, 1908, the Arabian Horse Club of America, Inc. was founded in New York state. The first meeting was held at the Hotel Belmont and was attended by the incorporators: Henry K. Bush Brown, Homer Davenport, Charles A. Voetsch, Francis A. Huck, and James B. Kilburn. The name and location of the organization changed two more times until it finally settled in Colorado under the name, “Arabian Horse Registry of America, Inc.” in 1969.

Since its inception, the need was recognized for a central governing authority in the U.S. for the Purebred Arabian breed. The Arabian was already a breed that had been recognized for thousands of years maintained and cherished in its purity for centuries.

1908 A Registry was founded under the name, the Arabian Horse Club of America to maintain the official registration and ownership records for purebred Arabian horses, as well as to aid, foster and promote the preservation and improvement of purebred Arabian horses and the Arabian breed. Arabian Horse Club [AHC] of America, Inc was founded in New York state.
1909 Preliminary stud book of Arabian Horse Club of Americas published, and recognized the Registry Stud Book as the only official Registry for purebred Arabian horses. There were 71 horses registered and 11 owners listed in the Stud Book of the Arabian Horse Club of America. This publication created “Volume I” published in 1913.
1939 The Registry moved from New York to Chicago.
1950 The name of the organization was changed to The Arabian Horse Club Registry of America.
1968 Written records are converted to a computer system.
1969 Official name of the organization changes to Arabian Horse Registry of America, Inc. and the Registry moved from Chicago to Colorado.
1972 Artificial insemination test program started.
1973 The Registry marks its 65th anniversary.
1976 Permanent record blood typing program for breeding stallions is implemented.
1977 Artificial insemination adopted as regular rule. On-line computer programs substantially enhanced.
1980 Embryo transfer developmental program is implemented.
1981 Stud book produced on microfiche and offered to owners as alternative to the printed edition of stud books.
1983 Registry converts computer records to a new, in-house computer system.
1984 Registry moves to the new Arabian Horse Center in Westminster, Colorado.
1986 Embryo transfer adopted in regular rule book.
1991 Full parentage qualification by blood typing requirement implemented for 1991 foals.
1991 Transported semen developmental program begins.
1991 Computer services provided by the Registry to the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry.
1991 Arabian Jockey Club, Inc. moves to the Arabian Horse Center and becomes an affiliate of the Registry.
1992 The Registry assumes responsibility for Arabian racehorse identification.
1995 Use of transported and stored semen is adopted as a regular rule.
1997 The Registry implements a new one-page racing certificate.
1997 The Registry releases the Bookshelf CD-ROM containing registration records of over 890,000 horses registered worldwide.
1997 TheRegistry.org and ArabianRacing.org web sites developed for the Registry and Arabian Jockey Club to provide additional access to information and services.
2000 DataSource CD-Rom brings over 890,000 horse records, show records, race records and owner records to the desktop.
2000 Permanent record DNA typing program started.
2000 DNA parentage qualification made available for foal registration.
2001 DataSource Online creates access to information for over 900,000 horses from any PC or Mac with an Internet connection.
2002 The Registry begins accepting Oocyte Transfer foal registrations. The restriction of one horse registration per calendar year per mare is lifted.

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