PA horses and English thoroughbreds to come under one training roof


PA horses and English thoroughbreds to come under one training roof


Until now in Britain only trainers in possession of an ARO (Arabian Racing Organisation) licence – the British equivalent of AFAC – were permitted to stable Arabian horses at their premises. However, as of 2021, BHA (British Horseracing Authority) licensed professionals, namely those active in the English thoroughbreds’ sector, will be also be able to train PA horses from their stables. This important development was announced by ARO and the BHA in early December. The rule which, until now, prevented a trainer from housing the two breeds on the same site has been very detrimental as regards the development of cross-channel PA racing. This represents very good news for the entire European PA racing sector.

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Sheikh Hamdan snares his 19th title. The December 1 date officially marks the end of the British PA racing season. Consequently, the champions in the various racing categories were also confirmed, with Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum capturing the owners’ title for the 19th time. James Owen was crowned champion trainer whereas Alex Chadwick ended the season as top jockey. Al-Tabari (General), the Peter and Michelle Hammersley representative, won the best British PA horse accolade. He was bred by Julie Kelway.

Photo: Shadwell Arabians Marketing and Nominations Co-ordinator Marion Lachat receives the 2020 ARO Champion Owner trophy on behalf of HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum