Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, August 16 / Trend H. Hasanov /
The Akhal-Teke International Breeding Association was established this week in Turkmenistan. The association is headquartered in Ashgabat, and will be managed by Turkmen President Gurbangly Berdimuhammadov.
The decision to open the association was made at a recent international horse-breeding conference in Ashgabat. Guests arrived to attend from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Luxemburg, Hungary, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
According to the Turkmen government, Berdimuhammadov was appointed as the head of the association "for his outstanding merits in developing the Akhal-Teke breed in Turkmenistan."
Members of the board were also elected.
The association will unite Akhal-Teke breeders and specialists worldwide.
The Akhal-Teke stallion Yanardag became an international champion in 1999. He was later made a Turkmen national symbol of eternity and stability.