California Riding Magazine • May, 2014

Horse Of Honor
Moroccan Barbs featured at World Equestrian Games

The world's best riders will compete in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, a major event in the world equestrian calendar. The Normandy 2014 edition will also boast the exceptional presence of the Kingdom of Morocco, as the Games will honor the Barb horse and set the stage for top Moroccan riders.

Games spectators will learn about the Moroccan Barb horse through an exhibition and the Games' rich artistic program. The breed will also appear in the opening ceremony and in the Games Village.

A land passionate about equestrian traditions, the Kingdom of Morocco toils to preserve and showcase its valuable equine heritage. In Morocco, the horse represents beauty, nobility and a powerful socio-economic role that all Moroccans are proud of.

The territory's emblematic Barb horses are the embodiment of universality. Through history, they have made man rich and have had a significant influence on equestrian culture.

The Barb horse thus boasts a particular appeal in Morocco, and this esteem is displayed by the national equine industry's strategy of developing and promoting the breed. Furthermore, Morocco is the founding member of the Worldwide Organization for the Barb Horse (OMCB) and currently presides over the organization as part of a four-year term.

The "Horse of Honor" project, which honors emblematic horse breeds from all over the globe, is one of the illustrations of Around the World in 80 Horses, the common theme of the non-sporting program during the Aug. 23 through Sept. 7 WEG. These 80 stories about man and horses, penned by Jean-Louis Gouraud, a writer and equine historian, will take spectators on a journey of discovery and will be featured in various ways during the 15 days of competition.

Press release provided by Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy.