Parem Nicholas from Germany is taking part in the first International Falcon Breeders Auction and said that falconry contests had witnessed major developments in the past few years.
The auction is being organized by the Saudi Falcons Club in Malham, north of Riyadh.
“I have been interested in falcon competitions for a long time, since 1994 to be exact. That is when I visited the Kingdom and participated in several competitions. It seems like the SFC has done a lot to make this difference and development. Officials have achieved a big quantum leap. I have noted a remarkable change, things have developed a lot. The great organization deserves to be praised. I am happy to be here, and I would like to thank them for the great hospitality and facilitation.”
Nicholas is participating with 26 falcons in the exhibition and seven falcons at the auction.
The first falcon, from Ireland Falconry, was sold for SR31,000. The second, from Suleiman Al-Dahas Farm, was sold for SR30,000. The third, also from Ireland Falconry, was sold for SR51,000.
Falcons from the best farms across 14 countries are taking part in the event, which runs until Sept. 5.
The auction comprises exhibitions for each participating farm and several pavilions for falcon products, food, and medical supplies.