“Remembering the Past…Shaping the Future” is the motto that characterizes the Institute’s research, education, and conservation programs. These programs depend on your involvement and support. Find out how you can Get Involved!
RECLAIMING MEMORY: An Oral History of the Desert Arabian Horse
extends the oral tradition of the Bedouin to the West, making recollections of Western breeders, trainers, and other individual associated with the Desert Arabian horse available to the public, researchers, historians, and future custodians of the breed. Interviews focus on individuals whose length, breadth, and depth of knowledge of the Desert Arabian horse can best inform future breeders, custodians, and others captivated by the magic of the Desert Arabian. More information about this program, including how you can get involved, is here.
THE BABSON INFLUENCE: A Retrospective
is a 504-page monograph reflecting the Institute’s first historical research project. This effort focused on the horses imported by Henry Babson and their international influence on Arabian breeding. Noted Arabian researcher Arlene Magid said “Quite simply this is the most important book on Arabians published in the last decade. It is one of the most important books on the breed ever published.” Limited edition, individually numbered. Available at $95 plus shipping ($5 US, $20 Canada, $35 elsewhere). [Buy now]
The Institute has begun work on a Conservation Assessment and Management Plan. The first element is to identify the mitochondrial DNA types of all asil dam lines in the West. Additional work will establish standard genetic measures of diversity and lead to recommendations on breeding practices to conserve the Desert Arabian horse for the next hundred years.
Conservation Programs – DARE/AEGIS
The Desert Arabian Reproduction and Research program (DARE) accepts horses via donation for research and test breeding. More information is available here. Arabian Equine Genetic Inventory System (AEGIS) accepts donations of semen from rare and/or exceptional stallions for research projects. More information is available here.
The Institute sponsors a wide variety of educational events. These include an annual symposium, clinics on conformational assessment and movement, and clinics on performance showing. [Sign up here to get announcements of educational events.]
Performance Recognition – Drinkers of the Wind
Each year the Institute recognizes top performance horses. Top tens are awarded in two divisions: horses that compete at Class A levels and those who showcase the Desert Arabian horse at local, community, and youth shows. Participation is free. More about the program, including how to enroll, prior winners, and stories about successful competitors is available here.
In addition to products of research projects, such as The Babson Influence, the Institute publishes an occasional periodical, Al Khaima, and an on-line newsletter Al Majlis. Back issues of Al Khaima are available. To receive the on-line newsletter, sign up here.
Articles that result from Institute research or that are written for the Institute are archived on-line here. The Institute is also compiling a library of historical books, artifacts, photos, videos, and other materials. Donations to the archive are welcome.
A hallmark of the Institute is its collaboration with other organizations. Reclaiming Memory is being conducted in consultation with the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University, Texas. The mtDNA research project is being done in cooperation with the University of California, Davis. Institute symposia and clinics have been supported by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, the Arabian Horse Foundation, the Pyramid Foundation, Michigan State University, Wisconsin Egyptian Arabian Horse Association, and Virginia Cooperative Extension. The Institute has sponsored the National Breeders Conference offered by The Pyramid Foundation and has a booth each year at the Egyptian Event.