CMK Arabian Horses
CMK stands for Crabbet, Maynesboro, Kellogg. It is a preservation breeding program that has been around for quite some time but is only relatively recently gaining in popularity.
It centers around these 3 old breeding programs. The spearhead breeders for this group are Michael Bowling and Rick Synowski, but many other breeders across the country follow the guidelines and are proud to call their horses CMK.
Michael Bowling explained this best when he wrote: "CMK is a preservationist movement directed toward the traditional North American using and companion Arabians, strongly but not entirely based on Blunt and Davenport sources, and emphasizing the two great cooperator breeder circles of the 1950s: the Old California breeding of H.H. Reese, and the Midwest circle of Jimmie Dean. Recognizable animals of the first group would be Abu Farwa and Ben Rabba; of the second, the *Raffles/*Mirage and Azraff/Ferzon horses. There has almost from the beginning been fruitful exchange of stock between those two traditions, reflected here in the *Raffles line behind Ben Rabba and the use of the Kellogg-derived Ferzon by the Dean circle.
CMK also embraces other lines, such as the unique North American desert sources (the Hamidie Society and Hearst imports, just to name a couple). In recognition of the overall unity of the Blunt tradition, any Crabbet or Crabbet-old English Arabian also falls within the CMK circle. We have available an extensive sample of the old elements, although fewer and fewer individual examples of them exist in a breeding population where over 90% of foals produced (based on random samples of the past few stud books) can only be identified as 'combined source'."
These horses are, as a rule, of the old-fashioned type, and are very people oriented rather than the show-type one sees a lot these days. They usually make splendid back yard family type mounts.
The bloodlines included are the Crabbet and old English, the unique American desert sources, such as the Davenports, the horses imported by WR Brown of Maynesboro Stud, including the French and Egyptian, and also the Draper Spanish horses. The reason Kellogg is not in that list is because the horses all came from one of the above groups.
One of the unique things about CMK is that it is not a closed breeding group; that is a horse does not have to be of 100% CMK bloodlines to be called CMK.
There are 3 requirements:
1) at least 75% CMK blood.
2) a CMK sire line, i.e. a horse from any of the bloodline groups mentioned above.
3) a dam line that was established in the US before 1950, and/or belonging to the above bloodline groups.
American Foundation Arabian Horse Association
The American Foundation Arabian Horse Association is a newly created group that was established in 2001.
Arabian Horses originally imported into North America were characteristic of the desert horse -- prized for their hardiness, substance, versatility, stamina, soundness, athletic ability and intelligence, without sacrifice of beauty and presence. The goal is to preserve and promote these qualities valued by the early breeders of Arabian horses in America and to ensure that horses with those same attributes will be available for future generations.
American Early Foundation Arabian Horses
Those horses whose ancestors trace 100% to the horses listed in AHR Volume V, registration numbers 1-2924.
American Foundation Arabian Horses
Those horses whose ancestors trace 100% to the horses listed in AHR Volumes I - X, registration numbers 1-16015.
American Foundation-Bred Arabian Horses
Those horses whose ancestors trace 75% to the horses listed in AHR Volumes I - X, registration numbers 1-16015.
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