Saturday, November 10, 2007

Young riders raring to go in season opener

photo: wo Qualifier Rides - 80 km and 44 km, respectively - were held at the Boudtheib Endurance Village yesterday.

By M. Satya Narayan, Staff Reporter
Published: November 09, 2007, 23:39

Abu Dhabi: After last week's qualifier rides, the UAE's 2007-08 endurance season gets into competitive mode with today's 100km Boudtheib Endurance Cup for Junior and Young Riders.

Over 30 youngsters are expected to take part in the season's opening ride which gets off to a mass start early today at the Boudtheib Endurance Village in Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi.

Two Qualifier rides will also be held today and totally over a 100 horses and riders will be seen in action.

The Boudtheib Endurance Cup is a junior ride and will be run in four stages of 30kms, 30kms, 24kms and 16 kms.

Busy season

Meanwhile, two Qualifier rides for women were held at the Al Asayl Endurance Centre in Sweihan, Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The Qualifier Rides, one over 80 kms and the other over 44 kms, are part of such event organised by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation to help novice riders and horses to qualify for longer distances.

However, the main competition in the open category will start on November 17 with a 120-km Open ride in Boudtheib Endurance Village.

"The 2007-08 season has already warmed up with the Qualifier rides at Boudtheib last week and yesterday's Ladies Qualifiers at Al Asayl.

"Today we are looking forward to see the juniors in action and some talented riders are in the fray," said Hussain Mohammad Hussain, Secretary General of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation.

"Once again we have a busy endurance season ahead of us and this comes on the heels of a fantastic 2006-07 season.

"Riders from all over the world took part last season with a 24 FEI rides, two National rides and 25 Qualifying rides being held.

"Again the venues will be the Dubai Equestrian Club in Seih Assalam, the Al Wathba Endurance Village, the Boudtheib Endurance Village and the Al Asayl Endurance Centre all in Abu Dhabi.

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