WAHO Executive News


New Consultant to the Executive Committee

We are pleased to inform you that Mr. Mohamed Al Harbi from the United Arab Emirates has been appointed as a Consultant to the Executive Committee, with immediate effect from 7 August 2023.  We welcome him and look forward to his contribution to WAHO in the future.



November 2022

David Angold.  1935-2022

We are extremely sad to inform you that our WAHO Executive Committee Emeritus member, David Angold, passed away on 26 November 2022, at the age of 87.

David became a WAHO EC Member in 2001 and was our Treasurer from 2002-2017.  A Past President and current Governor of the British Arab Horse Society, David was also an ECAHO DC and he accompanied his wife Angela on many of her overseas and UK judging appointments. David was also Chairman of the AHS racing committee, being involved with racing from its early beginnings as an amateur sport to its current professional status. They joined WAHO as IAMs in 1976 and attended nearly all the WAHO Conferences since that date.

David and his wife Angela were married for 65 years, they set up their successful Pinnerwood Stud in the 1960s breeding both Arabians and Anglo-Arabs. Together they have always been great supporters of all aspects of the Arabian horse, involved in breeding, owning, racing and showing both in hand and under saddle, as well as organising the UK International Arabian Horse Show for many years.  They enjoyed many years of success with both their Arabians and their Anglo-Arabs with British National Champions such as Blue Ludo, Blue Madrigal, Fair Legend and El Helaly in the show ring, and on the track with the stallion Kactus, a grade one racehorse. They also stood at stud the thoroughbred stallion Sadeem, twice winner of the Ascot Gold Cup. In 1978 they imported the Spanish stallion Procyon from his breeder Don Luis de Ybarra on behalf of a client, he went on to become the leading sire of winners both in the show ring and on the racecourse for many years.  Their home bred horses were renowned for their good temperaments, type, sound conformation and talent under saddle.

David was a farmer all his life, first with a dairy herd of Jersey cows, then with a herd of British Longhorn beef cattle. After he retired from farming, they set up a large, well run and popular livery yard at Pinnerwood, with many of the horses there being Arabians or derivatives.  A true gentleman in every way, David was so well liked by everyone, and he will be missed greatly. We send our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to his wife Angela, to his family and to his many friends both in UK and around the world.

Caroline Sussex, David Angold, Kina Murray


RETIREMENT OF LADY GEORGINA PELHAM: At the 2022 WAHO Jordan Conference the retirement of Lady Georgina Pelham from the WAHO Executive Committee, which she joined in 2013, was announced. She now becomes an Emeritus Member of the WAHO Executive Committee.  Gina is very well known for her Arabian breeding programme at Haras La Catalina which she started in 1966, she has been an Individual Member of WAHO since 1980, and has represented Argentina at many WAHO Conferences.  We all wish her continued pleasure and success with her horses, a return to better health and we thank her for her many years of service to WAHO.




March 2019

Sami Al Nohait prior to his illness


The WAHO Executive Committee is pleased to inform our members that we have received the good news that the health of our esteemed EC member, Mr. Sami Suleiman Al Nohait, is improving. In recognition of his outstanding commitment to WAHO over the years and his long, distinguished service on the Executive Committee, we are further pleased to announce that Sami is now a WAHO Executive Committee Member Emeritus.







New Consultants to the WAHO Executive Committee
Following the completed nomination and election procedure for new Consultants to the WAHO Executive Committee, we are pleased to inform you that the two successful candidates at the 2019 WAHO General Assembly, elected by secret ballot, were Mrs. Nathalie Weemaels from Ecuador and Mr. Karsten Scherling from Germany. We welcome them and look forward to their contributions to WAHO in the future.



February 2017

The 2017 WAHO Conference in Bahrain was a great success and very much enjoyed by all who attended. A full report will follow.

At the start of the WAHO General Assembly on 9th February 2017, the members of the WAHO Executive Committee were confirmed by unanimous vote of the delegates present, as follows:

President: Mr. Peter Pond
Vice President: Dr. Marek Trela
Secretary: Mrs. Valerie Bunting
Treasurer: Mr. David Angold
Mr. Sami Jassim Al Boenain
Princess Alia Al Hussein
Mr. Sami S. Al Nohait
Mr. Robert J. Fauls Jr.
Mr. Xavier Guibert
Mr. Basil Jadaan
Lady Georgina Pelham
Mr. Howard Pike
Mr. Ali Shaarawi
Mrs. Caroline Sussex

RETIREMENT OF DAVID ANGOLD: On the last day of the Conference, 11th February 2017, the retirement of Mr. David Angold, WAHO’s Treasurer since 2002, was announced. We all wish him well and thank him for his many years of service to WAHO.




NEW WAHO TREASURER: Mrs. Caroline Sussex has been duly appointed as the WAHO Treasurer.





August 2016

WAHO welcomes our two new full Executive Committee members.

We are delighted to inform you that at their meeting in August 2016, the WAHO Executive Committee voted unanimously to move HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Mr. Sami Jassim Al Boenain from their posts as Consultants to full membership of the Executive Committee.



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HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein Mr. Sami Jassim Al Boenain



February 2016
Mrs. Caroline Sussex. In February 2016 the WAHO Executive Committee voted unanimously to elect Mrs. Caroline Sussex from the United Kingdom as a Consultant. We are delighted to welcome Caroline to the WAHO Executive Committee.

January 2016

(photo: Irina Filsinger)

(photo: Irina Filsinger)

Mr. Sami Suleiman Al Nohait: We are very sorry to inform you that Mr. Sami Suleiman Al Nohait, our WAHO Vice-President and Executive Committee colleague, who has been such a great friend and supporter to WAHO for so many years, was taken seriously ill in December. This necessitated emergency surgery and a period in intensive care. Although we understand that his condition has improved slightly, at the time of writing he remains in hospital under the expert care of his doctors.

Eng. Abdulaziz Al Ghamlas, Deputy Supervisor General now responsible for the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horses Centre in Riyadh, has recently advised us that it is likely to be many months before Mr. Sami Al Nohait can return to work. As it is clear that he will also not be able to travel for some time, it has regrettably been necessary for him to step aside, at least temporarily, from his position as WAHO Vice President. We feel sure that you will all join us in sending Sami Al Nohait our best wishes and prayers for a full recovery to health and fitness.

Marek Trela-220pxDr. Marek Trela: The Executive Committee has therefore unanimously agreed to appoint Dr. Marek Trela as Acting Vice President of WAHO in the meanwhile. The President and Executive Committee of WAHO would like to express their thanks to Dr. Trela for agreeing to step into this important position in our Organization, they are confident that he will have the full support of all our members.

Mr. Ali Shaarawi: At their meeting in November 2015, the WAHO Executive Committee voted unanimously to move Mr. Ali Shaarawi from the post of Consultant to full membership of the Executive Committee.