March 5, 2013, Carmel, California ~ The Arabian Racing Cup (ARC), in cooperation with H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, welcomes you to the 26th annual Darley Awards banquet to be held this Sunday evening, March 10th at the JW Marriott Hotel in Houston, Texas.
On behalf of the ARC Board of Stewards, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for graciously sponsoring the Darley Awards ceremony, to H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, in whose name the prestigious international Ladies Darley Awards are held, and to H.E. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority, our partner in organizing this important event. In addition, our gratitude and utmost admiration goes to Lara Sawaya, the Festival Director for hosting and orchestrating these prestigious awards.
Founded in 1983 by Dr. Sam Harrison, the Arabian Racing Cup marks its 30th year as America’s oldest national Arabian racing organization. The Darley Awards ceremony is a tradition that has become the showcase of U.S. Arabian racing. During its 26 year history, the award that has come to be known as the Darley’s has recognized over 1,250 nominees, with 250 Darley Champions named in 11 categories, including 25 horses crowned Darley Horse of the Year. On the evening of March 10th we join together in honoring the best of 2012 with the naming of 11 Darley Champions, and 6 international Ladies Darley Champions. We welcome you all to join in this celebration.
We also want to thank our Host in Houston, the Texas Arabian Breeders Association (TABA).
ARC Chief Steward, Denise Gault