Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan:
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the founder of the United Arab Emirates. He united the seven emirates in 1971, and by all accounts created a country that was developed and advanced. It now holds the position as one of the most advanced countries in the world.
Zayed and Equestrian:
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is credited with encouraging a modern method of horse breeding. He was the first to establish special stables in Abu Dhabi, designed to raise and care for horses at an early stage and allow for the preservation of the unique Arabian horse breed. He displayed a high standard of care for them on a local, regional and global level. He encouraged increased ownership of Arabian horses, and thus improved both their breeding and their capabilities.
The stables are located in a quiet area in Abu Dhabi. They include premium and rare breeds of Arabian horses from all over the world. The late Sheikh Zayed provided for all their needs, including facilities and services such as air-conditioned quarters and access to vast areas of pasture and green landscape. All this has been done in order to preserve equestrian sports, which have been inherited over generations. It will promote the noble message carried by the sport and stress the importance of its continuation to future generations. It highlights the long history of equestrianism within the country, and the original values symbolized by Arabian horses.
Sheikh Zayed used to offer large sums as rewards to the winners of horse races in order to promote the sport, on the condition that participants of the races could provide certificates attesting to the purebred Arab origin of the horses. This was in order to maintain their purity. Observers and French horse owners praised the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, who has been credited with entering Arabian horses onto French tracks since 1994 (starting from the city of Chantilly), and then on into Europe. Thanks to this high level of diligence, Arabian racing horses entered the field of international races and became a subject of interest to horse breeders from all around the world.