Monday, March 12, 2007

UAE: Shaikha Alyazia is Ladies Endurance champion

Khaleej Times
12 March 2007

DUBAI — Shaikha Alyazia bint Sultan Al Nahyan was declared the “Ladies Endurance Champion” as soon as she crossed the finish line ahead of 21 other lady riders in front of a cheering crowd on Friday. She won the first place with 290 points from all the rounds.

Shaikha Alyazia was riding 10-year-old, bay mare Ningadoo Moesha, from Al Reef Stables for the His Highness Shaikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup, which was the last round of the of three-round Al Asayl Ladies Endurance Championship.

Shaikha Alyazia completed the distance in three hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds riding on an average speed of 24.18 kmph. A total number of ten riders completed the ride.

The FEI, CEI Two-star Round III was run in three phases of 30 km, 30 km and 20 km respectively. All the rides were held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Shaikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation.

The Organising Committee had formulated a point system based on which any rider, with the maximum number of points at the end of Round III, will be declared the “Ladies Champion.”

Second place in Friday’s ride went to Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi with 230 points. She was riding 13-year-old chestnut mare Red Sonya from Al Reef Stables. She finished the ride in three hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds riding on an average speed of 23.80 kmph.

Third place went to Shaikha Shamma bint Sultan Al Nahyan (125 points) who was riding 6-year-old grey stallion Sabee, owned by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

She clocked three hours, 27 minutes and one second registering an average speed of 23.19 kmph.
The ride was chiefly sponsored by Shaikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along with Assisi Endurance Lifestyle.

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