A presentation by Jordan’s HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein called the Arabian horse, “the improver”, and she spoke to humane treatment of our horses in our disciplines. Princess Alia particularly called for attention to the manner of intimidation of show horses. “We are not doing right by our horses,” she said. She gave more natural horse sports her approval, especially endurance. “It is a good partnership and good exercise when done properly,” she continued.
Professor Emma Maxwell showed work on genetics that is targeting temperament in horses that could help in breeding decisions.
In her talk, Dr. Samantha Brooks of Cornell University, continued the theme of genetic inheritance as tools for breeders and illustrated the latest research for laminitis and equine Cushings disease. The studies from the Cornell Arabian Horse project have previously done work on the Lavender Foal Syndrome.
Film from video professional, Mark Strickson, showed highlights of some of Qatar’s indigenous wildlife, and a talk by local wildlife expert, Frances Gillespie, gave insight into Qatar’s world of life in the sand, sky and sea.
Islamic art expert, Cynthia Culbertson, gave an illustrated talk on the Arabian horse as it appears in Oriental and Islamic Art. Photo: HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein
Tours of breeding farms, wildlife areas, and museums were available for conference attendees.
WAHO, held every two years, is an excellent forum to exchange views, renew friendships and make contacts with Arabian owners world-wide.