By Lisa Goodwin-Campiglio
some of you already know the ECAHO annual meeting is being held in Palma
de Mallorca February 11-13, 2005. ECAHO is the European Conference of Arabian
Horse Organizations. It has established the Horse Show rule book and is
officially accepted by 24 national organizations in Europe, the Middle
East and North Africa. Ingalil Martenssen as our Balearic regional representative
very graciously invited me to join them at a private luncheon and showing
of her breeding program this afternoon at their Yeguada (broodmare farm)
in Santa Maria here on the island.
MAF - 96 gs (Crusader x Balsa by Jacio) is a replica of his maternal grand
sire with a longer and more refined neck. Maria Angeles Bravo Del Claux
(Y. Manas de la Hoz) pointed this out and all had to agree. Major Pat Maxwell
and Joanna arrived just as the showing started and were able to view their
Crusader son trot a magnificent pass down the arena.
Nico Jung ( Karolinenhof Stud) and a number of other German breeders were also present with a good representation. In fact most of the European community was represented, all assuring me that Mallorca's spate of wonderful weather on this particular weekend had had a great deal to do with their travel plans.
For me it was especially nice to get a chance to see and talk with so many old friends all in one place. I had an especially interesting conversation with the Maxwell's who moved to France several years ago and have only a few horses left out of their extensive stud. Pat will be giving a talk tomorrow on the birth rate within the Arabian horse community and apparently the influence of the American market on the European. He discussed the WAHO set up at length and mentioned that shortly their "Book" will be closed as to recognizing more national organizations for Arabian registration. He also had quite a bit to say about the AHA and some of the former directors.
was great seeing Cristina again and she introduced me to several newer
breeders from the mainland whom I had not met previously. Thanks to her
diligence, I now have a copy of the Spanish Breeders Guide and am a reinstated
member of AECCA. Although I have no horses here in Spain, my membership
will allow me to have immediate access to the latest news and events in
a more timely manner. A new website for AECCA has been made and will
be linked to the old one which the late Rafael Muller had organized.
Cristina Valdez (Y. Vajuanete) is the Acting Secretary of the Spanish Breeders
Organization here in Spain (AECCA).
Director and 2 reporters were there also from Tutti Arab, the All Arabian
glossy magazine from Italy. And also present were the Directors and representatives
from Poland and as before we conversed in French, a language which many
Spanish breeders are more comfortable in than English so it was quite a
combination of "tongues" and left mine totally twisted. I barely spoke
a word of English for 6 hours, except when conversing with Pat & Joanna
and then I was mostly listening.
The author initiated her membership
with AECCA in 1974 as the Yeguada SZ Saltamontes which became SZED Spanish
Arabians in 1982 upon her transfer to the USA. Lisa is presently retired
and residing in Mallorca, Spain.
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