Member Report from Azerbaijan
2008 REPORT AWAITED
REPORT MADE AT THE 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Volume 1 of the Azerbaijan Arabian Stud Book, which covers foals born in the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2001-2004 inclusive, was published in 2005. Foals born in Azerbaijan prior to 2001 were registered in the Russian Arabian Stud Book. Supplement 1 of the Azerbaijan Stud Book has also been printed, this includes foals born in 2005 and 2006. Volume 2 of the Azerbaijan Stud Book will be printed in 2009.
There are 16 active broodmares, and 3 stallions used for breeding. The number of foals born in 2005 and 2006 was 4. The number of foals is on the decrease over the last 5 years. The reason for this fact might be that until recently there has been no racing in the Republic of Azerbaijan, nor any show events. The estimated number of horses of racing age in Azerbaijan is about 10 and the number of Arabian horses in the Republic is expected to increase in connection with opening of a new racecourse in Baku in this year.
During 2006, 15 mares were imported from Russia. 2 stallions were imported stallions, one from Russia and one from Turkey.
Beginning from the foal crop of 2005, only DNA parentage verified foals are able to be registered in the Azerbaijan Stud Book. Microchipping is not used. Neither Artificial Insemination nor Embryo transfer are used.
The only activities for Arabians registered in Azerbaijan Stud Book are races outside of the Republic, generally in Russia. The estimated percentage of Arabians which have raced is 40%.
There is a new Race course in Azerbaijan, which we hope will start to function in this year. The Arabian Horse Association of the Republic announced the possibility to race and Racing Rules to all known owners of Arabians in the Republic and in Russia as well. We hope that people in Azerbaijan will buy Arabian horses for races when races started and that as a result, the number of Arabian horses in the Republic will increase.
In 2007, Azerbaijan reported 34 new registered foals, no exports and 18 imports.