27.04.13 11:58

International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding holds 3rd meeting in Ashgabat

The International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding held its 3rd meeting at hotel Oguzkent in Ashgabat. The meeting was chaired by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The Turkmen leader delivered a speech at the meeting of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding.
Addressing the forum, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov announced the meeting agenda that covered the most important issues related to the strategy and tactics of further development of Akhal-Teke horse breeding at the national and international level. The agenda also included issues related to increasing livestock of Akhal-Teke horses, searching for ways of efficient work of the industry, as well as staffing and information support.

As the head of state noted, the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding accounts for 112 members from 25 countries and the number of members of the Association increases every year.
Speaking of the history of the Association, the President of Turkmenistan said that it was decided right at the outset that this organization would carry its activities not on the basis of administrative documents but on the basis of a coherent concept, which was developed in coordination with experts, who are true masters of their business, and concrete decisions aimed at the further development of the industry.

In this regard, the President highlighted some facts that illustrated the work done in the past, which is primarily related to exchanging experiences and establishing new information channels to promote Turkmen horse breeding in the world, as well as training of national specialists in this sphere.

Among the milestone events Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov named a visit by a group of Turkmen horse breeders, trainers and jockeys to the famous horse race “Ark de Triumf” in French racetrack “Longchamp” in October 2012; Turkmenistan's participation in the International Equestrian Exhibitions “Spoga Horse Spring” and “ EKWITANA” in Germany in February and March 2013; and a similar exhibition in Belgium. In the same period, Turkmen specialists visited the Republic of Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In addition to
the learning component, such visits were clearly practical in nature, providing for the study of foreign practices in holding major equestrian events and international horse racings, as well as other achievements of foreign colleagues.

The successful performances by the National Ensemble of Horse Games “Galkynysh” at the state circuses of Ukraine and Belarus helped to win more enthusiastic admirers of Turkmen Akhal-Teke horses and riders.

The International Association of Akhal-Teke horses provides great support in promoting information about development of Akhal-Teke horse breeding by printing “Heavenly Akhal-Teke Horses” magazine in Turkmenistan.  

A special website was launched to reflect and widely promote information about activities of the Association and Turkmen horse breeders. This website presents a comprehensive picture of Akhal-Teke horse breeding and all equestrian-related developments in Turkmenistan.

Speaking to the members of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined the main challenges facing this organization today.

In the first place, these challenges imply searching for new methods of popularization of Akhal-Teke horses in the world, as well as ensuring strict stock taking of purebred Akhal-Teke horses in all countries breeding these horses. No less important are the issues relating to holding international equestrian competitions, increasing the level of training of specialists through exchange of experiences with international equine organizations, careful preservation of the gene pool of Akhal-Teke horses.

The development of Akhal-Teke horse breeding cannot be separated from its history, the ancient roots of the breed, many characteristics of which were shaped by the natural and geographical factors, mentality of Turkmen people, who managed to foster such a perfect creation.

The President of Turkmenistan emphasized this aspect, elaborating on rare and valuable qualities and quite distinctive type of this breed of horses that exists for such a long time despite all the laws of evolutionary processes. In the opinion of the head of state, this amazing fact is worth further exploration not only by historians, but also by expert-breeders and scientists.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that it is largely owing to these features that Turkmenistan currently takes leading positions in the world in breeding of Akhal-Teke horses. In the modern era, Turkmenistan is taking all measures and creating conditions to transform into a well-known international equestrian center.

“We will continue to engage experienced professionals from different countries, people who know and love their work, in further developing the equestrian sport and promoting the exchange of experiences with their Turkmen colleagues, enhancing the prestige of Turkmen Akhal-Teke horses as elite purebred horses,” President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

He noted that with the development of equestrian sports the standards of breeding and training of horses have also increased. This poses greater responsibility on both coaches and sportsmen. The level of national art of horse riding in Turkmenistan and achievements made so far are in many respects higher than the achievements in horse riding in foreign countries. However, these successes are not always fully visible. This is because the international requirements for dressage and training of horses are often associated with the demonstration of horse dressage techniques, which are not always interesting for viewers and therefore are not attractive for them.  

It is natural that equestrian competitions have their own national characteristics in various countries, and this is the way it should be, the president said, noting that it is not right to hold competitions only in the classic equestrian sports.

According to the President, equestrian events in Turkmenistan are not only traditional. They are still an extremely popular form of entertainment. This is best evidenced by the crowded stands of spectators and fans who regularly gather at racetracks on a certain day and hour. At the same time, Turkmen horse riding is not disconnected from the global processes and trends. On the contrary, it is actively involved in these processes, developing new methods of sport training of horses and riders.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan, in turn, also strives to enrich the international equestrian sport with new exciting competitions. Turkmen riders are confident in their skills and ready to participate in any competitions in Europe and other parts of the world.

“We have enough experience and enthusiasm to bring Turkmen horse riding to the global level. This will help strengthen competitiveness of Akhal-Teke horses in the equestrian world market,” the President of Turkmenistan said.

According to the head of state, in this regard Turkmenistan is expected to do a lot of work, while studying the best world experience in this area. Nevertheless, Turkmen equestrian sport makes decisive steps towards achieving the world records.

The point is not just about the Turkmen equestrian sport, but also about the ancient traditions of dressage and training of horses, the Turkmen president stressed. The national school of equestrian art views such traditions not only as a method of training of horses, but also as interconnected principles of education of horse and man.

According to the President of Turkmenistan, in essence, these principles are rooted in the spiritual and philosophical basis. In his speech, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov called for careful treatment and development of national traditions of equestrian art not only in Turkmenistan, but also in all major centers of breeding of Akhal-Teke horses.
The President of Turkmenistan noted that these great traditions arouse great interest among foreign experts, as evidenced by their visits to Turkmenistan. They are interested not only in techniques and training methods of horses, but also in specifics of selection and breeding, owing to which Turkmens have been able to preserve purity of the breed and all outstanding features of these beautiful horses.

Speaking of the important tasks facing the national horse breeding, the head of state also emphasized the need to strengthen its material and technical base, proposing a number of specific measures for the near future.

Among them is a proposal to build a large horse breeding complex in Rukhabat district of Akhal province along with a well-developed settlement for horse breeders. Another proposal is to build training and quarantine-veterinary centers with state-of-the-art equipment. The head of state said that research work in the field of horse breeding, energetic integration of the national industry in the world system of equestrian sport, expansion of close ties in this area are a significant component of this multi-faceted work.

In his capacity as the head of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding, the President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that all these tasks will be achieved with the support of all its members.

The Turkmen leader proposed to hold the fourth meeting of the Association in Ashgabat in April 2014, in the days of the celebration of Day of Turkmen Horse. This proposal was unanimously supported by all the participants.

Then, the meeting participants exchanged views on a number of issues. President of the Akhal-Teke Horse Association of Uruguay Guillermo Lockhart and Head of the Akhal-Teke Horse Association of the Czech Republic Petr Mareshov delivered speeches.

Then, under a storm of applause, the President of Turkmenistan, in his capacity as Chairman of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding, presented certificates of membership to the representatives of eight organizations that became members of the association. Among new members are the horse breeding structures such as “Pegasus Farms Ltd” (Ireland), “Ahalteke Action and Competition” (French Republic), “Sky Group Slovakia SRO” (Slovak Republic), “Duralock (UK) Limited” (United Kingdom), “Dakor” (Republic of Kazakhstan), “Italiano Allevatori Akhal-Teke Uniwerso Akhal-Teke” (Italian Republic), “Akhal-Teke Association of America” (United States) and “Ýüpek ýoly” (Tajikistan).

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the floor was given to the Director for Development of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Jacqueline Bressan, who presented President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with a diploma and commemorative decoration of the International Equestrian Federation for his great personal contribution to the development of equestrian movement in Turkmenistan.

Then, the floor was given to the Executive Director of “Reed Exhibitions” company, Director of the International Equestrian Exhibition “Equitana” Hans Joachim Erbel. He invited Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and a delegation of horse breeders and riders of Turkmenistan to participate in the next largest equestrian show, which is to be held as part of the World Horse Fair in 2015. The head of “Reed Exhibitions” and “Equitana” also announced a decision to confer an honorary award and commemorative decoration of these organizations on President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his support for Akhal-Teke horses, which are one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, as well as for his support for development of equestrian tourism in Asia.

In response, the President of Turkmenistan warmly thanked Jacqueline Bressan and Hans Joachim Erbel for appreciation of his work for development of Akhal-Teke horse breeding and equestrian sports, and for awarding diplomas and commemorative decorations of the International Equestrian Federation and Equestrian Exhibition «Equitana».

On this note, the 3rd meeting of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding wrapped up.

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