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Bigger, better Arabian Horse Show on cards.

Dubai: The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship (DIAHC), the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world, is a beauty competition for Purebred Arabian horses.

With Championship classes for the most exquisite horses -- from the very young to the elderly statesmen of the Arabian equine world -- the event is held over three days under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Minister of Finance.

This year's event will be held at the traditional venue, the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from March 21 to 23.

The 2013 Championship will be enhanced by the staging of the Dubai International Horse Fair, the largest equestrian exhibition in the region, which caters for everyone involved in the equestrian world -- from traders to consumers.

The event is set to host more than 200 participating companies and brands as it showcases the widest range of international equine products, services, equipment and technology for horse owners, breeders and equine professionals in the Middle East.

In recent years the Fair has attracted greater global interest with exhibitors coming from several countries including first-timers Australia, Colombia, France and Pakistan.

Other countries participating at the show include Bahrain, Canada, Germany, India, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

Corresponding to the growing equine industry in the Middle East, the Dubai International Horse Fair will showcase a wide range of products and services from leading international and local companies and organisations including Ajman Stud, German Horse Industry Consulting, Equine Products UK Ltd and Prime Performance Nutrition from the United States, to name a few.

In a nod to the show's importance, entities such as Colombia's AlphaOmega, British training company Fine Equinity, Brentwood Horses Accessories and the College of Equine Dentistry Australia will be among the new exhibitors participating for the first time this year.

The show will also see the return of the Horse Auction for Arabians and thoroughbreds from local studs. This popular event will be the biggest ever in the UAE with more than 75 horses on sale.

Once again the equestrian art exhibition will be featured at the show, with paintings and sculptures on display. Visitors will be able to see and buy artworks, including bronze and gold plated sculptures of horses, falcons, salukis and other animals.

"The Dubai International Horse Fair is widely recognised by the equine industry as the must-see event in a region with strong traditional roots in horsemanship and a rich history in sporting equestrian excellence," said Ziad Abdullah Galadari, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship.

"Dubai has always been an ideal meeting place for equine enthusiasts from the region and both Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and Dubai International Horse Fair not only form an important platform for those passionate about horses, but also an enjoyable and entertaining weekend out for the entire family."

The Dubai International Horse Fair 2013 will be held in Halls 7 and 8 at DTWC.

Opening hours are 11am to 8pm on March 21 and 23 and from 2pm to 8pm on March 22. Admission is free of charge.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Mar 22, 2013
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