H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid opens Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship
16 March 2017
16th March, 2017: H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the UAE Minister of Finance, formally inaugurated the 14th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and the 13th Dubai International Horse Fair, that being held for 3 days at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Global and regional equine industry players such as stable and horse owners, breeders, professionals and veterinarians, service and care providers, specialist product providers, leisure riders and horse enthusiasts are present at the event.
Ziad Abdullah Galadari, Chairman, Higher Organizing Committee of Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, said, "The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and Fair are highly anticipated fixtures on the equestrian calendar, where the most-prized thoroughbreds are introduced to a global and regional audience," he said.
Within the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, 289 horses compete for AED15 million (US$4 million) in prize money.
The competition is exclusive to purebred Arabian horses to judge their beauty, agility and heritage. More than 20 countries registered with the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) shows off their most prized horses.
At the Arabian Horse Auction, purebreds from local studs are available for viewing, bidding and buying. The auction has 100 pureblood Arabian horse breeds on sale.
Worthy to mention, Al Tamimi Stables hosts a "Fun Farm" where children will have the opportunity to touch, feed and learn about various domesticated animals such as Shetland ponies, goats, snakes, rabbits and birds.
Folklore dances and cultural activities will be held during the show. Equestrian therapy for children with special needs and adults will also be demonstrated.