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Later that evening, we were sitting at the stables behind the racetrack, talking with HH Sultan bin Mohammed and Sheikh Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. We asked Sheikh Salman what he hoped WAHO visitors will take away from their experience in Bahrain. He said, “They will see that we are a moderate country where all cultures and religions are respected. “And I hope that when our WAHO guests return to their homes, they will take with them the feeling that they have seen the Arabian horse as he was 300 years ago. “The toughness, the strength of the Bahraini Arabian, is forged by the desert environment. Some owners feel their horses’ beauty in another way — they feel it in 300 years of breeding pure in the desert. These are desert warhorses who mean so much to us. All the Bahraini rulers rode horses in battle. In those days, if the enemy captured a horse, the vanquished owner would tell the captor its pedigree, out of respect for that horse. “The horses shared the highs and the lows with us. And they have been with us all this time. Even though the world has changed, the horse is still here to remind us who we are.” 32 ▪ BAHRAIN ▪ WORLD

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Bahrain — Host of the 2017 WAHO Conference  

In February 2017, this lovely island nation will welcome guests to the World Arabian Horse Organization conference, by Denise Hearst. Photos...

Bahrain — Host of the 2017 WAHO Conference  

In February 2017, this lovely island nation will welcome guests to the World Arabian Horse Organization conference, by Denise Hearst. Photos...