Souq Okaz: Arabian horses turn heads at beauty contest

One of the horses take part in the Souq Okaz Arabian Horse Beauty Championship organized by the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horses Center. (SPA)
Updated 07 July 2018

Souq Okaz: Arabian horses turn heads at beauty contest

  • The 148 participating horses are being judged on the basis of five basic criteria: The head and neck, the back, the legs, the horse’s movement and breed.
  • The contest is for C-category horses, which are considered beginners, and is overseen and rated by the European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations.

JEDDAH: The Arabian Horse Beauty Championship organized by the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horses Center (KAAHC) at the 12th edition of Souq Okaz is successfully under way. 

Equestrians all over the world admire the beauty of Arabian horses. The contest, which is taking place at the Souq Okaz racing track, will conclude today. 

The 148 participating horses are being judged on the basis of five basic criteria: The head and neck, the back, the legs, the horse’s movement and breed. Additional observations include the beauty of a horse’s skeletal build.

A horse should also have a strong, straight back, a curved, long neck, a relatively straight muzzle, small and erect ears that are close to each other, wide black eyes, a broad convex forehead that narrows and concaves when it reaches the horse’s nose, and wide nostrils. 

All horses belong to Saudi owners. 

Turki Al-Khalty, director of public relations and head of horse beauty contests at KAAHC, said: “This contest aims to encourage competition in this Arab sport.”

The contest is for C-category horses, which are considered beginners, and is overseen and rated by the European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations, he said.

Al-Khalty said arbitration is being carried out by a panel of judges from different European countries.

The results in five categories are as follows:

In the one-year-old foal category A, first place went to Julia Al-Hawajer, owned by Ali Bin Hadi Al-Yami (Al-Hadad Stables). Abha Al-Khalidiyah, owned by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (Al-Khalidiyah Stables) clinched the second position and Kunuz Al-Karim, owned by Bandar bin Karim Al-Atawi (Al-Atawi Stables) came third. 

In the one-year-old foal category B, Moubdihat Al-Khalidiyah and Hulwat Al-Khalidiyah owned by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (Al-Khalidiyah Stables) secured the first and third positions respectively. Paris owned by Salman Al-Otaibi (Al-Shamekh Stables) came second in this category.

In the one-year-old colt category A, first place went to Rahib Al-Khalidiyah owned by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (Al-Khalidiyah Stables); Barakat Al-Khalidiyah owned by Mohammed Al-Maliki (Al-Majd Stables) came second, and third place went to MLH Tornado owned by Al-Hussein bin Qassem Al-Rakidi (Al-Tayar Stables).

D Jalaa owned by Ali bin Hadi Al-Yami (Al-Hadad Stables) was declared first in the one-year-old colt category B. D Rawaj owned by Rashid bin Mohammed Al-Merri (Baqiq Stables) and Raslan Al-Khalidiyah owned by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (Al-Khalidiyah Stables) secured the second and third positions respectively.

Raghad Anne owned by Nabil Al-Subhi (Nasayem Stables) was ranked first in the two-year-old foal category A with Souja owned by Mohammed Al-Saadi Al-Harbi (Al-Haramain Foundation Stables), and Moukhlizat Al-Khalidiyah owned by Badah Ayed Al-Dousari (Al-Faras Stables) securing the second and third positions respectively.

In the two-year-old foal category B, Kahila Faisal Al-Khalidiyah, owned by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (Al-Khalidiyah Stables) won, followed by stablemate Risalat Al-Khalidiyah, then Yamama Aya owned by Suleiman bin Hamad bin Salim (Al-Suleimaniyah Stables).

In the three-year-old foal category, Khamila Al-Khalidiyah owned by Rakan bin Mohammed Al-Humaid (Al-Rif Stables) came first followed by D Rawafed, owned by Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Ghaith (Al-Tawseel Stables), and Edinaj owned by Ali Hussein Al-Otaibi.

In the two-year-old colt category, Wajih Al-Khalidiyah, owned by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (Al-Khalidiyah Stables) clinched the first position followed by Shelyosen Arlington owned by Hadi Abdullah Al-Yami and Bariz Al-Khalidiyah, owned by Suleiman bin Hamad bin Salim (Al-Suleimaniyah Stables) in the second and third positions.

 

Sleysla Center showcases new products

Sleysla Center, a subsidiary of AlFaisalya Women’s Welfare Society, introduced 10 of its modern heritage products at the Souq Okaz.

The center also introduced manufactured products such as sadu (a traditional form of weaving) and pottery.

Amani Al-Wazir, the supervisor of Sleysla Center for the development of Saudi heritage, said that new outlets would develop business relationships with agents, forming strategic partnerships with people interested in crafts and heritage.

Al-Wazir said that the center’s focus is on low-income families, the hearing-impaired and physically disabled.

The center offers training courses to girls, which contributes to improving the families’ economic conditions.


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.