• 2019-09-19 • EUROPEAN HARC-CHAMPIONSHIP
GHLIN (Hippodrome de Wallonie), on Sunday 3rd of November 2019.
After the two very successful runs of the European HARC Championship in 2016 and 2017, and the unfortunate cancellation in 2018, it is with great pride and motivation, that AHRCB can announce the third run of the European HARC Championship for Heritage horses only.
The idea of HARC, when created by HH Sh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and some co-workers, was to give a chance again to Heritage Arabian horses (i.e. of the old bloodlines) to came back to the tracks. Indeed, some 25 years ago, the tendency of specializing for speed only, hooked part of the Arabian horse community, making use of bloodlines that increased considerably the speed, up to 10 % in one generation, but almost always induced loose of type and versatility. Those breeders that wanted to maintain versatility and a minimum of type in the horses born in their studs, opted for not using these lines and due to this choice, the breeders of Heritage horses had to give up racing as there was no chance to compete with this “race-arabians”. They were thus “robbed” of one of their criteria for athletic aptitude.
To give again access to the track and speed as a means of test and selection, among many other criteria, the Heritage horses (not carrying specific bloodlines in their pedigree) are given a chance to race among their peers …On the long run, speed will thus be reintroduced as one of the criteria for selection in the breeding of authentic Arabian horses, without falling in the other extreme of specializing for extreme type only as in “show-breeding”.
The Arab of the Bedouins, wasn’t he selected for “beauty, speed and stamina”?
The European HARC Championship will this year be run again in Ghlin (all-weather track, left-hand turn) after the same conditions as the previous years (conditions joined).
Again a Nations Cup will be coupled to the individual ranking of the runners in the race, taking account for this honorific reward ( no prize-money for this !) of the best three (or two, if circumstances oblige) results of each country or group of countries.
The same day we will run the WATHBA STALLIONS CLOSING race, open to all p-b Arabians.
During the same meeting ther is also an “open” race (info email@example.com