The 2018 World Arabian Racing Forum held in Madrid earlier this year produced some remarkable outcomes for the industry.
Some changes to personnel in the organisational structure will no doubt generate some new enthusiasm and help lift the focus in areas that needed a makeover.
There were many highlights from the week-long experience that included a brilliant race day in Seville.
The bullet train trip from Madrid gave everyone on board an opportunity to witness the brilliant landscapes and exquisite mountain ranges that envelope the countryside for which Spain is famous.
The Seville racecourse became the center of all things Arabian racing and the outcome of the feature apprentices' race (as pictured) showed how much emotion and generosity is instilled into this great sport of ours.
On each day of the conference in Madrid, keynote speakers delivered varied points of view on all aspects of Arabian racing and the breed and while at times discussions generated by delegates from the floor became heated, it was clearly in the best interests of the sport.
So many subjects were discussed, including breeding, racing, administration and the role the media plays and where that part of the industry is heading.
And while some of the matters raised were unresolved there were many issues that had been simmering from the previous conference completed to the satisfaction of all parties.
The one thing to emerge from the Madrid conference was that the passion for the Arabian breed is as strong as ever.
Words by journalist Peter Staples - One of NARA Australia's delegates to the 2018 Wold Arabian Racing Forum in Madrid.
The Arabian Horse Society of Australia Awards
Aloha Desert Jewel
Arabian Racehorse of the Year
owner Jill Colwell Breeder Mary & James Triggs
Owner: Jill Colwell
Aloha Desert Jewel
Mary Triggs - Aloha Arabians
Franshar Park K Shar
Lifetime Achievement Award
ownerVirginia DodsonBreeder Frank & Sharyn Farrugia
Franshar Park K Shar is possibly Australia's best performed Arabian Racehorse. His long career spanned over a decade and reflects the vicissitudes of Arabian Racing in Australia during that period.
When his racing career finished he returned to the endurance track and amassed 3,588km. He is the only horse in Australia to have won over one mile to one hundred miles.
NARA Nominees for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards 2017
Trainer Dr. Jill Colwell from Queensland
Owner Dr. Jill Colwell from Queensland
Breeder Mrs. Mary Triggs from Aloha Arabians, New south Wales
Journalist Victoria Shaw, Victoria
Life Time Achievement Virginia Dodson, Canberra
TV Presenter Victoria Shaw, Victoria
Photographer Christine Cooper, New South Wales
Dr. Jill Colwell
Attention All South Australians:
September 15, 2016
South Australians now have the opportunity to train on registered Thoroughbred tracks.
Both the Murray Bridge Race Club & The Gawler Barossa Race Club have given their approval for Arabian Rehorses to train on their tracks.
Trainers must be licenced with NARA and horses must have a NARA Document of Identification. For full information on Gawler contact John Newton on (08)8520 2453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Murray Bridge contact Jill Bourton on 0401 675 383 or
SHADWELL WITHDRAW RACE SPONSORSHIP FROM AUSTRALIA 2017, FOR ARABIAN & THOROUGHBRED EVENTS
October 09, 2016
It is with regret that NARA has been informed of Shadwell’s recent decision to withdraw sponsorship of racing events in Australia for 2017, affecting both Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian racing.
NARA understands that this decision has not been made lightly, given the recent success of Shadwell’s Dubai International Arabian Races at Morphettville in March of this year and the many Shadwell thoroughbred victories across Australia over many years. However, NARA wishes to express their sincere appreciation of Shadwell Arabian racing and thoroughbred sponsorship days at the South Australian Jockey Club, Melbourne Racing Club and the Gold Coast Turf Club.
The Weekend Of July 9 & 10 Was Busy In South Australia
July 08, 2016
Saturday 9 & Sunday July 10 were busy for Arabian Racing in South Australia.
On the Saturday an Arabian Racing Forum was held in Gawler and on the Sunday in Murray Bridge. Both days were a huge success and the NARA team offers a huge thank you to Karen, Jill and John for their amazing work in organizing the weekend. Also thank you to Anthony Mountney for conducting such an imformative Forum.
It is expected that Trials will be conducted around November in South Australia allowing time to get horses ready to race at the Dubai International Artabian Races to be run at Morphettville eary 2017.
Tasmania Puts On Snow For Their First NARA Arabian Racing Forum.
July 22, 2016
Congratulations go to Tracy Nutting and Yvonne Downes for organizing the Arabian Racing Forum in Tasmania and also to our two intrepid mainlanders, Anthony Mountney and Brenden Milburn for braving the Artic snow blast to conduct the forum.
Along with a large number of Arabian Racing enthusiasts, the event was also attended by representatives of the Tasmanian Racing Authorities.
The future for Arabian Racing in Tasmania is looking extremely successful.
NARA Futurity Nominations for foals
July 10, 2016
NARA Futurity Nominations for foals due to be born btw 1st August 2016 and 31st July 2017 are due July 31, 2016.
ATTENTION ALL TASMANIANS
July 11, 2016
Would you like to know more about racing your purebred Arabian? Come along to the "Empire Hotel" in Deloraine on Saturday July 23 at 10.30am and have all your questions answered.
Email Yvonne Downes at email@example.com or Tracy Nutting at firstname.lastname@example.org for all information.
Oakbank Racecourse with Victoria Shaw & Michelle Payne
March 27, 2016
Part-time race caller Victoria Shaw with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne at Adelaide's Oakbank racecourse.
Australia's only female race caller, Victoria Shaw says she continues to butt up against sexism in the horse racing world......She describes the horse racing industry as a "boy club", she is quick to acknowledge the "army of good blokes" who have supported her move into the caller's box, particularly her colleagues who continue to commit their personal time to help develop her skills.
In a major coup for South Australia’s horse racing industry, Morphettville Racecourse has been selected to showcase the majesty of Arabian horses and deliver racegoers a taste of Middle Eastern culture on Saturday, 12 March 2016.
South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) Chief Executive Officer, Brenton Wilkinson, said Morphettville Racecourse was chosen by the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) committee to host two Arabian horse races at the 12 March race meet to complement Shadwell Stud Australasia’s sponsorship.
“Preparations are taking place for another successful Adelaide Cup and the excitement surrounding horse racing in South Australia will only be heightened by Arabian horses gracing the track two days before the Cup,” he said.
UK Apprentice Jockey On the way to Australia
January 04, 2016
UK Apprentice Tom Marquand is on his way to Australia for a four week mentorship programme.
NARA is pleased to announce the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival in Australia, The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR), will be run on the 26th January, 2016.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak DARLEY AWARDS and the 28th USA DARLEY AWARDS
November 28, 2015
Story by Victoria Shaw, Images from Morhaf Al Assaf & Nadine Frampton
For the last three years I have had the privilege of broadcasting the Festival’s Arabian races, as Melbourne is now the second race location for the year on the Sheikh Mansoor Arabian global calendar in late January. Moonee Valley, Sandown and Caulfield have all hosted Arabian races broadcast to YAS television audiences in the United Arab Emirates. Australia Day this year bore witness to the running of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Championship race series for Pure Bred Arabians.
Australia Racing is in consultation with jockeys regarding a new helmet which provides a 40-50% increase in safety is now available. The helmet is a result of several years of research which resulted in the strongest helmet standard in the world: ARB HS 2012.
Whip happy jockeys are a dime a dozen! article by Lennie Maund
November 28, 2015
I know it's hard for some apprentices, and even jockeys for that matter, to get their head around feeling like they aren't doing enough on their mounts once they enter the straight and head towards the winning post.
The adrenaline starts flowing into the bloodstream, the dollar signs start flickering through the brain and grow.......