On March 30th, Horsmunity organized the first breeders conference in Cairo, Egypt to help new breeders and owners learning how to evaluate Arabian horse conformation, disposition and overall Arabian type. Horsmunity is the online Arabian horse community founded by Medhat Gaber. Established in 2016, Horsmunity is an online resource to help Arabian breeders and enthusiasts to network, collaborate and share their farms and bloodstock with each other.
Tutto Arabi has been very proud to promote and be partner with Horsmunity and the events hosted by Horsmunity.
The Horsmunity seminar was extremely successful, due in no small part to worldwide Arabian horse judge, EC member, Ecaho A Judde and 2nd generation breeder – Ms. Claudia Darius.
The seminar was very well attended and was held at the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel, where Ms. Darius discussed conformation in detail as well as type, movement and how to choose the right stallion for your mare.
In addition to classroom lecture, the seminar attendees were given the opportunity to judge real horses at the judging clinic held at El Sayad Stud.
Given the success for this very first seminar, we look forward to working with Medhat Gaber as he continues to support the needs of new breeders who will be the breeding leaders of the future.
Interview to Claudia Darius
International ECAHO A-List Judge
We would like to have also the point of view of our instructor – Ms. Claudia Darius:
T.A.: Why did you decide to participate in this first seminar for purebred Arabian horses in Egypt as an instructor?
Ms. Darius: When the idea of the seminar was born at the end of 2016, I felt both honored and excited to be included by Mr. Medhat Gaber, as I felt this would be a great opportunity to further the education of breeders. Egypt has a great tradition of breeding Arabian Horses and continues to be a source of type and quality. Nevertheless, education is a never-ending process… I was delighted to become a part of it.
T.A.: Do you think it would be interesting to develop and spread this project internationally?
Ms. Darius: Yes! There is a strong request to learn more about our common passion and breeders / owners need to be provided with comprehensive information regarding type, conformation and movement – as well as discuss the fundamentals of judging systems and procedures. I feel it also essential to apply theoretical acquired knowledge directly on the horse itself, and therefor our second part of the seminar was held at the facilities of a farm.
During the shows – due to our current judging system and especially the use of it – it is impossible to gain fundamental knowledge anymore.
T.A.: In your opinion, what is more important about an Arabian Horse: the beauty, the type, the movement or, as I also think, the way a horse gives
you a specific emotion?
Ms. Darius:Interesting questions which we could talk hours about – but to cut it short here, for myself it is a combination of everything. The Arabian Horse is a unique piece of art and its beauty is strongly correlated with functional conformation and movement. Type includes all these features and on top reflects the specific hallmarks of our breed. Perfection doesn’t
exist although we are longing for it but there are special individuals which touch your heart and give you goosebumps while watching them… These are the true ambassadors of the breed!
T.A.: Thanks Claudia, I am convinced that your lessons enriched the breeder’s knowledge as much it it did ours.
Ms. Darius: Thank you very much – it was a true pleasure.