Arabian Association Rescinds Horses’ Registrations

The registrations were revoked after it was determined the champion horses were not, in fact, half-Arabians.

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Two champion horses’ registrations have been revoked by the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) on grounds that the animals did not have the parentage necessary to meet the organization’s registration guidelines.

A written statement from the AHA indicates that "Johnny Nitro" and "Quintessaa" were registered with the organization in 2009 as half-Arabians; under AHA rules, a horse must have one Arabian parent in order to qualify for half-Arabian registry status. Both horses later won national championship and reserve titles as half-Arabian cutting horses, the statement said.

A separate statement indicates that, when initially registered, the horses belonged to Susan and Terry Hatfield; the animals were later sold to Steve Groves and, under his ownership, participated in shows and earned subsequent titles, the statement said.

Subsequently, the AHA launched an investigation into the horses’ registration and Terry and Susan Hatfield were found guilty of violating AHA rule Chapter 10, Section 102, the statement said

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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