Tuesday, September 28, 2004

UAE: 2004-2005 Season

UAE endurance season from Nov 17
By A Correspondent

28 September 2004

DUBAI ? After a highly successful 2003-2004 endurance season in the UAE, endurance riding will kick-start for the new season in November. The Dubai Endurance City Rides, to be held on November 17 and 18, will herald the new season. The days will feature CEI, three-star 2x80 km ride and also CEI, two-star 120 km ride.

The endurance season, which tentatively has a calendar of 15 rides, will be held in three different venues in the UAE including Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, Dubai Endurance City, Seih Assalem, Dubai and Bu Deeb Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi. Apart from these rides, the season also includes seven qualifiers.

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Aachen: 2005 Pre-Ride

French Rider Sunny Demedy wins in the Soers
World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 - Newsletter 28.09.2004

The test was successful. 694 days before the beginning of the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006, the organisers of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV) practised the moment of truth on Saturday.

At 7 a.m., 55 endurance riders from 14 nations climbed the saddle to go on the 90 or 120 kilometres alternatively long and challenging course through three countries. About to 3 p.m., Sheikh Majid Ali Al Kayoum from the United Arabian Emirates dismounted the horse as first again - he decided the short distance for himself. The French Sunny Demedy won over the 120 kilometres - she had to keep up till 4 p.m.

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Monday, September 27, 2004

Intercontinental Newsletter - September 27



In this letter you?ll find

§ Individual Qualification Criteria for Championships/ CEI**** rides

§ World Equestrian Games GER-Aachen 2006

§ Extract from FEI Press News 20/04, 15 July 2004

§ FEI Press News, 13 August 2004

§ Extract from FEI Press News 24/04, 1 September 2004

§ Extract from FEI Press News 26/04, 21 September 2004

§ CEIOJ** FRA-Pau, 23rd October 2004

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Auchen: 2006 WEG Pre-Ride

Test-Event Endurance: 25.09.2004

Next Saturday, September 25th, the Test-Event Endurance will lead through three countries. The endurance-ride is the first test for the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006.

60 competitors will go on the 90 kilometre respectively 120 kilometre course through Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Most prominent competitor is the German Champion Melanie Arnold as well as the German Vice-Champion Bernhard Dornsiepen. Sunny Demedy, the bronze medal winner of the World Equestrian Games Jerez 2002, comes from France. Riders from 17 nations will start, among others also three Sheiks from the UAE.

Starting at 7 a.m., the course leads from the Soers to the crew point Vetschau, via Bosrust (Netherlands) and the border triangle it goes to Montzen (Belgium). Via Plombières and again the border triangle, the course leads then via the crew points Lütticher Street and Köpfchen again to the border triangle. Frank Kemperman General Manager of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV), particularly asks the pedestrians for understanding: " Riders and pedestrians will meet each other in the forest. But if the pedestrians show understanding for the riders, we will not have problems. But most importantly, I would like to ask all dog owners to use a leash in the forest." Via Bosrust, Furt Mamelis and Vetschau it goes back to the Soers. As of approx. 4 p.m., the fastest riders will be expected there. The border triangle is already the ultimate destination for the riders going the "short" distance. A detailed course map is at your disposal under www.aachen2006.de/sport/distanzreitenTest.html.

The most attractive point for the spectators is the so-called "Vet-Gate" at the border triangle. There, the first riders will be expected at 8.15 a.m. The course always leads back in loops to the border triangle. "I can only recommend all spectators to come here", says Kemperman. Here, all participating horses will be checked by veterinarians. Only if they attest the health of the horses, horse and rider will be authorized to go on to the next part of the course. At the border triangle, parking lots are at your disposal. Admission to the test-event is free of charge.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

USEF Selects 15 Member National Team for 2004 World Endurance Championships

USEF Selects 15 Member National Team for 2004 World Endurance Championships

The USEF Selection Committee met on Thursday, September 2 following the final Training Event held in Oreana, ID. In accordance with the Selection Procedures for the 2004 World Endurance Championship National Team and Traveling Squad, 15 horse/rider combinations were named to the USEF National Endurance Team.

The National Team will convene in Florida on December 1 for 5 weeks of training, coordination and evaluation. Depending on budgetary constraints, USEF plans to send nine horse/rider combinations to Dubai, UAE for the 2004 World Endurance Championship.

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Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights' Endurance Ride

Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights' Endurance Ride

OREANA -- While the world was host to the Olympics in Athens this past month, Idaho was host to an event of Olympic-size stature in the world of equine endurance in the small town of Oreana.

The U.S. International Equestrienne Federation (FEI), in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Emirates International Village (an endurance racing facility in the United Arab Emirates), came together to host the Arabian Nights Endurance Ride. This ride was the final qualifying ride to choose the United States Endurance team for the World Championships which will be held in Dubai in February, 2005. In addition to selecting members for the U.S. National team, this ride was also a national and international competition.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

US: Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights 100

Khaleejh Times
1 Sep 2004

Shaikha Madiya sets standard

DUBAI - Shaikha Madiya bint Hasher Al Maktoum became the first UAE national lady to complete an international 160-km endurance ride recently.

The Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights, sponsored by Emirates International Endurance Village, took place in Idaho, north west USA. It was organised by Steph and John Teeter at whose range the venue was based,

For the past two months Shaikha Madiya has been training in the USA with Jan Worthington and Grace Ramsey at their stables in Illinois where they have horses owned by Dubai businessman Khalid Al Ghurair. Three of his horses took part in this ride which included the mount of Shaikha Madiya, My Rainbow Jasper, who finished in 25th place having averaged 13.64kph. During her training in the USA Shaikha Madiya has successfully completed several 80-km rides in preparation for this, her first 160-km ride.

The scenery throughout the ride was spectacular, as it passed through sections of the Oregon Trial, the route taken by the early settlers of the 1800?s in their horse wagons.

As the horses passed along the Snake River Canyon they had access to drink from the abundance of water troughs located at every 1-km. The weather was hot and previous days rains had done little to quell the clouds of dust set up by the horses.

The ride started at 06.15 just before dawn, in the light of a full moon. It was split into six legs 32-29-26-27-22-22km.

The local desert condition over undulating sandy, but occasionally rocky tracks, produced a fast ride that was the last official selection trial for the USA World Championship team.

The winner, Karen Kroon, achieved an average speed of 19.70kph, second was Susan White Hedgecock 19.66kph and third dual world champion Valerie Kanavy 19.43kph.

Of the 55 starters 35 completed, the leading international rider was Leonard Liesens Belgium 10th, 17.45kph and last to finish was Dean Conti USA 9.52kph.

The inspiration
A delighted Shaikha Madiya said ?General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is my inspiration; he has supported me in my ambition. My aim is to become a member of the UAE team and I will return to the USA next April and train and compete here throughout the summer. I have 25 horses at my stable in Dubai and have six more coming from the USA plus another six that will stay here in training.

?My goal is too encourage more UAE ladies to take up endurance and to establish a team of UAE ladies who would compete internationally.?

Shaikh Madiya has been accompanied during her time in the USA by her brother Shaikh Mana who gave her great encouragement during the ride and was an excellent crew member. At the awards presentation Mohamed Al Sayed, Chairman of Emirates International Endurance Committee, congratulated Shaikha Madiya on her outstanding success for the UAE.

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FEI Goes Quiet on Sanctions Against Countries with a Doping Problem

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