By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on March 2nd, 2012 in General
The Al Khamsa Preservation Task Force has put together a “Code Red” list of the most endangered Al Khamsa bloodlines, which consists of those Foundation Horses (that is, desert-bred imports) that have less than 100 descendants alive today. Here is the link.
By order of scarcity — and hence, emergency — these are those that count less than 20 Al Khamsa descendants alive today:
1. *Al Mashoor
1. *Mlolshaan Hajar Solomon
4. *La Tisa, *Mahsuda, and *Mohalhil
6. The Babolna/Weil horses
8. Kesia I, Kesia II and Mameluke
9. *Bedowiya Al Hamdani and Walid El Seglawi
Jenny Krieg is leading the preservation of the first three (with Cathy Fye on *Mlolshaan) and #5 (also with Michelle Tennyson); The 4 left from #4 are with Candace Callegari; the #6 with Marilyn McHallam in Canada; the #7 between Stephanie Theinert and the Institute for the Desert Arabian Horse; the #9 are with Edie Booth; and I am handling #8 and #10, with some of the latter also with Elizabeth Ford Pade, that other quiet hero. Note that one horse can combine several of these extremely rare lines. For instance, the first two are found in a single mare alive today, and all the #7 also have lines to #8 as well (but not visa versa).
The overall situation is still very dire, but better than last year, with several efforts currently underway to get the few remaining descendants of these Foundation Horses bred.
I should have added another Foundation Horse to the list, *Lebnaniah, but the line is probably extinct by now.