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I need help reading the pedigree.

A pedigree is essentially a horse's family tree or lineage. A four-cross pedigree, like the ones that you will see in DataSource, shows four generations of this lineage. Siblings or offspring are not included in a pedigree but can be viewed under progeny.

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To read a pedigree, start with the first horse on the far left of the screen. This is the "subject horse". Included are his registered name, registration number, color and foal year. The next two horses to the right of the subject horse are his parents, the sire (or father), and the dam (or mother). Continuing to the right, the next set of horses are the grandparents followed by great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. The pedigree of a purebred Arabian horse can be traced, or followed, for many more generations. You can select a new subject horse by clicking on any of the underlined horses in the pedigree. As the world's oldest known breed, many Arabian owners take great pride in their horse's long family history.

Here are a few important things to know when reading your horse's pedigree:

The sire's name is always listed above the dam's name in a pedigree.

Every purebred Arabian horse registered with the Arabian Horse Association is assigned a unique registration number. These numbers are always prefixed by the studbook abbreviation "AHR*".

The DataSource Product contains over 407,000 horses from foreign registries. The horses from these registries are also assigned a unique registration number that is prefixed with the appropriate studbook abbreviation.

What are the studbook abbreviations?

AAS

AUSTRIAN ARAB HORSE SOCIETY

ABSB

AL-BADEIA STUD BOOK

ACCA

ECUADORIAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

AHR

ARABIAN HORSE REGISTRY OF AMERICA, INC

AHSA

ARABIAN HORSE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA

AHSB

ARAB HORSE SOCIETY - UNITED KINGDOM

ALSB

ALGERIAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

ARAD

RADOWCE (RADUTZ - AUSTRIA)

ASBB

ARABIAN STUD BOOK – BABOLNA

AV

OLD GERMAN PEDIGREES

AVS

NETHERLANDS STUD BOOK

BAPS

BELGIAN ARABIAN HORSE SOCIETY

BASB

BELIZE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

BGASB

BULGARIAN ARABIAN HORSE STUDBOOK

BHR

AMIRI STUD OF BAHRAIN

BHRSP

BAHRAIN SUPERVISED STUDS

BOLSB

BOLIVIAN ARABIAN HORSE STUD BOOK

BRSB

BRAZILIAN STUD BOOK

CAHR

CANADIAN ARABIAN HORSE REGISTRY

CHAV

SWISS ARABIAN HORSE SOCIETY

CHSB

CHILEAN STUD BOOK

CRAS

COSTA RICA ARAB HORSE SOCIETY

CRSB

CZECH REPUBLIC STUD BOOK

CSB

COLOMBIAN STUD BOOK

CZSB

SLOVAKIA & CZECH REPUBLIC STUD BOOK

DAV

OLD GERMAN STUD BOOK

DB

DESERT BRED

DSAH

DANISH ARABIAN HORSE SOCIETY

EAO

EGYPTIAN AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION

EAOPB

EAO - PRIVATE BREEDERS SECTION

EGSB

ROSTOCK ZOO - EAST GERMANY

EGYPT

EGYPT

FAR

FINNISH ARAB HORSE SOCIETY

GASB

GERMAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

GSB

GENERAL STUD BOOK – ENGLAND

HSB

HAMDAN STUD BOOK

IASB

ISRAELI ARAB HORSE SOCIETY

INOC

INOCENDVOR – YUGOSLAVIA

IOHB

INCHASS ORIGINAL HERDBOOK

IRAN

ARAB STUD BOOK OF IRAN

IRAQ

IRAQI ARABIAN STUD BOOK

ITSB

ITALIAN STUD BOOK

KSB

KUWAITI ARABIAN STUD BOOK

LASB

LITHUANIAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

LBN

LEBANON

LIBY

LIBYAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

LSB

LEBANESE STUD BOOK

MSB

MOROCCAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

NAHF

NORWEGIAN ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC

NZHS

NEW ZEALAND ARABIAN HORSE BREEDERS SOCIETY

OMAN

ROYAL OMANI STUD BOOK

PARA

PARAGUAY ARABIAN STUD BOOK

PASB

POLISH ARABIAN STUD BOOK

PKSB

PAKISTAN STUD BOOK

POL

EARLY POLISH PEDIGREES

QASB

QATARI STUD BOOK

RAS

ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

RASB

RUSSIAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

RHCA

HAITI ARABIAN STUD BOOK

RJSB

ROYAL JORDANIAN STUD BOOK

ROSB

ROMANIAN ARAB STUD – MANGALIA

RUS

IMPERIAL STRELETSKY STUD

SAHR

SWEDISH STUD BOOK

SASB

SOUTH AFRICAN STUD BOOK

SAUDI

SAUDI ARABIAN STUD BOOK

SBA

ARGENTINEAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

SBCH

CHILE SBCH

SBFAR

FRENCH STUD BOOK

SBWM

GERMAN STUD BOOK – MARBACH

SNA

CHILE SNA

SSB

SPANISH STUD BOOK

SYSB

SYRIAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

TKSB

TURKEY - OLD PEDIGREES

TRNST

IN TRANSIT

TSB

TUNISIAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

UAE

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES STUD BOOK

UASB

URUGUAYAN ARABIAN STUD BOOK

UNPUB

UNPUBLISHED

VASB

VENEZUELA STUD BOOK

VENZ

VENEZUELA

WEIL

WEIL STUD – GERMANY

ZSB

ZIMBABWE STUD BOOK

What are the track abbreviations for stakes races?

ARP

Arapahoe Park

ATL

Atlantic City

BMF

Bay Meadows-San Mateo County Fair

BND

Bandera Downs

BOI

Les Bois Park

DAY

Dayton Days of Sport

DEL

Delaware Park

DEP

Desert Park Exhibition

DG

Cochise County Fair at Douglas

DUN

Greenlee County Fair at Duncan

ED

Energy Downs

FER

Ferndale (Humboldt County Fair)

FNO

Fresno (County Fair)

GPR

Grand Prairie (Canada)

GRP

Grants Pass

HAP

Grays Harbor Park

HOL

Hollywood Park

HOU

Sam Houston Race Park

KAM

Kamloops (Canada)

KIN

Kin Park (Canada)

KSP

Kalispell (Flathead Fairgrounds)

LA

Los Alamitos

LBG

Whoop-Up Downs (Canada)

LS

Lone Star

MIL

Millarville (Canada)

MOF

Mohave County Fair

MPM

Mount Pleasant Meadows

NMP

Northhampton

PAD

Bluegrass Downs (Paducah)

PLA

Playfair

PLN

Pleasanton (Alameda County Fair)

PM

Portland Meadows

POM

Pomona

PRE

Prescott Downs

RET

Retama Park

RIL

Rillito Park

ROP

Round-Up Park

SAC

Sacramento (Calif. State Fair)

SAF

Graham County Fair at Safford

SDY

Sandy Downs

SOL

Solano (County Fair)

SON

Santa Cruz County Fair

SR

Santa Rosa

STK

Stockton

SUD

Sun Downs

TAM

Tampa Bay Downs

TRM

Trinity Meadows

TUP

Turf Paradise

UN

Eastern Oregon Livestock Show

WCD

Wells County Fair

WMF

Western Montana Fair

WTS

Waitsburg Race Track

WW

Walla Walla

What does the Breeder’s Sweepstakes logo mean?

The logo indicates the horse has been enrolled in the Arabian Breeders Sweeptakes Program. Breeding Entries are eligible to earn allocated prize money at Regional and National Events.

What do the symbols mean following a horse’s name?

AHA’s premier recognition program for horses that actively compete. Achievement Awards symbols printed behind a horse's name provide a visible sign of honor and prestige. Horses earn points for competing and placing in shows and AHA-recognized events used in the Horse Achievement Awards program (see the website for specifics).

Legion of Honor "+"

Legion of Supreme Honor "+/"

Legion of Excellence "+//"


Legion of Merit "++"

Legion of Supreme Merit "+++"

Legion of Masters "++++"

Legion of Supreme Honor and Legion of Merit "++/"

Legion of Supreme Honor and Legion of Supreme Merit "+++/"

Legion of Merit and Legion of Excellentce "++//"

Legion of Supreme Merit and Legion of Excellence "+++//"

Legion of Masters and Legion of Supreme "++++/"

Legion of Masters and Legion of Excellence "++++//"

Where is the pedigree information for non-Arabian parents?

While we are able to provide the pedigree information for the purebred parent and the Half or Anglo-Arabian parent, we are unable to do the same for the non-Arabian or grade parent, as this information is not in our database. If the non-Arabian parent is registered (designated by the breed abbreviation and registration number next to the name), we recommend contacting that registry directly for more pedigree information.

Why do some Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian records only display name and registration number?

Prior to 1990, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian records were not fully computerized. While some of these records have been researched and rebuilt due to activity such as registration of offspring or transferring ownership, many others have not. You will find that the incomplete records display only the registered name and registration number. We have begun the process of rebuilding these records using archived documentation. However, there are 200,000 + records to be rebuilt, and this will take some time. We appreciate your patience in this endeavor. We know how important it is to have complete and accurate data available for the Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians and will do our best to offer complete information as quickly as possible.

If you find an incomplete horse record for which you have the Certificate of Registration, please feel free to fax or send us a copy and a request that the record be updated.

What do the letters stand for next to the non-Arabian parent's registration number in my horse's pedigree?

When the non-Arabian parent is registered with another breed organization, you will find an acronym that has been created for that breed association next to the name.

What is the percentage of Arabian blood for my Half-Arabian?

Half-Arabian registration numbers begin with a number and letter combination, such as “1A” or “2A”. These combinations designate the degree of Arabian blood present. Please see the following chart for additional information:

1A=1/2

2A=3/4

3A=7/8

4A=15/16

5A=31/32

6A=63/64

7A=127/128

8A=255/256

9A=511/512


If you are looking at a horse registered with the Canadian Partbred Arabian Registry (CPAR) the following designations will apply:

1A= < 62.5%

2A= > 62.5% and < 81.25%

3A= > 81.25% and < 90.63%

4A= > 90.63% and < 95.31%

5A= > 95.31% and < 100%

What is the Pyramid Society?

Founded in 1969, The Pyramid Society is a fraternal member-based organization of people interested in Arabian horses of Egyptian bloodlines. Ownership of a horse is not a prerequisite of membership. The Society does not register horses and recognizes the Arabian Horse Association as the sole registry by which it is guided. Only horses that are or would be eligible for registration by the Arabian Horse Association based upon pedigree are considered purebred Arabians by The Society.

The purposes of The Pyramid Society are to preserve and perpetuate Egyptian bloodlines as a nucleus of outcross blood and to encourage use of that outcross blood as a source of the classic refinement so necessary to the breed and for which the Egyptians are prepotently line-bred.

For more information on the Pyramid Society you can visit their website atwww.pyramidsociety.org.

What does "Pyramid Society: Straight Egyptian", "Egyptian Bred", and "Egyptian Related" mean?

The Pyramid Society has established definitions of such bloodlines which are acceptable for its expressed purpose of promoting and perpetuating Egyptian Arabian bloodlines. These are:

Straight Egyptian Arabian

To qualify as a Straight Egyptian, as defined by The Pyramid Society, a horse must trace in every line of its pedigree to a horse which falls into the following categories:

  1. Registered or eligible by pedigree for registration by the Arabian Horse Registry of America; and
  2. Traces in every line of its pedigree to horses born in Arabia Deserta; and
  3. Traces in every line of its pedigree to a horse which falls within one or more of the following categories of horses:
  • owned or bred by Abbas Pasha I or Ali Pasha Sherif
  • used to create and maintain the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS)/Egyptian Agricultural Organization (EAO) breeding programs, with the exclusion of Registan and Sharkasi and their lineal descendants
  • a horse which was a lineal ancestor of a horse described in (A) or (B) above; and
  • other than those excluded above, who was conceived and born in a private stud program in Egypt and imported directly to the United States and registered by the Arabian Horse Registry of America prior to the extension of the EAO's supervision to private Egyptian stud programs as reflected in Volume IV of the EAO's Stud book.

Egyptian-Sired and Egyptian-Related horses, as defined by the Pyramid Society:

    • Egyptian-Sired: a horse by a Straight Egyptian stallion and out of a purebred mare who is not Straight Egyptian.
    • Egyptian-Related: a horse, born prior to 2005, whose grandsires are both Straight Egyptian, and whose granddames are purebred Arabians that are not Straight Egyptian. Horses registered prior to 2005 that meet this definition were “grandfathered” in and are eligible for Society-managed programs for the remainder of their lives.

    The information provided by the Pyramid Society is based on research found in various references and is subject to interpretation, and such sources are not always in agreement with each other. While every effort has been made to provide current and accurate information, there is always the possibility for omissions or errors. The Pyramid Society disclaims itself, its agents, representatives, directors or trustees, from any form of liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies, or opinions, or for any damages or other consequences suffered as a result of reliance upon this information. Should any errors or omissions be discovered please notify the Pyramid Society regarding any corrections that need to be noted for future updates.

    What are Sheykh Obeyd Arabians?

    The root stock of Sheykh Obeyd breeding is composed of 66 Arabian ancestors who were bred by, acquired by, or introduced into the gene pool by these 7 original breeders: Abbas Pasha, Ali Pasha Sherif, Ahmed Bey Sennari, Prince Ahmed Pasha Kemal, Khedive Abbas Hilme II, the Blunts and of the RAS (under the auspices of Dr. Branch). Sheykh Obeyd Arabians descend in all lines from any combination of those 66 original ancestors. In addition to being Al Khamsa, all Sheykh Obeyd Arabians are Asil Club qualified, as well as Pyramid Society qualified (with the exception of the descendants of Kars).

    For more information go to theSheykh Obeyd Foundation website.

    What is Al Khamsa, Inc.?

    Al Khamsa, Inc., founded in 1975, is a not-for-profit organization that is devoted to the preservation of the horse of Bedouin Arabia. Al Khamsa, Inc. draws admirers of such horses together through education and research. The horses of interest to Al Khamsa, Inc. meet two criteria: (1) those horses that Al Khamsa, Inc. reasonably assumes to descend entirely from Bedouin Arabian horses that were bred by the nomadic horse-breeding tribes of the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and (2) have breeding descendants in North America.

    Horses that meet the above criteria constituteThe Al Khamsa, Inc. Roster. Al Khamsa, Inc. has traditionally called the Roster horses "Al Khamsa Arabians.” The term "Al Khamsa Arabian,” as used by Al Khamsa, Inc., is not synonymous with or interchangeable with any term or designation used by any other organization or entity.

    The Roster includes breeding horses in North America and their ancestors. It begins with Foundation Horses (175 as of 2004) and lists all descendants from them with bloodlines still breeding in North America. Foundation Horses are the earliest horses that meet the criteria.

    The Roster changes constantly. Such factors as exports, imports, geldings, deaths, eligible progeny and registration authorities affectThe Al Khamsa, Inc. Roster.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The horses marked in DataSource as “Al Khamsa, Inc.” are not all of the horses in the Al Khamsa, Inc. Roster. Only Roster horses that are registered with the Arabian Horse Registry (AHR) and the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry (CAHR) are marked. The Roster also includes horses that are not registered with AHR or CAHR. In addition, many AHR and CAHR horses are marked that are not in the Roster. These horses are “Al Khamsa Arabians” by pedigree, but do not meet the criteria of the Roster simply because they have no living and breeding descent in North America.

    The list of horses marked “Al Khamsa, Inc.” in DataSource has been provided to the Arabian Horse Association by Al Khamsa, Inc. The list will be updated quarterly by Al Khamsa, Inc.

    For definitive information about Al Khamsa, Inc. and Al Khamsa Arabians, please see our website www.alkhamsa.net

    Please send any questions, perceived errors/omissions toinfo@alkhamsa.org.

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