“On behalf of the ARC Board of Stewards I thank HH Sheikh Mansoor and HH Sheikha Fatima for hosting and orchestrating this important event,” said Denise Gault, Chief Steward of Arabian Racing Cup.
Dr. Wadouda Badran, Consultant to the Supreme Council of Arab Women’s Organisation, said, “This is an outstanding event which symbolises the success and excellence of women in sport. I thank HH Sheikha Fatima for her dedicated efforts to empower women.”
IFAHR Chairman Sami Boenain said, “This is a historic event which brings together friends with a common passion – the Purebred Arabian horse, and I thank the UAE leadership for their initiatives in this direction.”
“The Darley Awards is recognition of the best Purebred horses and honours connections of Purebred Arabian horses – an aspect which reflects our role in promoting Purebred Arabian horses,” said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority in a message.
“The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards, introduced last year, goes one step further in providing the much-needed impetus to women in Purebred Arabian racing.
“Last year we have witnessed a historic step forward when the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival unveiled the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards for women associated with Arabian racing around the globe,” Noora Al Suwaidi, Secretary General, UAE General Women’s Union said.
“As part of the Darley Awards function but with women at the global level being the focus, this is another initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood the Festival,” she added.
Earlier at the start of Sunday’s awards function at the JW Marriott in Houston, US, Abdul Rahman Al Jaber, Second Secretary at the UAE Embassy in the US welcomed the guests and said, “This is a new phase in the 26 year-old history of the Darley Awards and it is a positive one.”
Lara Sawaya, Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing said,” This is a remarkable day and it is the love for Purebred Arabian racing which has brought all of us together and we stand together firmly to boost this noble creature which is a great racing horse.”