Gulf Today: First World Arabian Horse Racing Conference in September

AMSTERDAM: Twenty experts with vast knowledge and experience of Arabian horses are set to attend the first-ever World Arabian Horse Racing Conference in Abu Dhabi in September.

The announcement was made when the officials of the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Emirates Arabian Horse Society (EAHS) met at the Renaissance Hotel in Amsterdam to chalk out details of the conference slated for Sept.23-25.

The three-day event will be held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2010 (ADIHEX) in co-ordination with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC).

Speaking to members of the media after the meeting, Sami Jassim Al Bunain, IFAHR Chairman, said, “We have drawn a list of personalities and will finalise a list of 20 once we have their confirmations. These officials will then constitute four different panels which as of now are broadly divided into cultural and historical aspect, breeding, racing and training of Arabian racehorses.”

“The response from around the world has been very encouraging and we must thank Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs,” said Mats Genberg, IFAHR Secretary.

“We expect between 60 to a 100 experts from various fields to take part in the panel discussions and this will possibly be the richest assembly of experts who have Arabian racing in their heart,” said Genberg adding that the experts will be from different parts of the world including the Middle East.

IFAHR Vice Chairman Mohammed Essa Al Adhab said, “The UAE leaders have always supported Arabian horse racing and this conference initiated by Sheikh Mansoor will help in collecting a lot of ideas on promoting Arabian horse racing and also help in finding solutions.”

Lara Sawaya, Director of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival, said, “Today’s meeting was a huge success and the list of potential subjects were also finalised.”

“From the Festival’s side I would like to announce that one of our sponsors Invest AD is supporting our move to create the first ever free-to-download application connected with Purebred Arabian racing. Starting with the Festival’s race series and the Wathba Stud Farm supported races, a lot of useful and important data concerning the horses will be easily available.”