In the spotlight: the Moroccan Barb
April 14, 2014, Normandy ~ In the spotlight, the Moroccan Barb
The world’s best riders will compete in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, a major event in the world equestrian calendar. The August, Normandy 2014 event will also boast the exceptional presence of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the Games will honor the Barb horse and set the stage for top Moroccan riders.
Games spectators will learn about the Moroccan Barb horse through an exhibition and the Games’ rich artistic program and the breed will also appear in the Opening Ceremony and in the Games Village.
A land passionate about equestrian traditions, the Kingdom of Morocco works hard to preserve and showcase its valuable equine heritage. In Morocco, the horse represents beauty, nobility and a powerful socio-economic role of which all Moroccans can be proud.
The territory’s emblematic Barb horses are the embodiment of universality. Through history, they have made man rich and have had a significant influence on equestrian culture. The Barb horse thus boasts a particular appeal in Morocco, and this esteem is displayed by the national equine industry’s strategy of developing and promoting the breed.
Morocco is the founding member of the Worldwide Organization for the Barb Horse (OMCB) and currently presides over the organization as part of a four-year term.
The Horse of Honor project, which honors emblematic horse breeds from all over the globe, is one of the illustrations of Around the World in 80 Horses, the common theme of the non-sporting program for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian GamesTM 2014 in Normandy. These 80 stories about Man and Horses penned by Jean-Louis Gouraud, a writer and equine historian, will take spectators on a journey of discovery and will feature in various ways during the 15 days of competition.