What is a Straight Egyptian Arabian (SEA)? Here is what the Pyramid Society says about the qualifications of such horses.
“To qualify as a Straight Egyptian, as defined by The Pyramid Society, a horse must:
Be registered or eligible by pedigree for registration by the Arabian Horse Registry of America AND
Trace in every line of its pedigree to horses born in Arabia Deserta; AND
Trace in every line of its pedigree to a horse which falls within one or more of the following categories:
(a) owned or bred by Abbas Pasha I or Ali Pasha Sherif;
(b) used to create and maintain the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) / Egyptian Agricultural Organization (EAO) breeding programs, with the exclusion of Registan and Sharkasi and their lineal descendants;
(c) a horse which was a lineal ancestor of a horse described in (a) or (b) above; OR
(d) other than those excluded above, a horse conceived and born in a private stud program in Egypt and imported directly to the United States and registered by the Arabian Horse Registry of America prior to the extension of the EAO's supervision to private Egyptian stud programs as reflected in Volume 4 of the EAO's Stud Book.
Only horses of certifiable ancestry are eligible for classification as Straight Egyptian or Egyptian-Sired or Egyptian-Bred/Egyptian-Related as defined by The Pyramid Society.
What defines the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse? To put it in a nutshell, these horses are highly intelligent, possess great strength, courage, stamina and loyalty and are of outstanding beauty. The best and fittest among the breed survived centuries of battle and harsh conditions in the Arabian peninsula. Until the 20th century, few made it to the USA. The first mention in history of the (Arabian) horse dates back to 2000 BC. The first pedigrees were recorded in 1300 AD. It is believed that the blood of Arabian horses is found in almost all breeds of horses today; in other words that the Arabian horse helped create or maintain all other horse breeds.