The Bulgarian Participation in the IXth Meeting of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding



The International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding held its 9th meeting in Ashgabat, as part of the events celebrating the national holiday – Day of Turkmen Horse. The meeting was attended by the President of Turkmenistan, President of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

On the Bulgarian side, the President of BTCIC and the Association of Friends of the Akhal-Teke Horse, Mr. Georgi Agaponov, took part in it. He is one of 147 individuals and legal entities from 32 countries admitted to membership in the Association.



A sign of authority and respect for his active work to accelerate and deepen cooperation with Turkmenistan in all spheres of mutual interest and in particular to establish and build long-term and fruitful partnerships in the fields of science, culture, art, music, traditions, lifestyle and history between the two nations was his election to the International Association's business presidium.

Addressing the guests with the words "Welcome to the hospitable, sunny Turkmen land - the homeland of the beautiful Akhal-Teke horses, famous in the world!" The head of state congratulated everyone at the beginning of the 9th meeting of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding. He then continued his greetings in one of the official languages of the United Nations - Russian.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that this year is under the motto "Turkmenistan - a country of prosperity", which fully reflects the comprehensive and successful development of state and public life. The above applies entirely to such an important industry as the cultivation of world-famous Akhal-Teke horses.



According to the agenda, during the meeting, were discussed the questions on the further development of the horse breeding and horse - sport activities at the international level, the challenges facing the organization at this stage and were taken decisions.
As the President pointed out, the establishment of the Association is a remarkable event that marks a qualitatively new level of state policy in the field of preservation and validation of the traditions in the cultivation of the world-famous breed of horses.

For centuries, Turkmens have been paying special attention to the sensitive, as a man, as wind-fast, faithful to their owner, the Akhal-Teke horses, which have become an incomparable example of beauty. As is well known, the Akhal-Teke horses have won world glory as "paradise horses," symbolizing the standard of grace and beauty, which for thousands of years has formed in Turkmen land as a result of the selection of local people, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.



Noting the Association's important role in international co-operation in the field of Akhal-Teke horse breeding, the head of state expressed his conviction that the interaction between the members of this public organization will continue to expand and improve and that the current forum would enhance further popularization of the beautiful Akhal-Teke horses, a mutually beneficial exchange of experience among breeders who grow Turkmen horses in different parts of the world.

The speech of the President of Turkmenistan was received with great attention by the participants and guests at the forum and was repeatedly interrupted by the cheerful applause of the hall.



In his statement, the member of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding, Mr. Georgi Agafonov, noted that once again he witnessed the great attention paid to the Akhal-Teke horses in Turkmenistan and the huge successes achieved in the field of horse breeding and sport. Bulgarian horse breeders highly appreciate the Akhal-Teke horses for their grace, endurance, unique characteristics and are very interested in raising them. The Bulgarian-Turkmenistan Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Association for Friendship with Turkmenistan and the Friends of the Akhal-Teke Horse Society in Bulgaria will continue to actively participate in the popularization of the Akhal-Tekehorses, increasing their international fame.



As President Gurbanguli Berdimouhamedov finally noted, some well-known horses specialists, world-renowned scientists, who took all their energy, professionalism, knowledge and skills into the cultivation of the beautiful Achal-Teke, took part in this representative forum. The head of state expressed his gratitude to foreign friends, who significantly contributed to the development and improvement of ahaltte horses at the international level.

The President of Turkmenistan announced the completion of the 9th Meeting of the International Association of Agate Horses and invites guests to take part in the celebrations on the occasion of the National Day of the Turkmen Horse, including the International Exhibition and the XIth International Scientific Conference "Turkmen Horse and World Art of Horse Breeding", which took place in Ashgabat.