Member Report from Lebanon
REPORT MADE AT 2017 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Nabil Nasrallah, Lebanon: Your Royal Highness, Mr. President, Members of the Executive Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am Nabil Nasrallah, representing the WAHO Authority in Lebanon. My co-delegate is General Salim Al-Dahdah. First of all, I wish to thank His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, as well as the organising committee of WAHO for their very generous hosting in Manama.
For the past few years Lebanon has witnessed an increase in the number of horse breeders with a particular passion for the purebred Arabian horse and an increase in interest in horse shows and contests. However, some new breeders keep their horse in their private paddocks, avoiding the administrative burden of registration.
Volume 6 of our purebred Arabian horse studbook has been released last January and will be dispatched to all members. It shows 111 new horses registered between 2013 and 2016. All foals are DNA typed, parentage tested and microchipped. Actually we have 362 purebred Arabian horses in Lebanon, out of which 105 still have not completed their registrations. We are expecting 62 foals by the end of 2017, out of 161 breeding mares. Here I wish to mention that Lebanon is a very small country.
In July 2015, the first National Arabian Horse Championship was organised at the Hippodrome du Parc du Beirut involving 41 participants. In May 2016, the second Championship was held with 42 participants, followed by a big race for WAHO registered horses. Since then we have been organising monthly races dedicated and restricted to the WAHO registered horses, they are also allowed to participate in racing with the local horses which are held once a week over the year. Finally, I wish to mention that since June 2016 the member states of The World Organisation for Animal Health are authorised to import live registered horses and semen from Lebanon. Thus, opening the possible participation of international racing and events at the Hippodrome of Beirut. Thank you very much for your attention.
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.