THE BEGINNING OF GEORGIA ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION KNOWN TODAY AS "GAHA"

In 1938, Dr. Urton Munn moved to Atlanta and brought with him the mare, Gasara by Bazleyd by Abu Zeyd. She was out of Guemura, who was bred by Spencer Borden. Guemura was by Segario and out *Ghazala. He also brought Ganarro by *Nasr. These horses and the following are familiar to students of Arabian pedigrees.

The 1940's also saw the appearance of the stallion, S.S. Byron, and the stallion Mac Arthur by *Fadl. We recognize *Fadl as being the dominant lines in Fadjur of more modern times. In the middle fifties, Berry College, Rome, Georgia was gifted the stallion, Katun by Alcazar out of Nufoud. Katun was bred by Albert Harris.

The gift was from Robert Woodruff of the Coca Cola family fame. Katun was later acquired by Judge Eugene Gunby who was a strong advocate of the Arabian horse. In the following years, more Arabian horses were brought to Georgia by Willard Strain of Dalton, the Shamblins of Summerville and the Proctors of Cedartown. Numbering among these horses were Zutez by the famous *Witez II and bred by E.E. Hurlbutt; Amir Al Sahra by Naharin who was by Gulastra, and Bandar by Rafmirz who was by *Raffles. Bandar was owned his entire life by Val Beaty, another early champion of the Arabian horse.

A very important additional farm established early in our history was that of Halali Arabians of Evans, Georgia. Janice and her husband, Frank Rust, were students and advocates of the Polish Arabian and imported the stallion, *El Mudir, of park horse fame, and the mares *Egeria, *Fortunka, and *Egreta who was carrying in utero, *Emaus by *Naborr. *Emaus was used extensively in his life when he was leased for five years by Bazy Tankersley of Al-Marah Arabians.

In 1965, Bev Craighton ran an ad in the Atlanta paper inviting all interested in Arabian horses to a meeting with the goal of establishing an association. "GAHA" was the result. The club colors decided on are Purple and White. Purple is associated with royalty, nobility, power and ambition. White is associated with light, goodness, innocence and purity, and the color of perfection.

From this beginning, we have grown to the present Georgia Arabian Horse Association which currently has over 125 members. A great deal has changed since 1965, but throughout our history what remains the constant is our commitment to the Arabian and Half-Arabian horse.

We invite you to join us and become a part of our journey forward in the Georgia Arabian Horse Association.