The Heartbeat of the Equestrian World

Dubai International Arabian Horse Fair - photo by Jan Kan

The inaugural Dubai International Equestrian Conference will shine a spotlight on pressing issues and cutting-edge research. Leading experts are set to share their insights and predictions on the region’s burgeoning equestrian industry during the first Dubai International Equestrian Conference this week. Among the topics tabled for discussion is the future of Arabian horse breeds.

Organised by the Royal Equestrian Club Dubai, in partnership with Dubai International Horse Fair, the conference takes place on 16 March and 18 March at Dubai World Trade Centre and alongside the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship. The events are held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.

“We are very pleased to launch the very first International Equestrian Conference organised by the Royal Equestrian Club Dubai and in partnership with Dubai International Horse Fair. This much-needed conference will allow professionals and experts in the equine industry to gain tremendous insights on best practices, pressing issues and success stories,” said Mustafa Ali Ahmed Amshan, Dubai Royal Equestrian Club CEO.

Global experts - breeders, stable owners, ministry officials, horse racing authorities and equestrian societies - sitting on various panels hail from Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UAE.

Among the topics tabled for discussion is the future of Arabian horse breeds and whether they are in danger; ways of developing Arabian horse activities and races; preventing horse injuries in endurance races; and the absence of education methodology and its impact on the safety of endurance horses and riders.

Asma Alsharif, Portfolio Director, Exhibitions and Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Equestrian activities have long been an integral part of people’s lifestyles in the Middle East and have impacted various areas from endurance racing to horse racing, polo, dressage, show jumping and recreational riding. These activities have had a significant influence on how the UAE cities have grown and developed large-scale infrastructure projects over the years. The much-anticipated conference is the perfect opportunity to discuss the future of the industry, scientific breakthroughs, new therapies and rules and regulations.”

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