In my opinion, there was clear proof provided for all to see by Marilyn Lang and Caryn Rogosky during their trip to Cairo two years ago when they went to the archives at the Cairo jockey club through the assistance of Mr. Mohammad Amin of Al Amin Stud in Cairo - a breeder with the utmost integrity and generosity along with Marilyn and Caryn.
There was some discussion on this forum about one year ago in which an actual document was produced which proved the fact that Exochorda is a PURE SE Arabian. After seeing all of the evidence presented from both sides of the debate - it was evident to me that Exochorda was indeed pure. I think if you did a "search" you could see all the evidence from both perspectives and decide for yourself.
Many good horses and decendents of these horses have had their reputations destroyed by people who passed along what is in my opinion false information.
The tarnishing of some SE lines has caused harm to some of the greatest SE horses of our time, not just Exochorda, but also The Minstril, Orashan and honestly in my opinion some of the most beautiful lines which when combined with other lines allow breeders to produce both beauty and athleticism. Although I would argue that Orashan was one of the more atheletic horses of our time. I am sure that the people who are out there repeating this nonsense truly believe that they are right and are trying to keep the breed pure. I know they are not purposely trying to cause harm, its just that they often form their beliefs based on what others have said without really doing the work and research required to prove or disprove the truth of the hearsay they are sharing with others. Its much like the way that gossip is passed along. Even if it is eventually found to be untrue - reputations can be permanently harmed. I admit that I myself have passed along things I had been told to be true by those I most admired and respected. Eventually over time I've realized that I was wrong, and how important to use my own brain and not just follow others. Its important to question everyone and everything and not just follow blindly.
To all the new breeders out there - may you have the courage to pave your own path and take a few risks and breed what makes your heart sing - not just what others tell you is "good" or "bad". Listen to your heart for in the end I feel that this is what it takes to feel truly satisfied and fulfilled.