In the framework of the VII session of the International Ahalteke Horse Breeding Association, Regional Director of the International Office of Epizootics (IOE) for Central Asia Kazimiras Lukauskas awarded the certificate on the establishment of the Equine disease free zone (EDFZ) in Turkmenistan to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed deep gratitude to Mr. Lukauskas and the World Organisation for Animal Health for awarding the certificate that grants the status of the Equine disease free zone to Turkmenistan.
The certificate opens up wide opportunities for holding equestrian games in the framework of the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the programme of which includes the show-jumping contests on the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan.
The President of Turkmenistan congratulated horse breeders in Turkmenistan and foreign countries as well on this achievement. The Turkmen leader noted that the decision to grant the status of the Equine disease free zone to Turkmenistan vividly exemplified the high international authority of Turkmenistan and symbolized the trust and recognition of the emphatic success achieved by our country in the spheres of horse breeding and veterinary medicine.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that our country carried out systematic work on the further development of the horse breeding industry, modernization of its infrastructure, increasing the number of heads of pedigree Ahalteke horses, intensification of international cooperation in this sphere, popularization of various equestrian sports and national traditions of horse riding.
The President of Turkmenistan underlined that we were proud of the trust of the Olympic Council of Asia that had delegated our country the right to host the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and we would apply every effort to hold the Asian Games at the high level so that all participants of this sports event could feel the warm hospitality of our people.
In particular, the honorary title was awarded to President of the Spanish Ahalteke Horse Breeding Association Blanca de Toledo Loma Osorio, President of the Ahalteke Horse Breeding Association in France Héloïse Anémone Flavia Girardi and a horse breeder from Uzbekistan Bakturdy Ibadullayev.
The President of Turkmenistan congratulated the recipients of the awards and wished them health and new professional achievements, expressing the gratitude for their hard work in augmenting the glory of Ahalteke horses and increasing their genetic pool.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also invited the guests to take part in the festivities on occasion of the Turkmen Horse Day including the International Exhibition and Fair and the IX International Scientific Conference “A Turkmen Horse and the World Art of Horse Breeding” held in Turkmen capital.
According to the President of Turkmenistan, development of the Ahalteke horse breeding is a priority of the state policy of Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan carries out systematic work on the further development of the horse breeding industry, modernization of its infrastructure, increasing the number of heads of pedigree Ahalteke horses, intensification of international cooperation in this sphere, popularization of various equestrian sports and national traditions of horse riding. That is vividly proved by the construction of wonderful equestrian sports complex in Turkmenistan.
As an example, the President of Turkmenistan mentioned the Ashgabat Equestrian Sport Complex with a training centre and riding hall to train athletes in such sports as horseracing, marathon, show-jumping among others. A modern horse breeding complex designed for breeding 600 heads of pedigree Ahalteke horses, apartment houses as well as training centre and veterinary and quarantine centre that meet the high international standards were built in Aba Annaev settlement in Geokdepe Etrap in Ahal Velayat.
Speaking about the educational programmes in this sphere, the President of Turkmenistan noted that at present the higher educational institutions in our country – the Turkmen Agricultural University and the National Institute of Sports and Tourism train specialists in horse breeding. The Turkmen State Institute of Culture prepares circus artists.
The President of Turkmenistan noted that our country conducted specialized scientific research with the aim to preserve the purity of the Ahalteke breed, increase the capacity of Ahalteke horses to compete with other horse breeds in sports contests as well as widen international relations in this sphere.
That is vividly testified by the successful participation of the delegations of Turkmenistan in large international equestrian sports contests and triumphal performances of the Galkynysh group of national equestrian games in many countries in the world.
The journal “Heavenly Ahalteke Horses”, issued by the International Ahalteke Horse Breeding Association as well as the web-site of the same name of the State News Agency of Turkmenistan that attracts readers from many countries contribute to the wide popularization of the national art of horse breeding all around the world.
The President of Turkmenistan underlined the necessity to introduce the most advanced methods of testing horses through their participation in sports contests. In this regard, Turkmenistan put forward the initiative to hold the international long-distance horse marathon and show-jumping competitions in the country.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that the show-jumping contests were included into the programme of the V Asian Games to be held in Ashgabat in September 2017. The President of Turkmenistan expressed belief that the international competitions in this sphere would offer a powerful incentive to development of the national eques...
The Oguzkent hotel of the capital holds VII session of International Ahalteke Horse Association chaired by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Members of the Government, foreign and local members of International Ahalteke Horse Association, personnel of equestrian branch of the country, mass media representatives participate in the session.
International Ahalteke Horse Association, founded in 2010 with the headquarter in Ashgabat, is an efficient ground for cooperation of hirse-breeders of different countries specialized in breeding of thoroughbred ahalteke horses, improvement of this breed and development of its outstanding pedigree and sport qualities. Coordinated activity of the members of the Association allowed considerably expanding the work for popularization of ahalteke horse, which are national heritage of Turkmen people and unique phenomenon of the world’s culture.
The outcomes of work of the Association are reviewed annually at the sessions undertaken on the threshold of the Turkmen Horse Day. Such regular meetings of the specialists and connoisseur of famous horses promote the development of backbone directions of partnership, fill it with new living content and enrich by new joint projects, urgent ideas and business contacts.
I congratulate you on the opening of International Exhibition and Fair and IX International scientific conference “Turkmen Horse and World’s Art of Horse Breeding”, - the message says. – Ahalteke horse is a national heritage of Turkmen people and pride of the nation.
Following this, the Government pays special attention to the development of equestrian branch and sport. For the years of the independence, the primordial traditions were revived and the glory of national horse breeding art is multiplied. Turkmen horse-breeders, demonstrating responsible approach to the subject, carry out large work aimed at protection of the purity of the breed and increase of livestock of legendary horses.
Ashgabat Equestrian Complex was reconstructed; International Equestrian Complex in the Kopetdag foothills in Ahal Velayat as well as modern complexes in Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap and Mary velayats are built and put into operation. This remarkable events gave acceleration to further growth of the branch.
The programme of coming V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games includes show jumping competitions what also indicates special attention of the State to the development of equestrian sport.
We broadly celebrate Turkmen Horse Day. According to the tradition, we hold ceremonial events and different competitions. Annual specialized International Exhibition and Fair with participation of numerous foreign guests is also timed to this event.
We are happy to see leading international scientists, horse-breeders and experts at IX International Scientific Conference “Turkmen Horse and World’s Art of Horse Breeding”. This is another evidence of recognition by the world’s society that noble ahalteke horses, which are bred in Turkmen land and supplemented the treasury of universal values, are the elite among thoroughbred horses in the world.
The exhibition, fair and scientific conference are called to play an important role in introduction of the world’s community with the achievements of domestic equestrian sphere. It will also favour beneficial partnership with companies and private horse-breeders, which wish to establish business contacts.
Turkmen breeders, coaches, jockeys and other specialists of this sphere regularly have practical study in the countries with developed equestrian sphere, take active part in specialized exhibitions, competitions and conferences. This has positive effect on organization of large international events in our country, - the message of the President highlights.