International Arabian Horse Championship
Held from 21st to 23rd March 2019 Dubai World Trade Center
Proudly under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdam bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Deputy Ruler of Dubai
WORDS BY SONJA SMALDONE
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, on Thursday officially inaugurated the 16th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, DIAHC, the 15th Dubai International Horse Fair, DIHF, and simultaneous events running at the Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC, until 23rd March. As two of the region’s most important Arabian equine platforms, the co-located events gathered a host of global and regional equine industry players across every professional and recreational segment, from stable and horse owners, breeders, professionals and veterinarians, to service and care providers, specialist product providers, leisure riders and everyday horse enthusiasts. The show started on Thursday 21st, 2019 at 11:00 Asia/Muscat (08:00 - Europe/ Rome) and ended on Saturday 23rd, 2018 at 21:00 Asia/Muscat (18:00 Europe/Rome) with the Final Championship Classes. The finest Purebred Arabian horses participated in this unique worldwide competition and were contending for an incredible Prize Money of USD 4.000.000. The DIAHC hosted also halter and ridden classes and a showcase for the endurance/ racehorses that are so central to Middle Eastern equine life. The Higher Organizing Committee was composed by: Mr. Ziad Abdullah Galadari, Chairman; Mr. Sultan Mohammed Khalifa, Board Member; Mr. Essam Abdalla al Hameeri, Board Member; Mr. Abdulrahman Obaid Belshawareb, Board Member; Mr. Mohammed Al Tawheedi, Board Member. General Secretary, Mr. Qusai Obaidalla. As many as ten judges were called to manage a competition that appeared compelling just by reading the program. They were, in order: Mr. Cedes Bakker (Netherlands); Mr. Graham Smith (Australia); Mr. Francesco Santoro (Italy); Mr. Richard Pihlstrom (France); Mr. Ferdinand Huemer (Austria); Mrs. Irina Stigler (Russia); Mrs. Martine Van Hee (Belgium); Mrs. Michaela Weidner (Germany); Mr. Greg Gallun (United States) and Mr. Luiz Rocco (Brazil). Members of the Disciplinary Commission were: Dr. Sujeet Bhaskar Suryawanshi (United Arab Emirates); Dr. Abdel Wahab ben Ali Amira (United Arab Emirates); Mr. Kais Ben Hadi Quelhazi (United Arab Emirates); Dr. Umer Raza Gill (United Arab Emirates) and Mr. Jean Marc Dubois (France). The Ring-master appointed for this 16th edition was Mr. Jean-Bernard Kupaj (France). Appointed speakers were: Ms. Amna Suroor and Mr. Abdulla Rashid both from the United Arab Emirates. The Final Championships took place on Saturday at 3:00 pm. From the Royal gallery and the guest stands, the view of the horses was amazing. The final results are given below. CONCLUSION The 16th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship was very much one of high quality with some amazing horses being presented for judging. We thank the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Sheikh Hamdan, for their on-going support and patronage of the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship & Fair. The Organization and hospitality during the show was very much appreciated also by us on AHM Team, by judges and show officials alike. Special thanks to Christiane Chazel and Dominik Briot in this regard. Heartfelt thank you also to the official show photographers Mr. Morhaf Assaf and Wr. Pawloski, and to our collaborator Antonio De Martino who took the pictures for us. Everyone had fun and we think we all loved the experience of sharing this time together and most importantly the thrill of celebrating world class horses. The appointment is renewed for next year 2020 with other super star champions!