The principal objective of
the project is to develop an economically sustainable horse industry
throughout the Middle East which is recognized for both its
contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the various
countries involved and to act as an employment generator
contributing to the socio-economic development of the region.
For the horse industry to
develop throughout the region and act as a generator for
employment and economically sustainable development.
For the horse industry to be nationally and
internationally recognised for its
excellence as a reputable user and supplier of quality horses,
products and services; and
For the industry to expand in the global
market by having the requisite skills and
knowledge for efficient, profitable and sustainable
Sustainable natural resource management.
Improving competitiveness through a whole-of-industry approach.
confidence in the integrity of the horse
industry and the range of products and
services it provides.
trade and market access.
Making use of new technologies
and developing education and training programs to international
Creating a culture of innovation, largely by investing in the
region's most important asset
— its people.
Although the Middle Eastern
horse industry in general is seen
as being fragmented with a low level of
industry cohesion and weak national governance,
its potential to contribute to the social and
economic growth of the region can easily
be demonstrated. The “product” the horse, has
shaped the Middle East both in its
history and social fabric and today the horse,
once more could potentially be a major
contributor to the regions economy.
The Project identifies
four priority areas of interest:
Education & Training
national economic benefit of the various countries involved to
assist in the development of national and international
Co-ordinate racing and
events management to maximize exposure of the horse industry as
a whole and promote the advantages throughout the region.
Create an environment
where changes to legislation and law can be progressively
adapted to permit the horse industry to develop and grow.
The horse industry faces challenges in a number
of countries with regard to the treatment of
horses, the safety of riders and the
impact on the environment. The use of therapeutic and
prohibited substances in the performance horse sectors is a
major issue. Furthermore transport
practices, equipment, and the management and feeding of horses at
pasture and in the stable as well as in
work and training all impact on the welfare of the
horse. Injuries and deaths of competitive and recreational
riders as well as injuries to workers
continue to be of concern to the industry.
Maintain a watching brief on trends in the
welfare and safety requirements to assess the
potential impact on the industry of any changes in
trends. Raise the awareness of industry
organisations about emerging risks in these areas and
encourage them to develop management
Provide the R&D support where appropriate for
initiatives that develop and implement
effective risk management strategies for improving animal and/or
Build knowledge on both therapeutic and
prohibited substances to assist in control and
ensure compliance with horse regulatory bodies.
Build knowledge on the impact of horses on
fragile and/or sensitive environments
Targets and indicators
Assist equine industry organisations to
provide information to support the development or
implementation of strategies to improve horse or human
safety in their industry segment.
Contribute to the development of
international cooperative research on detection of
therapeutic and prohibited substances.
Support drug administration trials to produce
a knowledge base for use by both regulators
and industry participants.
Ensure industry engagement in the development
of management strategies introduced by
government agencies, for reducing the environmental impact of
horses is backed by sound and accepted
research on impact.
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Horse Program DNA Testing & International Registration
We'd like to take this opportunity to
introduce you to
the Kurdish Horse
and the program of DNA Testing and international
registration that has been conducted to date and will continue in
Iran. The Kurdish Horse has known history stretching back
almost five thousand years to another time. Its
ancestors contributed to the creation of one of the largest empires
in ancient history. The breed itself
is one of the oldest pure breeds of horse still
in existence today.
owner's and riders with a unique
combination of strength and endurance and
giving them the opportunity to experience
and enjoy a truly magnificent animal, adaptable to a wide range of
disciplines and conditions.
The Board of Directors of the International Kurdish Horse Company of
Iran would like to acknowledge the efforts of:
without whose continued
support this program would not have been possible.
The program of DNA Testing and
Micro-Chipping of Kurdish Horses in the Kermanshah Province in Iran
has been conducted as a
Joint Venture between:
Australian Agricultural Resources Group Pty Ltd
Australian Equine Genetic Research Centre
Australian Stud Book
Equestrian Federation of Iran
Government of the Province of Kermanshah Iran
Results of the program are available now
The Kurdish Horse Register will be
jointly owned and maintained by the
International Kurdish Horse Company and the
Equestrian Federation of Iran or its internationally
registered and licensed affiliates. The ultimate objective of the
program is primarily to maintain the breed
but also establish a viable sustainable horse
industry, both domestically and internationally.
is committed to helping our members
achieve their goals by providing accurate, independent, objective
service and support that is facilitated by a well trained and
knowledgeable team which understands the operating
environment for the horse industry today,
is increasingly complex involving economic, environmental and social
challenges. Meeting these challenges is critical to successful
outcomes the company’s long-term plan establishes a strategic
direction to enable the company to maximize its contribution to
the horse industry on a global scale.
All Codes of Practice
for the Welfare of Horses, Forms and Rules & Regulations displayed
and available on this website have been be compiled and prepared in
accordance with Legislation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and
International Standards, International Standards Accreditation
(I.S.O) is pending and will be displayed on this website when
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Finance & Funding