DIAHCDubai International Arabian Horse Championship (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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I think the DIAHC is up there now with all the other major shows in the world -- the Nations Cup, Paris World Cup and so on.
Ziad Abdullah Galadari, Chairman, DIAHC Higher Organising Committee said: "The Middle East is globally-recognised as one of the most renowned equestrian hubs featuring world-class events that showcase the legendary grace, beauty, speed and power of horse breeds in an accessible, family-orientated environment.
Shaikh Hamdan has been closely involved in the DIAHC since its inception and without his patronage and advice over the years, we could not have reached a point where we are one of the most prestigious shows in the world.
Meanwhile, the 10th Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF), which is run alongside the DIAHC, showcased the widest range of international equine products, services, equipment and technology for horse owners, breeders and equine professionals in the Middle East.
Khaled Al Haddad, Emirates District Manager for Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, said that in keeping with Emirates' role in promoting sports, they were delighted to be sponsoring the DIAHC.
The DIAHC also aims to promote the breeders of Arabian horses and those involved at the studs and various organisations.
In addition the DIAHC will include categories for fillies and colts two-year-old, fillies and colts three-years-old, mares and stallions 4-6 years old, mares and stallions 7-9 years old and mares and stallions 10 years old and over.
The DIAHC is essentially a beauty competition for horses.
Earlier Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, inaugurated both the DIAHC and the seventh edition of the Dubai International Horse Fair.