Wednesday, September 09, 2009

News from the 2009 FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Riders
Babolna (HUN), 4-6 September 2009


23 countries

93 horses

Total distance 118km (loop 1 – 35m; loop 2 – 24km; loop 3 – repeat of loop 1; loop 4 – repeat of loop 2)

Overall completion rate: 72%

Individual winner: Hussain Ali al Marzouqi (UAE) / Sergai – overall speed 22.46kph; overall time 05:15:10

Team gold: France – 100%, overall time 16:20:05

Best condition: Lamiah el Oued ridden by Lucie Marin (FRA)

Fastest Vet Gate Presentation time: Castlebar Sobia ridden by Sheikh Abdullah bin Faisal Al Qasimi (UAE) – 36 seconds at Vet Gate 3.


The fifth FEI Young Rider and Junior World Endurance Championships took place from 4 to 6 September 2009 in Babolna, Hungary. The run up to the competition was hot and dry with temperatures reaching 34 degrees during the week prior to the competition. Whilst Hungary have previously hosted Driving Championships this was the first time they had attempted the organization of an Endurance Championship.

The 23 countries entered into the competition were hosted in the stunning surroundings of the Babolna Arabian Stud founded in 1789 and famous for breeding the Shagya Arab. The Pre-Ride vetting took place on Friday 4 September morning with the metabolic examination conducted in the stables and the trot up taking place under the beautiful Hungarian sun. 93 horses were presented and all passed fit to start the 120km course.

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