ABU DHABI, August 3 (BelTA – Emirates News Agensy). – The Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Riding Exhibition (ADIHEX) has announced the launch of a new edition of the competition “The most beautiful falcons bred in captivity”.
The competition has won the appreciation of regional and international entities concerned with preserving heritage and protecting the environment by motivating falconers to preserve wild falcons.
The contest has three categories: Most Beautiful Saker (Local & International), Most Beautiful Pure Gyr (Local & International) and Most Beautiful Gyr Peregrine.
A jury composed of Emirati and international experts in the field of falcons and their breeding, and members of the Emirates Falconers Club and the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF), is appointed to carefully evaluate participating falcons based on several criteria such as; the weight and measurements of the birds, the symmetry and color of the feathers, the details of the head, body and legs of the birds, the general aesthetic appearance of the birds, as well as their state of health and the absence of any sickness.
The competition will take place on the last day of the exhibition, Sunday 2 October 2022, where falconry companies and farms wishing to participate will meet at the Emirates Falconers Club stand at 6 p.m.
The next 19th edition of ADIHEX is organized by Emirates Falconers’ Club from September 26 to October 2, 2022.
Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee and Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers Club, pointed out that the innovative competitions, which are launched every year during ADIHEX, have made the emirate of Abu Dhabi a leader in the field of events. who seek to preserve cultural heritage, conserve wildlife and protect the environment. “ADIHEX was the first to launch this unique event in the world, and through it, the idea of this contest was transferred to many countries,” he said.
He added that Abu Dhabi worked early on to develop an effective strategy for the sustainability of falconry, based on the expansion of captive breeding to produce enough high quality birds to sell to reasonable prices. This was done in conjunction with awareness campaigns targeting falconry enthusiasts to preserve wild falcons and limit their hunting.
The competition aims to encourage falconers to use captive-bred falcons while practicing their favorite sport. It motivates experts in falconry and falcon breeding to produce larger and more beautiful falcons in terms of feathers and colors, thereby replacing the use of wild falcons and allowing them to reproduce in their natural habitats.