2000 World Arabian Horse Conference -- an arabian feast!

6th - 9th of November 2000, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia.

Australian bred stallion "Espano Estopa", 1998 World Junior Champion Male, Salon du Cheval.  Bred by Redwood Lodge QLD. A young horse with an impressive international show record now residing back in Australia.
PHOTO: SUE CROCKETT/WAHO parade of horses
The location for the 2000 WAHO conference was the seaside playground for the Australian tourist - Queensland's, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast.

The location offering the many delegates and visitors an array of activities organised within the conference agenda capturing all the atmosphere the Gold Coast has to offer, located on the North East Coast of Australia edged by the Great Barrier Reef - a 'National Treasure' and one of the many Natural Wonders of the World, the great Barrier Reef offers fantastic reef snorkelling, deep sea fishing, whale and dolphin viewing among many other activities.

The seafood available in the restaurants is among the best in the World. Evening entertainment abounds with theme parks for the family. One of the function evenings was held at 'Sea World Theme Park' with various theme displays and all who attended assured of a great evening. There is a festive atmosphere year round in this part of Australia and the WAHO delegates where given a true taste of what Australia has to offer the tourist.

Australian Champion Working Stock Horse, Australian Champion Barrel Racer and Western Pleasure Champion Saddle horse Australian bred stallion "Ramadin Arabian Hafid" Carries the flag into the arena at the Parade of Australian Arabian Horses WAHO Conference display.  Ridden by owner/trainer Ron Howland of NSW.

11yr old Crabbet stallion "Moondarra Limelight" who has a most creditable show record including many Championships under saddle and at halter.

2000 Australian Top 10 Mare amongst other Championship awards at halter garnered this beautiful mare "Brentwood Querida" of Spanish/Crabbet pedigree, she is one of four full sisters who are all multi Supreme Champions.
PHOTOS: SUE CROCKETT/WAHO parade of horses

The conference kicked off with a cocktail party giving a chance for old friends to gather and new members to get acquainted with other Arabian enthusiasts from around the globe. Thirty two countries sent delegates and with observers included, there were 39 countries represented.

The United Arab Emirates where represented by delegates Dr Essam Abdulla, Director General of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society Abu Dhabi, Dr Abdelwaheb Amira along with Ms Bakhta Hakimi also of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society. Mr Abdulla Khalifa Al Kuwari of the State of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Qatar was accompanied by Mr Kees Mol. From Oman Faisal Bin Mahboob Al Raeesi the Director General of The Royal Stables, Muscat was accompanied by Lt. Col. A Shahwarzi and Salem Suleiman Al Mahrooqy. Saudi Arabian delegate Shaikh Tariq Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani was accompanied by Mr Bruce McCrea who was representing the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Center.

Observers included from the UAE - Ms Deidre Hyde, stud manager 'Al Wrsan Farm' Abu Dhabi, Jeremy &Penny Thornewell of The Royal Stables of Abu Dhabi, Saeed Ahmen Al-Shanfari from Oman, Dr Ali Saeed A.R. El Laithy from Saudi Arabia, Mr Hassan Saleh from Bahrain, Sharzad Amir Aslani from 'Saleh Abad Stud' Iran, Maryam Rezaei Milani and Ali Reza Pourheidari along with Dr Farid Bordbar also from Teheran, Iran.

Hosted by the Arabian Horse Society of Australia, the 30th WAHO Conference started on the 6th of November with Chairman of the Australian Society Mr Terry Canacott welcoming all and then introducing the president of WAHO Mr Jay Stream (US). The discussion topics during the conference included the American registry AHRA and its conflict with WAHO, IAHA.

There were long discussions about the proposed new WAHO building; Newbury, England has been suggested as the most appropriate location for the WAHO International Head Office.

Financial concerns with the building, its future requirement for housing WAHO etc were hot discussion items along with the importance and country registry use of DNA blood typing. AI and frozen semen requirements, equine embryo transfer, various registration errors and how to deal with these, formation of an accurate world database.

Each country gave an overview of the various activities within their registry as part of the formalities at the 'World Registrars' meeting held the Sunday prior to the conference commencing.

1997 National Reserve Champion filly waiting for her turn to be judged in the 4yr old class  Lavender Hill Nanuschka.
2000 National Arabian Stud Horse Show
During the conference one of Australia's premier Arabian Artists Miss Marion Duncan displayed many of her works, and she sold all but one art piece to the Saudi Arabian delegate Shaikh Tariq Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani who is an avid art collector. Mr Peter Absell (AHSA Secretary who oversaw all the activities) reported that "Marion was thrilled with the sale and that her artwork gave a glorious entrance to the conference, clearly establishing that the conference was about Arabian Horses" he also commented that "after working with the young talented Nicole Lestani from Global Events &Conferences for over a year developing and organising the conference, that they had done a terrific job and everything went according to plan".

2000 National Champion Gelding who is also 2000 Australian Champion, 2000 East Coast Champion - Fairview Light My Fire.
2000 National Arabian Stud Horse Show
Other booths displayed various Arabian activities such as endurance. Conference delegates were given many books and magazines pertaining to the Australian Arabian, one being the recently published "Vol 5 of the Arabian Horse in Australia and New Zealand", while many other journals, stud books etc where available. During the conference Dr Angus McKinnon gave a lecture on 'AI, Frozen/Fresh Semen and Equine Embryo Transfer' also giving all delegates 'white papers' on the subject which made for very interesting reading. These topics such as embryo transfer are not new to us, but are definitely 'topics of the future' of the horse industry.

Australia has leading veterinarians in the area of the Equine science and Dr McKinnon has travelled extensively researching the 'embryo transfer' programs throughout the world. He was the first to have successfully achieved a live foal on the ground via this method of conception.

2000 National Champion Stallion - Fairview Kubla Khan.
2000 National Arabian Stud Horse Show
The other topic which is being discussed is 'foal sexing' or 'sperm sexing' surely to be yet another development of the future of Arabian Horse breeding worldwide, maybe something to be discussed more closely at the 2002 conference. It is noted that the next WAHO conference will be held in Turkey in 2002, and it is said that Brazil may be the location for the 2004 conference, although Poland has also been mentioned.

WAHO delegates where given many chances to absorb Australian delights, with a visit to a Wildlife farm showing national fauna, Kangaroos, Koalas, native birds etc Aboriginal cultural activities/displays, along with river cruises, sumptuous seafood lunches and also a chance to see the famous thoroughbred horses race 'The Melbourne Cup' and absorb the real National spirit with this horse race, Australians are inherently horseman.

The WAHO parade of Arabian Horses, which represented breeding programs from all around Australia, horses not only of breeding significance, but Australian Champion halter Champions, the 1998 World Junior Champion Colt, Australian Saddle Champions, SideSaddle Champions, Western Pleasure and Working Stock horse Champions along with the current 2000 World Champion Endurance Team.

2000 National Baskhan Memorial Sash winner ... the Champion saddle gelding "Alhambra Cavalier" ridden by Shane Ackerley.
2000 National Arabian Stud Horse Show

Horses from various breeding programmes where presented at the Brisbane Royal National Association Showgrounds on the 8th of November, esteemed Arabian writer and breeder Coralie Gordon put together the parade and a lovely brochure with details of the individual horses and their pedigrees, profile and performance records where handed out to all in attendance.

The parade went off albeit with only a few small horse dramas. All horses paraded where given a commemorative medallions signifying their participation. This event gave all WAHO delegates a chance to see Australian bred horses along with one imported horse a sire of significance "WN Dasjmir" who has sired Australian National Champions such as 'Desperado' who was also paraded.

WN Dasjmir is also a sire of some very successful endurance athletes in Australia and also in the UAE.

Three of the Australian Endurance World Champion team were also winners of the Tasmanian 1999 100-mile Tom Quilty Ride, Terry Wood rode Peppersfield Nabucco along with Ron Haigh on Kynnum Park Sadia, these two where first across the line at while Bremervale Justice was first light weight across the line that year with Japanese rider Midori. These horses are fabulous champions of their chosen discipline, and it was terrific to see them given full appreciation from the Arabian Community - the World Champions of Champions!

Australian bred Arabian horses have had great success over the past five years on the World Endurance scene and it is a credit to not only to our horseflesh but our horsemen.

And the cutest thing at the 2000 National Show - Arabian pony foal whose dam "Roseraie Monique" won the Arabian Pony Broodmare class.
2000 National Arabian Stud Horse Show
The finale of the conference was the Ball held at the Marriott Resort Grand Ballroom. Following the conference visitors had many choices of activities, many WAHO delegates travelled south to Sydney NSW to attend the Junior weekend of the 2000 National Arabian Stud Horse Show, although washed out by torrential rain, we saw many of the country's most prestigious breeding farms brave the elements to present their young stock with over $10,000 offered in prize money and trophies.

Judge for the junior purebred halter ring was Janice Decker from the USA. To name a few of the winners on the day here, her yearling filly Champion was the grey 'Esquilina SPA' sired by the Egyptian stallion 'Prince Fa Moniet' (who passed away earlier in 2000). The Reserve Champion was 'Mae Marie' sired by the past National Champion stallion TS Al Malik a recent import to Australia from the US by Mulawa Arabians.

The junior fillies saw 'Wybalena Lodge Fairytale Princess' take out Champion with Reserve going to the lovely 'Asfour' daughter 'Saharri Park Sefoura' Junior Champion Colt went to 'Saharri Park Shateik' with Reserve going to the young colt 'Proclaim' sired by GLF Apollo.

Those delegates who chose to stay in Queensland where invited to attend the "The Australian Arabian Experience Show" and many were delighted to see even more of Australia's Arabians - a luncheon was provided for the WAHO guests by the show committee and all reports indicate that all who attended enjoyed their day up north.

Following the WAHO conference week the 'Open Farm' of Simeon Arabians was on the agenda of most, where the guests were showed the studs breeding jewels along with some new imports. Simeon has been one of Australia's most successful Arabian farms exporting horses all around the globe for breeding and halter careers. Mainly a straight Egyptian program with some out cross to Russian lines. Simeon gave a good overview of their horses followed by a sumptuous luncheon.

The following evening Fairview Arabians gave a 'Stud Display' of their breeding and show individuals, again one of the most successful show studs in Australia, this gave enthusiasts a chance to see such individuals as Amir El Shaklan, one of the leading sires in Australia, and the glorious current Australian Champion mare 'Shakla's Silver Dream' from the outstanding dam line of Silver Glint....who has produced so many of Australia's halter Champions.

Espiration ... 1994 Australian National Champion Stallion and 1993 East Coast Champion Stallion, a Halter Show Champion of significance in Australia. The 13 year old is by one of Australia's sire's of significance - Amir El Shaklan (imp UK)  from Esperanza (imp UK).
Various other farms in Sydney welcomed visitors during the following week which then preceded the Senior Weekend of the 2000 National Arabian Stud Horse Show. This show has been in the past one of the most prestigious shows in Australia, numbers down this year due to the inclement weather conditions did not hamper the spirits of those who attended. Large tents where provided ringside, to gain protection from the elements and also proved to be a delightful place to have lunch while Dr Marek Trela, Director General of Janow Podlaski State Stud Poland presided as judge over the senior purebred halter ring, with Jerome Harforth (UK) presiding over the saddle classes.

I shall cover a few of the major awards of the day. Champion mare was 'Coolinda Park Diamond Lil' a black pure polish mare sired by the imported polish sire 'Creme Dynasty' from 'Xia-Xiang'. Reserve was 'Safiya' sired by SK Shakla Khan and from the very successful Australian show mare 'Malmsbury Samira'.

Champion Stallion was 'Fairview Kubla Khan' also sired by Sk Shakla Khan. Reserve Champion went to the straight Egyptian stallion imported from the US 'Desert Shaikh' who is sired by Shaikh Al Badi from AK Tarifa.

Marek, on completion of his official duties travelled to some of the studs in the Sydney district. When visiting King Estate International, he decided he would like to use their Polish bred senior stallion 'Wanted' over some mares at Janow Stud, and has now organised to have semen shipped over the next few seasons. A terrific compliment to the horse himself and to the breeding program at King Estate International.

This rounding off two weeks of Arabian Activities, most of the WAHO delegates departed to return to their homelands, but for those who wished to stay - they travelled further south to Canberra, Australia's Capital City to view their premier Arabian Show, the Canberra National Show, and of course they viewed even more of Australia's Arabians. This was truly ending the WAHO conference with a 'Feast of Arabian Activity' for everyone!