Under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani, special advisor to H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, a team of internationally renowned experts with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subjects including equine welfare and behavioral studies, and genetics and cultural heritage, will assemble in Qatar for the 2014 World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) conference which begins on Monday, 10 November.
The Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Research Fund are supporting two presentations to be delivered by Prof. Tadeusz Majda and Dr. Doug Antczak attending from Poland and the USA respectively, who will be joined by speakers from France and the United Kingdom.
Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohamed bin Faleh Al Thani said, “We are delighted to be hosting some of the world’s leading authorities in their respective fields and look forward to some very informative and enlightening presentations.
“To complement the conference we will be inviting delegates to visit some of Qatar’s major stud farms and training centres providing a rare opportunity to see such a high concentration of quality Arabian breeding stock, race and show horses anywhere in the world.”
The ten-day event will incorporate racing at Al Rayyan Racecourse, Doha, where the race program on Wednesday, 12 November will feature the WAHO Conference Qatar Cup, an 1800m contest for Purebred Arabian maidens, and the inaugural running of the Jay Stream Cup, a memorial race named in tribute to the first WAHO President widely acknowledged as the most influential figure regarding the development of worldwide agreement on the registration and record keeping of the Arabian Purebred horse.
World Arabian Horse Organization Conference 2014 Confirmed speakers and topics
Dr. Doug Antczak, Cornell University, USA
Overview of the new research project on the genetics of the Arabian horse, sponsored by the Qatar National Research Fund
Cynthia Culbertson, USA
Bedouin Traditions and their relevance today
Dr. Martine Hausberger, France
How our perception of horse behaviour affects their welfare
Elizabeth J. Launders, UK
The rider or trainer’s influence, negative and positive, on horse performance
Dr. Jean-Louis Leclerc, France
Improving the welfare of the endurance horses in training and competition
Dr. Clemence Lesimple, France
Improving horses’ health and welfare through adapted management practices
Prof. Tadeusz Majda, Poland – The Count Rzewuski Manuscript and its translation into English and Arabic, sponsored by the Qatar Foundation.
Roland Owers, World Horse Welfare
Horse Welfare: A Global View