Tuesday, February 20, 2018

First edition of the Gallops of Morocco starts in a week

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by Admin
20 February 2018

Drâa-Tafilalet, the golden dunes of Merzouga, Morocco. Tuesday 20 February 2018. 25 February will be the start of the Gallops of Morocco held under the patronage of His Majesty The King Mohammed.

This is the second edition of the ‘Gallops’ after the first one took place in Oman in 2014. Here 110 horse riders attacked a route over a 180 kilometres long trail of five stages in the sandy dunes of the majestic Wahiba Sands desert in the Sultanate of Oman.

The philosophy of the concept is very simple: ride, escape, nature, discovery, authenticity, traditions, magic, arts, emotions, treasures, taste for adventure, sun, party, and friends are the key words for this extraordinary adventure.

Comparable with the very known car race Paris-Dakar the concept is an orienteering and endurance equestrian race in teams of five riders, for six days through the desert.

Without being strictly a competition, the quest of performance is not a vital goal, the ‘Gallops’ will draw from the horse riding qualities of the competitors, from their stamina, their spirit of solidarity, as well as the self-discipline...

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Qatar- Emir Sword Endurance Ride winners honoured

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2/18/2018

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA

Doha: The Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali honoured Al Shaqab Endurance Team as a champion of H H the Emir Sword Endurance Ride at the end of the race which took place today at the Endurance village, Sealine. The 130 km race saw a large participation and strong competition among 66 riders.

After the race, Hassan Tahoos Al Nuaimi, the captain of the Al Shaqab Endurance Team, received the Golden Sword from the Minister of Culture and Sports. Al Shaqab team was led by Hassan Tahous Al Nuaimi with PERLADO HLM. He was trained by Mohammed Tahous Al Nuaimi. Reem team led by Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed bin Faisal Al Thani and Mohammed Al Jumaili finished in the second place, while Khalid Sanad Al Nuaimi came in third position...

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http://menafn.com/1096477832/Qatar-Emir-Sword-Endurance-Ride-winners-honoured

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bahrain: Al-Kitbi of Al Raood stud triumphs in HM the King’s Cup

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17/02/2018

Manama, Feb.17 (BNA): His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, Honourary President of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF), crowned Salem Hamad Al Kitbi of Al Raood Stud as winner of HM the King Endurance Cup, featuring a 120-km course.

The event witnessed the participation of a pool of prominent local competitors as well as from UAE. The eventual victor completed the race in 4.07.50 hours, travelling at a speed of 29 km/h, leaving the second place to UAE's Rashid Al Baloushi (4.08.31), while third place went to his country fellow Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (4.08.45).

The Cup included an event for young participants, which was won by Abdulla Ali of UAE, who posted a time of 4.40.10 hours. In second came Bahraini participants Dana Abdulrahman Al Saeed, while Rashid Ahmed Al Marri of UAE took third place...

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http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/826366

Monday, February 12, 2018

Five Borrowed Horses Fail Dope Tests in UAE Endurance

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February 12, 2018
by: Pippa Cuckson

Five endurance horses loaned to foreign nationals for rides in the UAE this winter have failed dope tests, with half the 2017-2018 desert season still to go.

According to listings recently updated by the FEI, there have been more three more positive findings since the two both involving Argentine visitor Daiana Chopita in December.

Uruguay’s Jonatan Rivera Iriarte, 34, is now provisionally suspended pending a FEI disciplinary hearing, after the borrowed HV Chairu tested positive to the banned substance Diisopropylamine and the controlled/specified substance Hydroxyxylazine, a sedative, when placing third in the Al Reef Cup on January 13th. Rivera Iriarte is a hugely experienced competitor who represented Uruguay at the 2016 world championships, where he finished in the leading group but was vetted out, and the 2017 Pan Am Games. He was having only his second FEI ride on the 11-year-old HV Chairu, trained by Al Reef Stables. Diisopropylamine is a Vasodilator used in the treatment of peripheral and cerebral vascular disorders.

US rider Azul Caronia, 21, paid the “fast-track” administrative sanctions fine of 1500 Swiss francs and accepted disqualification after her ride, Argentine-owned HCE Burbello SU, tested positive to the synthetic corticosteroid Triamcinolone Acetonide at the Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum Cup CEI3* 160km on January 6th...

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https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/borrowed-horses-dope-tests-uae-endurance/

Uruguayan summer vibes of good speed in Trinidad

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11 February 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Lucia Olascoaga

Hituzaingo Racetrack, Trinidad, Flores, Uruguay. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February 2018. Thanks to the Emirati hospitality, the Uruguayan riders, trainers, farriers and vets, all very active during the UAE season (when summer starts in the south hemisphere), managed to continue training horses in Uruguay and flew over to compete.

Meanwhile the season started mid summer in central Uruguay. Although it didn’t look there were many participants, a total of 137 horses came to compete last weekend.

Summer is the time breeders start qualifying their young horses. In the characteristic vast Uruguayan countrysides, most foals are born in spring (September) which is also the season breeders select the best horses of a new generation to start the taming process.

It was a pleasure to see the new horses on track on Saturday in Trinidad, but the stars of the race were the CEI2* 120km participants who overpassed the 24km/h average speed in a fast track under hot weather and very hard surface. The race was divided in four loops 38.5, 34.5km, 28 and 19km.

Dr. Fernanda Villar, winner in the senior category, told us “the air was hot and horses couldn’t make a good heart recovery”...

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http://endurance-world.com/uruguayan-summer-vibes-good-speed-trinidad/

Sunday, February 11, 2018

UAE: An 8 Minute Read

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MAZTALKS FRENCH · SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018

This little mare, named 8 Minute won the President Cup CEI 160 km 3* yesterday, the 10th February 2018. But many people feel she should not have been allowed to participate in the ride at all.

8 Minute was first over the line at the FEI World Championships for Young Riders and Juniors held in Italy on the 23rd September 2017. Photos circulated, showing blood flowing down the front legs of the little mare after having completed the last loop at 33.6 km/h (just under 21mph). There was a social media storm, and the photos were removed, only to reappear with the blood mysteriously gone.

8 Minute was dope tested and the results came back to show she was positive for Nandrolone, Stanozolol and 5AESTRANE-3B,17A-DIOL (Banned Substances). She was given the standard 2-month suspension. Her rider Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (UAE) and trainer, Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (UAE) were also suspended...

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UAE: 120 of 270 Starters Complete 160-km Presidents Cup

February 10 2018

The annual HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup was held Saturday, February 10th, at Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

270 riders from 41 countries took to the starting line. UAE riders occupied the top 6 fiish spots, with the winner being awarded a Mercedes Benz S450, the second-placed rider getting a Range Rover Sport, and riders finishing third to tenth receiving a Nissan Patrol 4WD car each. Rashid Hamoud Al Junaibi finished first aboard the 12-year-old mare 8 Minute in an astounding ride time of 6:12.10. The mare took 12 minutes and 40 seconds to recover at the finish with a recorded 62/60 CRI.

120th and last place went to Portuguese rider Filipe Fialho aboard the 8-year-old stallion El Violino, in a ride time of 11:24.46, long after the sun had set and the crowds dispersed.

All finishers received Dh 100,000 each (about US $27,000).

Complete results are at:
http://adec-web.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Finish_20180210.pdf

First edition of the Gallops of Morocco starts in a week

Endurance-world.com - Full Article by Admin 20 February 2018 Drâa-Tafilalet, the golden dunes of Merzouga, Morocco. Tuesday 20 Februa...