EDITORIAL N.1/ 2021

Dear breeders and lovers of the Arabian Horse,

EDITORIAL N. 2021

Dear breeders and lovers of the Arabian Horse,

As we go to press with the 2021 Spring issue, we are pretty sure that we are not the only ones who look forward to spring and all the excitement that comes with it: the beautiful flowers that will be surely in bloom, warmer weather, longer daylight, and, of course, more horse’s events! The success of the second edition of Arabian Dream organized by Arabian Vibe Srls in the city of Treviso in December last year raised the spirits, giving a fresh boost to the Italian breeding circuit. In this spring issue, a destination that we hold so dear to our heart: Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs, but, also of the straight Egyptian Arabian horse. The Farm Tour 2021 organized by Arabian Horse Magazine in cooperation with Horsmunity was an amazing on-spot learning experience about the most ancient breeding traditions of this particular region of the world that originated the straight Egyptian horse, the purest and most ancient representative of the breed. There were three special events early this year, the 23rd National Arabian Horse Show from January 22nd to January 25th, 2021, in the beautiful Longines Indoor Arena, in Doha, the spectacular 1st Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF) from February 2nd 2021 to February 6th, 2021, and the 23rd Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championship from February 14th to February 16th, 2021, at the sophisticated facilities of Abu Dhabi Gulf and Equestrian Club. To understand and know how to interpret the phenomena of our time, don’t forget to read the many informative, cultural, and historical articles included in this issue and have a look at the interviews with industry professionals, judges, handlers, breeders, photographers, and artists. If you live for the thrill of competing at shows, the knowledge of the latest developments in the breeding industry, or simply the relaxation of a long ride on top of your horse, you are sure to find in this number something that catches your eye. And don’t forget to let us know about it! Arabian Horse Magazine Team
Dear Breeders and Lovers of the Arabian horse, Year 2020 will always be remembered as the year of pandemic, of the so-called Covid-19 coronavirus. The economic impact has been disruptive from all points of view and its ripple effects have been acutely felt in all segments of the Arabian horse industry. Virtually all sectors have been negatively influenced by the current global health crisis. Confinement and restrictive measures policies have led to the cancellation of many Arabian horse shows or the postponement of others to later dates. Horse breeding, sales and other ancillary businesses have been similarly affected as they were only permitted under extraordinary and reduced circumstances. This has resulted in layoffs or furloughing of workers who would otherwise be employed at barns, training centres, shows, sales, etc. Yet, and amidst all these upheavals, the Arabian horse industry has come closer through technology to find ‘new’ ways to keep farms going and the community engaged. It is truly impressive the number of initiatives that have been taken by insiders in these Covid-19 times. There have been webinars and online educational activities by which breeding knowledge has kept being disseminated across the world. There have been the online horse shows, the online promotions, the videos, the photos contests, the online auctions, but also a multitude of actions of solidarity and support. To put in another way, there has been felt a sense of, and strong desire for, togetherness inside this community. And it is this spirit of global togetherness and camaraderie that must give us hope and keep us going. In this time of crisis, we are all neighbours in the world, and success will only be achieved if we stay united and keep cooperating with one another in the best available conditions. We are well aware that adapting to the future may be not easy; it will require us to combine the ‘new’ ways (limited numbers of participants at shows, fast Covid swabs or serological tests, masks, pocket sanitizers, etc.) with the ‘old’ ways of living and working. But, if we are receptive it may not be too hard. We hope we all carry with us the positive achievements and acts of kindness we have heard of and witnessed during this time. Because our actions really DO matter. We hope we appreciate way more travelling, both near and far, for all of the ways it enriches our lives. We hope more people choose to spend money on ‘experiences’ rather than ‘things’ after having felt the void of being isolated with all of our belongings. We hope that when this all passes, we appreciate how technology has allowed us to remain connected to each other, but we have also realized that it is NO replacement for personal connection. When this is all said and done, let’s continue to love and support this wonderful God given creature, the Arabian horse. Let’s choose to trust each other even more in these hard times as trust brings joy. Lastly, let's take a few minutes to relax every day. So many beautiful articles have been included for you inside the 2021 Winter edition. We wish they would bring you some carefree, cheerful moments on the coldest days of the year. Despite the difficult economic times, stay strong friends! Arabian Horse Magazine Team