The Shagya-Arabian is a historic breed which combines the advantages of the Desert Arabian (elegant type, great hardiness and toughness, endurance, easy keeping, and inborn friendliness toward humans) with the requirements of the modern riding horse. These requirements are sufficient height, big frame, and great rideability including great movement and jumping ability. The International Shagya-Araber Gesellschaft (ISG), is the umbrella organization for the breed and works with all of its international member registries in their efforts to preserve, maintain and promote the breed.
Shagya-Arabians were relatively unknown in America before the 1980s, although a few had been imported both before and after World War II. Prior to the founding of the North American Shagya-Arabian Society (NASS) no registry for Shagya-Arabians existed in America, and Shagya-Arabians were sometimes mistakenly registered as either purebred or partbred Arabians.
The American foundation stallion was Hungarian Bravo, whose parents *Pilot (born at the Janow-Podlaski Stud in Poland in 1939) and *52 Gazall II (born at the Balbona State Stud in Hungary in 1937) were brought to America in 1947 under the direction of General Patton as prizes of war. In 1984, Adele Furby discovered Hungarian Bravo at 24 years of age on the ranch of his breeder, Countess Margit Sigray Bessenyey. The following year she was able to purchase him and soon started her Shagya-Arabian breeding program. The official start of Shagya-Arabian breeding in North America followed in 1986, when Adele Furby and 10 other founding members established NASS as the first ISG-recognized Registry for in North America. In 2013 Adele Furby was awarded an Honorary Membership by the ISG in recognition of her work to establish the Shagya-Arabian breed in America.
NASS carries out its role by maintaining the Shagya-Arabian Registry of North America (SHARONA). NASS also organizes and conducts Breeding Inspection Tours. To be "approved" for Shagya-Arabian breeding, eligible mares and stallions must be inspected by a panel of judges which are all ISG Certified and selected by NASS. Evaluations of non-breeding stock, including geldings, youngsters and other horses are also offered at breeding inspection sites.
NASS Breeding Inspection Tours were conducted in 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2017. NASS now holds annual inspection tours based upon demand from its Members.
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Shagya-Araber Gesellschaft International e. V. (ISG)
The ISG is the umbrella organization established by WAHO to officially coordinate its participating
preserve, maintain and promote
the Shagya-Arabian breed: