Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The King of Malaysia to compete in Endurance ride in Australia

Equestrian Federation of Australia

Sultan of Terengganu, HRH Tuanku Mizan
EFA National Office, Friday, 25 May 2007

The Nanango CEI 3-Star 160 km International Endurance ride near Kingaroy in Queensland will have a royal competitor. The current King of Malaysia hopes to gain the necessary qualification to compete in the FEI World Endurance Championships, which will be held in his country next year.

As the Sultan of Terengganu, HRH Tuanku Mizan* was elected King of Malaysia at the Conference of Rulers in on 3 November 2006. He will serve as the Paramount Ruler of Malaysia for the next five years.

The 45-year-old King is a keen Endurance rider and will join an international field of riders and officials from New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan, Poland Great Britain, the United Arab Emirates and Australia in this ride.

The event is conducted by the Nanango Heritage Endurance Riders Association, a club of the Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA), which is affiliated with the Equestrian Federation of Australia and governs the sport of Endurance on its behalf.

The ride itself will start at 5:00 AM on Saturday, 09 June 2007, at the Nanango Showgrounds. Most riders are expected to complete the distance of 160 km by late afternoon. A number of veterinary examinations at five so-called “vet gates” will ensure the horses’ welfare and assess their fitness to continue the ride.

*Note: The full name of the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia is Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Al-Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Al-Haj.

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