Welcome | WAHO 2019 Conference Australia

A World of Wonder Down Under Awaits…

It gives us immense pleasure to welcome the WAHO family back to Australia for the WAHO 2019 Conference. The entire Arabian community in Australasia is eagerly anticipating this global gathering. The Arabian Horse Society of Australia has partnered with our neighbour across the Tasman Sea, the New Zealand Arabian Horse Society, to create an extraordinary 18-day programme to combine the business of the main WAHO General Assembly with the pleasure of several stud tours and horse presentations, varied sightseeing, camaraderie and entertainment. We feel sure you will find this edition of the bi-annual WAHO family get-together to be both memorable and enlightening.

You are strongly encouraged to arrive in time to join in a selection of Pre-Conference Tours & activities in Sydney and the surrounding region, from 1st to 4th February. The definite highlight will be the very special afternoon & evening planned for Saturday 2nd with the Australian Arabian Ambassadors Presentation & VIP Welcome Dinner at the East Coast Championships Finals. You are also invited to immerse yourself in your choice of three full-day tours on Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th February: The Sydney Experience, Blue Mountains in Style, or Spectacular Sydney. Half-day tours visiting both Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House are offered on Friday, Sunday & Monday.

The enchanting village of Terrigal, on the Central Coast of New South Wales will provide the backdrop for the primary activities of the WAHO 2019 Conference. The Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, set in a spectacular location just across from Terrigal Beach with panoramic views of the South Pacific Ocean, will serve as the principal Conference venue hotel. Your free coach transfers from Sydney to Terrigal will be available from Sunday 3rd February, and the WAHO Conference Registration desk at the Conference venue hotel will also be there to welcome you from that day. The main Conference Schedule based in Terrigal starts on Monday 4th of February, please see Page 2 of this brochure for the daily itinerary. The World Registrars Meeting takes place on Tuesday 5th February, and we look forward to greeting you all at the Welcome Dinner that evening for an Aussie-Style BBQ complete with authentically Australian entertainment. The WAHO General Assembly will officially open on the morning of Wednesday 6th February. A very special day is planned for Thursday 7th February, giving you all the chance to experience the world-class horses and hospitality of Simeon Stud & Mulawa Arabian Stud. The full last day of the WAHO General Assembly, featuring several guest speakers from around the world, is on Friday 8th February, concluding with the Gala Dinner complete with entertainment that evening.

Dedicated breeders in both Australia & New Zealand will open their doors to you during an ambitious Post-Conference Tour schedule, carefully crafted to share many of the best Arabians & Arabian Derivatives in Australasia with our WAHO family. From Saturday the 9th through Sunday the 17th of February, nine sensational days of stud tours, special presentations and stimulating sight seeing, you will have the opportunity to discover the best of Australia’s Horse Capital in the Hunter Valley, the greater Melbourne region in Victoria or the sunshine & surf of Queensland’s Gold Coast, rounded off with the unique appeal of New Zealand, with the added bonus of the affable competition and laid-back atmosphere of the New Zealand National Arabian Championships.

Do take the time to browse the Conference website, where you will find a wealth of additional information, with many links to more details of the places we will be visiting.

We are confident that you will find your visit to Australasia the ideal opportunity to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in the company of like-minded people with a shared passion for the Arabian horse. Plan to spend your February with us, take advantage of the amazing experiences we have arranged during the WAHO 2019 Conference, and discover all that Australia & New Zealand have to offer. We can promise you a generous dose of authentic Aussie hospitality, spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife, as well as an inspiring collection of the immensely talented home-bred Arabians & Arabian derivatives of which we are incredibly proud. Taking part in a WAHO Conference is a unique chance to appreciate the extraordinary bond formed by these horses, the essential connection that brings us all together from distant shores and different cultures, in friendship and in celebration of the Arabian horse.

A special thank you to the official WAHO 2019 Conference Australia partners, patrons & sponsors