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Member Report from United States of America

REPORT AT THE 2014 WAHO CONFERENCE:

Debbie Fuentes, United States of America: Good afternoon, Mr. President, Delegates, ladies and gentlemen. I am Debbie Fuentes and I have the honour and privilege of serving as the Registrar for the United States of America’s Arabian Horse Association. I have just completed my 30 year anniversary with the Arabian Horse Association, I have been Registrar for more than the past two decades. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the incredible hospitality that has been extended to us by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, and the organizing committee. We are overwhelmed with such wonderful hospitality and I am truly enjoying my second stay in Doha.

A few statistics for 2013 and 2014 that I would like to share: In 2013 we registered just under 5,000 Arabians and Half-Arabians, that was a decline of 10% over 2012. In 2013 we imported 61 horses, which is higher than normal, we typically import between 45 and 50 horses. In that same year we exported 510 horses to 34 different countries. By number of horses to country, the top 3 countries that horses have left the United States and travelled to are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. That translates into the USA exporting approximately ten times more horses than were imported.

Our studbook is online, it is updated weekly, it is a product called Datasource. Included in Datasource are approximately 1.2 million horses, and that would include their pedigree information, owner, all the identity of the horse, also their show results and race summaries, and offspring. Our Registry began in 1908. Since the inception in 1908, we have registered 665,000 purebred Arabians and approximately 400,000 Half Arabians. Of the 665,000 purebred Arabians, we approximate about 425,000 to still be alive.

We started parentage verification in 1991 with blood-typing, we then changed to DNA typing officially with the foal crop of 2002, however 85% of the foals registered in 2001 utilised DNA testing because it is so much easier and more cost effective than blood-typing. This is our 24th foal crop of parentage verified foals. In the United States, for the past couple of decades we have experienced a decline in registration of Arabians, this is not unique to the Arabians unfortunately, other breeds have a similar decline. I have good news to report in 2014, for us very good news, we are actually ahead with this year’s registrations compared to 2013, through October our registrations are up 9%. We had an ‘aged horse special’ for 6 months in 2013 and the majority of those applications came in in December, so we attribute the majority of this increase to that ‘aged horse special’.

Some information on embryo transfer and transported semen. We have seen a minimal increase in embryo transfer activity. Of the 3,400 purebred Arabians that were registered approximately 7% of that number, so 260 horses, were produced as a result of embryo transfer. The majority of the breeders utilising embryo transfer in the United States only have one or two foals in any given year, our average is about 1.5 foals per year, so about half have one foal and about half have two foals. It is very rare that mares would have 3, 4 or 5. There have been a few exceptions, but not many. Use of transported semen continues, it has actually become more popular in the United States. Certainly one would assume that reasons of economy and convenience have caused that number to grow. We began with the use of transported semen in 1991, we had approximately 13% of our foals through 1991-95 that were produced by transported semen. In this past year, 2013, approximately 30% of our foals were produced by transported semen.

The Arabian Horse Association hosts 4 national shows each year, at these the smallest show has 400 horses entered and our US National Championship Show, which is held in October, has approximately 1,700 horses participating. The USA and Canada is divided into 18 regions, 2 in Canada and 16 in the United States. Each of these regions have a regional show that is a championship show. Throughout the USA there are approximately 275 other recognized shows. Both performance & halter classes are offered at almost every show, there are very few exceptions to that. Competitive trail and endurance rides have grown, we recognized 200 rides last year. Of all the horses registered, approximately 20% of them compete at some point in their lives, which tells us that the majority of our horses, about 80%, are used for recreational purposes, trail riding, breeding, and so on. As far as promotional activities are concerned, we participate in equine affairs in the USA, we also participate in some of the other breed shows that are similar to us that have Arabians and Half-Arabians participating, such as the Calgary Congress and the Pinto Arabian Show. We work very closely with the other equine breed associations, I am involved in several national organizations, and our goal, collectively of course, is to promote the value of each breed association and continue to build and re-build an affinity to the certificate of registration, to encourage people to register their horses. Several years ago we printed a promotional piece called the Arabian Horse Guidebook, similar to a small magazine, we continue to distribute that at events. This concludes my report.

REPORT AT THE 2011 WAHO CONFERENCE:

Deborah Fuentes, United States of America: Good morning. My name is Debbie Fuentes, I am the Registrar for the United States. I would like to begin by saying how pleased we are to be here with our colleagues and fellow Arabian horse enthusiasts. Additionally, I would like to express our thanks to the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club and to Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani for the lovely hospitality.

To highlight some of our information as requested, in 2010 we completed just shy of 5,000 registrations. The number of registrations completed in 2010 decreased 11% over the prior year. Unfortunately we have had a decline in registrations most years for the last 15 years, and it is universal, it is not just in the Arabians in the United States but the other breeds have also experienced a decline. Some of the highlights in our activities are our export activity, transported semen and embryo transfer. The number of horses that we have exported in the last 5 years has nearly doubled, it is approximately 500 to 600 horses each year. Our import registrations have declined somewhat, and we import typically between 45 and 65 horses per year. Some of the factors in the decline are just that the entire equine industry has struggled in the United States for the past 10 years. As I mentioned, there is a decline in activity for most every breed, the economy has played a factor in that decline, as well as urban sprawl, it’s very expensive to have horse properties near major cities and there have been other issues as well.

Popular activities in the United States: Arabians are used in many disciplines, owners utilize their horses for showing, endurance, trail-riding, racing and recreational activities. Approximately 20% of all the Arabian horses registered participate in a Class A or higher level of competition, in the competition world the overall participation is divided equally in halter and performance. The Arabian Horse Association produces 4 National Shows, we also recognize approximately 250 shows that are Class A or higher. The participation in these shows in the performance area include classes in English, Western, Working Cow, Reining, Hunter and Dressage and there are new shows in the United States that are just for halter and there is a very successful show that is in April in Las Vegas called the Arabian World Breeders Cup, and there will be additional shows doing that in 2012, that will just have halter horses.

Promotional activity: The exciting part, the highlight of the year, was that the Purebred Arabian Trust designed and constructed a new museum, the Al Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, at the Kentucky Horse Park, opened in June of last year. The Arabian Horse Museum is an attachment to the Kentucky Horse Park’s acclaimed International Museum of the Horse. It is comprised of two levels that contain both art and artifacts as well as interactive exhibits. The Galleries tell the story of the Arabian horse from ancient Arabia to the modern day. The Al Marah Arabian Horse Galleries is considered one of the most significant additions ever made to the Kentucky Horse Park. Over one million visitors enjoy the Horse Park each year. In the United States we collaborate and work regularly with some of the other breed Associations, in an effort to work on lessening the decline in registrations, we have several national organizations such as the National Pedigree Livestock Council and the American Horse Council, in which we meet with the other breeds and develop promotional activities. Our studbook is online and to date we have registered just over 654,000 horses. The information is updated weekly and the web address is www.arabdatasource.com. This concludes my report. Thank you.

REPORT AT THE 2009 WAHO CONFERENCE:

On 1st January 2008, the WAHO Registering Authority Member for the United States of America changed from PAHR (WAHO Member from 1 January 1998 to 31 December 2007; the former WAHO Member for USA was AHRA) to the Purebred Arabian Trust.) A full report on their activities, as presented at the 2009 WAHO Conference by the Arabian Horse Association’s Registrar, Mrs. Deborah Fuentes, follows:

I am Deborah Fuentes and I serve as the Registrar for the Arabian Horse Association in the United States. We are very pleased to be here and especially pleased to be part of the World Arabian Horse Organization again.

As requested, I will highlight some of our statistics for the years 2007 and 2008. Our stud book is available on line, it is a product called DataSource, and we have given access to every Registering Authority so that they can check up to date information for all of the horses registered. By the end of 2008 we had completed registration of 640,604 purebred Arabians in USA, and all of that information is available online by subscription to members of the public.

In 2008 we registered just under 9,000 purebred Arabians and Half-Arabians, with 6,120 of those being purebred Arabians. We have a very strong international activity with imports and exports, with which we are specially pleased. In 2007 there were 400 exports and the complete breakdown of which countries they went to is available if anyone is interested. In 2008 that number rose to 428 exports. In 2007 we imported 50 horses, and in 2008 we imported 72, so there was a growth in imports as well. In the Arabian Horse Association we have 36,000, which is a mixed group in that approximately half join as part of a registration-related transaction, meaning they submit a transfer of ownership application or a DNA request or a registration application. The other half, approximately 18,000, join our Association to participate in our competitions, either as an exhibitor, a judge or a steward.

We began full parent verification in 1991, at that time of course we were using blood-typing. We converted from blood-typing to DNA testing in 2002. To touch briefly on Embryo Transfer and transported semen, in 2003 we changed our Embryo Transfer rule to allow multiple foals to be registered from a mare in any given year. In 2004 we saw the effect of that change, and we have experienced an increase in Embryo Transfer activity as a result. Prior to the change about 1% of our registrations, or less than 100 foals, were the result of Embryo Transfer. Since that time, we are now at about 4 to 5%, so between 300 and 350 foals are produced each year by Embryo Transfer. Looking closely at this, we find that most mares have just one or two foals in a year, we have not seen them go incredibly high in the numbers although we did have one mare which produced 5 foals in one year but that is an anomaly. We also allow transported semen and have since 1991 and we have seen an increased in transported semen activity as well, it used to be 13-15% of our foals were bred as a result of transported semen, by 2008 this was 20%.

In terms of activities, the Association offers 4 National Shows that we put on ourselves, there are 18 regions in the USA and Canada that we recognize and each region puts on a Regional Championship Show as well. Additionally, throughout the United States there are approximately 275 recognized Class A shows, and that number has been on the decline due to the economy and the price of gasoline people have cut back in their showing activity. At all of our shows, we offer both performance and halter classes, about 15% of our registered horses participate in shows. We also have a small number, about 1 to 2%, that participate in racing. But the majority of our horse owners really utilize their horses for recreation and they do all kinds of things with them, they do trail riding, cutting cattle, penning, endurance is very popular in the United States, and just having the horse as a companion.

In promotional activities, we have picked up over the last 5 to 10 years. Unfortunately in America we have seen a decline in the registration of Arabians, the good news is it’s not just Arabians, the other breeds have experienced a similar decline, the bad news is we are all on a downhill slope with registrations, and this is something we are taking very seriously as an organization and also with our sister breeds in the USA. One thing that we have done to work very hard to reduce or stop that decline is promotional activity, with market development funding. One third of all registration revenues, the gross revenue, is dedicated to market development of the Arabians in the USA. With that funding we have done many things, we also participate in equine events throughout the USA. This will be the first year that we are participating internationally in equine affairs. We have produced a guidebook on the Arabian horse, I have brought a copy for all of the delegates and for the Executive Committee. We have produced a short video called ‘The Arabian – the Best Kept Secret’, this is given away freely when you click on our website and ask for additional information we send both of these packets to people. There is a documentary film on Arabian horses that was funded which is aired on public television channels and will continue to do so. This concludes my report.

Additional Note: Artificial insemination, imported and exported semen, and the use of embryo transfer with no limit on the number of foals per mare per year, are all permitted. PAT/AHA currently does not use microchipping, nor are passports issued. All foals are DNA typed and parent verified at registration.

Trophy Winners


AFIRE BEY V – 2009 WAHO Trophy Winner – USA

AFIRE BEY V, bay stallion, 1985 (Huckleberry Bey/Autumn Fire).
Breeder: Sheila Varian, Varian Arabians. Owner: David and Gail Liniger, Maroon Fire Arabians Inc.
Strain: Managhi Hedruj of Ibn Sbeyel (Ferida, 1886).

The Purebred Arabian Trust is proud to announce that the 2009 WAHO Trophy recipient for America is the acclaimed breed patriarch Afire Bey V, a product of the illustrious Varian breeding program. As one of the most pre-eminent breeding sires in the show world, Afire Bey V is credited by many as one of the most influential Arabian stallions in America of all time. Ranking as the #5 living leading sire with a grand total of 831 progeny, many of them show or performance winners and breeding horses of merit in their own right, he continues to dominate the USA’s Leading Sire of Halter and Performance lists year after year. Afire Bey V is the undisputed “King” of Maroon Fire Arabians, where he is still available at stud to continue his illustrious breeding career, and long may he go on doing so.

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The Trophy Presentation for both the 2008 and 2009 USA WAHO Trophy winners was made at the same time, at the Scottsdale 2009 Show Photo L-R: Bob Fauls, (Purebred Arabian Trust President) Tim Shea (owner of Shea Stables, who stands Afire Bey V, 2009 WAHO Trophy winner for USA. The horse is owned by Mr. David Liniger) Deborah Kirshner (Cre Run Farms, owner of DA Adios, 2008 WAHO Trophy winner for USA.) Howard Pike (Purebred Arabian Trust Executive Committee Member)
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DA ADIOS – 2008 WAHO Trophy Winner – USA

DA ADIOS, bay stallion, *1998 (Wiking/Sanibel IA).
Breeder: Dunromin Arabians. Owner: Cre Run Enterprises LLC, Alan Kirshner and Deborah Mihaloff-Kirshner.
Strain: Kehailan Dajani (Mlecha, ca. 1840)

The Purebred Arabian Trust is proud to announce that the 2008 WAHO Trophy recipient for America is racetrack legend DA Adios. In 6 years of racing this attractive stallion garned an amazing 19 wins and placed a further 12 times from 34 runs, earning the all-time American record prize money of $622,048. He won every major Arabian stakes race there is in USA, including the Grade 1 Arabian Cup Classic twice. A five-time Darley winner (including Darley Horse of the Year twice), this compact bay has proven time and time again that it’s not the size of the horse, but the size of the heart that counts. His first crop of foals were born in 2007. With his outstanding Polish racing heritage from his legendary sire Wiking and damline going back to the equally famous Sasanka, DA Adios has every attribute needed to become an important sire in his own right.

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The Trophy Presentation for both the 2008 and 2009 USA WAHO Trophy winners was made at the same time, at the Scottsdale 2009 Show Photo L-R: Bob Fauls, (Purebred Arabian Trust President) Tim Shea (owner of Shea Stables, who stands Afire Bey V, 2009 WAHO Trophy winner for USA. The horse is owned by Mr. David Liniger) Deborah Kirshner (Cre Run Farms, owner of DA Adios, 2008 WAHO Trophy winner for USA.) Howard Pike (Purebred Arabian Trust Executive Committee Member) Photo credit: Rick Osteen.


SHOWGUN PGN – 2007 WAHO Trophy Winner – USA

SHOWGUN PGN, Grey stallion, *1999 (Showkayce / PGN Solitaire).
Breeder: Christine Krauch. Owner: Carol Steppe.
Strain: Kehailan Rodan (Rodania, 1869)

The Purebred Arabian Horse Registry (PAHR), the WAHO Registering Authority Member for USA in the year 2007, is very pleased to announce that their 2007 WAHO Trophy has been awarded to the athletic stallion, Showgun PGN.

Showgun PGN is a remarkable and beautiful stallion who literally dominated the 2004 Sport Horse Nationals winning five National Championships in Working Hunter, Hunter Hack, Sport Horse Under Saddle Jr. Horse, Stallions In Hand and Supreme In Hand titles. Shown and ridden by the talented Kristen Ferguson-Hardin, ShowGun PGN is also an ambassador for the breed as he continues to win on the open show circuit in the Pony Hunter division (jumping). He has set a standard of excellence for the purebred Arabian under saddle, in hand and in working hunter classes that will be recognized in the record books for all time and he has accomplished all of this with a happy and merry heart. He is the perfect example of a horse that loves his job, his trainer, his owner, his people, his fame and his life.

Showgun PGN’s show record is astounding, including the following major awards: U.S. National Champion Sport Horse In Hand Stallion; Supreme Champion In Hand (all purebred and half Arabian class winners) Sport Horse Nationals; 3 times U.S. National Champion Working Hunter; 3 times U.S. National Champion Hunter Hack; 2 times U.S. National Champion Under Saddle Jr. Horse; 2 times Hunter Classic Exhibition Sport Horse Nationals (purebred and half Arabian competitors). He has won a total of 11 National Championships and an additional three of the coveted special awards: Supreme Champion In Hand and the Hunter Classic.

Arabian horses that display the athleticism, conformation, willingness, handiness and heart that Showgun PGN brings to each of his performances are this breed’s great ambassadors. He is still a stallion because these are the magic ingredients of any great show horse – physical ability, trainability, joy and pride in what they do. His gifts are available to future generations, as is evidenced in his National Champion son, Jump The Gun. His foals are beautiful, charismatic and talented, his stamp is on them all. Showgun PGN is both kind and brilliant and he steals hearts wherever he goes.

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2007 USA winner, Showgun PGN, ridden by Kristen Ferguson-Hardin

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L-R rider Kristin Hardin, owner Carol Steppe receiving the WAHO Trophy Certificate from Liz Salmon on behalf of PAHR

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2007 USA winner, Showgun PGN, ridden by Kristen Ferguson-Hardin


MONOGRAMM – 2006 WAHO Trophy Winner – USA

MONOGRAMM, Chestnut, *1985 (Negatraz/Monogramma).
Breeder: Richard G. or Kay E. Patterson. Owner: William J. or Meredith Bishop.
Strain: Kehailan Moradi (Sahara, ca. 1840).

The Purebred Arabian Horse Registry of America awarded their 2006 WAHO Trophy for USA to the 21 year old stallion, Monogramm, in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a sire of significance both in USA and from his time on lease to Michalow Stud in Poland. His offspring born in Poland have been exported world-wide and have garnered countless National, International, Nations Cup, European and World Championships, and his daughters are proving to be outstanding broodmares. Just to mention a handful of his most significant progeny are the US National Champion mares Kwestura and Zagrobla, the Canadian National Champion mare Fallada, Reserve US National Stallion Champion Ganges, the World & European & Nations Cup Champion Ekstern, multi-champion Premier, and the multi-champion in USA in halter, sport horse and various ridden disciplines, Concensus.

Monogramma, bred by Tersk Stud in Russia and the dam of Monogramm, was a broodmare of world-wide significance in her own right. His sire, Negatraz, by the famous stallion Bask, was also bred by the Pattersons and proved to be a very important stallion over his long life-time.


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REMINGTON STEELE – 2005 WAHO Trophy Winner – USA

REMINGTON STEELE, Grey stallion, *1982 (Gaffizon / Jordjina).
Breeder: Perisian Park. Owners: Andy and Patti Bailey.
Strain: Not Recorded, family of Milordka 1816.

The Board of the Purebred Arabian Registry of America (PAHR), after considerable deliberation and from a large number of possible choices, selected the well known stallion Remington Steele (Gaffizon x Jordjina) as their first WAHO Trophy winner, for 2005. Born in 1982, and affectionately known at home as “Rem”, he is a beautiful stallion with a golden disposition. He has accomplished a record of halter and performance wins in so many different divisions that he outshines any other US Arabian today. This heavily Crabbet bred stallion has recently been honoured at the Kentucky Horse Park as the most versatile Arabian in history, and named a ‘living legend’.

Not only was he Top Ten in Halter at the 1988 US & Canadian Nationals, but shortly afterward he won the coveted ‘100 miles in one day’ buckle in the famously difficult Tevis Cup Endurance race, which takes place over very arduous terrain and makes many other endurance rides look like a walk in the park. In addition he has successfully competed in Competitive Trail, Hunter/ Jumper, Dressage and Driving classes and been Champion in Western Pleasure, Native Costume and Liberty classes. At the age of 17 he made a return appearance in the Halter show ring at Scottsdale in 1999 to again achieve a Top Ten award. He is also a leading Sport Horse sire not only on his own record, but on that of his foals as well, three of them having equalled or bettered their sire’s record.

Remington Steele enjoying a relaxing trail ride with his owner, Patti Bailey. (Photo credit: Jeff Little)

Remington Steele enjoying a relaxing trail ride with his owner, Patti Bailey.
(Photo credit: Jeff Little)

He can be, and is, safely ridden by children and beginners, but when the occasion demands, he has the true stallion’s protective instinct – as he showed when his brave heart and calm temperament saved his rider, owner Patti Bailey, from a mountain lion attack on a trail ride. Popular with breeders both at home and all over the world by use of frozen semen, he is also an excellent sire for mares of other breeds. A special Arabian in so many ways, and a great ambassador for the breed, “Rem” is the pride and joy of his owners. PAHR could not think of a more deserving horse for this first WAHO trophy to be awarded in the USA.

L-R caption: Mike Neal (halter trainer), Remington Steele ridden by owner Patti Bailey, Myron Krause (President of the Arabian Horse Association), Linda Bye (Purebred Arabian Horse Registry Officer), and Tory Bailey (Breeding Manager)

L-R caption: Mike Neal (halter trainer), Remington Steele ridden by owner Patti Bailey, Myron Krause (President of the Arabian Horse Association), Linda Bye (Purebred Arabian Horse Registry Officer), and Tory Bailey (Breeding Manager)

WAHO was sorry to learn that this great stallion passed away in February 2007, at the age of 25.