Set to take place on 6-8 June 2013 at the Pierre Baudis Center in Toulouse, France, the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference will be attended by a significant number of influential individuals associated with Purebred Arabian flat racing. Topics on the conference agenda will include veterinary care, training and nutrition, among others. As the fourth edition of the event, the agenda will include speakers from the newly established court of law dedicated to handling legal aspects of the pattern racing system.
Arabian horses are one of the oldest breeds in the world, with fossil evidence suggesting they date back as far as 4,500 years. Having originated on the Arabian Peninsula, these magnificent horses have been taken around the world, wherever humans have been involved in trade and war. They are good-natured, high-spirited, alert and willing to learn, making them very useful as working animals and excellent for racing. They are exceptional in the discipline of endurance racing, and perform superbly in many other equestrian disciplines. Because of all their desirable qualities, Arabians have been used to improve other breeds, and today Arabian bloodlines can be found in virtually every breed of riding horse. But the pure Arabian bloodline has also been preserved and they continue to make their mark in the horse racing world today.
At a the recent Abu Dhabi International Book Fair book entitled Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival Year Book 2012 was launched by Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan. The 300-page book chronicles the annual Mansour Global Arabian Racing Festival, highlighting the role these beautiful horses play in horse racing today. Based in Normandy, France, the Wathba Stud Farm, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is home to pure-bred Arabian horses.