Monday, August 24, 2009

Qatar: Al Shaqab Wins 130km Endurance Race in Compiegne, France


Impressive Fourth Victory of French Campaign

Compiegne, France – The Al Shaqab Endurance Team continued their winning ways in the recent competition in Compiegne, France as rider Faleh Nasser Abugnaim won the 130km event for seven-year-old horses.

Abugnaim skillfully guided his mount, Orette de Tanues, to the victory in 6:30.10. Second place went to Virginie Atger of France in 6:35. A total of 55 riders from throughout the Europe began the race the northern French city with 35 contestants completing the course.

Fifteenth after the first veterinarian check, Abugnaim aggressively moved to second by the second lap and was able to gain the lead during the fourth and final lap to secure the victory.

Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, has been highly successful during their French riding campaign. Since arriving in late July the team has taken top honors in four separate events. The wins include 90km event in Tarbes, and two victories in St. Paulien, 90 km and 160 km races and the 130km Compiegne competition.

The team continues to train for the upcoming European Endurance Championships to be held in Assisi, Italy, September 26 and will attract riders from five continents.