Member Report from Lebanon
REPORT AT 2011 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Good afternoon, I am Nabil Nasrallah, General Manager of the SPARCA, it is the Society for the Protection and Improvement of the Arabian Horse in Lebanon, which is the non-profit organization that runs the horse racing activity in Lebanon since over 100 years and which represents the WAHO authority as well. First of all, I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, and the Organizing Committee for their hospitality and excellent organization.
Mr. President, members of the Executive Committee, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen. In our small country, and despite the turbulences occurring in our sensitive area, we noticed a significant increase in interest in Arabian horses from professional breeders and amateurs as well. We actually have around 220 living horses, this number being an approximation as some amateur breeders remain satisfied with their horses remaining in their private paddocks and don’t consider any further registration or administrative step.
In 2011 we have recorded 20 new foals, 2 of them issued by artificial insemination. Racing is the main activity, 2 horse shows have also been organized and the next race meeting will take place on December 18th this year. The next publication of our studbook is planned for March 2012. Thank you.
REPORT MADE AT 2009 WAHO CONFERENCE:
My name is Nabil Nasrallah, General Manager of the Beirut Hippodrome, representing the WAHO Registering Authority in Lebanon.
Knowing that Lebanon is a very small country with a long tradition and history of horse-racing over a hundred years, we are working hard to develop the horse-racing for registered WAHO approved Arabians, and hope to organize an International Arabian race next year.
Of course, all our foals, breeding horses and imported horses are all DNA typed and the foals are parent verified. Here we have to confirm again the real problems we encounter, in common with most of the Registrars, which is the delay most of the owners or breeders are taking to register their horses. However I am confident that the DNA typing and parent verification is extending a guarantee of registration. Our next stud book volume will be available on our website, with the previous ones, after July 2009. Thank you for your attention.
REPORT MADE AT 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE:
The current published stud book is the combined volume 3 & 4 to 2004. There are thought to be approximately 200 living Arabian horses in Lebanon, racing is the most popular activity.
As all of you know, Lebanon had a very bad year in 2006 and consequently a significant decrease of all our Arabian activities in comparison to previous years. Moreover, as all foals as well as imported horses and in-transit horses undergo DNA typing for parent verification, most of the owners delay their registration as long as they can. Our next stud book volume will be available on our website with the previous ones, by July 2007. We are confident that by the next WAHO meeting in 2009 we will have much more to report.
In 2007 Lebanon reported 18 registered foals, with 4 exports and 4 imports. Racing continues to be the most popular activity for Arabians.