Arabian racehorse owner and author Dr Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Nujaifi has presented a copy of his book The Purebred Arabian Horses of Iraq – Myths and Realities to the White House at a meeting with US President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.
Al-Nujaifi, who is Chief Advisor to the Speaker of the Iraqi House of Representative, attended the White House meeting with an Iraqi delegation led by his brother Osama Al-Nujaifi, Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament.
He said the gift was accepted, “with appreciation”, and added that the aim of the book was to “help people understand the culture that endowed Arabian horses with the qualities we respect so much today”.
Al-Nujaifi is the world’s No 1 Arabian racehorse owner for 2013, the fourth consecutive year he has held the title, according to International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing statistics.
Six years in the creation, the book is the culmination of his lifelong studies and his determination to share the knowledge and history that has allowed him to become the top Arabian racehorse owner. This work covers ancient times, the development of flat racing, right through to today and the purebred Arabian’s influence on world breeding programmes.
Dr Mohammed Al-Nujaifi races his Arabians at major courses around the world, particularly in the UK, Sweden, France, Saudi Arabia and Gulf States, in addition to Iraq.
The book was published last year by Medina Publishing Ltd, which specialises in producing books on Arabia.