Saturday, February 28, 2004

2004 Presidents Cup: Dry run a winner for Penny [29feb04]

The Sunday Mail QLD: : "Dry run a winner for Penny
29feb04

ENDURANCE horse racer Penny Toft has returned triumphant from a gruelling 160km race across a desert in the United Arab Emirates.

Riding her favourite steed Phantasm DJ, Toft, 40, was the first woman to finish the President Cup endurance race.
'He is a very special horse,' Toft said at her home in Marburg, near Ipswich, yesterday. "

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Cairo Times: Egyptian Endurance: Riding it out

First Egyptian Endurance Race: May 2000
Madeleine Stein



...By the time Al Beckreya arrived, the elaborate tents were being dismantled and only a few time keepers and vets remained, but both Janie and her horse, who had slowly walked some of the last loop and then trotted with new energy in the last stretch before home, were warmly greeted by enthusiastic friends. The catchphrase of endurance racing is 'To finish is to win,' and within 30 minutes of crossing the finish line, Al Beckreya was deemed fit by the judges and became a happy winner.
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Equisearch: An Endurance Ride in Egypt

A Desert Ride: A rider tackles her first endurance ride -- in the sands of Egypt -- with a little help from her friends.


By Denise Hearst



When an Egyptian friend of mine, Gamal Breesh, dropped the idea in front of me, I said, 'No way.' But then, after walking around with it for a couple of days, I began to warm to the idea: to compete in an 80km endurance race. In four weeks. In Egypt. On a strange horse.
Never mind that I'd never ridden in an endurance race before, or that I'd hardly been riding my own horse lately because a rainy December had made California's central coast trails too muddy. No, these details were not going to stand in my way. The ride appealed to me as a way to take a measure of myself as much as to sample a new life experience. At the very least, I figured there'd be stories to tell ... and I'll take any excuse to spend "

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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

New Zealand Horse of the Year Show

Endurance Competition at New Zealand Horse of the Year Show



For the first time in the history of the Horse of the Year Show, 20 of New Zealand's best endurance riders will be joining the competitors of the other 12 equestrian sports in this year's Horse of the Year Show.
The race will begin at 3pm with all riders departing on horseback from the Premier Arena of the Showgrounds, to return five hours later. "

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Al Fahad Endurance Championship - 22 Feb in Kuwait

Endurance riders set for challenge

THE Bahrain national endurance horseride team is set to take part in the Al Fahad Endurance Championship which takes place today from 7am at Al Wafra area in Kuwait.
The team, which is led by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, is gearing up for a winning performance in this race which will cover a distance of 120km.
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Sunday, February 22, 2004

ILPH: Brazil 2004 Challenge

Brazil 2004


The ILPH Brazilian Challenge will provide you with the opportunity to explore the largest country in South America. Since its colonisation by the Portugese in the 16th century, the country has held a constant fascination for foreigners. Brazilian culture has been shaped not only by the Portugese, who gave the country it religion and language, but also the country's native Indians, the large African population and other settlers from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The state of Rio is one of the smallest in Brazil, but probably has the greatest diversity with its mountain ranges, coastline and forests.

Using Mangalarga Marchador horses (an orginal Brazilian breed), this Challenge follows the Imperial route from Penedo to Petropolis. The itinerary is truly exciting and challenging, incorporating the stunning mountainous region north west of Rio de Janeiro. It is a unique itinenary and one that we are sure will appeal to those with an adventurous spirit who want to "do their bit" for the ILPH, and be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.
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ILPH Online - Mongolian Camel Challenge 2004

ILPH: Mongolian Camel Challenge 2004


Itenerary

Mongolia has always had a ring of unreachable mystery about it - one of those places so far away that it's hard to imagine that it really does exist!

The Mongolia Camel Challenge offers the participant the chance to sample one of the oldest cultures in the world at first hand, by spending 5 days crossing the Gobi Desert riding the 2-humped Bactrain camels.

You will experience the nomadic lifestyle of the Mongolians and will see the Gobi Desert in all its glory; the canyons, dunes, plains and "

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2004 HH Presidents Cup: Al Juneibi shines for Al Wathba

Al Juneibi shines for Al Wathba

By Amith Passela



20 February 2004



ABU DHABI - Abdul Rahim Hilal Al Juneibi clinched the President's Cup for Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Al Wathba Stables to complete a hat-trick of the coveted title here at the Emirates International Endurance Village yesterday.
Juneibi was also recording his third win of the season after claiming the first round of the Triple Crown Series in Dubai and the AGCC championship a fortnight back at Abu Dhabi.


Juneibi completed the Dh1 million Al Jaber sponsored 160km CEI three-star race in seven hours and 20 minutes on 10-year-old gelding Super to win from Mubarak Khalifa bin Shaya on Comes The Dawn and Al Reef Stables' Yousef Ahmed Al Baloushi onboard 10-year-old Arabian stallion El Hadzin Deleyre, a former consistent performer on the flat."

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Saturday, February 21, 2004

The Star : Equestrian Centre to be built in Terengganu

Equestrian Centre to be built in Terengganu Indonesia

KUALA TERENGGANU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the RM54mil Equestrian, Sport and Recreational Centre at the Kuala Ibai Lagoon here which is expected to be ready in 2006.
The ceremony was performed by the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, who is an avid equestrian and endurance rider, on Saturday.


Also present at the function were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and leaders from Umno and PAS.
In his speech, Sultan Mizan thanked the Federal Government for sanctioning the funds and the state government for approving the 19ha site. "

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GN Online: Marzouqi rides Misty Reyn to President's Cup triumph

Marzouqi rides Misty Reyn to President's Cup triumph



Abu Dhabi | 21-02-2004


Marzouqi, finishing first during the HH The President's Cup for Juniors at Al Wathba. Young Hussain Ali Mohammed Yusuf Marzouqi's passion for horses was fully evident in his superb win on Misty Reyn in the His Highness The President's Cup for Children & Junior Riders here yesterday.


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Friday, February 20, 2004

Gulf Daily News

Gulf Daily News: "Shaikh Nasser congratulated


HIS Majesty King Hamad sent a cable congratulating honorary president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa for winning the rights to host the 2005 World Juniors and Youth Endurance Championship."

Bahrain International Open Endurance Championship

Gulf Daily News: SHAIKH FAISAL WINS IN STYLE



SHAIKH Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa claimed the title yesterday in the Bahrain International Open Endurance Championship sponsored by Batelco and held at the Endurance Village.

The championship was attended by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) honorary president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and honorary vice-president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Faisal, riding Abouxer Aheer from the Al Talia Stables, completed the 120 kilometres course spread over five stages in five hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds. to claim the top prize BD3,500.

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World endurance race in Bahrain

BAHRAIN will host the Juniors and Young Riders World Endruance Championship in 2005.

Bahrain singed a contract in this connection with the world endurance governing body FEI yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel.

Honorary president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Ian Williams of FEI signed the contract.

Growing

"Endurance sport in Bahrain is growing rapidly and by hosting the world championship next year we will cross another milestone," said Shaikh Nasser.

"Bahraini riders are putting in a lot of effort at training and that is being reflected in the encouraging results we have had recently.

"We train on different horses, spend a lot of time improving in every aspect of the game. But we still have a lot of hard work to do," added Shaikh Nasser who is also the captain of the Royal Team which includes Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Shaikh Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Italy, Britain and France were also in the running to host the 2005 championship but Bahrain was awarded the rights because of the keen interest shown by them, added Williams.

"We look into the popularity and maturity of the sport in a particular region before awarding the rights to host a major event," said Williams.

General Organisation for Youth and Sports president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and BREEF committee head Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa were also present on the occasion.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

GN Online: Strong UAE line-up in President's Cup

Strong UAE line-up in President's Cup
Abu Dhabi |By M. Satyanarayan, Staff Reporter | 19-02-2004
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Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Mindari Aenzac and Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum on Shah together lead a strong team of UAE riders in today's prestigious His Highness The President's Cup 160-km endurance ride.

Also joining these two top riders, who will be on two of the best horses from the Al Reef barn, are reigning world champion Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum on Grafiti du Vermont and a hat-trick seeking Shareef Mohammed Abdullah Al Baloushi on Joost.

Leading the foreign challenge is two-time world champion Valerie Kanavy who is partnering In The Cards, a half-brother to one of the world's best Purebred Arabian race horse, Al Anudd."

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Endurance riders set for challenge

Local stables are getting ready for the Bahrain International Open Endurance Championship which starts on Thursday at 5.45am at the endurance village.

The championship is being organised by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) and sponsored by Batelco.

Registration is open for the event which covers a distance of 120 kilometres divided into five phases.

The event is open to all categories of horses that includes juniors, adults and qualifiers.

Veterinary tests for the horses must be completed before the races begin with the first three phases covering 20 kilometres each and the fourth and fifth 30 kilometres each.


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Cash bonanza for top 10 riders

Cash prizes will be given away to the top 10 finishers of the Bahrain International Open Endurance Championship, according to directives of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The championship, which begins tomorrow at 5.45am at the endurance village, is being organised by Breef and sponsored by Batelco and will be held for three categories - a 120km race for seniors, an 80km qualifying race and a 60km qualifying race.

The winner of the 120km race, which will be divided into five stages, will be richer by BD3,500, with BD2,500 going to the second placed rider, and third-place finisher getting BD2,000.

The prize money for the other seven places are as follows:

BD1,500 (4th), BD1,300 (5th), BD1,100 (6th), BD1,000 (7th), BD800 (8th), BD700 (9th) and BD600 (10th).

BREEF committee head Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa added that other cash prizes have also been allocated to riders who complete the following distances - BD300 for 120km, BD200 (85km) and BD150 (60km).

The event is open to all categories of horses that included juniors, adults and qualifiers. Veterinary tests for the horses must be completed before the race begins with the first two stages covering 30km each, the third 25km, fourth 20km and the final stage 15km.

Stables in the kingdom have made their preparations for the event with 40 riders representing 20 stables taking part in the 120km event for adults including Royal Endurance Team, Al Khalidiyah stable, Al Talia stable, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid AL Khalifa, Ahmed Al Fateh stable, Al Asayel Stable, Bahrain Riding School, Ministry of Interior and many others. Ten riders will be taking part in the 80km qualifying race and 21 taking the start in the 60km race.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Wired News: Cool New Ideas to Save Brains

"From 'cool helmets' that chill the brain to miniature roto-rooters that retrieve blood clots, medical devices are finally making waves in the world of stroke treatment, long a technological backwater. " More ...: