MA, March 15 (BNA)-- HIS MAJESTY King Hamad Bin Isa al Khalifa today patronised the 120 kilometre endurance horseride Championship in which jockeys from Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia And Jordan compete for His Cup.
On arriving at the endurance village, His Majesty was received by Crown Prince and Deputy of the Supreme Commander of the BDF Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa, National Guard Chief Major General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa al Khalifa, Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) President Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa, Endurance Committee Chairman Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid al Khalifa and BREEF members.
His Majesty exchanged talks with the guests of The Kingdom Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoom, Shaikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoom, Jordanian Equestrian Federation President Princess Alya bint Al Hussain and a number of participant jockeys.
His Majesty affirmed that the participation of jockeys from countries in the region along with Bahraini jockeys shows the strength of the relations between these countries and Bahrain.
His Majesty then praised the role of BREEF, headed by Shaikh Nasser, in supporting this sport and its promotion through holding various local, regional and international events.
His Majesty The King noted the advanced results achieved by endurance races on all levels, something which calls for taking pride in The Kingdom's jockeys and their keenness on honouring the name of Their Country in such events.
His Majesty also affirmed His support and encouragement for all activities and events of BREEF and expressed His thanks and appreciation for the sponsors of endurance races.
His Majesty then wished BREEF and everybody success for their continuous efforts to organise and participate in various races and events.
Following that, His Majesty attended a part of the race that started at an early hour of the morning today.
The race was sponsored by Global Banking Corporation (GBC), Al Areen Holding Company and Gulf Holding Company.
At the end of the race, His Majesty congratulated winners and presented them with their awards.
First Winner, Dubai Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan, received a sword from His Majesty and a car.
Second winner Ameer al Balooshi and third winner Mohammed Rashid al Saboosi, were also from the UAE.
Al Areen Holding Chairman Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali al Khalifa and GBC vice chairman and managing director Abdul Rahman Mohammed al Jasmi both presented mementos to His Majesty.
On the occassion, Shaikh Nasser extended his thanks and appreciation to His Majesty the King for His support for endurance races and His encouragement for jockeys in Bahrain.
This encouragement motivates them to work harder to honour the name of Bahrain and contribute to the development of this sport, he said.
The support of His Majesty King Hamad is a badge of honour that all jockeys are proud to bear, he said, affirming that BREEF works on the implementation of royal directives for upgrading the sport to meet ambitions.
Shaikh Nasser congratulated Shaikh Hamdan on winning the championship and the two runner ups from UAE.
He also valued the participation of the jockeys at the race which added a lot to the success of the event.
Meanwhile, Al Areen Holding manager Waleed Saffy and GBC Representative then presented winners of the junior race.
Rashid Ahmed al Balooshi, from the UAE, came first.
The runner ups were Shaikha Najla bint Salman bin Sager al Khalifa from Ahmed Al Fateh Stable and Abdullah Hilal al Khateri from Al Asayel Stable.
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