Berlin to host World Arabian Horse Racing Conference next year

BERLIN – The third edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference will be held at the UAE embassy in Berlin during the month of May 2012.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sun 24 Jul 2011, 12:54 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:42 AM

This was disclosed by Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival, in Berlin on Friday.

The conference will also support the ladies’ Fegentri race scheduled to be held on the final day of the three-day function in which two UAE lady jockeys, Fatima Al Marri and Shagra Al Hajjaj will repeat their exciting attempt at the Berlin’s Hoppegarten racecourse.

With over 100 experts, scientists and vets along with 32 speakers in the equine fields as well as horse breeders, owners and trainers, the conference is expected to draw the attention of the international media and other parties involved in the industry. “The conference is a new chapter in races. It’s the major event. People will also come from everywhere on the racing day to see amateur women jockeys riding Arabian horses on that day and this will equally put women in the spotlight,” Sawaya said. “Staging the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup on a historic race meeting on July 24 is equally a huge success as we have penetrated another major race meeting,” she added.

Meanwhile, the UAE ambassador to Germany, Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud, thanked Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his great initiative to carry the Arab culture to the world and strengthen the friendly ties with the rest of the world at the political, economical, cultural and sports level.

“The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival has chosen one of the most historic of race days in the German capital to stage its first-ever Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race on Sunday,” he said.

“It will be the perfect advertisement for Purebred Arabian racing as the entire racing fraternity is looking forward to Sunday, when the Grosser Preis von Berlin (Deutschland Preis), the Euros 175,000 Group-1 race returns to its original home, the Hoppegarten race course in Berlin, after over 65 years!” he added.

“We thank Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, for staging these races here in Germany. There is a large presence of Purebred Arabian horses in the country and this move will help boost Arabian racing both in Germany as well as in Europe,” he concluded.

Sami Al Boueinen, IFAHR president, said, “With the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s 2012 World Arabian Racing Conference to be staged in Germany, we at IFAHR are glad to support and promote the Festival’s activities.”

Stephen Bowey, executive director of Invest AD, said, “It is an immense privilege for Invest AD to be part of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s activities. It is a tremendous privilege to share the experience of Purebred Arabian racing with so many countries and this festival is a good example of success. Every time there’s a new countries, new venues and new events that underline the success of Purebred Arabian horse races.” Gerhard Schoningh, who is the new owner of Hoppegarten racecourse and aims to return the famous old racecourse to its former pre-war glory, said, “We are excited with the classy field of runners that the Euros 175,000 Grossen Preis von Berlin (Group 1), the Euros 80,000 International Super-Handicap and the first-ever Euros 20,000 Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup for Purebred Arabians has attracted. We are looking for a historic race meeting.”

Dr. Paul-Jean Daverio, president of DRAV, and Hans-Gerd Wernicke and Wolf-gang Figge, owner and trainer of Grossen Preis von Berlin (Group 1) favourite Night Magic, also addressed the press conference.

The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society with support from Invest AD, Areej Al Ameerat, La Sirene, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2011, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

hisham@khaleejtimes.com



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