|MEMBER REPORT FROM IRAQ|
REPORT AT 2011 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed Najem, Iraq. Mr. President, Executive Committee members, delegates, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Mohammed Mahmoud Najem, I am Registrar of the Iraqi Arabian Horse Organization. On behalf of the Board of the Iraq Arabian Horse Organization and the Iraqi Equestrian Club, I would like to thank our hosts, Qatar, for their warm welcome. And we thank all people who have done such a lot of work in organizing this marvellous Conference.
In Iraq the number of Arabian foals registered in 2010 was 27, in 2009 was 28, in 2008 was 26, in 2007 was 37 foals. Currently we have 600 purebred Arabian horses, of which 21 stallions and 70 mares are used for breeding purposes. Over the last 4 years 30 horses have been exported to France, Sweden, Syria and Saudi Arabia. We have imported two horses from the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This year we published Volume 8 of our studbook which contains all the foals, imports and exports of the last 4 years. We publish our studbook regularly every 4 years. We do parentage verification by DNA typing for all foals, before registration. All registered horses have been microchipped and we issue passports. We would like to send our thanks to WAHO for their support.
Arabian horse racing, and endurance continue to be the most popular activity of this breed. At the Baghdad Equestrian Club racecourse, we have 2 races weekly for purebred Arabians with an average of 100 races each year to encourage people to obtain and own Arabian horses. The results of those races are published on the IFAHR website. Thank you all for your attention.
STATISTICS FOR 2011:
Foals registered: 46; Horses exported: 3; Horses imported: 1
REPORT MADE AT 2009 WAHO CONFERENCE:
I am Dr. Mohammad Al-Nujaifi, Head of Registration and the Stud Book Committee, with me is my colleague Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Nejem the Registrar, comprising the Iraqi delegation to this meeting. First of all, I would like to thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, The Royal Court Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman, and the Organizing Committee for arranging such a wonderful Conference.
Concerning the registration of the Arabian horses in our Iraqi stud books, there are now about 700. There are 20 stallions from different bloodlines which are all available at stud free of charge, all by natural covering. There are 100 producing broodmares in Iraq. We have about 40 living foals registered every year after proper parent verification by DNA typing. We have produced our stud book Volume 6 in 2004, and Volume 7 in 2006 and we are expect Volume 8 to be published soon, which will cover the foals from 2006 to 2009.
The main activity for Arabian horses in Iraq is flat racing. There is a race every week, with about 44 races a year. We adhere to the WAHO rules and regulations and also we are awarding the WAHO Trophy every year. Last year’s winner was a colt called Dahman Baghdad, by an imported stallion of desert bloodlines from Saudi Arabia out of an Iraqi broodmare. He has now retired from racing and will stand at stud.
We have exported about 20 horses and they have been re-exported and registered in five different countries, including Syria, France, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Although before 1991 the number of Arabian horses in Iraq was about 2,000 the number dwindled down but now we are building our stock up again. Thank you.
REPORT MADE AT 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE:
In the year 2006, IAHO succeeded in the face of many problems to publish the Iraq Arabian Stud Book Volume 6. This volume contains all the living stallions and broodmares from the previous 5 volumes of our stud book, together with the imported horses and other normal chapters, including foals born until 2003. All horses you find in this Volume had been parent verified by DNA typing. Since the WAHO Conference in Warsaw in 2004, IAHO has concentrated on taking care and following up the produce of around 80 broodmares and 20 stallions, most of which are from the bloodlines imported from some European countries and from the UAE.
In April 2007 IAHO issued our Stud Book volume 7, which covers the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. All foals are also parent verified by DNA, exactly as for volume 6. Microchipping of all our registered horses will be carried on within a couple of months.
Many activities have been arranged by our Organization, among these are the Arabian horse races which are held once a week. In our agenda is to arrange the Arabian Horse Shows and the endurance competitions, but the recent bad security conditions enforced us to postpone these activities temporarily.
No artificial insemination or transported semen is available in the country at the moment. Embryo transfer is not used. Some larger studs are making their stallions available free of charge for Arabian breeders, to encourage the Arabian breed.In 2007, Iraq registered 40 foals, and one horse was imported.
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