2021 Al Khamsa Spring Gathering Schedule of Events

12:00pm EDT WELCOME 

Monica Respet: Spreading information about what AK is doing on Roster overhaul, Fundraising effort and Gathering of people and ideas.
Book Sales to support Roster
Online Program
Announce availability of speaker recordings from Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting and Convention
AERC spotlight winners and presentation on website

12:30pm ROSTER

Project Presentation  – Database Task Force: History, Value of  and the Future

1:30pm  Q and A About Roster Project

1:45pm  Break

Book Sale

2:00pm  Dr. Samantha Brooks
Genomics of the Arabian Horse: History Written in the DNA

2 :00 Estimating Inbreeding and Relatedness; Pedigree vs. Genome
         2:30  Q & A With Dr. Brooks Moderated by Beth Minnich
        2:40  Genome Diversity and the Origin of the Arabian Horse
        3:10   Q & A With Dr. Brooks Moderated by Beth Minnich
3:20  Update on Juvenile Idiopathic Epilepsy (JIE) Research and Other Projects
3:50pm Q & A With Dr. Brooks Moderated by Beth Minnich

4:oopm  Break

Book Sale, Donations, Announce Raffle Winner

4:10pm  Dr. Elaine Carnevale

Preserving Genetics From the Older Mare: Challenges and Potential Solutions

5:00pm  Structured Program Wrap-Up

2 Hour Open Conversation

2021 Al Khamsa Spring Gathering Speakers

Dr. Samantha Brooks

Genomics of the Arabian Horse: History Written in the DNA

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Samantha Brooks, PhD
Associate Professor, Equine Physiology
Department of Animal Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville

A lifelong horse woman, Dr. Samantha Brooks was diverted from vet school by a budding passion for equine research. Following a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Biotechnology, Dr. Brooks remained at the University of Kentucky to study at the Gluck Equine Research Center. While there she earned her PhD in Veterinary Science, specializing in Equine Genetics under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Bailey, a founding member of the Horse Genome Project. Following her PhD she was awarded the Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the expression of inflammatory genes in horses affected with laminits. As an assistant professor at Cornell University she was responsible for the Equine Biology and Management course for six years. Now at the University of Florida, her research program explores a variety of topics relevant to horse health ranging from gene expression studies to mapping of genetc disorders in the horse. Her lab’s research focuses on the use of genomic tools to study the traits of health, conformation, and performance. Ongoing work targets variation in gait, susceptability to infectious disease, metabolic syndrome and skeletal defects.
In 2008, the Arabian Horse Foundation partnered with Dr. Brooks to revitalize research on Lavender Foal Syndrome; an effort that resulted in the development of a direct DNA test for LFS, which became commercially available in the US in 2010. The Arabian Horse Foundation has partnered with Dr. Brooks on projects studying Juvenile Idiopathic Epilepsy and Equine Metabolic Syndrome.


Beth Minnich (moderating Q & A with Dr. Brooks)

Beth Minnich

Beth Minnich is Chair of the Research Advisory Panel of the Arabian Horse Foundation and serves as a member of the AHA Equine Stress, Research and Education Commitee. She also served as Chair of the AHA Presidential Task Force on Genetic Disorders. Beth is a graduate of the Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program and has worked as an AHRA (Registry) Field Rep, and staff member at Imperial Egyp;an Stud and Valour Arabians. She is also proudly owned by the Davenport gelding, Pal-Ara Khalomi.


Dr. Elaine Carnevale

Preserving Genetics From the Older Mare: Challenges and Potential Solutions

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Elaine Carnevale, DVM, MS, PhD
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Equine Reproduction Laboratory
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Dr. Carnevale received her DVM from Colorado State University, prior to obtaining a MS (CSU) and PhD (University of Wisconsin) during which her research focused on reproductive technologies and reproductive aging in the mare. Dr. Carnevale worked on broodmare farms and private practice before going to CSU’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory in 1998. She started an Assisted Reproduction Technologies at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, taught veterinary students, and conducted research. Dr. Carnevale’s teams have produced the first commercial foals after oocyte transfer, ICSI, harvested ovaries, and a novel embryo vitrification protocol. Her research group is currently focusing on maternal factors that influence oocyte quality, such as aging and metabolic issues.

2021 Al Khamsa Spring Gathering Fundraiser

Donate during Registration for one (or more) chances to win this one-of-a-kind

Al Khamsa embroidered turnout sheet ! Raffle Blanket Schneiders

We have a StormShield Contour Collar Turnout Sheet, size 72", in teal, with "Al Khamsa" embroidered in teal on the back bottom quarter. It is Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable, clips in the front for easy fitting.  Originally $124.99 from Schneiders.


Al Khamsa, Inc. Is pleased to be able to offer a subscription service to exclusive Video and Written Content.

To  View Content you must first Subscribe to a plan. The Subscribe process will require you to either log in to your Al Khamsa Website account or create one if you do not already have one.  

Once successfully subcribed you will be able to view the content which you have purchased.  To view the content over your subscription period you will first have to log in to your Al Khamsa website account.

A list of content you may subscribe to for viewing:

  • 2020 Al Khamsa Convention Speaker and Narrated Fantasia Horse Videos

Coming Soon:

  • 2021 Al Khamsa Spring Gathering Speaker Videos
  • Digitized back issues of the Khamsat magazine

Al Khamsa 2020 Convention

Educational Recordings Featuring the Speakers,

and Fantasia Horse Videos Narrated by Joe Ferriss

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