Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Alwaleed sponsors 1st Saudi lady jockey

Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, has sponsored Alia Hayel Aboutaiyh Alhwaete, the first formally competing Saudi lady jockey.

Alhwaete participated in the 120 km World Endurance Championship for the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Cup in Seeh Al Silm, near the Dubai International Village, on December 22, 2005.

"We are delighted to support the first Saudi lady jockey as we did the first lady pilot who is breaking new ground for other Saudi women," said Prince Alwaleed.

An employee of Kingdom Holding Company, she was given the full support by Alwaleed to represent Saudi Arabia as a pioneer lady equestrian.

Alwaleed had earlier announced that ladies who shine in their respective fields of interest, should come forward and he will fund their interests.

The goal is to break new ground and launch novel opportunities for women in general. Like Captain Hanadi Hindi, first Saudi lady pilot, also sponsored by Alwaleed, Alhwaete is leading the way for future generations of Saudi women in equestrian sports.

Encouraged by her father, Alhwaete started riding at an early age and competed in many equestrian marathons, but never formally represented Saudi Arabia. -TradeArabia News Service

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