Sunday, March 01, 2009

UAE: Al Naqbi clinches W'rsan Trophy in Al Khatem in sandstorm

Gulfnews.com
photo: Abdullah Rashid Mohammad Saeed Al Naqbi wins the 120kmendurance ride.
Published: March 01, 2009, 23:02

Abu Dhabi: Schoolboy Abdullah Rashid Mohammad Saeed Al Naqbi and Abdul Rahman Mohammad Karam Shirouh gave W'rsan Stables a one-two finish in the W'rsan International Trophy Endurance ride at the Boudtheib Endurance Village in Al Khatem on Sunday.

Only three of the 15 riders who started in the 120 kilometres event completed it as the sandstorm made it very difficult for the horses and riders.

Al Naqbi, a promising junior rider who had finished second in the President's Cup for juniors held here earlier in the season, won on eight-year-old gelding CAL Puelche.

He completed the distance in five hours 34 minutes and 40 seconds while the second-placed Shirouh took 6 hours 13 minutes and 50 seconds on eight-year-old gelding WN Peronek.

Hassan Mohammad Al Hammadi, riding 16-year-old mare Fatima Del Saul from Emirates Heritage Club (EHC) finished third with a time of 6:25.29.

The ride was run in five stages of 30 kilometres, 30 kilometres, 24 kilometres, 20 kilometres and 16 kilometres.

"This is my first win in the open category and I am very, very happy. Conditions were really tough and the sandstorm made it very difficult," said Al Naqbi, a grade nine student of Abu Dhabi High School.

The ride was held under the patronage of Shaikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, who is also the president of the Emirates Heritage Club.

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