Sunday, February 01, 2009

Bahrain: Women's Endurance event set

Gulf Daily News
BAHRAIN's best riders are gearing up for the season's first-ever Women's Endurance Horseride Championship, to be organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) on Saturday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Among prominent riders taking part in the Maalem Holding-sponsored event are Manal Fakrawi and Sumaya Jassim, both from the Royal Endurance Team.

The two riders, who took podium finish in several races in previous seasons, said they are both ready for this race.

Both Manal and Sumaya highlighted the endless efforts of Breef president and Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa to improve the level of endurance races in Bahrain.

They also thanked Maalem Holding Company for its sponsorship of the women's race.

The race, which is over 120kms, will take place along with two other races - the 100km open race and the 160km seniors race.

The women's race will be divided into five stages, including 30km each for the first and second, 25km for the third, 20km for fourth and 15km for the fifth.

In the 100 open race, which is open to all riders of different ages men and women, will see riders compete over four stages - 30km each for the first and second, 25km for the third and 15km for the fourth and final stage.

The challenging 160km seniors race, the main event of the day, was divided into six stages, including 30km each for the first four stages, 25km for the fifth and 15 for the sixth.

Horses must attended veterinary examination on the previous day of the event between 3pm and 5.30pm.

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