• Coolmore, the World’s leading breeder and racehorse owner is supplying thoroughbreds to China
  • Stakes winning racehorses are among thoroughbreds being imported from Australia, France and Ireland
  • Arqana China is an auction partner
  • Former President of the UN General Assembly is a keynote speaker
  • Former CEO of Melbourne Racing Club appointed Chief Operating Officer of China Horse Club
  • Group One Australian trainer to oversee the training of international horses
  • China Horse Club and Hohhot Sports Bureau are event promoters

4th July 2013

The China Horse Club and Desert Star Holdings jointly announce the official launch of the China Equine Cultural Festival which will be held over two days on 20th and 21st September 2013.

The China Equine Cultural Festival will be the first internationally endorsed thoroughbred meeting held in Mainland China with support for this event is coming from leading owners, industry bodies and breeders from Australia, France, Ireland and Singapore.

Coolmore, the world’s leading breeder and racehorse owner, heads a list of high profile industry supporters who are supplying thoroughbreds for competition at the China Equine Cultural Festival. Competing thoroughbreds are being supplied from notable owners and breeders from across Australia, France and Ireland. These imported thoroughbreds include the sons and daughters of champion sires Galileo, Giants Causeway, Zabeel, Oasis Dream, Encosta de Lago .

This nationally significant event will be held in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, part of the traditional centre of Asia’s horse culture.

The selection of Hohhot as a Government preferred venue comes at a time when major equine projects are being announced in the province. An international standard racecourse and a world class breeding farm, which will be owned and managed in conjunction with international partners, will be created in this region.

These major projects will define Hohhot as a thoroughbred centre of excellence across Asia and further reinforce the city as an ideal launching point for the inaugural 2013 China Equine Cultural Festival.

This two day cultural and thoroughbred event will include an invitation only VIP Gala Dinner, an International Symposium, an auction co-hosted by Arqana China and a showpiece thoroughbred race day. Local and international VIPs as well as Government officials will be in attendance. Guest speakers at the International Symposium will include His Excellency, Professor Joseph Deiss, the former President of the United Nations General Assembly and the former President of the Swiss Confederation.

Tabreed_07_samll Tabreed winning in America (30th June)

Tropaios_01Tropaios winning in Singapore (9th June)

The Inner Mongolian Government is the major Government body endorsing this event. Support is also provided bythe Sport Bureau in Hohhot. The Sports Bureau has officially approved The China Horse Club and Desert Star Holdings to host the first China Equine Cultural Festival in Hohhot.

The previously planned thoroughbred event in Tianjin will be held in 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse.

At the time of this release, Longines is the preferred Official Time-Keeper, Official Watch and Official Partner of theChina Horse Club. France Galop, who along with Desert Star Holdings co-sponsors scholarship programs for Chinese students working in the French thoroughbred industry, will be among the race sponsors.

The announcement of the 2013 China Equine Cultural Festival is the latest development of The China Horse Club and Desert Star Holdings which continue to invest heavily in both the local and international thoroughbred industries:

  • The China Horse Club, which races thoroughbreds internationally in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, has enjoyed racetrack success in recent weeks in the United States and Singapore with winners sourced from Arqana, France;
  • Warran Brown, who was the Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Racing Club for seven years, has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the China Horse Club;
  • Group One winning trainer John Thompson will head a senior team overseeing the preparation of international horses for the China Equine Cultural Festival;
  • In June students co-sponsored by Desert Star Holdings departed to work in the thoroughbred industry in Ireland. In the same month students returns after working with leading trainer Alain de Royer Dupre, Nicolas Clement and Criquette Head-Maarek in the French thoroughbred industry;
  • In April the China Horse Club was a leading player at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale purchasing a selection of high profile yearlings including three Fastnet Rock colts in partnership with Coolmore Stud.