Thursday, December 21, 2006

Shaikh Rashid Challenge to take place tomorrow

Published: 22/12/2006 12:00 AM (UAE)

Dubai: The Dubai International Endurance City plays host tomorrow to the Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge.

The FEI 120 kilometre ride starts at 6am tomorrow morning from the Dubai International Endurance City, there will also be a 40 kilometre and an 80 kilometre qualifier.

Before a horse or rider can ride in a 120km race they must first complete a 40km and an 80km race.

Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been competing in Endurance Racing for five years, both internationally and locally, and in 2004 won the Triple Crown series run at Dubai International Endurance City.

The Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge is part of the Dubai Endurance Challenge.

The Challenge is worth Dh700,000 and will take in all FEI rides staged at the Dubai International Endurance City for the 2006 - 2007 season into account.

During the season riders, trainers, horses and stables will earn points depending on their finishing position in the selected races.

At the end of the season the highest point scorers will be crowned the Dubai Endurance Challenge Champion Rider, Trainer, Horse and Stable.

Entries for the endurance rides continue to stay at record levels showing the increasing popularity of the sport and the number of new riders beginning to compete.

The Dubai International Endurance City is easy to get to, from the Dubai Autodrome roundabout on the Emirates Road, follow the signs to the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa and the venue is located beside the hotel.

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