The Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF), was inaugurated this morning (Thursday) by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE's Minister of Finance, as the equestrian and racing activities within the region continue to attract a large following making the exhibition a hub for industry leaders. Offering the latest innovations in equestrian products and services the exhibition, which runs 18-20 March brings together leading international breeders, manufacturers and veterinarians providing the market with 3-days of education and entertainment.
H.H. was accompanied by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, H.E Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water and Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, in addition to a number of senior government officials.
Running concurrently with the Arabian Horse Championships, the 6th edition held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) offers the latest innovations in equestrian products from over 200 exhibitors and 30 participating countries, with an in-depth programme that includes fashion shows, pony rides, seminars on behavioural practices and dressage displays.
Abdulla Qassem, Board Member - Higher Organising Committee of Dubai International Horse Fair and Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship said, “We are delighted that His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid has given his support to the Dubai International Horse Fair. The Arab community’s deep history with horses has translated to modern day and is evident through the equine industry’s continued growth in the region. We are delighted to provide the industry with a platform for knowledge sharing and networking and the community with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of these beautiful animals.”
Visitors to this year’s show will experience a wide range of the latest innovations in veterinarian, equestrian products and equipment as well as a programme that includes Arts and crafts sessions, horse and camel museums, workshops on animal behavioural problems and cutting edge farrier techniques.
With a particular focus on the area of safety the event is proud to introduce for the first time to the Middle East the world’s first racing simulator for jockeys. This effective training tool will provide the jockey with the most realistic riding experience, enabling him to hone his skills and practice unfamiliar or difficult racetracks without risk of injury or distraction.
Also new to this year’s exhibition is the horse fashion show featuring the latest trends, products and equipment available from retailers in the region. The shows will present beautifully tailored and fitted tack on impeccably groomed horses in a range of colours and styles. Dyed leather and Swarovski embedded bridles are just a few examples of what to expect.
The Ahli Riding Club horse rides are the perfect opportunity for budding new riders to explore their curiosity. With miniature ponies, experienced school horses and the supervision of qualified instructors, The Dubai International Horse Fair provides the ideal platform for newcomers to climb onto their first saddle.
Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, the Dubai International Horse Fair has developed into a core international event, supporting a thriving equine industry in the UAE and wider Middle East, including the Dubai World Cup which is to be held just after the exhibition.
The event will once again run concurrently with the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, the preeminent competition in the region for purebred Arabian horses, renowned for their beauty, agility and heritage. With prize money of US$4 million for 2010, the Championship attracts entries of the highest calibre from around the world.
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