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Emirates Arabian Horse Global Cup Coming to Scottsdale in March

Proudly hosted in joint collaboration with the Emirates Arabian Horse Society (EAHS) 7 March 2024, USA ~The Emirates Arabian Horse Global Cup (EAHGC) is coming to North America and will be held in conjunction with the 2024 Arabian Breeders World Cup | 28-30 March in Scottsdale, Arizona.   The Emirates Arabian Horse Society, in affiliation with…

FEI Rankings Update

Steve Guerdat with Dynamix de Belheme (SUI) celebrates his victory in the FEI Jumping European Championship 2023 in Milano (ITA) - FEI/Liz Gregg

Rankings as of September 2023 by Discipline 11 September 2023, SUI ~ The FEI oversees around 70 Rankings and Standings across all the disciplines, from World Rankings calculated on a monthly basis for Athletes, Horses and/or combinations, to league, team and regional based standings for Series such as the FEI World Cup™ and FEI Nations…

EUROPEAN EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION Hosts First Sustainability Webinar

11 May 2023, Last week the EEF held the first edition of the Making Strides in Sustainability webinar series. The online events are designed for the EEF National Federation members and wider equestrian stakeholders to bring the issues of sustainability into focus. The first event brought together speakers and national federation panellists to discuss the…

LADY PRINCESS retains title of Qatar International Stakes

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s LADY PRINCESS retains title of Qatar International Stakes28 July 2022, UK ~On 27 July, the second day of the 2022 renewal of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the start of the eight-race card was a Qatari victory when LADY PRINCESS (General x Nacree Al Maury) retained the title of the Group…

It’s A Go For Tokyo

10 July 2021, Lausanne (SUI) ~ Before the action even begins, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are already unforgettable. Running a year later than scheduled and with multiple challenges along the way, the best of the best are now putting in their final preparations ahead of the Opening Ceremony on 23 July 2021. It has…

Katara International Arabian Horses Festival Announced

Title show from 2-6 February9 January 2021, Qatar ~ Under the generous patronage of the Amir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, will organize the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival from 2 – 6 February 2021. His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara, and Chairman of…

Las Vegas Arabian Breeders World Cup Show 2020 Cancelled

12 March 2020, Phoenix, AZ ~The Board of Directors of the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance has determined, in light of the current situation with regard to COVID-19, it is in the best interest of all our friends in the Arabian horse industry to cancel this year’s Las Vegas Arabian Breeders World Cup Show 2020. We…

German Team Wins Five Gold Medals at ECAHO European Championships Sports Arabians 2018 Austria

Haifi el Sorrento

4 August 2018, Austria ~ The ECAHO European Championships Sports Arabians held from 26-29 July 2018, at Wiener Neustadt, Austria, was a quality and quantity success. The four-day competition showed the best of purebred Arabians from 8 ECAHO member countries from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland Switzerland and Sweden. Classes included three International Championships…

Al Mansoor Festival Supports Arabian Horse Show in Lebanon

Al Eraibi’s horses dominate opening day31 July 2017, Beirut, Lebanon ~ Under the patronage and support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the two-day fifth National Arabian Horse Show Championship was organised by the Purebred Arabian Horses Breeders in Lebanon at the Saint…

A Moment In Time – with Jean-Pierre Deroubaix

Working with Iran for Stud Book Organization, Jockey Club and Animal Health Standards

1 June 2017, USA ~ We found French Bloodstock Agent and equestrian activist, Jean-Pierre Deroubaix, in Marrakesh, Morocco, just after his return from Iraq and Iran where he is helping to kick-start a new racecourse, a new Equestrian Center, and a new Jockey Club.

View/listen to the video. Full text below:

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JPD: “Before Iran I went to Iraq, north in Kurdistan to the city of Erbil, not far from Mosul, about 75 km/ 100 miles from the conflict and war.[1] The Kurdistan people are fanatic about horses. Due to the war next door, a lot of horses went to Erbil to find a peaceful place.

“Last weekend we organized an Arabian beauty show in Erbil. Horses came from US, Europe, the Emirates. It is a one way trip as horses can only be imported, not exported.[2]

“We have just finished a new racetrack and we start the racing season in September. We also have other equestrian sports. Already we have organized with the FEI 2 jumping shows. About 20 horses came from different countries and we stayed in Erbil with local people. There were 12 riders who came from different countries to ride the horses. This was 18-19 May.[3]

“Then I went to Tehran, Iran. They have never stopped racing in Tehran, even during the time of Ayatollah Khomeini the race track was open. The big surprise was betting; they never stopped betting. They have Pari mutual betting, the same as we have in France. The betting money injected by bettors goes back to winners, breeders and owners. This way they can accept betting.[4]

“The idea is to separate the racing and the equestrian sport.They asked me to create a jockey club for Iran. I went there with Dr.Anthony Kettle, head of the Veterinary Department of the Dubai Racing Club, and Dr.Roland Devolz, Veterinary advisor of the International Federation of Horse Racing (IFHA) Authorities. One will be in charge of the Stud book and the other will be in charge of racing.”

After the above interview we updated Jean-Pierre’s news. To organize the Stud Books, to create a Jockey Club and to assure the control of animal diseases have been approved.

JPD: “My contract targets are:
– to create the Jockey Club of Iran, to write the new rules of racing and to have Iran becoming a member of the International Federations.
– to check the different stud books (registration of all the “equidae” in Iran)
– to check how Iran controls animal diseases
– to register all the owners, breeders of the existing horses (racehorses, showjumping and any other Equestrian Sport activities)
– to allow, one day, International Competitions, inside Iran
– to allow Iranian horses to participate to competitions outside of Iran

“We are talking about all different breeds: Thoroughbred horses, Pure Arabian, Anglo Arabians, Turkmen horses. The job will be to list the number of existing horses of each breed and those to be used as racehorses.

“They have already a good team in charge of the different stud books. Sheri Aslani is in charge of the Pure Arabian stud book and the Iranian Arabian Stud Book is a member of WAHO, so the horses are registered.

“In regards to the Stud Books and horse racing, this is why I visited Iran with Dr. Devolz, the veterinary advisor of IFHA. We also work closely with IFAHR, in charge of the Pure Arabian Racehorses. Dr. Devolz will check to be certain that the Stud Books are published properly, if all horses have a microchip, and where the horses are located, etc.

“Dr Anthony Kettle is in charge of the International movement of horses – import/export regulation. Both Dr Devolz and Dr Kettle already inspected with me the Ministry of Agriculture, the Veterinary Department and the local authorities in charge of controlling animal diseases. Iran is a member of the OIE (in charge of controlling the animal diseases all around the world).[5]

“We also went to inspect the Equestrian Federation and the main horse riding schools. My next trip will be to visit all od the main breeders (some have already been visited), the main training centers and the main racetracks (five), all around the country.

“Betting: It is allowed to bet on horse racing in Iran since the 1980’s and it was never prohibited by the local leaders. Betting in Iran is a kind of French Pari mutuel, like the Hong Kong Jockey Cub; a non-profit organization. The money invested by the punters is given back to the winners, less a percentage to pay for the organization (Jockey Club), the cost of the betting system, prize money given to owners and breeders, less a tax to pay for the construction of others sports sport facilities or hospital, mosques etc. Part of the money injected by the punters goes back to the system and creates employment. No bookmakers, no private people can organize betting.”

Iranian Breeder Shery Aslani said: “We will be beginning our races in Tehran (June 8) and I am happy that Jean Pierre will be helping us. I saw him also in Erbil.”

Footnotes:
[1]Iraq has been a centre of Arabian horse breeding since the 18th century, Dr. Mohammed Al Nujaifi speaks of his family’s Arabian farm and properties near Mosul, now taken over by insurgents:http://wp.me/p26iCL-XO  (horsereporter.com)
[2]Horse Show in Kurdistan: http://www.rudaw.net/english/culture/27042017
[3]The first horse race on international standards was held in Erbil, Iraq, on 9 March 2017: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170310-horse-racing-in-erbil/ Horse Beauty
[4]Parimutuel betting (from the French language) Pari Mutuel or mutual betting is a betting system in which all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool; taxes and the”house-take” or “vigorish” are removed, and payoff are calculated by sharing the pool among all winning bets. In some countries it is known as the Tote after totalizator.
[5] World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) – The main objective of the OIE is to control epizootic diseases and thus to prevent their spread.[3] It is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2014 had a total of 180 member states. website: http://www.oie.int/

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Fujairah Hosts Inaugural Arabian Horse Show 2016

14 March 2016, Fujairah, UAE ~ The first edition of the Fujairah Arabian Horse Show 2016 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah was held on Saturday, 12 March with the historic Fujairah Fort providing a spectacular backdrop. The Championship was staged under the directives of HH…

D Seraj wins Zayed Cup in Abu Dhabi Arabian horse show

15 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, the UAE Arabian Horse Society hosted the Dh16.5m Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championship at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.…

Need a Dressage Horse? Try a Retired Arabian Race Horse

Congratulations to Spin Doctor, 2015 U.S. Arabian National Sport Horse Champion Training Level Dressage, in a class of 50 horses. He also went Top Ten In-Hand Hunter Type Stallions in his first time out in the Sport Horse National Show. The 13th edition of the Sport Horse National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show was held from…

Champion Arabians Crowned at Rolex Central Park Horse Show

24 September 2015, New York, NY ~  Horses returned to New York City’s Central Park for the second-annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show on Wednesday, 23 September, with the inaugural U.S. Open Arabians, presented by Aljassimya Farm. Showcasing the athleticism and diversity of the Arabian breed in the foreground of the Manhattan skyline, Champions in four…

Rolex Central Park Horse Show Kicks Off U.S. Open 

22 September 2015, New York, NY  ~ Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group (IEG), LLC commenced the second-annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show in the foreground of New York City’s beloved Wollman Rink on Tuesday. Alongside inaugural Rolex Central Park Grand Prix winner and hometown hero Georgina Bloomberg, Olympic dressage rider Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén,…

Results Open Austrian & Open Lower Austrian Championships 2015

Arabian Sport Horse Championships took place in Wiener Neustadt on 21 June 2015, Austria ~ The Austrian and Lower Austrian Championship official Show Titles have been sponsored by the Austrian Equestrian Federation since 1998. In 2010 these Championships added the Open Austrian Championships (OACh) and the Open Lower Austrian Championships (OLACh) – open for all countries…

Alltech and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists announce 2015 A+ Award winners

26 April 2015, Lexington, Kentucky ~ Alltech and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Alltech ‘A+’ Awards for outstanding coverage of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. The A+ Awards were established in 2010 by Alltech, in collaboration with the IAEJ, to reward creativity,…

W’rsan Arabians score in Dubai Dressage Championship Finals

The finale of the UAE dressage season run from 13-14 April, the Dubai Dressage Championship, concluded this week at Emirates Equestrian Centre. The country’s top dressage talent competed across six levels, Preliminary, Novice, Elementary, Medium, Advanced Medium and Advanced. W’rsan Stud dressage riders had excellent results riding Arabian horses from the Abu Dhabi farm, gathering two…

Remembering Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka

1 April 2015, Poland ~ Leading Arabian horse breeding authority and world ambassador of the Arabian horse, Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka, passed away after a long illness on 28 March 2015. Known as the First Lady of Polish Arabian horse breeding, she had a great influence on every aspect of the breed. A gentle, caring person, she had a great following in…

Equestrian Frequent Flyer Club

24 February 2015, Doha ~ It’s a funny old world! For hundreds of years horses have been regarded as a means of transportation for mankind. However, nowadays horses are being transported in the poshest possible vehicles and some are even ready for an Equestrian Frequent Flyer Club. There are no statistics, but some international sport horses should…

The Competition Alphabet – A Primer

23 February 2015, Doha ~ It is three magic little letters that make all the difference in the prestigious horse world: Take a C and an H and an I and then you have CHI, standing for Concours Hippique International, international equestrian competition. The official horse world still speaks French, not only because it has…

Championship Awards for Qatar International Arabian Horse Show

22 February 2015, Doha ~ The 24TH Qatar International Arabian Horse Show, opening the HH The Emir 24th International Equestrian Sword Festival at the Qatar Equestrian Federation on Saturday, 21 February, awarded top prizes for Championship classes. Gold Champion Yearling Colt- Qatar’s Al Nasser Stud-bred Ammar Al Nasser (EKS Alihandro x Remal Al Nasser) Gold Senior Mare( 11+) –…

Qatar International Equestrian Festival Shows Off Talent

20 February 2015, Doha, Qatar ~ After a mesmerizing opening evening event, day two of the Festival highlighted colts and stallions at the International Arabian Horse Show (QIAHS) at the Qatar Equestrian Federation.       Moneer Al Shaqab, a son of Marwan Al Shaqab clinched the first place in Class 4A for Yearling Colts with the…

Tesk Stud Celebrates 125 Years

Tersk Stud celebrates milestone event at August Open House9 September 2014, Caucasus, Russia ~ 125 years ago, here at the foot of the Mt. Zmeyka in the Caucasus, Count Stroganov laid the foundation of Arabian horse breeding in Russia. At the end of August, Tersk hosted its 4th annual festival of Arabian horses, this year celebrating the…