In recent years, the world interest in the Akhalteke horse breed has flared up with renewed vigor. This was a direct consequence of the large-scale activities launched in Turkmenistan on the initiative and under the personal patronage of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to revive the national horse breeding traditions, the development of equestrian sport in the country, the selection and breeding work to preserve and improve the breed characteristics of the Akhal-Teke horses, their gene pool.
Another testimony to the growing interest in the Akhal-Teke horses in various countries was a letter addressed to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov from Sheikh Faisal bin Nasser bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the Sheikh family of the State of Qatar, who congratulated the Turkmen leader on the approaching holiday, the Day of the Turkmen Horse. "This is a truly remarkable holiday, embodying the commitment of the fraternal Turkmen people to the ancient traditions of their powerful ancestors," the message says.
"Taking particular note of Your Excellency's Turkmen horses, as well as Your great efforts to develop and preserve pure-bred Akhal-Teke, let me ask Your Excellency to allow fraternal support of this branch and transfer money in the amount of 500 000 US dollars to the account of the State Association "Turkmenatlary" to establish prizes at the races, organized in the framework of the celebration of the Day of Turkmen Horse.
We are sure that under the leadership of Your wise policy the glory of the Akhalteke horses will continue to spread all over the world at a very fast pace. "
In the context of this activity, which includes various directions, the creation of the International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding, chaired by the Head of Turkmenistan, the commissioning of new equestrian complexes in all velayats of the country, and the establishment of an international beauty contest among Akhalteke horses, became sign events.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper