- How can I become a Member of Al Khamsa?
- What is an Al Khamsa Arabian Horse?
- What is the Al Khamsa Roster?
- How can I tell if my horse, or some of its ancestors, are Al Khamsa eligible?
- How do I get my horse listed?
- Why isn't my horse listed?
- What if I see an error or omission?
- What are Foundation Horses?
- What are Ancestral Elements? What is their purpose?
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The horses of primary interest to Al Khamsa, which are called Al Khamsa Arabian Horses, are those horses in North America that can reasonably be assumed to descend entirely from Bedouin Arabian horses bred by horse breeding Bedouin tribes of the deserts of the Arabian peninsula without admixture from sources unacceptable to Al Khamsa. Al Khamsa reserves the right to determine which horses are called Al Khamsa Arabian Horses. Source: Al Khamsa Bylaws
In other words, any horse in North America that Al Khamsa, Inc. believes, after study, to descend entirely from Arabian horses bred by the nomadic Bedouin horse-breeding tribes of the Arabian Peninsula is an Al Khamsa Arabian.
The Roster is an index of Al Khamsa Arabian breeding stock in North America and their ancestors. In other words, the Roster is a list, complete with ancestors, of Al Khamsa Arabians available for preservation breeding in North America. Keep in mind that, because it is limited to breeding stock, there are many more Al Khamsa Arabians than those on the Roster.
You can check out the Online Roster for your horse, its parents or its grandparents. The horses listed there are Al Khamsa, covering eligible Roster horses through Arabian Horse Association #645969 and Canadian Arabian Horse Registry #46571. Keep in mind that, because it is limited to breeding stock, there are many more Al Khamsa Arabians than those on the Roster.
Breeders and owners do not need to do anything to have their horses listed. Al Khamsa Arabians are automatically added to the database as they are registered. New additions to the Roster will appear in the Online Roster each time they are updated. Updates are currently being done twice a year.
Al Khamsa Arabians are also marked as "Al Khamsa, Inc." in the Arabian Horse Association's Arabian DataSource. That mark is updated quarterly.
The current version of the Online Roster includes Roster horses with registration numbers through AHR# 645969 and CAHR# 46571. If your horse's registration number is higher than that, look for it in the next update.
Horses eligible for Al Khamsa have come to North America from a variety of sources and by way of many other countries. To simplify the understanding of the sometimes complex ancestry of our horses, the Foundation stock has been divided into groups designated "Ancestral Elements." An Ancestral Element refers to the country, stud farm, person, or group who imported or was primarily associated with the Foundation Horses within that group. Ancestral Elements do not necessarily conform to modern breeding programs.
See a full copy of the information sheet, "About Your Al Khamsa Arabian."
The Ancestral Element concept was developed for organizational efficiently, and to help people identify the bloodline history of the horses listed in the Al Khamsa books. Al Khamsa traces pedigrees back to their end ancestors and calls them Foundation Horses. These Foundation Horses left the Bedouin over a period of more than a century, acquired by people in Egypt, Europe and the Americas.
As of September, 2009, Al Khamsa Foundation Horses include 192 horses acquired by non-Bedouin people from more than 18 tribes between c1800 and 1966. In order to broadly identify the history of the Foundation Horses in any given living Al Khamsa horse, Al Khamsa decided to divide the Foundation Horses into divisions based on some common denominator such as the county, and farm, person, or the group who imported or was primarily associated with the Foundation Horses concerned. These divisions are called Ancestral Elements. Read more about Ancestral Elements.