Thursday, May 03, 2007

Qatar: BD13,000 cash awards for endurance challenge

A total prize-money of BD13,000 is up for grabs when the Bahrain Open Endurance Horseride Championship begins tomorrow at 6pm at the Bahrain International Endurance Village premises in Sakhir.

The season's final event, which is being held under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, covering a distance of 100 kms, will be divided into four stages with 30 kms for the first two stages, 25 kms for the third while the fourth and final stage is over 15 kms.

The top 10 riders in the race will be awarded cash prizes with the winner getting BD3,000, BD2,200 for second place and BD1,800 third place.

Riders from Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Stable as well as top riders from Qatar have arrived on the island for the challenge.

The Kingdom Stable team include three women riders - Alya'a Al Huwaiti, Latifa Al Shaikh and Noora Al Yousif, as well as Mohammed Al Mahlasi and Abdulrahman Al Hawas.

Five other individual riders from Saudi Arabia - Hamad Al Shimmiri, Nawaf Al Otaibi, Humood Al Shimmiri, Abdulla Al Nabhan and Bader Al Misfir - are also in the fray.

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