Tahawi tribel horses as Al Khamsa horses of interest: this is historic

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on September 22nd, 2011 in General

The below standing rule has been unanimously adopted by the Al Khamsa Board, and concerns recognizing the remaining, surviving, original, tribal, authentic, asil horses of the Tahawi clan of Egypt as “horses of interest to Al Khamsa”. They are not registered by the Egyptian Agricultural Organization (EAO) and therefore not accepted by WAHO (long and sad story). They include some 20-25 mares of four different strains and one stallion.
Whereas Al Khamsa, Inc. has an interest in and a history of saving bloodlines of horses of bedouin tribal background outside of North America, and
Whereas expanded communication offered by the internet allows for availability of documentation beyond what could have been imagined when Al Khamsa, Inc. was founded, and
Whereas the standing of Al Khamsa, Inc. allows it to exert peer pressure on international organizations, and
Whereas the status of some of these bloodlines outside of North America is at a critical point, but an amendment to Article I of the Al Khamsa bylaws requires greater than a two-year lead time, be it resolved that:
1) Al Khamsa will recognize the last few remaining asil horses of the Tahawi tribe in Egypt as being “Al Khamsa Horses of Interest” on a preliminary basis, based on previous and current research and preservation efforts conducted by members of this tribe, and other individuals in Europe and North America, and that
2) Al Khamsa, Inc. will entertain the following amendment to Article I of the Al Khamsa bylaws at the annual meeting in 2012.
C. Al Khamsa Arabian Horses
1. General Principles
The status of horses of interest to Al Khamsa is not entirely governed by written documentation. Al Khamsa will not take, as necessarily authoritative, information concerning the pedigrees of horses from any source(s), including registries.
 2. Definition
The horses of primary interest to Al Khamsa, which are called “Al Khamsa Arabian Horses,” are those horses in North America that can reasonably be assumed to descend entirely from bedouin Arabian horses bred by horse-breeding bedouin tribes of the deserts of the Arabian peninsula without admixture from sources unacceptable to Al Khamsa. Al Khamsa reserves the right to determine which horses are called “Al Khamsa Arabian Horses.” (Amended 9/93)
a. In addition to horses of primary interest to Al Khamsa, called “Al Khamsa Arabian Horses,” are those horses elsewhere in the world that can reasonably be assumed to descend entirely from bedouin Arabian horses bred by horse-breeding bedouin tribes of the deserts of the Arabian peninsula without admixture from sources unacceptable to Al Khamsa. These horses will be identified as “Al Khamsa Horses of Interest” after approval, as follows. 
b. Proposals for inclusion in this category may be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the Board of Directors at an official meeting, provided that a copy of the proposed amendment(s) has been received by the President not less than seventy (70) days prior to such meeting. The President will forward any proposed amendment(s) to the Board of Directors not less than sixty (60) days prior to such meeting. The responsibility of providing evidence supporting a proposed addition to the list of Horses of Interest to Al Khamsa will belong to the person(s) requesting such addition. Such evidence for each such horse should include information that shows harmony of the addition with the sources of animals already accepted as Al Khamsa Foundation Horses. The Board of Directors may require any other information or make or cause to be made any investigation that in its opinion is pertinent. Further information from any reliable source will be considered.
c. The Board will then report to the Advisory Council its approval of the proposed addition. The proposed amendment will not be subject to amendment from the floor. It may be withdrawn by its originator from consideration by the organization at any time prior to vote upon its Third Person Approval by the Advisory Council. The amendment(s) may be considered to be approved if a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the Advisory Council is received, provided notice of such a vote is accomplished as in I-C-2-b above.

4 Responses to “Tahawi tribel horses as Al Khamsa horses of interest: this is historic”

  1. This is indeed historic … One day all the horse lovers in the world will celebrate the full recognition of the remaining Tahawy horses and the saving of these rare bloodlines thanks to the great efforts of Edouard and Al Khamsa … And special thanks to Mr. Bernd Radtke who started all of this and persistently worked on it since the 1980s.

  2. Yes, indeed. Without Bernd, we would not be at this point!

  3. Good work. These horses are of great interest and perhaps Al Khamsa’s important first step will someday awaken the EAO to the opportunity which these bloodlines can offer the classic Egyptian lines we cherish. Inshallah, one day, the EAO will petition WAHO to reconsider the recognition of more pure desert source Arabians from Egypt among WAHO recognized purebreds and we will save some more lines for those breeding ‘WAHO recognized purebred’ Arabians.

  4. I think that there was a shared sense of joy around that long table when the vote came in as unanimous, and the beginning of a hope that soon these horses would get ALL of the recognition that they deserve. There was also a realisation of the painstaking hard work of the Tahawis, of Mr. Radtke, of Edouard and Joe Ferriss and many others, over a long time period.
    I salute you all in the hope that the rest of the process goes much more smoothly and quickly.

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