Al Khamsa Bylaws
C. Al Khamsa Arabian Horses
1. General Principles
The status of horses of interest to Al Khamsa is not entirely governed by written documentation. Al Khamsa will not take, as necessarily authoritative, information concerning the pedigrees of horses from any source(s), including registries.
The horses of primary interest to Al Khamsa, which are called “Al Khamsa Arabian Horses,” are those horses in North America that can reasonably be assumed to descend entirely from bedouin Arabian horses bred by horse-breeding bedouin tribes of the deserts of the Arabian peninsula without admixture from sources unacceptable to Al Khamsa. Al Khamsa reserves the right to determine which horses are called “Al Khamsa Arabian Horses.” (Amended 9/93)
“Al Khamsa Arabian Horses” are listed in the Al Khamsa Directory and it’s sequels. Restrictions on changes concerning the Roster of Al Khamsa horses (which is defined as the list of names of living Al Khamsa breeding stock) and the ancestors thereof will not extend to changes in descriptive material concerning such horses which are in order as a matter of historical record or to routine changes necessary to maintain Al Khamsa publications in a useful, current way.
Proposals to add or subtract from the Roster of horses, together with supporting evidence, will follow the procedure set forth in Article IX, except that (a) a copy of the proposed Roster amendment, and supporting material, must be received by the President on or before the 1st of November prior to the annual meeting for the following calendar year; (b) the President shall forward a copy of all material to all members of the Board of Directors by November 10th of the same year; and (c) an affirmative vote of the Board of Directors present (amended 10/05) and Third Person Approval by the Advisory Council must be achieved at two consecutive years’ annual meetings (amended 9/92) at which there is a Quorum as described in Section III-C-4 (amended 9/95); The Board may act upon the proposal at any official board meeting during the year (amended 10/05).
The responsibility of providing evidence supporting a proposed amendment to the Roster will belong to the person(s) requesting such amendment. Such evidence for each such horse may include, but not be limited to, a complete pedigree including name(s), strain(s), breeder(s), foaling date(s), circumstances of acquisition and originating bedouin tribe(s) or other source(s) of Foundation Horse(s) in harmony with the sources of animals already accepted as Al Khamsa Foundation Horses.
The Board of Directors may require any other information or make or cause to be made any investigation that in its opinion is pertinent to consideration for Al Khamsa status. Further information from any reliable source will be considered. If a proposal to add or subtract a horse from the Roster of Al Khamsa, Inc. fails to receive an affirmative vote of the Board of Directors or fails to gain the Third Person Approval of the Advisory Council, said proposals may not be reconsidered for a period of at least 5 years without new evidence or information of substance in the opinion of the Board of Directors such as newly published material, recently discovered historical material, or new translations of historical documents. (Amended 9/95)