INTRODUCTION

KUWAIT ARABIAN HORSE REGISTRY


In the late ‘80s the Public Authority for Agricultural and Fisheries Resources (PAAFR) which was at that time responsible for the Arabian Horse Center had decided to follow-up on the breeding program with purebred Arabian horses for which proven pedigrees are existing. They decided to apply for membership with the worldwide Arabian Horse community, the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO).

In 1996 the responsibility for the Arabian Horse Center was taken over by the Hunting & Equestrian Club and its Arabian horse committee which together with the steadily growing number of private breeders followed the idea of WAHO membership. A proper registry was set-up, which started to work on a studbook which would fulfill all the criteria of WAHO to be recognized and approved by the organization and which should include all the horses belonging to the Center and to the private breeders.

Mr. Abdullah Nayef Albraihi, a great enthusiast of Arabian horses worked together with some colleagues acting as board members of the Arabian horse committee and set-up rules & regulations for the registration of Arabian horses in Kuwait. He acted first as the General secretary of the Arabian Horse Committee, later-on as a volunteer for the management of the Center and then as the Registrar and still holds this position.

The Arabian Horse Stud Book of Kuwait (Vol. I) was completed in 1996 and Kuwait became a full member of WAHO. The studbook Vol. I contains all the records up to 1995 mentions 23 imported purebred Arabians registered with WAHO as well as 6 purebred Arabian horses which were born in Kuwait until 1995, each of them tracing back to a registered sire or dam or both in the studbook of the State of Kuwait. Among the above mentioned 23 imported purebred Arabian horses only two stallions and one mare belonged to the first group of horses which were imported in 1988.

All the other imported horses were either stolen or killed during the Iraqi invasion and as they did not leave behind any offspring which was still alive at the time of working on the first studbook, these imported horses were not published in Vol. I except those who left their fingerprints.

In the meantime more studbooks have been published and accepted by WAHO. They contain the horse records until registration number 2550 in Vol. VI. The Kuwait Arabian Horse Studbooks Vol. II until Vol. VI are available for download under the link ‘studbooks’ on this site.