Sight. The people were happy and cheering and we were waving back, thanking them for taking the effort to bring their horses for us to see. The parade seemed to go on for a long time as many tribes were represented.
Getting down to business was rather difficult after this dramatic opening and so coffee was served before the conference proper began. It was officially convened and the WAHO Executive voted in with two new members. Dr Marek Trela (Poland) and Sami Bin Suleiman Al Nohait (Saudi Arabia). There was then a tribute to the late Jay Stream. Who was president of WAHO For 30 years. His work with WAHO was untiring and WAHO were grateful for his cision for the future fo the Arabian horse. A film of an interview with Jay Stream was shown in which he said if you breed a horse that you like. Them that should be your breeding program. Wise words which we should all remember.
The vote to accept the registering authority membership of Ecuador. Croatia and Estonia were accepted and Chile was approved to register Arabians in peru. Oman invited the conference participants to go to Muscat in January 2009 For the next WAHO Conference. At lunchtime, we were whisked off on the coaches for a lunch party ay Al Nobalaa palace, hosted by the Mayor of Damascus.
The evening of Wednesday took us to the stud of Mahmoud Al Anzarouti of the Asayel Al sham Stud and the evening was spent outside in the beautiful gardens. Here we saw Egyptian horses and in the programme, the strains were always added in every pedigree and where they came from. This is the manner in which horses are named in the desert and the Arabs mark their pedigrees (hojja) un this way.
Here the grey mare bint Nammeesa (The Egyptian Prince x AK Nameesa) caught my eye as a good strong mover. The mare lara Al Sham (Bader x Bent Al Sham) was half-Syrian and had a lovely set on of head and neck and was more compact than some of the other mares, The lovely grey filly Amarah (GR Amaretto x Marah IX), the colt Rayyan Al Naif - a grey who was line-bred to Hanan-both impressed and were bred by the stud, The two grey stallions Mahboub (Ansata Safeer x Mahabbah) and bader (Ansata Nile Pash x AK Refkaya) also had much to offer.
The first pure Syrian horse form Al Khaer and Jadaan Stables were shown and straight away. The strong bone and short cannons were in evidence. The blaxk mare Al Kahirah of the shweimet Sabah strain was beautiful and the other mare. Shoufa of the Abayah Sehilieh strain. Was a pleasure to see.
Entertainment followed the horse parade with folk dancing and singing.
Thursday 26 April
Conference Business in Thursday started with a report by James Carine on the registrars meeting. At which 32 countries were represented. Imports and exports were a topic for discussion in particular and registries were requested to deal with exports as fast as possible as it was not fair on the importer to be slowed up by the whole process. Passports were under discussion and it was confirmed that they are for life and must not be changed as they contained the whole history of the horse and had the unique life number (UFIN). It was also stressed that names stay with the horse for life. Unless on exportation if the translation is too offensive for the importing country. It was made clear that registries must try and resolve problems. But if they are unable to then they can approach WAHO to intervene.
The WAHO rule that there can only be one registering authority member per country was voted through unanimously. To confirm, apart from listed exceptions-for instance. The UK registers Greek foals- all Arabian foals must only be registered in their country of birth. The conference. Was asked to confirm by vote ot delegated that WAHO does not allow the registration of cloned Arabian horses or the
Registration of any offspring or descendants of cloned Arabian horses. This was passed unanimously.
The voting delegates were then asked to reconfirm that all parent-verified foals of registering pure-bred Arabian parents must be eligible for registration provided they fulfil all WAHO and registering authority registration rules. Irrespective of whether or not the sire has any form of stallion licence. This proposal was carried, but the UK and Australia abstained.
the voting delegates were then asked to accept in its totality the WAHO rules as contained in the fully revised WAHO booklet Requirements for Establishing and keeping a Stud Book. The draft of which had been circulated to all WAHO registering authority members.
The UK Stud Book and Registration Committee had been through this document very carefully and felt that they would have to pass this agenda item despite some reservations. This motion was passed with the Netherlands voting against.
A vote of thanks was thin given to WAHO Secretary Katrina Murray and also to Natalie Meredith for her help in Damascus.
Business having been finished. The conference was then treated to a variety of talks and films. The first talk was from Dr Sohail Zakkar. A professor in Islamic history. On a brief history of the Arabian Tribes in Syria and the Syrian desert. He went through the history of the tribes who lived in the Steppe part of Syria in the north, where the Arabian horse was first traded. Here people of all denominations of religion live happily side by side. But there had been a history of political takeovers throughout the centuries and many battles fought. However, Dr Zakkar stressed that they were Arab tribes, regardless of the country in which people lived. It was this acceptance of all religions living quietly side by side that interested us all and there was much to learn from visiting this country.
Guests were then treated to a film Al Asyel. About the Syrian pure-bred Arabian. The interesting piece of the film was about the significance put in the forelock of the horse, referred to in the film many times. It was obvious that the Arabs adored their horses and looked after them as their most precious treasures. Ahmed Almofti then spoke about strain. Explaining that the names came from the dams only and the halter (rope) connects the family to the strain: there are around 100 strains in the desert.
Dr Hazaim Alwair then presented a talk on strains. Which was very interesting. In short, strains are like a family name and they are the way in which the Bedouin traced the horses. There were on actual names. Only the Hamdanieh Simrieh of the Ibn Gharrab, as a theoretical example. Dr Hazaim. Who lives in the UK. Has put his talk onto a DVD and if anyone is that hazaim would be happy to talk to them. Hazaimstrains. The mares would be taken to the stallions and they strove to breed the best to the stallions and they strove to breed the best to the best and not introduce foreign blood to weaken the true desert Arabian. Improvement is mot necessary as the horses hace lived and survived in the desert for thousands of years and so they are already procen.