Wednesday, May 30, 2007
By Centella Tucker
Special to Feather Publishing
The Patriot's Day 100 Endurance Ride was held May 19 in Greenville and attracted riders from California and beyond.
The event, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club, brought 33 entrants to Coppercreek Camp for the first 100-mile endurance ride in Greenville.
This ride was held with the hope of attracting the AERC National Championship Ride to this site in 2008 or 2009.
Riders followed the trail over the Keddie Ridge saddle to Walker Lake and back.
They later traveled through Haun's Meadow and along the ridge overlooking Lake Almanor.
The first to finish completed the ride in just over 13 hours, including 2 hours 45 minutes of mandatory rest times at five veterinary checks where the well-being of the horses was evaluated.
Anderson resident Betsy Adamson on Wriana's Destiny and Redding resident Deanna Guinasso on RGR Flash Fire rode across the finish line in a photo finish at 6:34 p.m., after a 5:30 a.m. start.
First-place horse Wriana's Destiny also earned the Best Condition Award.
Other special recognition goes to First Junior Rider Katie Lydon and Rusty of Manton.
First Featherweight was Betsy Adamson of Anderson on Wriana's Destiny.
First Lightweight was Deanna Guinasso of Redding on RGR Flash Fire.
First Middleweight was Ron Belknap of Coarsegold on Sussman.
First Heavyweight was Gina Hall of Carson City, Nev., on Fire Mountain Destiny.
The Turtle Award went to Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom of Fort Bragg, riding SJ Kerensky to the finish at 12:46 a.m. Sunday, May 20, after an early afternoon fall slowed her pace.
The toughest rider was Renie Burnett of Anderson on Czentinel, who finished 25th with a possible broken collarbone.
The King of Malaysia and some of the world's best horse riders are heading to Queensland's south Burnett for an international endurance event.
Nanango residents are preparing the small rural town for its first royal visit.
Atop the Blackbutt Range, Nanango has been battling drought and the loss of coal mining jobs.
A royal visit, and the influx of 1,000 people for an international endurance ride on the Queen's Birthday long weekend is a welcome distraction.
Barbara Timms from the Nanango Heritage Endurance Riders Association concedes a royal competitor has been something of a challenge.
"We've had all the embassies sending out their demands for what's required and that sort of thing," she said.
Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has booked an entire motel, one of only four in the township.
Horse buyers are expected from the United Arab Emirates and there have been rumours of offers of $1 million for one noted Queensland-bred champion.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
ROYAL Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa came second in the 120-km Endurance Horserace Championship for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy held yesterday in UK.
Shaikh Nasser, the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president, headed the five-member Bahraini team which included Shaikh Talal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Ahmed Abdulla, Raed Mahmood and Ahmed Abdulsamad.
Shaikh Nasser settled for second position after gruelling competition with Great Britain's Liz Taylor, who won the race.
As for the other Bahraini riders, Shaikh Talal took fourth-place ahead of Abdulla who came fifth, Mahmood sixth and Abdulsamad seventh. The event, which was the first for the Bahraini team this year and took place near Tottenham, consisted of three races over 80 kms, 120 kms and 160 kms.
The Royal Endurance Team took part in the 120-km race which was divided into four stages.
The first stage was over 40 kms, 30 kms for the second and third stages while the fourth stage was over 20 kms. After the race, Shaikh Nasser and other team riders were congratulated by His Majesty King Hamad. This event was part of the team's training programme in Europe which also includes participation in other races in the UK, France and Portugal.
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.
ROYAL Endurance Team delegation arrived in France for the Compiegne International Endurance Horseride Championship to be held on Saturday at Compiegne racecourse of the Equestrian Stadium, near Paris.
The race, which is over 160km, is regarded as a qualifier for Europe Endurance Horseride Championship to be staged in Portugal in September.
The team, captained by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, had taken part in the Europe 2005 edition championship which was held at the same venue and attended by His Majesty King Hamad.
Other team members include Shaikh Talal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Ahmed Abdulla, Raed Mahmood and Ahmed Abdulsamad.
Apart from Bahrain, 11 other nations have so far confirmed their entry for the championship. They are Algeria, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UAE.
Shaikh Nasser said the team have been always keen at taking part in these races to gain more experience despite the tough and inconvenient environment surrounding these venues.
The Breef chief said only four riders will compete in this race and will be chosen according to their fitness and physical conditions.
The five-member team have taken part in the 120-km Endurance Horserace Championship for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy which was held yesterday in the UK, near Tottenham, where Shaikh Nasser came second.
The Equestrian Stadium has a top quality circuit with excellent sandy tracks in the imperial forest of Compiegne and holds the 2004 record of participating nations - 19 nations and 87 competitors, half of them were foreigners.
28 May 2007
DUBAI - Shaikh Abdullah bin Faisal Al Qasimi produced top class form to win the hotly contested Dukeries 160km FEI in England. It was a splendid accomplishment for the winner of the individual bronze medal at the 2007 JYR World Championship. He was riding Castlebar Sobea on whom his brother finished 4th in JYR WC. This eight-year-old mare was bred in Australia by Meg Wade and Chris Cates
The ride location was in Nottinghamshire where lie the present day remains of Sherwood Forest, once the playground of kings and dukes. It originally comprised huge private estates, established by nobility in a 200-year shopping spree that used the profits from the industrial revolution. Clumber Park, Thoresby and Welbeck were the country seats of powerful dukes. Today, they are still known as 'The Dukeries'
From the start Shaikh Abdullah alongside his endurance trainer Anzag Mahmood Chaudhry rode at a smart pace averaging the fastest, 17.37kph, over the opening loop of 40km but a trio of British riders, including the third place finisher Susan Hawes, were determined to overcome the UAE challenge.
The foremost was Fiona Hamilton who held a fifteen minute lead over the UAE duo at the end of the fourth stage. But at the vet gate, the UAE horses made smart presentations that sent them out just three minutes behind.
It was a jubilant Shaikh Abdullah who crossed the finish holding the UAE flag just ahead of Chaudhry. This was the first time that both their horses Castlebar Sobea and Sergai had competed in a 160km ride. Shaikh Abdullah has now set his sights on being selected to represent the UAE at the 2007 Open European Championship due to be held in Portugal in September.
Friday, May 25, 2007
SIX-member Royal Endurance Team is in the UK to participate in the Endurance Horserace Championship for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy scheduled for today at 7.30am (Bahrain time).
The Bahraini team will be captained by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and includes Khalid Al Ruwaie, Jaffer Mirza, Ahmed Abdulla, Raed Mahmood and Ahmed Abdulsamad.
The event, which will be the first for the Bahraini team this year, will take place near Tottenham and consist of three races over 80 kms, 120 kms and 160 kms.
The Royal Endurance Team will take part in the 120-km race which will be divided into four stages. The first stage will be over 40 kms, 30 kms for the second and third stages while the fourth stage will be over 20 kms.
Shaikh Nasser, accompanied by team rider Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, reached the race venue yesterday and was briefed about the race.
The Breef chief also watched the veterinary tests of the team horses ahead of the championship.
Shaikh Nasser later met with members of the team and team manager Dr Khalid Ahmed Hassan and stressed on the importance of this race which is named after Bahrain. Dr Hassan said the Bahraini team is expected to impress in this competition.
Monday, May 21, 2007
LOCAL endurance rider, Clare Fleming and her purebred Arabian gelding Mangueira Moksha have continued on their winning way following the recent Eden Creek Endurance Ride.
The pair (pictured below) won the Best Conditioned Horse Award for the third time this season.
The two vets that presided over the weekends' activities, examined Moksha an hour after he had finished the 80km ride.
He was deemed to be the winner, based upon his ability to be able to go on, his fitness, freshness and soundness.
It was a big weekend, with close to 100 horses completing in either the 40km training ride or the 80km Endurance Ride.
Earlier Clare rode her Anglo mare Birramalee Queen of Hearts in the 40km ride.
They completed successfully, with a ride time of just over three hours. They were presented with a thermos as a completion prize.
On Sunday morning, the 80km ride started in the cold and wet track following an inch of rain on the Friday evening.
Clare decided to take it easy for this ride, as she is planning to ride Moksha in the 110km International Trans Tasman Endurance Ride on the June long-weekend in Nanango, Queensland.
Clare and Moksha did the ride in just under six hours.
They took it steady, so as to avoid any leg injuries or muscle soreness, which might arise from riding and sliding about in the muddy conditions. Moksha passed all the vet checks and successfully completed the ride. Much to her surprise, Clare finished second in the Lightweight division, and was third rider across the finish line.
At presentation, Clare was given two bags of horse feed and a feed bin for her prizes.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Buchel Benoit riding Miette Coco raced to finish first in the qualification race for the upcoming World Endurance Championship for Young Horses.
(Detailed results: Complete Result(PDF).
The race was the first event of the 3 day Endurance Festival which will culminate in the race for the 2007 CEI** Championship of France which will be held Saturday on the same course.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
On Saturday 28th of April was held on Barroca D'alva, a CEI*** 160 Km ride, which both serves as trial of the European Championship and National Portuguese Championship.
There were many riders from the international endurance riding field :
Jack Begaud (FRA), Joao Raposo (POR), Ana Margarida Costa (POR), Juan Paulo Branco (POR), Maria Alvarez (ESP), Jaume Punti Dachs (ESP), Leatitia Goncalves (FRA), Carlotta Dupas (FRA), Marilyn Lemoine (FRA), Grégoire Tilquin (FRA), Rui monteiro (POR).
The ride was divided in 5 loops of 38, 32, 29, 32 and 29 Kilometres and respective hold time of 30, 40, 50 and 50 minutes.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
SETIU, May 5 (Bernama) -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin is leading the Malaysian challenge at the YDSM-PENN equestrian endurance championship participated by 79 contestants at the Terengganu Equestrian Park at Lembah Bidong here today.
Tuanku Mizan who will be riding a horse named "Bartavia" will be up against 14 other contestants including one each from Brunei and Indonesia in the 160km race that ends at 3 pm tomorrow.
Other categories being contested for the championship organised by the Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation (YDSM) and PENN Endurance Equestrian Club are the 80km, 40km, and 26km.
The endurance race was flagged-off by the Terengganu Regent Advisory Council president Tengku Baderul Zaman Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud.
The two-day championship is in preparation for the World Equestrian Endurance Championship 2008 to be hosted by Terengganu next year.
Tuanku Mizan will attend a banquet and present prizes to contestants at Kelab Teluk Warisan in Pulau Duyong tomorrow night.
The championship, organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation, was the last event of the season and the second held at night.
The event was dominated by the Royal Endurance Team whose captain and Breef president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa decided not to take part in the event.
Riders from Bahrain and other GCC countries participated in this race which was over 100 kms and divided into four stages with 30 kms for the first two stages, 25 kms for the third and 15 kms for the fourth and final stage.
Riding Farhooz, Abdulaziz came on top in four hours, 22.35 minutes. Al Dossary was second in 4:34:53 with Mirza third in 4:36:53.
Friday, May 04, 2007
* - Consider a "star" rating system for riders and horses
* - Maintain a focus on training and courses (Vet, TD, Judges)
* - 2008WEC, test events and special qualifications
FEI Minutes (PDF)
2008 WEC Qualification Requirements
FEI Article 825 (WEC Qualifications) (PDF)
Thursday, May 03, 2007
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.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
|GOLD MEDAL||Ana Margarida Costa /GOZLANE DU SOMAIL|
|SILVER MEDAL||João Raposo /QUINZA|
|BRONZE MEDAL||Pedro Godinho / OLIMPICO DA AMEIRA|
The results of last Saturday's National Championship of Portugal
(160km) race are posted at:
Of interest, beyond our congratulations Ana Margarida Costa and
Gozlane du Somail taking the Gold medal, are the completion times.
All finishers earned their 13:20 CoCs and the top 10 (would have)
achieved the proposed 10:40 CoC* for 2008WEC.
This is the same venue that will host the 2007 European Championship
- so - championship course; championship field; and the proposed CoC
seemed well matched to both on the perfect weather of last Saturday.
This coming week-end, we have events occuring in Australia (Merri
will be at Imbil); Malaysia (Steph is at Terengganu); and Biltmore
(Angie is at Ashville); It will be interesting to see how things
stack up at these 160km FEI events as well.)
(also of note: the automated timing system used collected all the
"Vet Card" information as well:
THREE women riders from Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Stable will take part in the Bahrain Open Endurance Horseride Championship scheduled for Friday at 6pm at the Bahrain International Endurance Village premises in Sakhir.
Alya'a Al Huwaiti, Latifa Al Shaikh and Noora Al Yousif have confirmed their participation in this 100-km race which is the last championship of the season and the second consecutive to be held at night.
Other riders from the Kingdom Stable are Mohammed Al Mahlasi and Abdulrahman Al Hawas. The team have already arrived in Bahrain and started their preparations for the championship.
Besides the Kingdom Stable, five individual riders from Saudi Arabia are in the fray. They are Hamad Al Shimmiri, Nawaf Al Otaibi, Humood Al Shimmiri, Abdulla Al Nabhan and Bader Al Misfir.
Top riders from Qatar - Ahmed Al Malki, Faleh Al Ajmi, Khalid Al Nuaimi, Khalid Al Malki, Sa'ad Al Kuwari and Haider Al Kuwari - are also taking part in the race. From Bahrain, riders from stables such as Al Shuwamekh, Bahrain Riding School, Awal and Al Reem are taking part.
The veterinary tests will be held on Friday from 3pm to 5.30pm, 30 minutes before the start of the race.