June 12, 2020

Happy 10th Birthday to the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries

June 12, 2010.

Ten years ago today, a journey was completed.
Ten years ago today, a history was preserved.
Ten years ago today, a legacy was honored.

The Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries opened its doors for the very first time ten years ago today on a hot June Kentucky day.

We had two large swamp coolers working desperately to overcome the sweltering heat in a tent that was to hold TWO groups of sold out guests to the anticipated Opening Ceremonies event. But it didn’t dampen any spirits that day. Because that day belonged to the Arabian horse.

The Arabian horse has experienced a long line of caretakers spanning centuries of human history. The opening of this museum was significant on this historical timeline because it marked OUR collective chapter in its sacred story. It reflects not only the mission of the PAT, but of every dollar, donated artifact, and hour spent from those in our community who made this a reality so that, now ten years later, millions have experienced this horse like never before.

And, especially in our world today, that is surely something to celebrate.

November 28, 2018

Judge’s Rule 54 Clarifications on Initial Rulings in PAT/AHA Trial

The following document is the judge’s Rule 54 Clarifications on the initial rulings made in the PAT/AHA trial. 

 

This ruling clarifies that the AHA is required to provide, maintain and update a fully functioning Purebred Registration services system and that system is owned by the Trust. And a certified updated copy is to be provided the Trust a minimum of once a year beginning March 1, 2019. 

 

Further, the AHA can choose to designate the current HRS system as the certified system, at which time it becomes owned by the Trust. 

 

This clarification satisfies the Trust’s original request for declaratory judgment and rules completely in the Trust’s favor. 

 

It is unfortunate that the Association chose to expand the scope of the litigation to include personally suing four AHA board members who were also Trustees. The court ruled in favor of the Trustees and denied all of AHA’s claims against the Trustees. This exponentially increased the expenses incurred for both organizations. 

 

The only purpose of the original request for declaratory judgment was to ensure the purpose of the formation of the Trust was protected, which was to be in a position to continue registration services for Purebred Arabians should AHA be unable or unwilling to do so. 

November 15, 2018

PAT Response to California Wildfire Relief

Today the PAT Trustees unanimously approved a $10,000 donation to the Arabian Horseman's Distress Fund (AHDF) to help with horses displaced as a result of the California wildfires.

 

While the amazing service the AHDF provides to those who have suffered tragedy within our Arabian horse community is laudable on its own, the PAT found it particularly noteworthy that the AHDF's notable efforts toward horses of all breeds in this capacity is simply the right thing to do. We should all be proud to call the Arabian horse community our home as the AHDF leads the way in such a monumental public tragedy within the equine world.

 

As of Monday, the AHDF has contributed the following to the California wildfire relief efforts:
- 4 truckloads of hay
- Countless bales of shavings
- Muck Buckets
- Utensils
- Halters & Lead Ropes
- Medicinal Supplies, and more.

 

The Purebred Arabian Trust is proud to support this effort and we hope that others are inspired to do the same. Click here to donate today: https://bit.ly/2zVsgvI

September 28, 2018

Purebred Arabian Trust Statement Regarding the Court Ruling in the PAT/AHA Litigation

After the parties could not come to an agreement on their own, the Purebred Arabian Trust (referred to as the "Trust") brought this case, not seeking any damages, but solely to obtain a court determination that it is entitled to ownership of the technology AHA uses to register purebred Arabian horses and to perform related services.  After eight days of trial, the Court found that focusing on “ownership” does not resolve the real issue. The Court concluded, “regardless of who owns the present version of the HRS (or future updates of the HRS or even some yet unknown form of technology) the real question is what obligation does the Association have to maintain a technology system capable of registering purebred Arabian horses?” On that question, the court has concluded that the Trust is indeed entitled to and AHA is obligated to provide to the Trust a standalone software system and database which performs those registration functions—not for the Trust to compete with AHA but to protect the breed by allowing the Trust to resume performing purebred registrations in the event that AHA cannot do so.  Judgment has entered on behalf of the Trust.  It is thus the prevailing party on the principal dispute with AHA. 

 

AHA’s attempt to spin this result as a win for AHA is simply wrong.  Instead of acknowledging the Trust’s ownership of the existing HRS system, which would have cost it nothing since it retains a perpetual license to use the software, AHA unnecessarily enlarged the size of the litigation, incurred legal expense estimated to be several hundred thousand dollars, and is now obligated to spend significant further amounts to create and maintain for the Trust a separate registration system that it does not presently have. 

 

The four individual Trustees who were the targets of AHA’s malicious claims of breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy are gratified by the Court’s forceful rejection of those claims.  These claims failed not only because AHA owns HRS, but for a total lack of evidence. As the Court noted, AHA was unable to establish even that there was a conflict of interest in the Trustees voting to approve AHA technology expenditures, which would have passed regardless of any Trustee votes and, as all agreed, were necessary and in the best interests of AHA.  Under Colorado law, AHA is now obligated to pay the reasonable costs of the Trustees’ defense of those claims. 

 

Please find the judge's order below for the PAT / AHA Litigation that was released on September 20, 2018.

September 20, 2016

PAT Statement on AHA Litigation

The Purebred Arabian Trust initiated legal proceedings against the Arabian Horse Association in order to seek a legal determination of its rights concerning ownership of certain “Licensed Technology” (including software and related material AHA uses in connection with its operations relating to registration of purebred Arabian horses). 

April 30, 2010

Arabian Horse Galleries Opening Ceremonies June 12th at Kentucky Horse Park

LEXINGTON, KY (May 20, 2010)—The new $10 million addition to the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse will be hosting its Grand Opening on June 12, 2010 after nearly 2 ½ years of design and construction. The Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries will be the largest major addition to the 52,000 square foot International Museum of the Horse in the history of the Kentucky Horse Park, and will expand its permanent exhibition space by nearly 20 percent.

January 19, 2010

Museum Renamed the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries

Mrs. Bazy Tankersley is known for many things relating to the Arabian horse: lifetime breeder and owner of Arabian horses (breeder of over 2,100 foals—more than anyone else in the world); perpetrator of Arabian horse education and history (founded the Arabian Horse Owners Foundation); and founding owner of the acclaimed and historic Al-Marah Arabians.

August 10, 2009

Want Your Name on the Donor Wall at the Galleries' Opening? Donate By February 26.

​Museum designers announced a deadline of February 26, 2010 for the final list of initial names for the Arabian Horse Galleries Donor Wall that will be displayed at the museum's opening ceremonies on June 12, 2010. Donations received after February 26 will be added to the Donor Wall throughout various content updates, but not before the opening ceremonies, which include among other activities complimentary Donor Wall photos for donors. 

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