Welcome to the International Horse Industry Development Group website (Middle East Project)

Introduction 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 production.

Project Priorities

  • Sustainable natural resource management.

  • Improving competitiveness through a whole-of-industry approach.

  • Improving confidence in the integrity of the horse industry and the range of products and services it provides.

  • Establishing trade and market access.

  • Making use of new technologies and developing education and training programs to international standards.

  • 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

  • Establishing the national economic benefit of the various countries involved to assist in the development of national and international marketing strategies.

  • 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 strategies.

  • Provide the R&D support where appropriate for initiatives that develop and implement effective risk management strategies for improving animal and/or human safety.

  • 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.

Australian Agricultural Resources Group Pty Ltd

Australian Agricultural Resources Group Pty Ltd (AARG) is a diversified agricultural company operating both in Australia and throughout the Middle East. AARG is committed to helping our clients achieve their goals by providing accurate, independent and objective service and support.

Facilitated by a well trained and knowledgeable team which understands the problems of production, shipping and marketing faced by producer's today. We hope that you find the information contained within both informative and of assistance.

Middle East Agent & Representative

At the University of Canberra, Australia’s Capital University, our focus is on preparing you for a successful and rewarding career. We call it professional preparation for professional careers. And it works. Our graduates are consistently ranked among the most employable in Australia. Whatever discipline you study, you'll also find you develop professional networks with friends, colleagues, academics and mentors who'll be working in your own or related fields in every state of Australia and many countries around the world.

Education Co-Operation Agreement

WSI is a multi-award winning training organisation dedicated to supporting the aspirations of individuals, the community and industry in Western Sydney and beyond. Recognised as the 2011 Australian Skills for Sustainability – Educational Institute, and as the 2010 Australian Large Training Provider of the Year, WSI provides high quality, progressive vocational education and training and workforce development services.

More than 130,000 students enrol annually in the Institute’s nationally recognised qualifications and customised courses.

Affiliations & Associations

Emirates Link Group (ELG) a diversified conglomerate with multi-discipline activities. The group chairman is H.E. Jawaan Al Khaili and ELG was co-founded in 1994 by current CEO Mr. Iyad Al Ansari. H.E. Jawaan Al Khaili is the Chairman of Ittihad International Investment LLC, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment House and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. Emirates Link Group is based in Abu Dhabi, offering high level products, services and solutions to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Group is in the business of developing and executing major projects for the Government of Abu Dhabi with its broad range of activities. ELG is focused on its 4 key areas: Engineering & Construction, Oil& Gas, Transportation and Services. Emirates Link Group has established an international network of highly qualified and professional principals to meet the needs of the fast developing market in the GCC. Our strength in offering market know how, cultural awareness and a multifaceted network of contacts in the region where we support our principals reaching common objectives.

In the midst of a major period of growth for a fledgling nation, 1910 saw the birth of the Australian Navy, Sydney’s Sun newspaper ran its first edition and the population of Australia was estimated to be just over 4.4 million people. It was also the year Comedy King won the Melbourne Cup and a time in which the Australian racing industry began to recognise the importance of documenting the bloodlines of the athletes that provided the entertainment for the country’s greatest sport. After more than 30 years of fastidious record keeping by WC Yuille and associates, the Australian Jockey Club and the Victoria Racing Club, whilst already having supported them financially for over 20 years, purchased the rights to the Australian Stud Book and became joint owners and custodians of records that have become the backbone of the Australian breeding and racing industry.

The Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre ( AEGRC), formerly the Australian Equine Blood Typing Laboratory, was established in 1986 under a joint agreement between The University of Queensland and the Joint Proprietors of the Australian Stud Book, the Australian Jockey Club Limited and the Victoria Racing Club Limited.  Since its inception it has been funded annually through the ASB.  In the School of Biomedical Sciences, it became a Centre within the Faculty of Science in 2000.  Its primary purpose is the DNA parentage testing of Thoroughbred horses and many other horse breeds. The AEGRC is ISO9001:2008 (Quality Management System) certified.

Our mission is to create a platform of genetic knowledge and expertise to enhance the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of the Australian racing industry, and of other breeds and species.

Australian Agent & Representative for the International Kurdish Horse Company of Iran The International Kurdish Horse Company of Iran is a Joint Venture between Australian Agricultural Resources Group Pty Ltd and the International Kurdish Horse Company Iran.

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, The Australian Stud Book, Equestrian Federation of Iran and Government of the Province of Kermanshah Iran

The International Kurdish Horse Company of Iran exists to serve the needs of Kurdish horse breeders and owners, and to promoted and maintain the Kurdish horse where ever and when ever possible. and it is a requirement of owning and breeding purebred Kurdish horses to remain a shareholder and member of the Company.

Telephone: Australia + 61 424 497 636 - United Arab Emirates +97150 347 2407
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