Childhood gives us the fondest memories that stick with us for the rest of our lives. Some of us are fortunate to discover our passions at a tender age and the same holds true in Hassan Al Mannai’s case. As it turns out, the first encounter with a horse can leave you wanting more. The calmness and exhilaration one feels at the same time are unique and worth holding on to. From there on, the pursuit of spending quality time with horses only gets stronger as the years go by.
Passion turns into a profession
In our case, Hassan Al Mannai visited many Arabian Horse Shows around the world which enhanced his understanding of the horse breeding industry and gave birth to his own breeding program with the introduction of Al Reeh Stud in 2013. Since then, he has been donning two hats; one as a banker and one as a horse breeder, doing justice to both his profession and calling. Today, he shares with us, these 7 equestrian traditions which he discovered during his journey.
1] Manes in the ‘right’ direction: Whether superstitious or not, plaiting manes to the right is something of a popular trend if not a force of habit.
2] Mounting: Does it really matter if we mount from the left or right? Well, if history is anything to go by, then yes, left is ideal.
3] Hairnets: Safety first is and always should be the motto. Even if my horses were to develop slight niggles, it would give me sleepless nights so hairnets that keep them protected get a big thumbs-up.
4] Colour of tacks: Black or brown? Set aside your personal preference and follow tradition! Choose a brown riding tack if you want to be viewed as ‘original’.
5] Straps: Nowadays, it’s more about being in vogue. As far as trends go, make sure you choose the ‘in’ straps. Usually, white garter straps go with topped boots and plain straps go with the untopped boots.
6] Bandage: In preparation for injuries, it’s important and universally agreed to carry bandages.
7] Attire: Usually, it’s about white or beige jodhpurs but this is of little consequence when you’re racing. After all, the muck and gravel are sure to turn them into a laundromat’s delight.
Future of horses (conclusion option 1)
The common thread between breeders and owners over the world is the commitment they have towards their horses. This needs to reflect in the facilities, right from shelter to medical care. As far as the industry goes, it holds great potential for horses given the advancement of infrastructure both in developed and developing countries. Hassan’s dream of creating a world-class ecosystem where horses live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives is something for all to see. Today, with his recent appointment as Director of Arabian Horse Show at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, he is running from pillar to post to build deeper connects with ECAHO and hopes his recent successful election which gave him a position as an Executive Committee Member can “make the world a better place for horses”.
Bringing clean water – Christopher Kenny’s Preservation Earth Project
Science plainly shows that a human can survive three weeks without food, yet most individuals cannot survive three to four days without water! Dehydration sets in, and the person will go into shock and become vegetative even if they continue to breathe. In other words, water is an essential requirement. A living thing cannot thrive without it. Nonetheless, it is a horrifying truth that billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.
In developed countries, when everything from technology to luxury is available, receiving clean water at home is as ‘natural’ as breathing fresh air. Most individuals in advanced nations may not pay much attention to it, but this is not the case for the rest of the globe. Many countries continue to lack access to clean water sources or water appropriate for human use. Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene at home should not be limited to the wealthy or those who live in cities. These are some of the most fundamental human health requirements, and all countries must ensure everyone has access to them.
The Preservation Earth Project (PEP) made its way to Tsaile, New Mexico. Over time, uranium mining, fracking, and pesticide abuse damaged the water supply, resulting in a high occurrence of numerous illnesses. Approximately 35% of the Navajo people do not have access to flowing water, and some must go to a remote location to fill barrels with water from a polluted local spring.
There is no doubt that climate change is boosting storm strength. Recent natural catastrophes have heightened the need for groups to step up and give support, answers, and relief to individuals affected by such natural disasters. The Preservation Earth Project is a non-profit organization that provides support, education, and solutions to help society transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
A look back at Christoper Kenny’s life
Chris Kenny was born in Summit, New Jersey, on May 4, 1961. He was one of twelve children. In 1980, he received a B.A. in economics and finance from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He also attended New York University, earning a commercial real estate management degree from the Schack Institute. Since 2018, he has served as the head of Strategy and E-trading at Hartfield, Titus, and Donnelly. Kenny started his career in the U.S. In 1985. He worked as a Treasury Bond Broker. He formerly worked at Bonds.com as the director of fixed income sales and technological development. His academic background is in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent demand as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity.
He used solar power on mobile platforms as a backup power source for emergencies, water purification, and water pumping.
His academic credentials are in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent need as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. He has over 38 years of experience in finance as a salesperson, broker, trader, and investor.
Making clean water available to everyone
In 2012, Kenny founded The Preservation Earth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides assistance, education, and alternative energy solutions to help society shift to renewable energy. It was involved and aided Haiti several times after the 2010 earthquake, providing portable solar electricity for water purification and medical facilities. In 2020, the business devised a solution for the Navajos’ contaminated water source. They collaborated with engineers and local officials to build, produce, and install a solar-powered water filtration system for the Navajo people of Tsaile, New Mexico. Other activities have included providing portable solar power to the “Cajun Navy” for rescue and clean-up in areas devastated by the 2015-2021 hurricane season in Louisiana.
The project designed, delivered, and installed a solar-powered filtration system that will provide clean drinking water to the local Navajo community 365 days a year for many years to come. Several more initiatives are in the works to provide safe drinking water to Native American communities on the Navajo Reservation.
President’s letters of gratitude
President Jimmy Carter sent Chris two heartfelt letters encouraging him to continue his charitable work. He suggested calling Habitat for Humanity and asking if they were interested in collaborating on a few projects. He and Kenny both helped out at the charity.
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