Last weekend the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) Conference meeting ended. It is being held every two years (the previous was hosted in Poland) and this year it took it’s place in Syria – the country considered as one of the most important part of the world where Arabian horse tracks its origin. Syria is WAHO member since 1989 but it’s breeding structures are just being organized. The conference, planned for September 2006 was postponed to the end of March 2007 due to the political situation in the Middle East last year.
Besides the official meetings the program of each WAHO conference is full of events promoting the hosting country’s culture and breeding. The Damascus Conference program offered – amongst of all – visiting the National Stud Basil Al Assad Centre for the Arabian Horse and private bred Arabian horses parade at Asaeil Al Sham Stud, as well as the opportunity to visit the Bedouin Arabian Horse Breeders of the Al Jazeera Region.
Hot news and impressions from WAHO Conference in Syria especially for polskiearaby.pl were given by Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka (WAHO Executive Committee Member) and HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein, the main breeder at Royal Arabian Horse Stud in Jordan, President of Jordan Royal Equestrian Federation and well known international horse judge.
This conference was exceptional from the others as there were not big money and sponsorship involved in its organization – says Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka. – The conference in Syria was organized almost only with the help of the breeders registered in Syrian Arabian Horse Association (with the Ministry of Agriculture patronage) as well as with the help of volunteers. The big enthusiasm and hospitality were seen all over around. The conference “heart and soul” was Mr Basil Jadaan – President of Syrian Arabian Horse Association, WAHO Executive Committee Member and of course – a breeder. The speeches part dedicated to the Arabian horse strains, history of breeding and the role that Arabian horse plays in Syria was extraordinary interesting.
The presentation of Syrian folklore and culture was also very impressive for HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein who said: – I was happy with the part I attended of the conference, perhaps more as it is very close to home for me not just physically but in terms of culture and background. It was nice to see our folklore and traditions so well displayed – without the responsibility of organizing it! I also very much appreciated the parade, and subsequent shows of local horses as it demonstrated that the Arabian is still used in its homeland, and in a more natural and basic manner than the “show” scene which is for some the norm. I think it was an eye opener for many. To be honest, I felt personally at the farm show I attended where local horses and imports were shown, that the local horses, while less exotic in some ways, compared very favorably with most of the other imported ones of the “show” type, especially in limbs and movement, and for those who could see it, I felt it was a point made without words! I am sure the Poles present would agree!
Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka notices:
– Horses… we have seen many of them in Syria and I can not deny that it was real „back to the roots”. There’s nothing changed for ages – these Arabian horses are so authentic as the “d.b.- s” could be while imported from the desert to European countries through the years. Syrian breeders, as the Arabs, take very much care of the strains – and there are as many of them as the sand-grains in the desert! And what does Syrians do with their horses? They ride them dressed in beautifully decorated equipment, they love horse parades, races and are very proud of their horses.
– As to the conference program it was quite similar to the previous ones – Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka comments. – Though there were much more less participants in Syria than in Istanbul or Warsaw. Only 38 official delegacies were present and not too many observers. I suppose the political situation in this part of the world was the reason. Many of the attendants had nice memories from the previous conference in Poland especially spectacular breeding parade on Służewiec Racecourse in Warsaw. The most important decisions made in Syria were:
– the resolutions regarding cloning ban and closing the stud books were ratified
– new rules of establishing and running stud books were amended
– rising up the amounts of membership fees and the registered foals number fees was accepted. It surely will end up in harder financial situation of stud books and – in further – will have its result in rising up the registering fees for Arabian horse breeders
– the Executive Committee were accepted with two Polish members: Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka and Marek Trela. The new Executive Committee consultant became Mr Xavier Guibert (France), who has been the co-President of Registrar’s Committee
– On Xavier Guibert’s place at the Registrar’s Committee Advisory Board Mrs Krystyna Karaszewska (PASB) was elected as the Western Europe representative. This choice is a good confirmation of Polish Arabian Stud Book prestige in Europe.
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See the short video impression from 2007 WAHO Conference (2’27):