Monday, January 14, 2008

Bahrain: Endurance race for Arab women set - Jan 15 2008

THE Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) plans to organise the first Arab Endurance Championship for Women later this year, Breef president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa revealed yesterday.

The race is expected to attract a good number of female jockeys from various Arab nations.

Shaikh Nasser has directed officials to kick-start preparations for the championship. He added that Breef will soon announce the date of the endurance event, along with its stages and other details.

Breef last week organised the National Guard Open Endurance Horseride Championship, which included a women's race over 100km.

The event witnessed strong participation from female jockeys with promising talents. Bahrain's Manal Fakhrawi of the Royal Endurance Team clinched the win, followed by Saudi Arabia's Latifa Al Shaikh in second and Qatari Khadeeja Al Bastaki in third place.

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