ISAHS Mission

The importance of this project is its impact as a cultural, nature conservation, peace- and cooperation project that aims at the protection of these areas through high quality tourism (horses instead of cars). The cultural program includes the return of the Shagya Arabian Horse breed to Jordan, participating in Endurance races in the Middle East, and saving the Shagya Arab Horse archive. In addition as a cooperative project for Peace through horse breeding and horse training with the Arab world, the EU and Israel.


Relevance for that region:

1.)   Cultural exchange between Austria, Jordan and Israel

2.)   Cooperation between Austria,  Jordan and Israel

3.)   Formation and training of Bedouins in Jordan and South of Israel

4.)   Creating a high quality tourism in these areas of horse trekking

5.)   Centre of horse training, keeping and instructing in Jordan

6.)   Endurance racing in the “Middle East” region

7.)   Protection and enduring utilization of Sinai, Negev and the National Park of Wadi Rum

      8.)    Program of education for Bedouins in the sector of keeping animals 


Additional possibilities:

1.)   Integration of Bedouin women into the organization

2.)   Hippo therapy for handicapped Bedouins in Beer Sheva/Israel

3.)   Installation of a veterinary supply Establish veterinary centre supplying care givers along with goods and drugs for the Jordan

      4.)   Social studies about the influence of the project on the Bedouin population who is living there


             Problems and needs that must be resolved by the Bedouins in the Middle East:

Poverty, crime and insecurity: The reasons are changing life conditions caused by the modern world. The loss of traditional knowledge and of the Bedouin’s heritage leads finally to epidemic, destroying family structures, loss of moral values, as well as the feeling of exclusion of the younger generation in the modern world of industry and technology.

The Shagya Arab horse is part of their tradition, stimulates them to regain their historic knowledge as well as the possibility of employment to provide for their families.

Propensity of violence: The By giving the young male Bedouins responsibilities in horse keeping, the chances of violence are reduced because they will have learned through contact with animals to respect and care for the horses as has been shown with socializing handicapped people. The renaissance of the Bedouin horse culture  will positively influence the archaic patriarchal system assuring better living conditions especially for women and children.

Women’s rights: In cooperation with the elders of the tribes and with respect to the tribal hierarchy, the project will attempt to bring female Bedouins into the project’s plans to organize especially regional “female-suitable” jobs.    


             The target-group:

Because of the legitimacy of the Bedouins they are very important for the Shagya Arab Societies (including ISAHS). The descent of the stallions and mares of the societies goes back to the famous Beni Saqr (following, “Shagya”) Bedouins, whose stallions were imported to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The famous Shagya- stallion and many other bloodlines were bred as luxury army-horses, during the 18th and 19th century establishing the Shagya Arab Horse Breed. By tradition, their way of living (in remote areas), their knowledge of the landscape, the traditional domestication of animals and the constant nomadic moving, the Bedouins are ideal for horse keeping. Just as the professional and optimum way to work with those highest-quality horses must be taught, the program will offer them a traditional and respected position in their community. The project includes all the regional Bedouins from Egypt over Jordan to Israel back to their roots. We expect for them not only the successful realisation of this project, but also to be passed on to the next generations. Results: The target will be reached when the instruction of the target group (young Bedouins) successfully, on their own, plan and execute horse trekking tours. It must be sure, that they can handle horses from birth on and to earn their living with it. They should be able to lead the horses and the tours through free areas, they should become professional in horse keeping, training and breeding so that they became well known specialists in the Arab and European countries.

Indicators: After the two years, the Students must be ready to guide a tourist-group through his area on horse and must be able to take care of his group, the horses and his environment.

The Egyptian trekking- tours must have places to rest and stay overnight, which must be easily reachable and without risks by the target group. Provisioning  the horses food (and foodorganization), the care and training should be done by the target group without any problem after the project’s first year. Following this, the target-group should be able to build stables, fences and other necessry things besides organizing the required materials after one year.


         The Value of the action to government and by non- state actors:

Not only that this project will provide the Bedouin students with a possibility of education with some salary, so they can provide for their family. It will give work to the next generation, the Bedouins expecting rights for their land through the cooperation with international institutions like the EU. In Jordan, especially, the objective is to get the Bedouins to resettle in their original territories.

Additionally we can expect an association through the horse-business and races connection with the HM the King and other families in the entire Arab world and international environment- and humanitarian institutions.

Finally through the cultural exchange, we can expect better cooperation between the “Middle East” and the EU. 

        Methodology and Sustainability:

             Main Activities:

Construction of stables and grounds for training: planning, metal- working, wood-working, norms, etc.

Construction of fences: completely with poles, by herding   the flocks, to other pastures etc.

Riding instruction: English and American style of riding.

Horse-training: understanding the body-language of the horses, taming the young horses by hand, breaking in, farriery, hygiene, diagnosis of horse-diseases, etc. Transportation: the smooth loading of animals into trailers and trucks, techniques of catching the foals, young horses and stallions, etc. Trekking: planning the routes, leading groups, orientation, security and rules, teaching the language and instruction about sights, first aid, course of driving license (if it does not exist), etc.Agriculture: instruction on agricultural machinery (necessary for providing food for the animals during the summer and transportation of the dung), etc.

Water: Access to potable water for both horses and humans. Using the knowledge of the Bedu for this is essential for survival. Providing water if not available. Implementing Partners and the relationship to them:


The implementing partner ÖAZV and his relationship to the ISHAS:

The ÖAZV (The Austrian Arab Horse Breeding Community was found 1985) is the mother-organization of the ISAHS. The base for finding the ISAHS was provided by the ÖAZV and ISAHS received the important information and material for its duties in. The president or the secretary- general of the OeAZV regularly checks all actions of the ISAHS.  In case of need, management- consultants will be calledThe ÖAZV will organize specialists in Austria, the ISHAS in Jordan and Israel, in the time of necessity. The method of exchange between the ISAHS and the ÖAZV follows in a material and a non-material way. The ISAHS is building its structure, quite similar to the ÖAZV (breeding-book, statutes and mare-book). In the past the ISAHS got from the ÖAZV Semen and horses. In the future the ISAHS will get additional experience in project-management, specialists as business-advisors, lawyers, regulators and materials like Branding Stamps, special literature, Austrian public networks, etc. The ISAHS organize and takes care of the regional support of the Shagya-Arabs through education-programs, commercials, Shows, Trekking-tours, horse-racing and the developing of culture projects. The ISAHS puts the infrastructure (Animals, land, stables) and the teachers at disposal and realizes the targets of the projects (Trekking-tours, horse-transport and –training, etc.) and leads the administration in Israel.



Care and lasting usage of the nature reserve Wadi Rum and the Negev.

Building up a consciousness for the environment in the people’s minds and also bringing in a high-quality and environmental tourism became a life- quality question for these regions.Building up a veterinary supply: The veterinary supply of the working animals is a desirable and important development for the native population and the local animal world. Its also a long- term necessary institution which secures the sustainability of the project. It’s about saving and fostering the Bedouins’ property and culture. To teach Bedouins to do good horse shoeing is a very important step in that direction too. Social scientific work about the projects’ influence on the native Bedouin population: Within the project, a scientific social study would be essential to find positive and negative effects in time and to discourage or encourage them. The results of such a study could give important practical value experiences, numbers and facts for future works and projects.

This study makes the whole project clear and measurable.


Multiplier effects:

Co-operation: The cooperation consists in the importation and the specific breeding of the Shagya-Arab by Israel for its use in Jordan. Every year Shagya-Arabs will be delivered to the Bedouin partners to gradually replace over the years the horses of the older generation that actually go there in the trekking business so as to attract a high quality tourism with a high quality horse with a homogeneous look. From that number of Shagya-Arabs will  go 30 – 60 km every day in the trekking season (160 km during competitions) the ultimate racing horse is selected. Together with the perfect genes, the perfect surroundings for the training and the competitive abilities shown in the trekking work, the endurance race participation will be successful.



Endurance and Galopp race in the “Middle East”:

The Shagya Arab is a legend, which has to manifest itself in the array of the „Middle- East“ racehorses.

There are scarcely any reference values that can show how this race establishes itself with the local staff in the modern equine sports. The social acceptance of such a big project isn’t yet known.

Setting those horses in distance runs against Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar... Bedouins sitting on their back would prelude a new start.


Care and lasting usage of the nature reserve Wadi Rum and the Negev.

Owing to the strong tourism of the last 10 years and inattentiveness of the Bedouins from that region, much of the Deserts are polluted.

Building up a consciousness for the environment in the people’s minds and also bringing in a high-quality and environmental tourism became a life- quality question for that region.

This program starts in Jordan in the areas of the nature reserve Wadi Rum and its surrounding Bedouin villages. The second part is for the Bedouins in Beer Sheva who get integrated through horses and also for the Beni Saqr tribe near Ahlan wa Sahlan. The horse-training project in Sinai and the Nature Reserve Wadi Rum has also the purpose of using the natural base of life and the region of the Bedouins self- sustaining and environment- friendly.

With no doubt, horses and camels are much more conducive for moderate quality tourism than pollution and rutted landscapes, going along with the mass tourism in Jeeps and busses.

Because of the special education of the people the region will be cleaned up and landscaped.


The integration of the Bedouins’ wives into the organization:

The equality of women is in this regard more difficult as it is a problem of the Bedouin society. And it’s easier to question a social problem than a social system, which exists for thousands of years.

But still it should be possible to involve women into the project as much as the tribe accepts it (for example in photography and documentation work, in supervising the websites and supporting services for the tourists and much more…).