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Conformation shot of the bay stallion Khemosabi standing in a green field
Breed Arabian
Discipline Western Pleasure
Sire Amerigo
Grandsire Ferseyn
Dam Jurneeka++
Maternal grandsire Fadjur
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1967
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Dr. Bert and Ruth Husband
Owner Dr. Bert and Ruth Husband
National Champion Western Pleasure, National Champion Halter stallion
Legion of Masters (++++) award
Last updated on: January 12, 2008.

Khemosabi (1967–2001) was a bay Arabian stallion with four stockings and a blaze, who had significant accomplishments in the horse show ring, winning multiple National Championships in both halter and western pleasure performance competition. These wins earned him the highest level achievement award offered by the Arabian Horse Association: the Legion of Masters. In the course of his breeding career, he sired over 1200 foals.[1] Of these, over 300 were show champions and 75 won national championships.[2]


Khemosabi was bred by Dr. Bert and Ruth Husband, sired by the stallion Amerigo and out of the mare Jurneeka++.[1] This pedigree was primarily a combination of bloodlines from the breeding programs of W.K. Kellogg and Henry Babson. Khemosabi's dam (female) line traced to *Wadduda, the celebrated "War Mare" imported from the desert by American political cartoonist, Homer Davenport. The closest imported horse in his pedigree was his maternal granddam, the Polish-bred mare *Szarza, As such, Khemosabi was a product of Arabian bloodlines that had been developed in the United States for several generations, and therefore was promoted as an "All-American" horse.

Khemosabi was foaled in Husband's back yard in Whittier, California. As a young horse, his career was popularized by a series of lighthearted cartoons written by Paul Husband, son of Bert and Ruth Husband, illustrated by Karen Haus Grandpre, which featured Khemosabi as a horse who wore a "Lone Ranger" mask, accompanied on his adventures by his "faithful redhaired companion, Ruth," a character modeled on Mrs. Husband. In the cartoon strip, Khemo and Ruth fought for "truth, justice and the Arabian Way". Khemosabi was noted for having a large and enthusiastic fan base, and a Breyer Horse model was created with his likeness in the 1990s.[3]

In his show career, Khemosabi was the 1973 U. S. National Champion Halter Stallion, and the 1976 U. S. National Champion and Canadian National Champion in Western Pleasure. He was also the 1976 Canadian National Champion Halter Stallion.[1] He was one of the only horses to ever win an Arabian National Championship in both halter and performance in the same year, and one of only four stallions to win U.S. National Championships in both halter and performance.[4]

Khemosabi stood at stud in 1969, his first breeding season, on lease to Varian Arabians. After his national wins, he was syndicated in 1980 by the Husband's son, Paul, with Ruth Husband serving as Syndicate Manager from the inception of the Khemosabi Syndicate for the rest of the stallion's life. Khemosabi died in 2001 at the age of 34.[5]


Skowronek (GSB)
(General Stud Book)
1909 gray
1923 gray
Rayya (GSB)
1915 bay
1937 gray
Rustem (GSB)
1908 bay
1913 bay
Feluka (GSB)
1899 chestnut
1962 gray
Kuhailan Said (PASB)
1934 bay
Ali Said (PASB)
(Polish Arabian Stud Book)
1940 gray
Najada (PASB)
1932 gray
1956 gray
Kuhailan Abu Urkub (PASB)
1935 bay
Salwa (PASB)
(Polish Arabian Stud Book)
1945 gray
Sabda (PASB)
1940 gray
1967 bay stallion[6]
1930 gray
1942 bay
1929 bay
1952 bay
1936 bay
Bint Sahara
1942 gray
Bint Sedjur
1935 gray
1958 bay
1930 gray
1942 bay
1929 bay
1950 bay
1939 chestnut
1944 bay
1926 bay


  1. ^ a b c Carpenter Arabian Legends pp. 260–275
  2. ^ Arabian Horse Lovers accessed October 22, 2007
  3. ^ Breyer Collectables accessed October 22, 2007
  4. ^ "A Toast to Champions" Arabian Horse World, October, 2007
  5. ^ Paul Husband's site on Khemosabi accessed on August 21, 2008
  6. ^ All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Khemosabi accessed on October 17, 2007


  • Carpenter, Marian K; Close, Pat (1999). Arabian Legends: Outstanding Arabian Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-48-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kirkman, Mary "The All-American Arabian" Equus #237 1997

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