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Celebrating The Arabian Heritage

Asharqia Equestrian Festival, an annual innovative world-class event, is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the purebred Arabian horse. It is envisioned as a cultural event where equestrian competitions are joined with positive family entertainment, art and educational elements.

Under the Patronage of HRH Prince Saud Bin Naif Al Saud Governor of the Eastern Province

During the first two editions, the strong belief of HRH Prince Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Deputy, HRH Prince Ahmed Bin Fahd Bin Salman Al Saud, in what started as an idea helped us to develop the Festival into one of the most successful events in the region. With over 90,000 visitors, guests from 30 different countries, 750 horses of the finest Arabians and more than 200 breeders from in and out the Kingdom, the Festival was nothing less than a big hit in its last two editions.

Our Vision

Asharqia Arabian Horse Festival will feature top quality national and international Arabian horses in exciting competitive venues while simultaneously highlighting the history of this beloved breed and its heritage as one of the Kingdom’s national treasures.  The Festival is envisioned as a cultural event where equestrian competitions are joined with educational elements and positive entertainment.

Our Mission

To develop Asharqia Arabian Horse Festival as an innovative annual world-class event dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the purebred Arabian horse, as well as the celebration of this noble breed and its unique legacy within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Organizing Committee

  • Mr. Khalid H. Al Gahtani, President, KSA
  • Mr. Hamad A. Bin Quraya, Vice-President, KSA
  • Mr. Abdulaziz M. Bukanan, Vice-President, KSA
  • Mr. Mohammad M. Al Matrodi, Executive Manager, KSA
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The Arabian

Introduction

The Arabian horse is widely considered to be the most influential equine breed in history. These exquisitely beautiful animals possess a story filled with poetry, romantic legends and grand historical figures, reaching far into antiquity and extending across diverse civilizations and cultures to the present day. The tale begins, however, in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. Bedouin nomads, the breed acquired its unique attributes, including stamina, agility, hardiness, courage, intelligence, and affinity for humans, as well as the beauty and harmony of form for which these horses are known. Arabian horses exhibit a wide range of adaptations to a desert environment, including thin skin and black pigment for protection against the sun, and tails held high to help dissipate body heat. Their hooves are hard and round, enabling them to conquer both the sand and rocky terrain of their homelands, and their bones, while refined in appearance, are especially dense and strong.

Introduction

The Arabian horse is widely considered to be the most influential equine breed in history. These exquisitely beautiful animals possess a story filled with poetry, romantic legends and grand historical figures, reaching far into antiquity and extending across diverse civilizations and cultures to the present day. The tale begins, however, in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. Bedouin nomads, the breed acquired its unique attributes, including stamina, agility, hardiness, courage, intelligence, and affinity for humans, as well as the beauty and harmony of form for which these horses are known. Arabian horses exhibit a wide range of adaptations to a desert environment, including thin skin and black pigment for protection against the sun, and tails held high to help dissipate body heat. Their hooves are hard and round, enabling them to conquer both the sand and rocky terrain of their homelands, and their bones, while refined in appearance, are especially dense and strong.

Straight Egyptian Arabians

One special group of Arabian horses, the Straight Egyptian Arabian, became known for the country in which they were bred, just as Arabian horses in countries such as Spain or Poland, became referred to as “Spanish Arabians” or “Polish Arabians.” Today, Straight Egyptian Arabians are particularly known for their classic type and beauty and many breeding programs around the world today feature these unique Arabian horses. Straight Egyptian Arabians are also used to enhance the beauty, refinement and elegance of other types of Arabian horses, and many of the most successful show champions in the world feature Straight Egyptian bloodlines. The Straight Egyptian is particularly distinguished by its origins from the finest bloodstock ever to leave the Arabian Peninsula. Arabia had long been the source of the finest purebred horses and during the 19th century one of the most notable breeders was Amir Faisal bin Turki Al Saud. W.G. Palgrave, who visited the stud of Amir Faisal wrote of the extraordinary quality of the Amir’s horses: “Never had I seen or imagined so lovely a collection....Their appearance justified all reputation, all value, all poetry.” During the wars being Egypt and Arabia, Amir Faisal was eventually taken to Egypt to be imprisoned in the Citadel, and the circumstances of his confinement greatly influenced the future of Straight Egyptian Arabian horses.

Straight Egyptian Arabians

One special group of Arabian horses, the Straight Egyptian Arabian, became known for the country in which they were bred, just as Arabian horses in countries such as Spain or Poland, became referred to as “Spanish Arabians” or “Polish Arabians.” Today, Straight Egyptian Arabians are particularly known for their classic type and beauty and many breeding programs around the world today feature these unique Arabian horses. Straight Egyptian Arabians are also used to enhance the beauty, refinement and elegance of other types of Arabian horses, and many of the most successful show champions in the world feature Straight Egyptian bloodlines. The Straight Egyptian is particularly distinguished by its origins from the finest bloodstock ever to leave the Arabian Peninsula. Arabia had long been the source of the finest purebred horses and during the 19th century one of the most notable breeders was Amir Faisal bin Turki Al Saud. W.G. Palgrave, who visited the stud of Amir Faisal wrote of the extraordinary quality of the Amir’s horses: “Never had I seen or imagined so lovely a collection....Their appearance justified all reputation, all value, all poetry.” During the wars being Egypt and Arabia, Amir Faisal was eventually taken to Egypt to be imprisoned in the Citadel, and the circumstances of his confinement greatly influenced the future of Straight Egyptian Arabian horses.

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