North American Shagya-Arabian Society
Shagya breeding in America officially began in 1986 with
the founding of the North American Shagya-Arabian
Society (NASS). Later that year, NASS was
accepted by the International Shagya-Araber
Gesellschaft (ISG) as the official registry for the USA
and Canada. ISG is the
International body supporting the breeding and
preservation of the Shagya-Arabian breed.
The Purpose of NASS:
and improvement of the Purebred Shagya-Arabian horse.
Establishment of a
Shagya-Arabian Registry for Purebred and Partbred Shagya
Regulation and approval
of breeding stock.
Dissemination of information
about the breed to the public.
Establishment of an
Performance Awards system for performance achievement.
Promotion of cooperation
with Shagya-Arabian breeders around the world, and in
particular with the Purebred Shagya Society
A PDF of the NASS Brochure
22 Years of Promoting, Preserving and Improving the
Shagya-Arabian in North America
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 NASS no registry for Shagyas
existed in America, and Shagyas were sometimes mistakenly
registered as either purebred or partbred Arabians.
carries out its role by maintaining the Shagya-Arabian Registry
of North America (SHARONA). NASS also organizes and
conducts inspection tours. To be eligible for Shagya breeding,
mares and stallions must be approved by a panel of judges
which are all ISG-Certified selected by NASS. NASS inspection tours were conducted in
1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012. The next
scheduled Inspection Tour will be in September
2015. Contact the Breeding Committee for more
NASS Breeding Committee.
NASS offers an
Awards program for the following categories:
publishes a quarterly
and an annual report. The
newsletter includes minutes of board meetings, farm news,
articles about the breed, classified section and membership
information. The NASS annual report includes inspection
tour results when applicable, farm news, articles about
the breed, classified ads and announcement of the winners
in the awards program.