Tuesday, February 13, 2007

U.S. Endurance Riders to Compete at the Abu Dhabi President’s Cup

Equestrian News Release
AUBURN, Ca. — Two U.S. riders have been invited to participate in the February 17th FEI***160 km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup ride in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) top-ranked endurance riders, Susan Summers, riding Mags Motivator, and Dr. Meg Sleeper, DVM, riding Shyrocco Troilus, will make the trip to Abu Dhabi to compete at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.

A strong field of UAE and International riders is expected to take part in the 8th edition of the prestigious ride. The competitors for 2007 will once again be looking to end the UAE’s stranglehold on the Cup, which has so far been won only by UAE riders.

The prestigious 160-km ride started in 2000 with 14 national and 22 International riders. In 2006, 80 riders from 19 countries participated. The United States is regularly invited to send riders. In 2006, World Endurance Champions Valerie Kanavy and Danielle McGunial represented the United States on their horses, Iron Man Gold and Bull, but were vetted out in the 4th loop.

The 160-km ride is jointly organized by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation and the Emirates International Endurance Village under the patronage of Shaikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs. Mohammed Al Sayed, Chairman of the Emirates International Endurance Committee (EIEC), called the ride, ‘The Jewel of the Middle East’. He continued, “This is one of the toughest rides on the world circuit. The course is famous for the notorious Tora Bora, a switchback of rolling sand dunes that challenges both the visiting as well as local riders."

The United States Equestrian Federation is the Governing Body of U.S. endurance competition at the international level. The American Endurance Ride Conference is the National Affiliate of t endurance in the U.S. and governs the sport at the national level. For more information about the U.S. Endurance Team and the 2006 selection process, contact USEF Director of Endurance Programs, Vonita Bowers : Email: vbowers@usef.org, phone (908) 563-0732

The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) was founded in 1972 as the national governing body for endurance riding in the United States. AERC sanctions more than 800 events annually, is the leader in education related to the use of equines in long-distance riding and encourages the use, protection and development of equestrian trails in North America. AERC’s mission is to serve its more than 6,500 members and to promote endurance riding as a sport in which horsemanship and equine welfare are paramount. For more information about endurance riding and AERC, visit http://www.aerc.org. Gulf Coast 4 Star http://www.gc4star.com is the official trailer of AERC and is a sponsor of the AERC National Championship.
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