In this brief history of the Egyptian Arabian, we begin with 3,500 years ago, tracing lineage of all modern-day light horse breeds back to the Egyptian Arabian. These horses' heritage began in the deserts of the Middle East and ancient Persia. Ancient civilizations and cultures all have stories
that tell of the role their valued horses played in their daily lives.
Perhaps most fascinating of these are the hieroglyphic inscriptions of ancient Egypt,
which reveal the Egyptians with their desert horses as early as 1580 BC.
The heritage of the Egyptian Arabian evokes images of classic beauty and heroic gallantry. It is certainly easy to understand why they have been admired and coveted by Kings, Pharaohs and mankind in general throughout the years. Between 1895 and 1985 some of the best Egyptian Arabians bred in the land of the Nile were exported to the United States. Those individuals and their ancestors form the nucleus of the Egyptian Arabian bloodlines in North America today. The Egyptian Arabian contributes classic refinement and temperament to the noble Arabian. Although these gallant horses number less than three percent of the hundreds of registered Arabians, the Egyptian Arabians continue to command a disproportionately large number of wins in the show ring, cutting arena, endurance, dressage and in the hearts worldwide.
To qualify as a Straight Egyptian Arabian horses as defined by the Pyramid Society, a horse must be registered or eligible by pedigree for registration by the Arabian Horse Registry of America AND trace in every line of its pedigree to horse born in Arabia deserts AND trace in every line of its pedigree to a horse which falls within one or more of the following categories:
- 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 above other than those excluded above,
- a horse 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 4 of the EAO's stud book.
An EGYPTIAN BRED (or RELATED) is one who was produced either by breeding a Straight Egyptian stallion to a purebred Arabian mare who is NOT Straight Egyptian OR one whose grandsires are both Straight Egyptian and whose dam is a purebred Arabian who is NOT Straight Egyptian.
The staff of the Pyramid Society are always happy to assist anyone with questions or in need of pedigree verification.
THE PYRAMID SOCIETY
P O Box 11941
4067 Ironworks Parkway
Lexington, KY 40579
859-231-0771, 859-255-4810 (fax)