23 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ On 21 February 2016, during the 26 days of the HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Equestrian Festival, the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) took center stage with the fist HARC Conference at the Abu Dhabi Fairmont Hotel.
Steering Committee members with President Ahmed Abdul Razek from Egypt; Treasurer Almir Ribeiro from Brazil; Secretary Deirdre Hyde from UAE; Genny Haynes from the UK; and Anthony Mountney from Australia reported that the articles of Association making the Club a legal entity were complete.
HARC President Ahmed Razek welcomed members as new attendees were introduced.
Reporting members gave details of their country’s first year’s success with breeding and racing using the bonuses committed by HARC. The enthusiasm for the program led to more than 150 races run in member countries in 2015 with HARC eligible horses, many giving bonus dollars for these race winners.
An outline of the history of the Arabian horse’s movement throughout the world and the contributions to bloodlines was detailed by Deirdre Hyde and Belgium’s Nellie Philippot.
A conclusion by HARC Marketing Director, Leigh Young, gave updates on the website at www.harchorses.com, which will make a debut shortly. HARC will continue to seek to educate owners and breeders through outreach programs and advertising regarding the benefits of continued breeding and racing of HARC horses.
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Next on the Festival agenda on Tuesday, 23 February, the Arabian Horse Organization (AHO) Breeders’ Conference will meet at the Shangri La Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Featured speakers from Saudi Arabia and the United States will talk in detail about the history of the Arabian horse from its known origins.