The national holiday of Turkmenistan - Turkmen Horse Day - was celebrated in Ashgabat at the International Fair and XI International Scientific Conference titled "Turkmen Horses and the World Art of Horse Breeding".
This year's thematic exhibition and scientific conference brought together representatives of 50 leading companies from more than 20 countries, such as Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Uruguay, Georgia, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Turkey, Canada, France, Iran, China, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, the UAE, Pakistan, India and others.
Turkmenistan's ministries, departments and entrepreneurs, as well as foreign guests representing national equestrian associations and clubs presented their achievements at the colorfully decorated exhibition pavilions. Specialized construction companies, manufacturers of equipment and products for horse breeding, training institutions and sports organizations, veterinary clinics, advertising agencies, art shops and photo studios also presented their capacities at the exhibition.
A great number of pavilions featured the veterinary medicine, including special medical equipment, a wide range of medical products and services for treatment and rehabilitation of horses.
Foreign exhibitors demonstrated high achievements in manufacturing equestrian sport equipment, clothing and accessories for riders, as well as video equipment to monitor stables.
The XI International Scientific Conference "Turkmen Horses and World Art of Horse Breeding" took place in the conference hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan in the afternoon. It saw the participation of more than 160 famous Turkmen and foreign hippologists, horse breeders, historians, ethnographers and other specialists.
Speaking at the plenary sessions, the conference participants noted that the Akhal-Teke horse is not only a gift of nature but also a product of the Turkmen people's art of breeding. They also noted the importance of the forum as a platform for exchange of experiences in the field of horse breeding, new scientific research and discoveries in this field.
Other than that, as part of the celebration of Turkmen Horse Day, the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding held its 9th meeting in Ashgabat. It was attended by the President of Turkmenistan, President of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The meeting discussed issues related to the worldwide development of Akhal-Teke horse breeding and equestrian sport and the work on the popularization of this breed of horse in the world, especially in the regions where the association has its branches.
Speaking at the meeting, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the association membership currently accounts for 147 legal entities and individuals from 32 countries, and their number is growing every year, reflecting the increasing scope of cooperation. According to the Turkmen leader, the annual celebration of the Turkmen horse in the last week of April is evidence of the Turkmen people's deep respect for their beloved horses and unsurpassed art of their breeding.
Then, there was held a ceremony to confer awards on the best Turkmen and foreign horse breeders for their great contribution to the development of Akhal-Teke horse breeding and its popularization in the world. By the presidential decree, they were awarded the honorary title of Honored Horse Breeder of Turkmenistan. In conclusion, the Turkmen leader invited all the guests to take part in numerous events held throughout the country on the occasion of Turkmen Horse Day.
Turkmen Horse Day was celebrated on a large scale countrywide. The chief events of the holiday took place at the Akhal-teke International Equestrian Complex with participation of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation Rustam Minnikhanov, who arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the celebrations, was the guest of honor of the festive events.
In total, there were held seven racing rounds for various distances, with 12 racers participating in each round.
On behalf of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, winners of the festive races, as well as winners of the 60-kilometer marathon and show jumping competitions held earlier were awarded cash and valuable prizes at a festive ceremony.
Winners of the marathon and show jumping were awarded cash prizes worth USD 20 000 each.
Winners of six races received cash prizes worth USD 20 000 each from various departments of Turkmenistan. The winner of the seventh race for the main prize established by the President of Turkmenistan received USD 30.000.