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Member Report from Bahrain

REPORT MADE AT 2014 WAHO CONFERENCE:

Dr. Khalid Hassan, Bahrain: Mr. President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I am Dr. Khalid Hassan the Director General of the Royal Stables, Bahrain. My co-delegate is Mr. Jehangir Rustomjee. I would like to express my pleasure at once again joining members of the WAHO family and I bring you the greetings and best wishes for the success of this Conference from His Majesty the King of Bahrain.

The latest Bahrain studbook Volume 7, covering the period 2010 to 2013 will be published this year and will be circulated to all our fellow registries as is usual. The interest in the Arabian horses in the Kingdom continues to expand with a greater enthusiasm shown by stables, both large and small, in endurance and showing. As always, all our breeding stock is DNA typed, as well as all foals since the season 2003-2004 and all Bahrain-born foals are microchipped. We do not conduct any genetic tests on Arabian horses in Bahrain.

We registered 125 foals in 2013 and have already registered 83 new foals this year. Our foal crops continue to show a healthy trend. 35 imports and 9 exports were also registered so far in 2014.

Equestrian activity is one of great tradition in the Kingdom of Bahrain and its growth and development is actively supported by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian & Endurance Federation (BREEF), the body that governs Endurance and Showjumping and organises shows. The Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club hosts 26 race meetings a season. Each meeting has at least one race for purebred Arabian horses. BREEF organizes eight to ten Endurance Rides in a season and has very successfully held the HH Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Al Khalifa National Arabian Horse Show. Alongside this the Royal Stud’s legendary Bahraini Arabians are shown at festivals and exhibitions demonstrating the unique beauty and nobility of this classic breed.

Finally, I would thank our gracious hosts for their warm welcome. Thank you also to the WAHO President and Executive Committee and last, but certainly not least, to our very active Executive Secretary, Katrina.

REPORT MADE AT 2011 WAHO CONFERENCE:

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Dr. Khalid Hassan, I am the Director General of the Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain, my co-delegate is Mr. Jehangir Rustomjee. I would like to express my pleasure at once again joining members of the WAHO family and I bring you the greetings and best wishes for the success of this Conference from His Majesty the King of Bahrain.

The latest Bahrain studbook, volume 6, covering the period 2006 to 2009 was published this

year and it was circulated yesterday to all of our registrars. The interest in the Arabian horse in the Kingdom continues to grow. The main reason for this is the great enthusiasm shown by small stables in endurance and in showing. All our breeding stock is DNA-typed as well as all foals since the season 2003-2004. All Bahrain-born foals are microchipped at registration. We registered 149 new foals in the year 2010. 41 imports and 21 exports were registered during the same period.

Equestrian activity is one of the great traditions in the Kingdom of Bahrain and its growth and the development of this activity is supported by the Royal Studs and the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation. The Equestrian Horse Racing Club holds 26 race meetings per season, each meeting has at least 1 race for purebred Arabians. The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation organizes 8 to 10 endurance rides per season, and they also held the very successful His Highness Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Al Khalifa National Arabian Horse Show for the last four years. Alongside this, the Royal Stud of Bahrain’s Arabians are shown at festivals and exhibitions, demonstrating the unique beauty and nobility of this classic breed, most recently at the Moroccan Horse Exhibition in October 2011.

Finally I would like to thank our hosts for their warm welcome and also the best thanks to the Executive Committee, and special thanks to Katrina. Thank you very much.

REPORT MADE AT 2009 WAHO CONFERENCE:

My name is Dr. Khalid Hassan, I am the Director General of the Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain, my co-delegate is Mr. Jehangir Rustomjee. I would like to express my pleasure once again at once again joining my fellow members of the WAHO family, and I bring you the greetings and best wishes for the success of this Conference from His Majesty the King of Bahrain, who is an Arabian horse lover.

The latest Bahrain stud book Volume 5, covering the period 2002-2005 was published in 2006 and has been circulated to all of our fellow Registrars. Volume 6 covering the period of 2006-2009 will be published next year on schedule. As I mention at every WAHO Conference, the population of Arabian horses in the Kingdom of Bahrain continues to grow due to both large foal crops and imports. The main reason for this increase in numbers is the great enthusiasm shown by all of the stables in both endurance competitions and in showing. All our breeding stock is DNA typed, as well as foals from the season 2003 onwards. All Bahrain-born foals are microchipped at first registration, and parent verified. We registered 142 new foals in the year 2008. There were 52 imports and 16 exports in the same year.

Horsemanship is one of the great traditions in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the growth and development of these equestrian activities are supported by the Royal Stud and the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation as well as the Equestrian and Racing Club which hosts 26 race meetings each season. Each meeting has at least one race for purebred Arabian horses. Approximately 10 endurance rides are organized each year and we have had a very successful team internationally. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, we have had a very well supported National Arabian Horse Show for the last 3 years, the 4th Show will be held in April this year. Alongside this, the Royal Stud’s Bahraini Arabians are shown at Festivals and Exhibitions to demonstrate the unique abilities and beauty of this classic breed.

REPORT MADE AT 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE: The Bahrain Stud Book Volume 5 covering the period 2002-2005 was published last year. The Arabian horse population in the Kingdom of Bahrain has seen a quantum increase in recent times, due to large foal crops and to imports. The total number of living Arabians in Bahrain is estimated at 1,500. There were 90 foals registered in 2006, in 2007 so far just to the end of April we have already registered 43.

We have DNA typed all our breeding stock, all foals from the season 2003 are already DNA typed and parent verified, and also all Bahrain-born foals are now micro-chipped.

Equestrian activities are a great tradition in the Kingdom of Bahrain and are actively supported by the Royal Stud and by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federations. The Equestrian Horse Racing Club holds 26 race meetings each season, each meeting holds at least one race for purebred Arabians. The Bahrain Endurance Federation organizes 12 endurance events each season, and also we held the very successful Sheikh Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa National Arabian Horse Show in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Alongside this, Bahrain Arabians are shown at festivals and exhibitions demonstrating the beauty and nobility of the breed.

In 2007 Bahrain registered 112 foals, and processed 20 exports and 96 imports.

Trophy Winners


JELLABY BALSAM – 2006 WAHO Trophy Winner – Bahrain

JELLABY BALSAM, Grey Stallion, 2000 (Kuheilaan Aafas Ttaawoos / Jellabieh Awaali).
Breeder: The Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain. Owner: The Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain.
Strain: Kuheilaan Jellaby (Jellabieh Bint Alsadiya Medaayih, 1970).

The WAHO Trophy winner for the year 2006 was Bahrain’s Arabian Racehorse of the Year JELLABY BALSAM from the Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain. The presentation took place on the 3rd of March 2007 on the occasion of the HH Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Al Khalifa National Arabian Horse Show 2007. Dr. Ibrahim Zaghloul, WAHO Executive Committee Member, presented the trophy to HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa; also present was HH Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

JELLABY BALSAM was foaled in 2000 by Kuheilaan Aafas Ttaawoos 416 out of Jellabieh Awaali 778. In four seasons of racing this fine grey stallion has won 16 races over distances ranging from 1000 metres to 1600 metres including the Kings Cup in 2006.

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JELLABY BALSAM showed promise of things to come by winning his very first race. We salute the training skills of his handler ‘Abdi’ Redha Abbas, who also trained Bahrain’s 2005 WAHO Trophy winner Shuwaimaan Jazeel.


SHUWAIMAAN JAZEEL – 2005 WAHO Trophy Winner – Bahrain

SHUWAIMAAN JAZEEL, Bay Stallion, *1997 (Musannaan Alra’ad / Shuwaimeh Darahim).
Breeder: Amiri Arabian Stud of Bahrain. Owner: The Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain.
Strain: Shuwaimaan (Shuwaimeh 47, 1954)

The WAHO Trophy for the year 2005 was presented to Bahrain’s best Arabian racehorse SHUWAIMAAN JAZEEL from the Royal Arabian Stud of Bahrain on the 3rd of March 2006. The presentation took place on the occasion of the HH Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Al Khalifa National Arabian Horse Show. Dr. Ibrahim Zaghloul, WAHO Executive Committee Member, presented the trophy to HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Rashid Bin Isa Al Khalifa.

SHUWAIMAAN JAZEEL 1034 was foaled in 1997 by Musannaan Alra’ad 321 out of Shuwaimeh Darahim 892. In five seasons of racing this fine bay stallion won 20 times from 24 starts, was runner up three times and third once. His most emphatic victory came in last year’s Kings Cup which he won easily by nine long lengths. This was his third Kings Cup and also his last start as he is now retired.

These glittering statistics are made all the more remarkable by the fact that SHUWAIMAAN JAZEEL 1034 was not a very sound horse and he survived two life threatening illnesses during his racing career. So we salute the great heart of this brave horse and the training skills of his handler ‘Abdi’ Redha Abbas who kept him performing at the highest level with the able help of the support staff at the Royal Stables.

Click to Enlarge - Dr. Ibrahim Zaghloul presents Bahrain's 2005 WAHO Trophy for Shuwaimaan Jazeel to HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Rashid Bin Isa Al Khalifa
Dr. Ibrahim Zaghloul presents Bahrain’s 2005 WAHO Trophy
for Shuwaimaan Jazeel to HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Rashid Bin Isa Al Khalifa