Genetics Testing Advances high-lighted at WAHO conference

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 November 4, Doha~ The World Arabian Horse Organization began Day 2 with informative talks given by several researchers and educators in Equine Genetics. USA based, Professor Matthew Binns, spoke about how mapping genomes helped indicate traits for performance and how these related to breed pedigrees. His conclusion was that “pedigrees in animal breeds are poor indicators of genetic material”.  Dr Michael Bolling from the University of California at Davis, further shared information about advances in genetic testing and his findings on the possibilities of passing on genetic diseases. Advances in DNA testing have resulted in lower test fees and Dr. Bolling’s conclusion is that “testing allows breeders to make informed decisions”.

Karen Kasper, the USA sculpture artist, was commissioned by HE Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, the Chairperson of Qatar’s Museum Authority, to create life sized bronze statues of Al Shaqab’s World Champion Show horse stallions, Al Added Al Shaqab, Ghazal Al Shaqab and Marwan Al Shaqab. Kasper’s video presentation of her process from first hands on visit to the subject to the casting of the bronze was intriguing.  The smaller replicas of the three stallions were unveiled and will soon be placed in the Qatar National Museum, while the life-sized versions will have places of honor at the Al Shaqab Stables in Doha. 



Photos:  Professor Matthew Binns

Al Shaqab Stallion replicas



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