- Title: BAHRAIN-ARABIAN HORSE SHOW Bahrain hosts Arabian horse show
- Date: 25th January 2015
- Summary: ANNOUNCER HOLDING A MICROPHONE ANNOUNCING MARKS GIVEN BY JUDGES YOUNG GIRLS SEATED HOLDING MARK NUMBER CARDS
- Embargoed: 9th February 2015 12:00
- Location: Bahrain
- Country: Bahrain
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA3QFCEK5V5N9P2E3QU560ZHDJE
- Story Text: Equestrian fans and horse owners came together in Saar, west of the Bahraini capital Manama, to attend the Bahrain Arabian horse show, being held for only the second time after its debut last year.
Over 120 young local Arabian horses took part in the event, organised by the Bahrain Horse Society.
One of the judges, Ahmed Hamza, said the show was an improvement on last year.
"I judge in the Arabian horse shows all over the world and this is my second visit to Bahrain. The last one was really nice show and now it is even better. The show now this year is even better than last year, the organization, the horses are getting better and so forth. And it is really an honour to be here actually," he said.
Hamza, a judge accredited by the European Conference of Arab Horse Organisations (ECAHO), added that the show was an opportunity not just for horse owners to display their horses but also to learn and improve.
"This is very healthy for the breeders because when we give a number say for example a high number then this is a nice horse, lower number then this is maybe a less better horse and so this gives the breeder an idea to better himself or better his horses... it gives an indication. So it's more show as well as the people learn from it too," he said.
Although only local horses were allowed to compete, international trainers, judges and spectators were in attendance.
French horse trainer Amaury Justin said the Bahrain show was becoming part of the winter season of equestrian events.
"In summer we are doing the European season, winter we have the Middle East season. So Middle East season we have Abu Dhabi, Qatar, we have Saudi, we have Egypt and of course now Bahrain it's my first time here," he said.
Justin also had encouraging words for the prospects of Bahraini horses receiving international recognition.
"They have very nice horses and hopefully if they keep on going like they do hopefully they will be competing world-wide," he added.
The Bahraini monarchy, the al-Khalifa family, are said to have a unique selection of pure bred Arabian horses that have been preserved, protected and bred on the island nation for over 200 years.
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