The tenth Asia Horse Week session put the craftsmen behind the equestrian scene on the stage
Some of the skilled artisans working behind the scenes of the equestrian world were showcased in the tenth session of the Asia Horse Week, which featured a Commander of the Royal Cavalry of the sultanate of Oman, an esteemed Course Designer and the Vice President of The German Arabian Horse Organisation.
Brigadier General Abdulrazak Alshahwarzi, Commander of the Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman, started the session by introducing the audience to his stables and the impressive collection of horses he looks after. They run operations in Oman, England and France, and they help horse trainers and breeders in these areas,he said. In Oman they have 1,500 staff looking after 1,400 horses and they have 28 different breeds, ranging from Arabian thoroughbreds to Shire horses, he added. They also have a 100-woman strong mounted band, the only one of its kind in the world. “As a platform representing the Sultan of Oman on the international stage, the Royal Cavalry undertakes many functions, including running the jockey club of Oman, organising international races and arranging to do horse shows and ceremonial marches as well,” he commented.
Dr. Niels Ismer, Vice President of the German Arabian Horse Organisation, followed on from the Brigadier General, and revealed some extraordinary facts of his own. He gave the audiences a comprehensive introduction to the oldest and most important breeds in the equestrian world, the Arabian horse. “Our goal is to maintain the purity of the Arabian horse’s breed, so we keep a record of all the purebred Arabian horses,” he said.
He also revealed some of the countries that have registered purebred Arabian horses. “It is my pleasure to tell you all that China has just founded China Arabian Horse Association and they are a registering authority member of the World Arabian Horse Organization,” he commented.
The founder of Horsycoach, Mr. Cherif Benguerba, then took the stage and talked about Horsycoach, a state-of-the art online horse educational platform, offering digital training with French coaches on a variety of horses. He showed what the platform can do and what it is about. “We support different coaches who are looking for horses for their clients, and give advice from our coaches who know training and know horses well,” he said.
An esteemed course designer, Mr. Louis Koninckx, also gave some insight into the inner workings of the equestrian industry with his talk about the technical abilities, finesse and precision that goes into his creations. He explained how the colour, positioning and shape of an obstacle can all have an impact in a competition. The session concluded with an introduction to the art investment world in Hong Kong and an intresting live saddle-making demonstration from the skilled Hermès artisan which showed again the French quality, expertise and heritage that goes into the creation of such a fine object.