14 July 2010
AMSTERDAM — Officials from the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Emirates Arabian Horse Society (EAHS) met in Amsterdam to chalk out details of the first World Arabian Horse Racing Conference to be held in Abu Dhabi on September 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 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 and future of Arabian racing.”
“The response from around the world has been very encouraging and we must thank Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 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,” Genberg added.
IFAHR vice-chairman Mohammed Essa Al Adhab said, “The UAE leaders have always supported Arabian horse racing and this conference initiated by Shaikh Mansour will help in collecting a lot of ideas on promoting Arabian horse racing and also help in finding solutions.”
Essam Abdulla, director-general of EAHS, said his organisation was closely involved in the conference. “We are keen to focus on the breeding aspect and its related subjects and have much to offer and exchange expertise with others in the conference,” Abdulla said.
Lara Sawaya, director of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival said, “Today’s meeting was a huge success and the list of potential subjects were also finalized. 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. —