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One of the world’s oldest and purest breeds of light horse, the Arabian horse originated in the harsh desert conditions of the Middle East. This compact, efficient breed is known for its stamina, intelligence, hardiness, gentle disposition, and loyalty. Arabian horses are medium-sized (between 14.2 and 15.3 hands), short-coupled and possess a lean muscle mass. Their large lung capacity and efficient metabolism allow them to carry heavy loads over great distances in extreme heat and with little water.

This breed has contributed to the formation of virtually all modern breeds of horses and remains one of the most popular and exceptionally versatile breeds in America. In addition to essentially dominating the disciplines of endurance and competitive trail worldwide, the Arabian horse is popular across a wide range of disciplines, including English and Western pleasure, cutting, reining, jumping, dressage, and driving. 

Recognized National Affiliate Association

Learn more about the Arabian horse by visiting the Arabian Horse Association at The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is the official breed association and registry in the U.S. As the official breed registry for the Arabian horse industry, the AHA Registry has registered more than 1 million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses since its founding in 1908. AHA offers over 400 events and competitions, community forums, and more to bring people together to share the joys of Arabian horses. 

In The News

Upcoming Championships and Events from USEF National Affiliate Organizations – September 2023

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Sep 6, 2023, 4:00 PM EST

A Look Inside Kentucky Horse Park Museums

by Emily Girard | Aug 17, 2023, 4:20 PM EST

US Equestrian Announces Refinements to Licensing for USEF Lite Competitions

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Aug 15, 2023, 12:00 PM EST

Drummond and AM Rising Star Take a Leap From Arabian Horse Show Circuit to Pony Finals

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | Aug 13, 2023, 11:06 AM EST

Join US Equestrian and the Arabian Horse Association in Taking Saddle Seat Equitation to a New Level

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 14, 2023, 7:00 AM EST

Forms and Publications

Competition Information

Information about competing your Arabian horse