December 12, 2009
FOUR of Bahrain's top riders are set to compete in the first round of the 120-kilometre Giants Endurance Horse Ride Challenge today at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.
The event is scheduled to get underway at 6am, Bahrain time.
Led by Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the team will be among many high-profile riders from the UAE, other GCC countries, and overseas.
The kingdom's other participants are Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, and Ahmed Janahi.
The ride will be divided into five stages, starting with 32km first stage. The second will cover 28km, the third 24km, the fourth 20km and the fifth will be over 16km.
Meanwhile, Shaikh Nasser and the remaining members of the team took their horses yesterday for the mandatory veterinary examinations which took place at the event's venue.
The first round will be followed by two rounds in Bahrain and Dubai, respectively. Today's event is part of an equestrian festival in Abu Dhabi being held as part of the UAE's National Day celebrations.