• Short Summary

    Arab Horse breeding has become really big business in Egypt.

    Last year was a record financial?

  • Description

    Arab Horse breeding has become really big business in Egypt.

    Last year was a record financial year for studs in that country and 1974 looks like being even better. The trend towards higher prices for Arab stock was emphasised last month when a pure Arab stallion was sold to the United States for 60-thousand dollars (GBP 24,000 sterling).

    Egypt has seven private stud farms and one state-run stud, El Zahraa in the outer suburbs of Cairo. The El Zahraa Stud is run by the Egyptian Agricultural Organisation which also supervises the country's private studs.

    At present El Zahraa has about 250 horses....including stallions, mares, fillies and colts. And, even with fixed prices of at least 12-thousand dollars (GBP 4,500 sterling) for a filly aged between five and ten months and 11-thousand dollars (GBP 4,000 sterling) for a col of the same age, it attracts buyers from all over the world.

    Last year, Arab horses sold abroad by the Egyptian Agricultural Organisation fetched at least three hundred thousand U.S. dollars (GBP 120,000 sterling). Sales to local buyers added hundreds of thousands more to this figure.

    Egypt has been breeding Arab horses since the early part of the 13th century. They are considered by many experts to be the finest and most courageous of all thoroughbreds, boasting immense strength and stamina, great intelligence and, yet, being surprisingly gentle and well-behaved.

    Although formal auctions are not held for overseas buyers, a catalogue of horses is produced early each year and receives world-wide distribution. Prices are fixed and buyers are attracted from most parts of the world with most interest now coming from the United States, West Germany, Austria, England, France and Australia.

    Most of the horses are bought for breeding purposes, but in some countries, the United States for instances, races are run for pure Arabs only. Those sold locally go to racing stables and wealthy private buyers for show jumping or other equestrian work.

    SYNOPSIS: Nineteen seventy-for looks like proving a galloping success for the horse-breeding business in Egypt.

    The country's seven private studs and this State-controlled establishment, El Zahraa on the outskirts of Cairo, are finding it difficult to meet world-demand for local bred Arab stock. The El Zahraa Stud is run by the Egyptian Agricultural Organisation which also supervises the country's private studs.

    The Arab breed boasts immense strength and stamina, great intelligence and, yet, is surprisingly gontio and well-behaved. At El Zahraa they are trained to the saddle and for jumping. The characteristics of the pure-bred Arab Horse - a strong, arched neck, tail held high and flaring nostrils - are obvious to the observer.

    Buyers throughout the world, particularly those in the Unites States, west Germany, Australia, England and Austria, have shown a willingness to pay for these attributes. Last month, for example, a pure Arab stallion was bought by a U.S. breeder for sixty thousand dollars.

    Most of the horses are bought for breeding purposes, though some countries run races restricted to pure-bred Arabs. Overseas sales last year fetched about three hundred thousand U.S. dollars, while a similar sum was paid by local buyers.

    El Zahraa has about two hundred and fifty horses. But with the current boom, it seems studs are not in the race to meet present world demand.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB0S5G938PRDV3UURO8SXY2ZCG
    Media URN:
    VLVAB0S5G938PRDV3UURO8SXY2ZCG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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