Marilyn McHallam was a current member of the Al Khamsa Board of Directors, the Al Khamsa Preservation Task Force and the Publications Committee at the time of her passing.
Marilyn McHallam and her husband Rob were b both retired from the Public Service when Marilyn joined the Al Khamsa Board of Directors in 2014. . They had a small farm in the North Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia Canada, where they raised Davenport Arabian horses They were also proud to own a small group of Combined Source "Sharp" mares as well as a stallion, mare, and a filly whose bloodlines trace to Soldateska through their sire and grandsire *Kem Safir.
Marilyn had purchased her first Arabian horse in 1974. She later learned that photos of all the horses she especially liked in the Arabian horse magazines were actually Al Khamsa Arabians. Finally, their first Al Khamsa Arabian stallion came to live with them in 1981 and thus began their love affair with the horses descended from those bred by the Bedouin tribes of Desert Arabia.
Their goals were to preserve the asil Arabian horse for future generations and to encourage others to learn more about the versatile Al Khamsa Arabian through sharing of information and farm visits. And these goals were met before they both passed away.
It is once again a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors.