If you have followed the steps in tracing your bloodlines as described in the last Country Critter Journal article, you are now ready to start figuring out your percentages. The sire and dam each contribute 50% of their bloodlines to the resulting foal so you will be taking the percentages for the sire and the dam, dividing them in half, and adding that value together to find the percentage for the offspring. For example, the sire is 100% Polish and the dam is 100% Crabbet. Their foal would be 50% Polish and 50% Crabbet and any offspring that foal eventually produces would carry 25% of that Polish and 25% of the Crabbet blood added to half the values from the horse it is bred to. If the sire and dam are 100% Polish then the offspring will also be 100% Polish. Figuring out your horse's percentage by the country is probably the easiest way to start since the information is readily available in the copies you would have made of your blood line tracings and most of the registry abbreviations were included in the last Country Critter Journal article.
There are many clues in your blood line tracings that will help you find which group or groups your horse may qualify for. Most of the "Desert Bred" horses imported to the U.S. prior to 1940 from Egypt are also Davenport or Babson imports excepting the horses that were brought in for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. The Arabians imported by the Hamidie Society for the fair were confiscated and sold at auction for unpaid bills incurred by the society. For more complete information and a listing of those Arabians, I highly recommend the book "Imported Foundation Stock Of North American Arabian Horses Volume I" by Carol Mulder. The latter also includes detailed information on all of the early Arabians with registration numbers from 1 to 82 as well as information on the breeders who imported them.
Another clue to a group would be if none of the horses in your pedigree trace to any horses that were imported to the US after 1950. There are only a few imported before that are not recognized as qualifying for the CMK group.
Frequently there are clues in the horse's name itself. Several of the breeders used an abbreviation of their farm as a prefix to the name given the horse. An example would be Al-Marah farm and AM Sulejmans Flag or Alice Payne's use of "Asil" in many of her horse's names like Asil Aristocrat. Some breeders who bred for a specific horse such as Raffles used "Raf" when naming their horses. Some used a theme in naming their horses. There is one breeder who used names of different types of apples to name her horses. Alice Payne used astrological terms to name several of the horses she bred. Ben Hurr Farm used a double "AA" in the spelling of their horse's names. If you pick up on a repeated spelling in the horses in your tracings it may help you find out more about the breeding and what their breeding goals were in producing that horse.
Well, I think I've given you enough "Home
Work" in this article to keep you busy for quite a while! Hope you all had
a very Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!