Member Report from Qatar
REPORT MADE AT 2017 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Mrs. Sara Saleh Al Kuwari, Qatar: Mr. President, Members of the Executive Committee and WAHO Delegates, I am Sara Saleh Al Kuwari, Head of the Qatar Arabian Horse Registry. I would like to thank His Royal Highness Prince Isa bin Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and The Royal Arabian Studs of Bahrain for hosting this wonderful Conference.
Our office to date has registered 8,850 horses. We registered 714 foals in 2016. Our foals are microchipped, and DNA parentage tested at VHL Genetics. We imported about 283 Arabian horses into Qatar and exported 204 horses to 14 countries around the world. Our studbook Volume 7 has been published and is being circulated.
In Qatar, the Arabian horses mostly compete in flat races, shows and endurance races. We have about 53 flat racing days, hosting about 152 Arabian horse races, including three Group 1 races and two Group 2 races, culminating in the His Highness the Emir’s Sword Festival. The number of shows have been increased and we now hold 2 International shows and about 4 local shows. Thank you for your kind attention.
REPORT MADE AT 2014 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Abdullah Jassim Al Boenain, Qatar: Mr. President, Executive Committee members and Members of WAHO, I am delighted to introduce myself. I am Abdulaziz Jassim Al Boenain representing the Qatar Arabian Horse Registry. With me is our Registrar, Dr. Wagdy Al Adawy. I would like to welcome all of you to our lovely country. We hope you have great time here.
I hereby present the report from Qatar. We registered 289 foals in 2013 and exported 177 to various countries around the world. About 175 Arabian horses were imported into Qatar. We recently published our stud books Volume 5A and Volume 6, these are being distributed.
The WAHO Trophy this year will be presented to our Local Racing champion Assy for his exceptional performance on the race track, he won the Group 1 His Highness The Emir’s Sword in 2014. Thank you for you kind attention.
REPORT MADE AT 2011 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Mr. President, Executive Committee Members, and Members of WAHO. I am Abdulaziz Jassim Al Boenain, representing the Qatar Arabian Horse Registry, and with me is our Registrar Dr. Mohammed Jebali. I would like to welcome all of you to our country and I hope you will enjoy your visit in Qatar. I hereby present the report from Qatar.
Our current studbook is Volume 5. The next Volume will be ready by 2012. We registered 286 foals in 2009, there are about 120 breeding stallions and 400 broodmares, and approximately 2,500 Arabians living in Qatar. We exported 192 horses and imported 143 horses in 2010, from all over the world. All foals are parentage verified using DNA technique, with extremely few cases of parentage by blood-typing. At the time of registration the foals and imported horses are micro-chipped. We allow artificial insemination, using both local and imported semen, and also allow post-mortem use of semen. We allow embryo transfer and have quite a few foals registered that were conceived from this method in Qatar. There is no limit on the number of foals per mare per year.
Arabian horses are used in Qatar for a variety of recreational purposes, including showing, endurance and flat racing. The Arabian horse shows have been increased to 3. We have about 187 races in 53 meetings for pure Arabian horses, and we have about 13 endurance rides each season. Thank you for your kind attention.
REPORT MADE AT 2009 WAHO CONFERENCE:
I am Abdul Aziz Al Boenain, representing the Qatar Arabian Horse Registry, and with me is our Registrar, Dr. Mohammed Jebali.
I will now present the Qatar Report. Our current published stud book is Volume 5, the next volume will be ready by 2010, God willing. We registered 274 foals in 2007, there are about 35 breeding stallions, 365 broodmares and approximately 2,000 living purebred Arabian horses. We exported 173 horses, and imported 104 horses from all over the world in 2007. All foals are parent verified using DNA, with extremely few cases still parent verified by blood-typing. At the time of registration the foals are microchipped, as are imported horses which are not already microchipped. We allow Artificial Insemination using both local and imported semen, and also allow post mortem use of semen. We allow Embryo Transfer and so far have had about 4 registered foals produced through this method in Qatar. There is no limit on the number of foals per mare per year.
Arabian horses are used in Qatar for a variety of recreational activities, including showing, endurance and flat racing. The Arabian Shows have been increased to 3, from the year 2007. We have about 295 races in 43 meetings and about 13 endurance competitions each season. Thank you for your kind attention.
REPORT MADE AT 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE: The current Stud Book Volume 5 is ready and is being made, we are also putting the stud book in electronic format on a CD. We registered 183 foals in 2005 and 145 in 2006. There are about 35 breeding stallions, 189 broodmares, and approximately 1,800 living Arabian horses in Qatar. We exported 88 horses and imported 96 horses in 2006 from all over the world. All foals are parentage verified using the DNA technique before registration. If DNA cannot be used, they are parentage verified using blood-typing methods. On registration, foals are micro-chipped using the ISO compliant system and they are issued with a passport. We allow Artificial Insemination, using both local and imported semen. We also allow Embryo transfer and there is no limit on the number of foals per mare per year.
Arabian horses in Qatar are used for showing, endurance, flat racing and pleasure riding. We hold 2 Arabian horse shows and about 13 endurance rides every year. The number of flat races has been increased and we now have 246 races in 31 race meetings each season. The increase in flat races, endurance rides, and also the increase in prize money, has made a very positive impact on ownership and on the breeding of Arabian horses, with more first-time owners competing in the races. We are also trying to get the approval of ECAHO to allow prize money at our shows, because we want more Qatari citizens involved in Arabian horse activities. The Racing and Equestrian Club is being completely renovated, with many new buildings, more stables, and a modern and expanded equine hospital. Horses are treated at this hospital at a very subsidized cost.