Experts arrive for Arabian Racing Conference in The Hague

WAM THE HAGUE: Some of the world’s top breeders, owners and officials of Purebred Arabian racing horses have arrived in The Hague in The Netherlands for the second edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference which starts tomorrow Thursday.

The three-day conference is part of the H.H Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Racing Festival and will be followed by a top class race meeting at the Duindigt race course on June 19.

Addressing the press conference at a packed hall in The Hilton on Wednesday, Lara Sawaya, Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival said the next four days would be a very exciting one for Arabian racing.

“First I would like to thank Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director of the Emirates General Women Association and chairperson of the UAE Women Sport who is present here to support the H.H Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak Ladies Fegentri Cup.” “The staging of the H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Fegentri Cup is one of the highlights of this week and we have two lady jockeys from the UAE, two from Oman and one from Qatar which is a great achievement for the region,” Sawaya said.

Some of the leading trainers, owners, breeders and officials connected with Arabian racing have already arrived and we are looking forward to a successful second edition of the Arabian Racing Conference,” she said.

“Abu Dhabi TV will be broadcasting live all four days of action while media persons from various parts of the world will be covering the conference and the race meeting,” she said.

Sami Al Bunain, Chairman of the International Federation for Arabian Horses (IFAHR),said, “I have to thank HH Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs for the success of the Arabian Racing Conference.” “In the beginning, before last year’s conference in Abu Dhabi, I was very stressed over how the event will progress. It looked very complicated but I must say that the vision was there by Shaikh Mansoor and today we are here to celebrate another edition,” he said.

“It is great that so many experts and Arabian racing officials are here and I am confident that this is the only way for us to solve all problems facing Arabian racing,” Al Bunain said.

Essam Abdullah of Emirates Arabian Horse Society, who also addressed the press conference, said the safety and preservation of the breed of Arabian horses was of utmost importance.

“Thanks to H.H Sheikh Mansoor last year we made a great start. Though the number of Arabian horses in racing is a small percentage it is a very important number, very vital to the Arabian racing,” he said.

“It is very important on how we protect the Arabian racing horses for the sake of the owners, for breeders and for Arab culture as a whole.” Abdullah said.

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