Achievements

ACHIEVEMENTS :-

1961 – Under the patronage the Custodian of the two holy Mosques and his Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz the Centre was established with the Arabian Horses of the Saudi Royal Family

· 1986 – The Centre became a member of the World Arabian Horse Organisation (WAHO).

· 1991 –The first Saudi Arabian Stud Book (Volume 1) was completed after several years of preparation and identification of the horses in the Kingdom. The stud book contained the pedigree of the 913 Arabian Horses.

· 1992–The European Conference of Arabian Horse Organisations (ECAHO) accepted the Centre as an Associate Member representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

· 1993 – Introduction of blood typing of all Saudi Arabian Horsesby the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, England to ensure the correct parentage used for registration purposes.

· 1994 –Electronic Microchip system of all Arabian Horses in the Kingdom was introduced to conform with International Regulations. Volume II of the Saudi Arabian Stud Book was also published adding another 280 Arabian Horses to the previous Stud Book.

· 1995 – Library and Museum opened to house important reference materials and articles of historical significance.

· 1995 – Specialist Equine Veterinary and Pharmacy unit was opened in preparation for the introduction of breeding using Artificial Insemination and embryo transfer techniques.

· 1996 – First Saudi National Arabian Horse Championship Show held at the Centre under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. This year also saw the issue of volume III of the Saudi Arabian Stud Book containing an additional 296 newly registered Arabian Horses

· 1997–Following the commissioning of the Equine Veterinary Unit in 1995 this year saw the first use of Artificial Insemination techniques using frozen semen from stallions from around the world to improve the Centre’s breeding programme.

· 1998 -This year saw theSecond Saudi Arabian National Championships held at the Centre under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and following the successful show his Majesty renamed the Centre to ‘KING ABDUL AZIZ ARABIAN HORSE CENTRE’. The year also saw the publication of volume IV of the Saudi Arabian Stud Book containing over 2,000 horses now registered and blood typed in the Kingdom.

· 2000 – The ‘King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Centre’ (KAAHC)participated in Arabian Horse Racing under the International Federation for Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR).

· 2004 – DNA testing introduced to verify parentage of horses for registration in the Saudi Arabian Stud Book as per International Regulations.

· 2005 –The Third Saudi Arabian National Championships held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud.

· 2005–Annual Auction of Horses commenced at the KAAHC to allow Saudi Breeders access to the Pure Desert Bred Arabian Blood lines and also the Blood Lines of the finest Arabian Horses from throughout the world following the successful Artificial Insemination programme introduced in 1997.

. 2007 – The KAAHC exhibited at the world famous annual Al Janadriyah International Cultural Festival in Riyadh, where we now appear annually. The KAAHC also oversaw the first privately arranged Riyadh Arabian Horse Championships sponsored by Al Mohammadia Stud. This took place on the 21st and 22nd March 2007. In the same year the KAAHC participated in its first overseas show on the 12th-14th April 2007 at the Festival of the Arabian Horse in Sharjah, UAE.

· 2009 – A further 500 Arabian Horses were added to the Centre’s stud book volume VI which was published in this year. At the second Al Khaledia Show the horses of the KAAHC again won championship prizes. A further show was organised in Dammam, the Al Hassa National Arabian Horse Show and again the KAAHC horses won championship classes. WAHO held their international conference in Muscat, Oman where Saudi Arabia (KAAHC) were commended for the Best Equine Passports issued by any member country. In the same year ECAHO elected Saudi Arabia as its 26th permanent member at their annual general meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The Director General of the KAAHC expressed at the meeting his elation over this success. He thanked God and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud.

· 2009 – The KAAHC awarded the Saudi Arabian WAHO Trophy 2008 to the colt Salman Al Mohamadia(GR Amaretto x Thee Scheerezade) produced by Al Mohammedia Stud owned by Prince Abdullah bin Fahad bin Abdullah al Saud. This colt won at the Al Ward first National Arabian Horse Show on 6th November 2008. The WAHO Trophy for 2009 was won by the filly Nashwa el Safinat (Ashhal al Rayan x Nwoyer). She was owned and bred by Mr.Yousif bin Hamad al Faran el Dosary. The filly won at the Al Hassa National Arabian Horse Show, Dammam on 7th May 2009. The year ended with the completion of the new administration offices at the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Centre.

· 2010 – Through the lobbying of the KAAHC the Al Khalediah International Arabian Horse Festival is awarded ECAHO ‘A’ Show status , one of only three shows in the Middle East Region awarded this accolade. Other shows organised included the first ‘C’ class ECAHO show in Jeddah and the ‘B’ class Mohammedia Show in Riyadh.

· 2010 – The KAAHC featured their horses at the International Cultural Festival at Al Janadryia which received more than a million visitors.

· 2011 – At the fourth Al Khalediah ‘A’ class International Festival the KAAHC horses won two Championships with its desert bred horses.

· 2011 – Further events included the organisation of the second Al Ahsa National Championships ‘C’ show and the annual Al Janadryia festival.

· 2011 – For the first time in Saudi Arabia the KAAHC held a world renowned ‘Monty Roberts’ Horsemanship Course for its riding staff.

· 2012 – organisation of the Fifth Al Khalediah ‘A’ class International Festival. KAAHC horses won many prizes.

· 2012 – The KAAHC featured their horses at the International Cultural Festival at Al Janadryia which received more than a million visitors.