Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Bahrain: Last Race of Endurance Season to be night ride!!

Endurance riders set for challenge
Gulf Daily News

THE last race of the endurance season, organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation, will take place today at 5pm at the Bahrain International Endurance Horse Riding Centre in Sakhir.

More than 65 riders from Bahrain and the GCC will take part in this event which will be the first to be held at night due to the high temperature during summer season.

The 100km race will be divided into four stages. The first two stages will be over 30km each, 26km for the third and 14km for the final stage.

There are 13 riders from Qatar, five from Saudi Arabia and over 50 from Bahrain.

The event will also feature two qualifying races which are warm up races for new riders to test their abilities and skills for such competitions.

The first race will be over 80km in which five riders are taking part, while the second is 60km with three riders in the fray.

Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president and Royal Endurance Team leader Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and second vice-president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who will not taking part in the race, will patronise the event.

Among favourite Bahraini riders for the event are national team members Ahmed Hamad Al Ruwaie and Jabr Al Dossary, both from Al Talia Stable.

Other stables participating in today's event are Al Asayel Stable, Al Salam School, Al Fateh Stable, Public Security and Sa'ar School.

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