Mkeefa and Dahor de Brugere rated IFAHR Purebred Arabian horses of the year

December 2012, Ascot Press Release~ The IFAHR Pattern Race Supervisory Committee held a two day meeting in Ascot on November 27th and 28th, 2012, for rating the results of the 65 Pattern Races run in 2012 and December 2011 in Europe and the Middle East.

It is the second year that the IFAHR Pattern Race & Handicapper Committee has published an International Purebred Arabian ranking for 4yos and upwards and an International Purebred Arabian ranking for 3yos.

For the 4yos and upwards, MKEEFA has been elected top Purebred Arabian Horse of the Year 2012, and for the 3yos, DAHOR DE BRUGERE has been honored as the highest rated 3yo of the Year.

Both horses will be awarded in a prize-giving ceremony during the Qatar International meeting in Doha by the end of February.

MKEEFA, 4yo filly by Amer out of Nisaee by Dormane, won the President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby) – Gr.1 PA in Newmarket by two lengths over Rathowan and finished second by a neck to Tabarak in the Doha Cup (Prix Manganate) – Gr.1 PA in Deauville. She then devastated a field of top older horses in the Qatar Arabian World Cup – Gr.1 PA beating again the 4yo Rathowan by four lengths.

Mkeefa photo credit Noelle Derre’

Mkeefa belongs to H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani – Al Shahania Stud, and is trained by Julian Smart.

DAHOR DE BRUGERE, 3yo colt by Dahess out of Dormadora by Dormane, remains unbeaten in four outings including two Group 1 PA, Qatar Coupe de France in Chantilly in July and Al Rayyan Cup (Prix Kesberoy) in Deauville in August beating by a nose Mushrae who went on to win the Qatar Arabian Trophy for 3yo Colts in October.

Dahor De Brugere by Noelle Derre’

Dahor de Brugere belongs to H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani and he is trained by Jean-François Bernard.

IFAHR Pattern Races (Group PA and Listed PA)

2012 International Purebred Arabian rankings for 4yo and up

2012 International Purebred Arabian rankings for 3yo  

Full Ranking List: [gview file=””]

The work of the Supervisory Committee

The International Purebred Arabian rankings, compiled by the Supervisory Committee of the IFAHR Pattern Race & Handicapper Committee, are the official end-of-season assessment of the top performers of the year.

Founded in 2005 by Jean-Pierre de Gasté, IFAHR’s Pattern Race Committee obtained the recognition of  Group PA status for Arabian races which enabled the creation of a structured international racing calendar of Pattern races (Group PA & Listed PA races) in Europe and Middle East.

The goal of the Pattern Race & Handicapper Committee has been firstly to harmonize the classification of all major Arabian races in Europe and Middle East, in order to be able to compare their level between every IFAHR members’ country.

In 2010, the Pattern Race and Handicapper’s Committee introduced the Arabian Pattern Race rules and established a Supervisory Committee in charge of the rules and the coordination of the international handicapping system. This Supervisory Committee includes six handicappers: Pamela Cordrey, Harald Siemen, Ryan Skelton, Benoit Legault, Neil Abrahams and Graham Walcroft, as well as its chairman, Jean-Pierre de Gasté.

Since 2010 as well, the creation of an internet website (, developed by Izeta Selimanjin, allows the members of the Supervisory Committee to watch and analyze all of the Pattern races and their runners.

Every member of the Supervisory Committee has a personal access code to get on the website where he then sees all the group races of every country in order to analyze and rate the horses. This analysis is based on how the race is run and takes into account the distance of the race, the weight the horses carry, the winning margin and the way the race developed (if the horse runs well, if he is hindered by another runner, if he wins well, etc.).

From this data, a handicapping scale (in English pounds) is established, where horses are classed and which corresponds to the rating of the race.

Each runner is hence noted by the handicapper who enters his observations on the site. He can see ratings of his colleagues without being able to intervene.

This rating system allows the evaluation of the horses, race after race, and also the determination of the quality of the race by the ratings that were made concerning the runners.

At the end of every racing season in Europe, a meeting of the Supervisory Committee is held over 2 days to harmonize the ratings established by the handicappers. They come up with a final classification which allows the Committee to publish the international ranking for 3yos as well as for 4yos and upwards.

The big novelty of the website is that every horse that runs in a Group PA race, no matter if it is run in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Casablanca, Istanbul or Chantilly, is rated via the same system, by the same people and according to the same handicapping scale.

A public Information section gathering all information related to the Pattern Race & Handicapper Committee is available on

Integration of USA Graded race 

The integration of USA Graded races into our Pattern Race System is the last step for harmonizing Arabian racing on an international level. This project is currently under process but still requires a lot of work before being finalized.

 Contact for the Pattern Race & Handicapper Committee: Izeta Selimanjin –Email:  [email protected]


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