As you are no doubt aware, the media (and the press is part of this), has been in crisis for a decade. Those publications which cover equestrian and racing matters are no exception. You have certainly noticed the disappearance of those specialist titles relating to the Purebred Arabians both in France and abroad during the course of the last few years. However, it’s also the case with those racing periodicals which haven’t so much disappeared with a bang but a whimper. In this environment which is under threat, the coronavirus crisis hasn’t made life any easier. Furthermore, the respective French and British racing dailies, Paris-Turf and the Racing Post, will be available in a reduced format, which reflects the fact that they will no longer be published although they will be available online. These two heavyweight concerns both employ considerable numbers of staff, and the lack of revenue will have an enormous impact on them. Should the crisis last, one even has reason to fear for their future.
Fortunately, The French Purebred Arabian is in good health for two reasons. Firstly, month on month, the numbers of you downloading this publication on your computer are increasing, It’s proved to be the greatest satisfaction for our whole team which operates behind the scenes. Dear readers, it seems pertinent to thank you both for your loyalty and the interest in which you take in our work. The second important factor lies in the fact that those advertising in our publication have responded in these difficult times. So it seems pertinent to thank them too. By reiterating your confidence in our publication, you’re expressing your support for our editorial work which can be summed up as follows: ensuring that the coverage of PA racing mirrors the same exacting standards in terms of coverage as afforded to its English thoroughbred counterpart, informing and entertaining the connoisseurs, and showcasing this milieu to the rest of the racing world. However, your support for The French Purebred Arabian is also a way of publicly affirming that, despite the difficulties, your confidence in the future of PA racing remains unshaken.
In this edition and, thanks to the platform given to Axelle Nègre de Watrigant, the AFAC president, you can tune in to a realistic and well documented viewpoint on the state of French racing. It’s a rapidly changing situation but the core themes will undoubtedly be the same in the coming days. It’s also important to note the resolute tone which accompanies these words. The challenges ahead are numerous ones as the European racing calendar will be thrown into a state of flux, and some of the top prizes such as the Dubai Kahayla Classic and the Qatar Gold Sword have already fallen by the wayside, but yet our own particular milieu has proved to be very resilient. Mirroring what is happening in the rest of our society and economy, racing will rise again as it has always done when faced by the crises which have bedevilled the planet for over a century.
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