, OPENING ADDRESS:
The 2011 WAHO Conference was then officially convened.
Nagel, President of WAHO, gave his opening address in which he reiterated the goals of WAHO and added his profound thanks to the host country, Qatar, for holding the Conference.
mentioned some interesting statistics, stating that although the annual worldwide total of Arabian foals registered has dropped from about 23,000 to 21,000 over the past 15 years, the WAHO Member countries in the Middle East region have together seen an impressive increase in the same period -from about 2,000 to almost 5,000 foals annually.
Nagel, President; Mr. Peter Pond, Vice-President; Ing.
Dr. Nagel, WAHO President, accepted the honour of unveiling the bronzes, together with the artist.
gave the meeting an update on the Executive Committee's activities for the past 2 years and plans for the future.
Dr. Hans Nagel
said that promotion of the breed was very much up to the individual Member countries, according to their cultures and the activities they had available for Arabians.
He mentioned the popularity of the WAHO Trophy, awarded annually by each member country to an Arabian they consider to be an outstanding ambassador for the breed.
said that in the future WAHO will be concentrating more on education and on welfare issues, as well as protection of the breed.
Included in this speech was a strong recommendation to WAHO's
Member Registries to encourage testing for genetic disorders.
also made a strong recommendation to the Registry Members to consider placing a limit on the number of foals per mare per year that can be registered each year.
said this was being recommended for a number of reasons, including the health and welfare of the mares concerned, although he
did acknowledge that there might be legal constraints on some registries who might otherwise wish to place such a limit.
WAHO Cup presentation trainer Alban de Meuille and Dr Nagel
Dr. Hans Nagel
presented the WAHO Cup to the winning connections.
WAHO Cup presentation by Hans Nagel to Saad Mubarak Al Hajri, manager of QREC Media Dept on behalf of the owner
WAHO Cup presentation by Hans Nagel to Saad Mubarak Al Hajri, manager of QREC Media Dept on behalf of the owner.