Horse enthusiasts gather at Doha’s first WAHO General Assembly. The 2011 World Arabian Horse Organisation’s (WAHO) General Assembly was officially opened at the Grand Hyatt hotel on 2 November.
The 2011 World Arabian Horse Organisation’s (WAHO) General Assembly was officially opened at the Grand Hyatt hotel on 2 November.
This is the first time it has been hosted in Doha and it was an exciting event for the equine enthusiasts at Al Shaqab.
Mohammed Al Sulaiti, Breeding & Show Manager, Al Shaqab said: “This conference sees the heads of horse registries meet to discuss their problems. The topics covered include countries agreeing on using breeding technology and cloning and cooperating about the registration of horses. It’s a big event for Al Shaqab and provides a great opportunity for us to share and learn new information.”
More than 400 members of the WAHO and horse owners representing 48 countries participated in the week-long event, which was a great opportunity for all members of WAHO to see and experience Qatar’s rich tradition of Arabian horses. The guests included the honorable Princess Charolette of Monaco, Princess Alia bin Hussein of Jordan and Dr.Hans Nagel, Chairman of the WAHO who were duly received by Al Shaqab.
Her Highness Alia bin Hussein, Princess of Jordan stated that she has never seen such a thing during her long career in the equestrian world. “The State of Qatar is well known in the world of sports because of the support and interest by his Highness, the Emir, HH Sheikh Thamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Crown prince and the Chairman of the Qatar Olympic Committee,” stated Her Highness. HH Princess Alia bin Hussein remarked at the hospitality and generosity shown by Al Shaqab, and at the same time this distinction has become a registered mark in the history of the State of Qatar in organizing events and conference management. She was also greatly impressed by the by the great efforts put on by Al Shaqab and have not seen anything similar in the world, especially the capability of imposing such an edifice to bear the burden of establishing an academy for the education of equestrian arts.
There was a host of activities lined for the WAHO Conference delegates, including a tour of Al Shaqab at QF. This was followed by Michael Bowling’s presentation on “The Paradigm has Shifted, genetic testing as a positive tool for breeders” and a special presentation on “A Tribute to Living Art” by the Qatar Museums Authority and Al Shaqab.
The basic objective of WAHO is to preserve, improve and maintain the purity of the blood of horses of the Arabian breed and to promote public interest in the science of the breeding of Arabian horses.
Since 1970 WAHO has held a Conference every second year. At the first full WAHO Conference in Seville, Spain, in 1972, twenty-two countries were represented.