The events of the second edition of the Asharqia Arabian Horse Classic were extremely well received and the organizing committee of the tournament – held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Province, succeeded in transforming the event into a landmark feature in the world of Horse Championships, and a great tourist attraction. Moreover, the festival was widely talked about in a positive manner especially in terms of preparation and organization.
A great deal of the public expressed their satisfaction with the organization and the huge effort involved in the preparation of the event, and a large number of horses in the show, giving much praise to the organizing committee which made every effort to produce a remarkable tournament in a wonderful way to raise the Kingdoms shares in hosting global events.
However, a number of owners expressed their dissatisfaction with the poor quality of the arbitration, rightfully so, in light of the negative effects on grades achieved. With that being said, the organizing committee alerted the responsible body according to legal limits and therefore does not bear responsibility, as the selection of referees is not the responsibility of the organizers, in accordance with the approach of the King Abdulaziz Centre for Purebred Arabians in Dirab.
This edition was held in the Dhahran Expo from the 20thof February until the 24th, and it included two international tournaments; The Asharqia Arabian Horse Classic, and the Gulf Straight Egyptian Arabian Cup.
The festival also included a large number of events, including the village of Manifa, an art village comprised of 30 Saudi sculptors and abstract artists. It also featured for the first time an exhibition of a famous Polish traveler who loves purebred Arabians and has an encyclopedia Arabians not seen before in K.S.A., presented in a similar manner to a museum.
The organizing committee kept its promise of producing this edition in an innovative way that reflects the importance and connection of purebred Arabian horses with the history of K.S.A., as well as what the Saudi horse owners have achieved thus far in terms of development