Saudi Arabia is known for its high interest in equestrianism, where it has won several world championships with its original Arabian horses that are admired by equestrians around the world for their beauty.
Among those who are fond of Arabian horses is Russia. It is said that Arabian horses first arrived in Russia in 1770. Russia published the first record of Arabian horses’ genealogy in 1965.
As a result of the kingdom’s early interest in equestrianism, the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horses Center was established in southern Riyadh in 1961. The remainder of the original Arabian horses that belonged to the late King Abdulaziz al-Saud and other original Arabian horses still exist at the center in order to breed them.
The center registers Arabian horses in the kingdom and represents the country in international equestrian organizations. It is also a member of the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) that organizes beauty contests.
Saudi Arabian horses have won several international equestrian championships. For example, they won the Platinum World Champion title three times in a row, in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The kingdom has participated in the most important international races and achieved significant results. For example, the horse ‘War Emblem’ owned by the late Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz won the Kentucky Derby in 2002, which is one of the most important horse races in the US. Prince Ahmed was the first Arab owner to win at Kentucky Derby since it was launched in 1875.
Last year, Saudi-owned horse ‘Arrogate’ won the Dubai World Cup.
Saudi-owned Arabian race horse ‘Tallaab Al-Khalediah’ won the Kahayla Classic at the Dubai World Cup earlier in 2018.
Earlier in June, Filly Ra’eah Athbah, bred by Athbah Stud, which belongs to Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, won the Yearling Fillies award at the Bruges Arabian Horse Event. The filly was awarded the gold medal for the category of one-year old fillies after receiving the highest grade of 93.54. This is the first time Ra’eah had participated in the championship held in Bruges in Belgium.