Sunday, March 19, 2006

Fahad, Faleh Swaid claim top honours in Endurance Ride



Qtel chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Thani (centre) presents the winners trophy to Fahad Hamad al-Athba while Sultan of Terengganu HRH Sultan Mizan Zian Alabdin looks on
Published: Sunday, 19 March, 2006, 08:43 AM Doha Time

Qtel chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Thani (centre) presents the winners trophy to Fahad Hamad al-Athba while Sultan of Terengganu HRH Sultan Mizan Zian Alabdin looks on
Fahad Hamad al-Athba claimed the top honours in the senior category of the Endurance Ride held at Messaid on Friday. Fahd finished the gruellin 120km race in 11hrs 02min 43secs, ahead of Abdullah Nader Abdulrahman Feteas and Ali Khurbash who took the second and third spots.
Fahad riding Tequila, a 11-year old chestnut horse, was placed first at the end of the first vet gate, but faltered to be third in the second stage. However, Fahad dazzled later to maintain the first place in the remaining four stages.
The second placed Abdulla astride Nader, a Anglo-Arab 12-year-old grey horse, gradually improved from the fifth place in the first stage to keep abreast with Fahad, while finishing the race in a timing of 12hrs45min.15secs.
Faleh Swaid al-Ajmi, riding Elate, a pure Arabian, nine-year old grey horse, won the junior category in 5hrs51min.56secs. Megan Gwenhol Jones finished second ahead of Abdulla Salem al-Marri.

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