Thursday, January 11, 2007

Omega support for tomorrow's ride in Dubai

Published: 12/01/2007 12:00 AM (UAE)

Omega support for tomorrow's ride in Dubai
Staff Report

Dubai: Omega, the official timekeeper, is supporting the first endurance ride in the new year to be staged in Dubai tomorrow, an FEI CEI 120km ride at the Dubai International Endurance City. Endurance racing is the ultimate test of strength and stamina of both horse and rider and is a thrilling spectator sport.

The race begins at 6.15am from the purpose built state of the art Dubai International Endurance City and is held over five stages. Both horse and rider return to the Endurance City after each stage for stringent checks by the official veterinary surgeons.

The winner of the race is the horse and rider combination who not only cross the line first; but also pass the final vet check. The horse must be presented to the vets within the 30 minutes time limit, this time limit also applies to each stage.

"Omega and Endurance share the same values: precision, perseverance, and a lot of determination. Our involvement as timekeeper of the FEI Endurance Ride is a natural outcome of our global involvement in key high profile sporting events," said Nayla Hayek, Member of the Swatch Group Board of Directors.

Saeed Al Tayer, Vice President of the Dubai Equestrian Club, said, "Omega has been a long standing partner of Dubai Endurance and we are pleased to have their support once again for the 2006-2007 season. The Omega Cup will see 110 riders competing over five stages of 32 km, 32km, 27 km, 18km and 11km."

Endurance races form part of Omega's strong focus on the world's most prestigious sports.

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