HOW RIDDEN ARAB GROUP WALES CAME TO BE
In the winter of 2005 five like minded people got together and decided that the future of the ridden Arab horse was on the decline in many events in Wales. They decided something must be done to bring back the ridden reputation of the Arab horse. It should be admired not ridiculed and thought of as fizzy and unridable. So Ridden Arab Group Wales (RAGW) was formed to encourage Arab riders to compete in as wide a range of competitions as possible to bring it back to public admiration.
The Arab horse is intelligent with almost human thoughts, easy to work with and willing to learn, an animal of great beauty. His physique and movement combined with his muscular skeleton, short back and often slow heart rate give him the ability to lend to many events. Endurance and Trec bring him to the fore and Dressage and Eventing are well within his scope. His smaller size also suits the smaller adult and junior riders so making him a fantastic family horse!
The group decided to take this into account when planning the future of RAGW. It organises two shows each year for Purebred and Part-bred Arabs. Riders are encouraged to compete in all classes, dressage, ridden showing, show jumping, handy Arab (which is a form of Trec obstacles) and family Arab. Also there are Sports horse in-hand classes for potential riding horses.
There are training sessions and rallies throughout the year as well as winter get together evenings and social events for members to throw ideas about concerning the Arab horse!
The group runs a Points Scheme throughout the year. Points are gained from any show, rally or organised event ridden or in-hand. Every member collects points on their card which is totalled at the end of the year with prizes, trophies and rosettes being awarded for each discipline and also for the overall winner for both Purebred and Part-bred Arabs. This takes place at an annual presentation night in the Sexton Arms, Llansadwrn.
We hope that bringing the Arab horse to the public view in all riding events will help promote him as an animal to be admired and enjoyed by all ages and abilities!
And God took a Handful of south wind
And from it formed a horse,
Saying “I create thee, Oh Arabian
To thy forelock I bind victory in battle
On thy back I set a rich spoil,
And a treasure in thy loins.
I establish thee as one of the glories of the earth,
I give thee flight without wings.”
For a time the Arabian ran wild in the desert.
Only the strongest and the most intelligent,
The swiftest and most disciplined survived.
And then the story goes;
To Ishmael was the first to tame and ride him,
And from that time on the fate of the Arabian
Would be woven into the history of the Western World.