Friday, February 09, 2007

Sheika Alyazia wins Ladies Challenge Round 2


February 9
Al Asayl Endurance Center
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The top 3 lady finishers at the Al Asay Endurance Challenge's second running finished the 80km desert race in a ride time of just over 3 hours. Sheika Alyazia bint Sultan Al Nahyan, Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi and Sheikha Madiya Hasher Mana Al Maktoum left the last vetgate within a minute of each other, and ran most of the final 20km loop side by side. Sheikha Madiya riding Huzie D Ax of Emirates Stables dropped back during the final 5km, while Sheikha Alyazia and Afra Khalifa picked up the pace even more. Sheikha Alyazia riding Ningadoo Moesha of Al Reef Stables nosed ahead of rival Afra Khalifa Al Suwadi (riding Jen A Dale Zamarah) at the finish line for a winning ride time of 3:15:19. Sheikha Madiya's caution during the final push paid off as her horse was awarded Best Condition.

Tomorrow, February 10 will be the H.H. The President's Cup for Junior & Young Riders at Bou Thib Endurance Village. The 50 Junior and Young Rider entries will start the 100km challenge at 6:30 AM. A strong field of foreign riders will test the course, including the 4 USA riders who will be riding horses from Sheikha Madiya's stable.

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