Friday, December 31, 2010

China: Horse endurance racing, anyone?

Horse endurance racing, anyone?
By Wong Yee Fong | Posted: 31 December 2010 1336 hrs
BEIJING: Horse endurance races are a tradition in some parts of China.

One particularly gruelling one takes place this time of the year when temperatures dip below zero.

More than 100 riders charge ahead to compete in one of the most challenging endurance races in China.

The task of the 115 riders is to ride across Beijing and Hebei Province along the scenic route of Guanting Reservoir.

The sub-zero temperature is considered ideal for the horses' well-being, but it's hard on the riders.

Endurance races for horses can be likened to the marathon races.

In horse endurance races, riders and their horses have to complete 100km in 9.5 hours.

The welfare of horses is of utmost importance. Riders must ensure that their horses maintain a stable heart rate and that they are not exhausted or dehydrated.

There's no horsing around when it comes to protecting the animals.

Riders are not allowed to use whips or spurs.

And the horses are put through health checks a day before the race.

Veterinarian Cheng Xin said "The ideal heart rate is between 48 and 60. Safety comes first and riders should slow down if their horses are sweating profusely to prevent them from falling ill".

Riders come from places like Inner Mongolia and Guangzhou.

One said: "I've never ridden such a long distance but I should be able to handle it".

Another rider said: "We shouldn't rush at the beginning but take it slow".

Some riders use covers to protect their horses from the cold.

A group from Guangzhou also spent five days acclimatising, before the race.

Vets check on the horses at every quarter mark to ensure they cool down and replenish their fluids.

But some of the animals still succumb to the rigours of the race.

Some drop out from injuries such as a torn muscle.

The organiser hopes to modernise the equestrian sport which has long been a part of the culture of many ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region and Tibet, as well as neighbouring Mongolia.

Chinese Equestrian Association's official Website founder Wutzala said: "We want to introduce standards set by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports to China.

"This is to increase awareness of the importance of caring for the horses as many horses were injured or died of exhaustion in traditional endurance races".

Only 30 per cent of the competitors complete the race.

-CNA/wk

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Australia: Big year in saddle for Allix Jones

Portstephenexaminer.com.au - Full Article

BY NICK HANSEN
29 Dec, 2010 01:00 AM

ANCHORED to the saddle for up to 12 hours at a time, Allix Jones admits the demands of her sport are a touch extreme.

But as Australia's top lightweight endurance horse rider, she clearly relishes the challenge.

The Bobs Farm 18 year old clocked-up more than 2400km on horse back in competition this year, accruing 149.5 competition points at 26 events across the country.

She became Australia's most successful lightweight rider by season's end in November.

Aside from putting her in the box seat to represent Australia at next year's Singapore endurance Olympic event, Jones' 2010 campaign delivered some grand milestones.

She completed her fifth straight Shahzada 400 endurance test, an annual 400km race near Wisemans Ferry held over five days, and won the 160km FEI National Championships in Queensland...

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http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/news/local/sport/general/big-year-in-saddle-for-allix-jones/2035766.aspx

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bahrain: Shaikh Nasser rides to victory

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By RAMI HULAYYEL , Posted on » Sunday, December 26, 2010

ROYAL Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa steered Jamaal to victory in the 120-km National Day Endurance Horseride Championship at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir yesterday.

Shaikh Nasser completed the five-stage event on top with a total time of five hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds and an average speed of 22.605 kms per hour.

The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee edged out main challenger Gorden Sing who was just one second behind in the fifth and final stage.

Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's (Breef) president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa rounded off the podium by finishing third overall in 5:23:55 and an average speed of 21.627 kms per hour.

An 80-km qualifying ride also took place yesterday on the sidelines of the main event and was divided into three stages...

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http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=294747

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Into the Wild

Kamas woman's endurance racing takes her globetrotting
Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff
Posted: 12/23/2010 03:42:47 PM MST
Never in her wildest dreams did Beverly Gray imagine her proclivity for horses and sports would combine into a lifetime of jaw-dropping experiences and exotic travels.

The long-time Summit County resident has been part of the U.S. Equestrian Team in the World Equestrian Games, has raced in the President's Cup race in Dubai, and raced all around South America, the mountains of the Sierra Nevadas and the deserts of Utah.

And most recently, her endurance racing took her to the dark jungles of Malaysia, where she was invited by the royal family to participate in her third Sultan's Cup endurance race.

The race hosted 80 local and international riders in a 75-mile course through the tropical forest.

Gray said the race was conducted at night during a full moon.

"You would hear all kinds of noises in the trees," said Gray, laughing about the unknown around her and her horse during the nocturnal race. "You don't know what's out there."

Rewind back to when Gray was an 18-year-old college student at the University of Utah and had just moved to the Beehive State. Always a lover and rider of horses, Gray got involved in Ride and Tie, a race that features two riders/runners and one horse using an exchanged-riding strategy over a designated course.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Great Britain: Kirsty defies the odds to claim number one

Dorsetecho.co.uk - Full Article

Friday, 24 December 2010

* By Ky Capel

ENDURANCE rider Kirsty Wiscombe is celebrating her most impressive year to date.

After recovering from a life-threatening illness, the 40-year-old defied the odds to finish as the top British rider in the FEI World Open Endurance Rider Rankings – 48th overall – and gain two qualification spots for next year’s European championships.

The Lyme Regis resident’s achievements were then honoured with a host of trophies at the British National Awards.

Reflecting on the past 12 months, Wiscombe said: “It’s been a fantastic year as to get two qualifiers for the Europeans is practically unheard of, especially for an amateur rider like myself.

“I spent all of September 2009 in hospital with gastrointestinal problems, in fact I was in and out of hospital for a total of about 50 days and I nearly died...

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http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/sport/localsport/8757574.Kirsty_defies_the_odds_to_claim_number_one/

Bahrain: Top riders ready for endurance challenge

Gulf-daily-news.com

Saturday, December 25, 2010


THE National Day Endurance Horseride Championship takes place today at Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The 120-kilometre event, which is being held under the auspices of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, is scheduled to flag off at 6.30am.

It has been organised as part of celebrations for Bahrain's National Day and His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne.

The ride is set to feature at least 30 prominent riders from different stables across the kingdom.

Shaikh Khalid, along with Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, are among the leading riders at the event.

Other participants set to contest for the win are Khalifa Al Otaibi and Ali Mohammed from the Al Fateh Stable; Ahmed Al Dossary, Saud Al Dossary, Khalil Abdulsamad and Yasser Yousef from the Al Shuwamekh Stable; and Mohammed Al Haiki, Mohammed Al Ruwaie, Abdulla Yousef and Mohammed Al Ruwaie from Al Ruwaie Stable.

The 120km ride is to be the main race of the day. It will be divided into five stages, including two 30km legs to start, a 25km third stage, a 20km fourth and lastly a 15km finale.

An additional 80km qualifying ride will be held for a group of young riders seeking experience.

That event has been divided into three stages. The first two will be over 30km each while the final will be over 20km.

Some of the top entries for this ride include Baig Singh, Najeet Singh, Younes Abdulnabi, Manar and Abdulla Al Dossary, and other competitors from stables like Al Muntaser, Ahmed Al Fateh and Al Shuwamekh.

In preparation for today's events, the mandatory veterinary examinations on all participating horses were conducted yesterday, as well as the official weigh-ins of riders.

Shaikh Khalid and Shaikh Nasser were also present at the endurance village to follow up on the preparations for the championship.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Great Britain: Endurance riders scoops national awards

Thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk - Full Article

Thursday 23rd December 2010

ENDURANCE GB Cumbria riders have won seven national awards this year and picked up place rosettes in another five categories.

The outstanding achieve-ment came from Kath McGee, a 50-year-old garage owner from Ambleside, who with her pony Foxghylls Folly won five awards and finished fifth in the Senior National Championship.

Henry, as Foxghylls Folly is known at home, is about 18 years old and of an uncertain breed, but possibly a Welsh cross.

He was acquired by Kath in 1999 when he failed to grow big enough for a friend's trekking business - he is 14.2hh and a bay in colours.

Kath explains he is a bit of a character: “Henry has a real taste for cider and will chase anything that comes through his field to see if they’ve got some for him.”

Kath got into Endurance Riding in 2003 when she took part in a charity ride at Brampton...

Read more here:
http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/sport/8754745.Riding___Endurance_riders_scoops_national_awards/

Bahrain: Royal Team aim to dominate ride

Gulf-daily-news.com

Thursday, December 23, 2010

BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa said he is confident of his side's ability to dominate races and eventually win them.

Shaikh Nasser was talking ahead of the National Day Endurance Horseride Championship to be held on Saturday.

A strong field of riders from the different stables are due to compete in the second event of the season, to be held at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, beginning at 6am.

"Our team is keen to participate in all endurance rides this year, especially this event which marks our debut this season," said Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.

Saturday's ride is organised as part of Bahrain's National Day celebrations and His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne.

"This annual championship is one of the major events being organised every season and has a special place in the hearts of all Bahraini riders taking part," said Shaikh Nasser.

"We all believe that this season will be an exceptional one and we are all excited to see many new riders taking to the sport."

Shaikh Nasser highlighted the thrilling battle during the first ride of the season last week which was for Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad All Khalifa Trophy.

"Saturday's ride will feature entries from all over Bahrain with most of the local stables all ready to go racing. It will be a season to remember and I hope my team can live up to this challenge," said Shaikh Nasser.

Prominent

Al Asayel Stable's prominent rider Khalid Al Khatry said his team is ready for Saturday's championship, adding that the riders have reached peak form following the recently concluded season opener.

The veterinary committee, meanwhile, has approved the timetable of its veterinary examination, which gets underway at 4pm and continues till 5.30am.

The championship's media committee, headed by Tawfiq Salehi, announced that Bahrain TV Sports Channel would provide live telecast of the ride.

The decision was announced after Salehi's meeting with officials from the channel, being represented by Sami Yaqoob, Mohammed Jameel, Mohammed Al Shoumeli, Ali Al Shoumeli, Hamad Ramadan and Hussain Al Aradi.

Endurance horse ride fans can also follow the action with updated results available on the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's website http://www.furrsan.com.

The ride will cover a total distance of 120 kms and is divided into five stages. The first and second stages will be over 30 kms each. The third will be over 25 kms, the fourth over 20 kms and the fifth over 15 kms.

A three-stage 80-km qualifying ride is also set to take place on the same day. It will be open for new riders seeking experience.

This ride consists of 30 kms in the first two stages while the third will be over 20 kms.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Zealand: Prangley wins with emphatic lead

Marlborough Express

The Cloudy Bay Floats Marlborough endurance ride was held in near-perfect conditions earlier this month in the Waihopai Valley.

More than 50 horse and rider combinations competed across the two days in classes ranging from the 20-kilometre introductory class to the International 2* CEI 120km class. Entrants came from around the South Island as well as Australia and Saudi Arabia, with the foreign riders competing on Kiwi horses.

On day one, 10 riders started in the 120km class and it was fairly obvious from the start that Blenheim's Kevin Prangley was set to better his second placing in Canterbury last month against Canterbury-based rider Kylie Avery.

The pair came in together off the first 40km loop with a couple of other riders hot on their heels.

The second loop, after a 40-minute rest period, was 32km and the gap lengthened slightly between the two leaders and the rest of the field.

Heading out on to loop three (24km), Avery had a small advantage, but Prangley soon closed that gap and again the gap between them and the rest widened.

Unfortunately, a vet out for Avery after this loop left Prangley and his exotic stallion WD Amir Ibn Kaliph with little competition. By this stage, they had an hour's lead on their nearest rivals, with 24km to go.

As temperatures soared, Prangley and his little horse crossed the finish line and entered the vet ring for the final time to take the victory.

Ten years ago, on a neighbouring Waihopai property, iconic endurance rider Leo Nisbett died of a heart attack during a Marlborough endurance ride and his family donated a trophy to the 120km winner in his honour.

Prangley was also uncontested in the prestigious best conditioned ceremony.

Also finishing this gruelling ride were locals Penelope Valk, who rode Laanvin NZL to fifth, and Kim Swan on Roselea Shady in sixth.

Saturday also featured the a 1* CEI 80km and 40km classes. The victor in the 80km three-loop ride was South Canterbury's Nigel Kerr, edging out Waihopai's Linda Harmon in a gallop finish, after the pair had ridden the entire ride together.

Kerr's horse, Dahma La Ish, was also awarded best conditioned.

There was also a 1* CEI 80km ride on the Sunday, which was once again hotly contested.

Nigel Kerr, competing for a double, was narrowly beaten by Canterbury's Chris Musson riding Connie, both coming in under five hours.

Marlborough club president Heidi Bulfin claimed fourth spot on her horse's first start at FEI level.

Cloudy Bay Floats Marlborough CEI and CEN Endurance results, Saturday, December 18
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Vet Centre Marlborough 2* CEI 120km: Kevin Prangley, WD Amir Ibn Kaliph 1 and BC, 7.12.21; Ian Grey, B/B Boy Named Sue 2; Robyn Marshall, Aquila Toby 3; Alison Higgins, Twynham El Desiree 4; Penelope Valk, Laanvin 5; Kim Swan, Roselea Shady 6.

Superior Covers 1* CEI 80km: Nigel Kerr, Dahma La Ish 1 and BC, 5.08.40; Linda Harmon, MF El Marees 2; Philip Graham, Rosewood Bashir 3; Carla Barakat, Naibara Silver Moon 4; Helen Bray, Sherwood Ayshah 5; Angela Head, CD Shaka 6; Ahmed Alanazi, Dahman Al Badi NZL Q; Kaye Blundell, Waitohi Sarina Lady Q; Hayden Watson, Masada Park Matador Q.

Georges Michel Wine Estate 1* CEI JY 80km: Helen Graham, Ra'oul Abu Rakheem 1 and BC, 5.34.37; Ingrid Ambrosiussen, CD Uproar 2; Ariana Ranui, Karamea Messala 3.

Saddlery Warehouse 40km open: Lorraine Stratford, Jay 1, 2.37.47; Donna Carter, GSD Espaarence 2.

Makana Confectionery 40km novice: Tim Blunt, Hundalee Calyx Q; Sally Blunt, Hundalee Pumpernickel Q.

Sunday, December 12:Wadsco's Holden 1* CEI 80km: Chris Musson, Connie 1, 4.57.12; Nigel Kerr, Rowallan Dee Jay 2; Vanessa Tiffen, Aztec Dreamweaver 3; Heidi Bulfin, Stonelea Sparkling Rose 4; Alison Higgins, Twynham El Jazeera 5 and BC; David Marshall, Forrest NZL 6.

NRM 1* CEI JY 80km: Ariana Ranui, Karim NZL 1 and BC, 7.40.23.

Winesale.co.nz 80km novice: Linda Kenney, Seawind Dancer Q; Peter May, GA Mahsaal Jack Q; Hamish Malcolm, Northwinds Apollo Q; Ahmed Alanazi, Makahiwi Tblisi Q.

Dominion Salt 80km novice junior: Charlotte Wadsworth, MF Zanbuck Q.

Hendersons Limited 20km intro: Fiona Radford, Chat by Chance Q; Lee Oldfield, PHD Q; Nicky Tennant, Ruby Q; Vivien Wadsworth, Leroy Brown Q; Glenys Parsons, Stirling McAvoy Q; Cheryl Payne, Abby Q; Deborah Pruden, Zahav Beech Babe Q; Jane Butler, El Etruscan Q; Pam Harris, Zilla D'Oro Q; Kaye Smith, Lucas Q; Emma Pilcher, Talk About Q; Sophie Andrews, Squirrel Q; Stoney Bourke, Arnie Q; Portia Barcello, Heineken Q.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Zealand: Passing of long-time arabian breeder

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full ArticleDecember 16, 2010

Arabian breeder and equine veterinarian Gabrielle Deuss died in ICU at Wellington Hospital on December 3 at the age of 62.

Deuss had suffered from health problems in recent years.

She was a long-time breeder of arabian horses, and ran Aspen Hills Stud in the Wellington area. Her family founded Tarapuruhi Arabians. Deuss was also involved in the sport of endurance, both in her local area and nationally, as a rider and vet...

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http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2010/12/115.shtml

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dubai: Intense battle likely in 120km three-star ride

Gulfnews.com

Hamdan lauded for backing equestrian sports.

* Staff Report
* Published: 00:03 December 15, 2010

Dubai: Some of the UAE's top endurance riders will be seen in action when the Dubai Equestrian Club stages the Shaikh Saeed Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum-CEI FEI three-star ride at Dubai International Endurance City (DIEC) this Saturday.

The ride will be held over a distance of 120km and will consist of five loops — Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink and White.

The pre-ride inspection will take place tomorrow between 2.30pm and 5pm.

Speaking at a press conference at the Meydan Racecourse yesterday, Ali Mohammad Al Muhairi, the racing manager of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, highlighted the significance of Shaikh Hamdan's support for equestrian sports.

Financial support

"We are very grateful to Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continuous moral and financial support invested in the development of this sport," he said.

"This ride first took place in 2004 and has become a very important date on the Emirati Endurance calendar. We have seen riders enter their strongest horses each year thus enabling the upcoming generation of riders to gain more experience by participation," he added.

"Shaikh Hamdan and his sons have been [some] of the top sponsors investing [in] and financing most of the locally coordinated FEI rides and national challenges. This has triggered and caused a big evolutionary advancement in this traditional game."

Great Britain: Equine Viral Arteritis confirmed in West Sussex stallion

Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

Ellie Hughes

10 December, 2010

A case of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in a stallion in West Sussex.

Few details are known about the circumstances surrounding the positive test, which came to light on Wednesday (8 December).

But Defra said in a statement: "Breeding restrictions have been put in place on the infected stallion and investigations have begun to establish the likely origin of the infection, as well as any mares that may have been affected...

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http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/article.php?aid=304364

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

FEI President Names Executive Board Members

Thehorse.com

by: Edited Press Release
December 13 2010, Article # 17377

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) President HRH Princess Haya named Chairman of Geographical Group VII Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN) and Chair of the Driving Committee Richard Nicoll (USA) as members of the FEI Executive Board on Dec. 13.

Sheikh Khalid and Nicoll will serve on the executive board alongside First Vice President John McEwen (GBR) and Second Vice President Pablo Mayorga (ARG), who were approved at the General Assembly, which took place Nov. 1-5 in Chinese Taipei.

Sheikh Khalid, whose carrier as a sports administrator began in 1987, is an international endurance judge. He has been chair of Group VII since 2006. He has been the vice president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation and the Bahrain Olympic Committee since 2009. This year he became the chief executive officer of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. In the past he has been involved at the senior level in international sports clubs and committees for motor sports, jumping, and endurance.

Nicoll, who was born in Britain but is now a permanent U.S. resident, has been involved in the sport of driving since the early 1970s. He is currently an "O" level course designer and technical delegate for driving and he designed courses for the 1993 World Pairs Championships in the United States, the 1998 World Single Horse Championships in Austria, the 2004 World Single Horse Championships in Sweden, and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. He is currently in his second term as chair of the driving committee.

The FEI Bureau decides on the specific mandate of the Executive Board, whose role is generally to interface with FEI Headquarters to oversee and support the implementation of resolutions further to an agenda approved by the Bureau.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Nasser pulls out of ride

Gulf-daily-news.com

December 12, 2010


BAHRAIN'S Royal Team suffered a disappointing day yesterday during the first-leg of the 2010 Giants Endurance Horse Ride Challenge in Abu Dhabi. Four of the six-member Bahraini team, including captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, had to pull out of the ride.

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports' president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, was unable to complete the third stage after falling off his horse.

Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, captain of Al Khaldiya Stables, was also forced to quit during the second stage of the ride as his horse was exhaustion.

Things got worse for the Royal Team as prominent riders Ghazi Al Dossary and Yousef Taher also pulled out at the same stage with their horses picking up injuries.

Bahrain's remaining riders - Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa, riding a UAE horse owned by Seeh Al Sallam Endurance Stable, and Ahmed Janahi, were 20th and 21st overall respectively.

Meanwhile, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Nad Al Sheba Stable's Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum steered Nayef to victory with a total ride time of four hours, 33 minutes and 12 seconds with an average speed of 25km per hour.

He was followed by compatriot Rashid Ali Younes (4:34:36) from Al Asifa Stables. Shaikh Hamdan's father and defending champion Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum (4:40:21), Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, clinched third place for Dubai Endurance Stables.

The first ride of the season, which took place at Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, saw the participation of top riders from Bahrain, the UAE, Oman, India and Spain among others.

It was over 120 kms, divided into five stages. In the first stage, which was over 32 kms, Younes finished first, ahead of Shaikh Juma Al Maktoum in second and Shaikh Mohammed bin Sultan Al Nahyan third.

Shaikh Nasser was the first Bahraini to finish the stage, followed by Shaikh Khalid, Shaikh Salman, Al Dossary, Taher and Janahi.

Younes maintained the lead after the second stage, which was over 28 kms. Shaikh Mohammed Al Nahyan improved on his overall placing by moving up to second while Khalifa Matar jumped to third.

Shaikh Hamdan showed great skill and experience to take over first place from Younes in the fifth and deciding stage before racing away to victory.

Shaikh Nasser, who finished second overall last season, said he was excited to compete with some of the region's top riders in this prestigious championship.

He congratulated Shaikh Hamdan and Shaikh Mohammed on winning podium places and highlighted the impressive organisation of the first-leg.

Abu Dhabi: Hamdan rides to glory in Giants Endurance Challenge

Gulfnews.com - Full Article

Mohammad finishes third as Sultan Al Bloushi wins National Day Cup.

By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
December 12, 2010

Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai finished third in the 120km Giants Endurance Challenge (Round One) which was won by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai here on Saturday at the Emirates International Endurance Village.

Shaikh Mohammad, who was making his first appearance in an endurance event since he won the silver medal and inspired the UAE to a team gold in the World Equestrian Games, was on Dourmane, a 10-year-old mare during the 120km ride which was run in five stages.

Leader

Shaikh Hamdan, member of the UAE team which won the gold at the WEG in Kentucky, won the ride in 4 hours 33 minutes and 12 seconds to lead the three-round challenge. Shaikh Hamdan was on nine-year-old Naif and finished ahead of Rashed Ali Yunis on Kumait with Shaikh Mohammad third on Dourmane....

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http://gulfnews.com/sport/horse-racing/hamdan-rides-to-glory-in-giants-endurance-challenge-1.727950

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bahrain: Royal Team for Abu Dhabi ride

Gulf-daily-news.com

Friday, December 10, 2010


SHAIKH Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa will lead a six-member Bahrain Royal Endurance Team in the inaugural round of the 2010 Giants Endurance Horse Ride Challenge tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

The first ride of the season, set to take place at Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, will be over 120km and is divided into five stages.

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, will be joined by a group of elite Bahraini riders.

They are Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's president and captain of Al Khaldiya Stables Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa, Yousef Taher, Ghazi Al Dossary and Ahmed Janahi.

The Bahraini riders, who also took part in the Season Open Championship and the Morocco-Bahrain Ride last month, arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Shaikh Nasser, who finished second overall last season, said he is excited to come back to the UAE and compete with some of the region's top riders in this prestigious championship.

Among the prominent riders taking part is defending champion Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who is also due to take part this season.

Shaikh Nasser said the Bahrain team decided to participate in the first round after a series of impressive results in recent regional and international championships.

He stressed his faith in members of the Bahrain team to produce outstanding results in tomorrow's round, adding that his rides are determined to claim podium places this season.

On his part, Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa said the new season of the Giants Endurance Challenge is regarded a crucial step for the Bahraini team towards reaching higher standards.

He confirmed that the team will take part while being managed by a group of experienced trainers who prepared the horses right after their departure from Morocco.

Shaikh Khalid believes the Giants Endurance Challenge is a great opportunity for the Bahraini riders to get more experience and confidence as they face off with top UAE riders.

Meanwhile, the veterinary examination is set for today at the Al Wathba Endurance Village while several of the Bahrain team members underwent training yesterday.

After an intense battle last season, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum won the third leg of the Giants Endurance Challenge, emerging champion of the three-leg ride.

Staged at the Dubai International Endurance City at Seih Assalam, the 120-kms ride was graced by His Majesty King Hamad and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.

Both King Hamad and Sheikh Hamdan crowned Sheikh Mohammed as champion of the Challenge while Sheikh Nasser was also honoured for taking second place overall.

Abu Dhabi: Giants ride tomorrow for top prize in National Day Cup

Gulfnews.com - Full Article

Riders from the region and around the world in two five-stage events

* By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
* December 10, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Some of the medal winners at the World Equestrian Games' endurance championship will be seen in action during tomorrow's 120-kilometre National Day Cup and the 120-kilometre Giants Endurance Challenge (Round 1) at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture, members of the gold-medal winning UAE team are likely to ride in the National Day Cup and the first round of the Giants event. Some of the top riders in the region and around the world are expected to take part in the two rides, to be held over five stages each.

"A total prize fund of Dh300,000 and a car will be up for grabs in the National Day Cup ride. The Giants ride here will kick-start the three-round series with the venues for the next two rounds to be decided soon," said Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club...

Read more here:
http://gulfnews.com/sport/horse-racing/giants-ride-tomorrow-for-top-prize-in-national-day-cup-1.727004

Thursday, December 09, 2010

2011 Tevis Entry - Early Entries Pick First!

December 3 2010

A pen starting system will be used for 2011 Tevis. . . so get your entries in early!
". . .The first riders who submit their entries can self-seed. Pens will be filled first come, first served. Please enter early. Postmarks will determine order of pen selection. Please choose your preferred starting pen, one, two, or three.
Please note that Pen 1 is for riders preferring a faster start, Pen 2 is for riders preferring a moderate start, and Pen 3 is for riders who want to start more slowly."

Go to the http://www.teviscup.org/home_3.html web site to download form.

Spain: Otel-Lo Leads National Ranking

9 December 2010

Otel-Lo, owned by Jordi Arboix, leads the Spanish National Rankings with 575 points.

Behind him is Elisabeth Font's Twister with 558 points, and in third place is Alex Luque's Sankoc with 533.50.

A full list of Rankings can be seen here:
http://ggjineteraid.blogspot.com/2010/12/ranking-nacional-de-caballos-de-raid.html

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

AERC Director Election results

AERC Directors (at large) for 2011-2012:



Leslie E. Anderson

Olin Balch DVM

Randy Eiland

Laura Hayes

Terry Woolley Howe

Susan Keil DVM

Mollie Krumlaw-Smith

Mike Maul


Congratulations!

Easyboot is the Official Hoof Boot of Tevis 2011

EasyCare Inc. | www.easycareinc.com
Wednesday December 8, 2010
Tucson, AZ.

EasyCare announced today a new partnership with the Western States Trail Foundation, the organizing body that oversees the planning and implementation of the annual Tevis Cup 100 mile endurance ride.

"We're delighted to count EasyCare as a lead sponsor for the 2011 edition of the Western States Trail Ride," said Kathie Perry, President of the WSTF Board. "This meaningful financial support comes at a key time in the year for us. Although we incur annual expenses for the event itself, portions of our resources are used throughout the year to preserve and maintain the trail and improve access points for the future."

WSTF promotes the use of trails established by gold rush emigrants to California and a historic route established by miners across the Sierra Nevada Mountains from the gold mines of California to the silver lodes of Nevada.

The relationship between EasyCare and the Western States Trail Ride goes back some 35 years to 1975, when Easyboot founder Dr. Neel Glass completed the Tevis Cup 100 mile ride in Easyboots. Since that time, Easyboots have provided additional hoof protection every year for more and more horses who take on what is arguably the most challenging 100-mile ride in the world.

"I think of the Western States Trail as part of our national identity," said Garrett Ford, President and CEO of EasyCare. "We each play a role in preserving the event and the trail for today and for the future. The Western States Trail represents one of the best proving grounds for our products, both in terms of technical challenge and reputation. We are honored to count ourselves as partners with this organization."

Mr. Ford completed the Tevis Cup ride for the first time at age 13. He has gone on to conquer the trail six times with a horse and once on foot at the Western States Trail Run.

For more information on the Tevis Cup ride, please click here. For more information on Easyboots, please see the EasyCare website at http://easycareinc.com and the EasyCare blog at http://blog.easycareinc.com. For all additional questions, contact Kevin Myers, Director of Marketing at kmyers@easycareinc.com.

Bahrain: Chip 'n' Ride!

Gulfweeklyworldwide.com - Full Article

December 8-14 2010

EVERY horse and pony in the kingdom is to be micro-chipped as the country endeavours to be internationally-recognised as 'glanders free', writes Stan Szecowka and Anasuya Kesavan.

A professional team is to visit every stable in Bahrain to carry out the procedure and issue each animal with a 'passport' with details of its medical history.

The cost of the exercise is 'significant' but a spokesman for the Ministry of Municipalities & Agriculture Affairs said the government would cover the cost.

The move follows the cancellation of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's (BREEF) show jumping season.

Breef's secretary general Ghalib Al Alawi sent out a circular to the equestrian community urging immediate co-operation warning 'legal proceedings' would be considered against anyone flouting the rules.

"Please do not organise any show jumping events where horses from your club are likely to be mixed with other horses from others clubs or centres," he said.

Since May all equine shows have been cancelled, movement between stables suspended and horse trading banned to prevent the spread of the highly-contagious condition which is incurable and can lead to victims suffering agonising illness and eventual death. Some animals, however, can carry glanders and show no symptoms for months.

The war against the bacterial equine disease in Bahrain - which is believed to have claimed 126 victims - appeared to have been won and riding activities were once more back on the agenda following the recent announcement of an endurance horse riding season calendar...

Read more here:
http://www.gulfweeklyworldwide.com/article.asp?Sn=7942&Article=26111

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Spain: 2010 Santa Susanna Raid

December 5 2010

SPAIN SANTA SUSANNA 2x100 Km

Luca Zappettini rode Rucola della Bosana to a win in the 58th running of the 2-day, 200-km Santa Susanna raid near Barcelona, Spain with a total ride time of 11:31.08. Marta Pujadas Sala and Twister finished second, and Bernat Casals Fores and Sheila 50% Lucus finished third. 29 of 82 starters finished both days of the raid.

Photos by Brigitte Huard

Friday 03.12.2010 trotting on line
http://www.brigitte-huard.com/03-12-10-Santa-Susanna-trotting,811,21,fr,f.html

Saturdayi 04.12.2010 on line
http://www.brigitte-huard.com/04-12-10-Santa-Susanna,810,21,fr,f.html

Sunday 05.12.2010
http://www.brigitte-huard.com/05-12-10-Santa-Susanna,812,21,fr,f.html

Complete Results at:
http://www.endurancetiming.com/1008e2/

Spain: Letter from Jose Manuel Soto on the Kaliber Andalucia 2011

El Raid Blog - Gabriel Gamiz

Jose Manuel Soto sent us a letter of introduction of new regulations Andalucia LV-Kaliber 2011, for all fans of this test are more informed and willing to participate in this great trial.

"Dear Friends,

The 2011 edition will be the sixth and comes with some news. Be held (Dm) between 2 and 9 April, and although there are many fringes to close about the route, linking the towns of Granada and El Rocío (Huelva).

Due to the economic problems we are supporting we have to propose this year to try something shorter. There will be only six stages, plus a rest and a short prologue.

Another novelty will be the elimination of the category of equipment, will now only be able to compete in the category of pairs (a rider, a horse). This we believe will make the test more exciting and competitive, and possibly more understandable to the public.

It will also be something less expensive, 750 euros for pairing, which includes, as you know, boxes, hay, straw, and daily meals for riders and assists, as well as several dinners.

Also the amount of the awards will suffer, will distribute "only" 6,000 euros between the three front runners.

After this new approach we submit these questions to your opinion and expect your suggestions.

I think we will achieve greater media coverage, which will be good for you to negotiate better contracts with your sponsors.

We are making arrangements with several national TV channels and international media give more coverage to lacarrera. Already in the last two test images have been broadcast in over sixty countries through Eurosport.

In the five issues that we have received high praise from the international press, but there are many things to improve, and although they say it is "the best raid of the world" we are determined to get more participation and more monitoring of the media with the sole aim of bringing the beautiful game to the public.

The stunning Andalusian countryside, despite the tremendous crisis we are experiencing, we continue to see happen on the backs of our horses, and we want those precious images to go to all households in the world, and become the best promotion possible for our land continues to receive visitors at any time of year.

From here, we encourage all of you to come to compete and enjoy this unique race, and you live the exhilarating experience of riding through the magnificent scenery which gives us the Andalusian spring, along with riders from around the world, which is always a nice way to meet people and share this beautiful hobby horses that both unites us.

A big hug to all

Jose Manuel Soto. "

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Bahrain: Shaikh Khalid triumphs

Gulf Daily News


SHAIKH Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa steered Razorback Indigo Blue to victory in the 85kg FEI qualifying ride yesterday in the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Horseride Championship.

The 2010/11 endurance ride season got underway in thrilling fashion with two top riders competing in two rides. The other event was an 100km ride, which was won by Isa Al Hazza.

In the 85kg ride, The Al Khaldiya Stable leader completed the four-stage event in first place with a total ride time of four hours, 12 minutes and 56 seconds and a 23.722 speed average after an exciting battle at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Shaikh Khalid, the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president, finished the first stage in third place, then improved on his placing in the second stage where he moved up to second.

Shaikh Khalid then moved on top at the end of the third stage and maintained his sole lead throughout the fourth and final stage to emerge champion.

Second place was won by Al Hazza of Al Fateh Stables with a total ride time of 4:12:58 and a 23.719 speed average.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa completed the podium winning third place in 4:13:40.

Shaikh Nasser, the Royal Endurance Team captain, steered Tarabic Carl to a third-place finish.

He started the ride taking fourth place after the first stage, which was followed by a fifth-place finish in the second.

In the third stage, he regained fourth position before granting himself a place on the podium at the end of the fourth stage.

Meanwhile, Al Fateh and Al Asayel shard honour in the main ride of the day, which was over 100km and divided into five stage.

Al Hazza of Al Asayel Stable steered Prince Charming to first place overall and win the top prize, a brand new Toyota Fortner, presented with support from Ebraim K. Kanoo.

He took victory after his overall placing in all five stages. He was second in the first stage, first in the second, then claimed second position in the remaining two stages.

Second overall was Al Asayel Stable's Mohammed Al Niri in 4:29:45 with a 22.243 speed average, while Othman Al Awadhi of Al Fateh Stable who completed the ride in 4:54:55 with a 20.341 speed average.

Al Hazza and Al Niri were each presented with a brand new Toyota Pickup at the awarding ceremony held right after the event.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Spain: Santa Susanna Raid this weekend

December 2 2010

The 58th Raid de Barcelona Santa Susanna will be held 3-5 December by the Club Hipic Maresme near Barcelona, Spain.

The two-day, 200 km ride currently has 89 starters listed. It can be seen here.

The Santa Susanna ride is reportedly the oldest endurance ride in Europe. It's a challenging ride with trails in the area of the Montseny mountains.

The start list can be seen at
http://www.sportendurance.it/3371-89-i-partenti-per-santa-susanna/

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bahrain: Riders gear up for endurance event

Gulf-daily-news.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

THREE cars will be given away to the top three riders in the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Horseride Championship on Saturday.

The decision was announced yesterday by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's (Breef) president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa prior to the inaugural event of the season.

The ride, set to take place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, will be over 100km and promises to feature some of Bahrain's top riders representing different stables.

Shaikh Khalid said additional cash prizes will be presented to each rider who completes one of the stages within the ride.

He confirmed that the awards scheme aims to bring the attention of riders in Bahrain to participate in the opening ride of the season, adding that more prizes will be provided in future competitions later this year.

Meanwhile, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president, chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee and captain of the Royal Endurance Team Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa hailed the efforts of the federation ahead of the new season.

He highlighted the valuable prizes being allocated in each ride and believes that the season will feature gruelling battle among Bahrain's riders.

The season's opener will be followed by the 120km National Day Championships on December 24 which is open to senior and junior riders.

The Breef Senior and Junior Championships will then take place on January 8, next year, and is over 120km.

The fourth competition on the Breef's calendar will be 120km His Majesty King Hamad Championship, the most awaiting event of the year, scheduled for February 5 and is open for seniors and juniors.

The federation will then organise the Shaikh Nasser Championship on February 19 and is over 100km.

Another Breef event for the seniors and juniors will take place on March 5 and is over 120km.

That will be followed by the 120km His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Cup for seniors and juniors, the first night endurance ride of the season, to be held April 1.

The season is set to conclude on April 22 with another night ride titled the Season Ending Championship, which is over 120km.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Spain: Arboix and Luque Invited to President's Cup

El Raid blog - Gabriel Gamiz

25 November 2010

Two Spanish riders Alex Luque and Jordi Arboix have been invited by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club to participate in the President's Cup on February 12, 2011.

This is the note of the Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation:
Raid: An invitation to two Spanish riders for the Presidents Cup in Abu Dhabi

Today On November 23 has been received by the FEI the invitation of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club riders Raid Spanish, World Cup recently, Alex Luque and Jordi Arboix to participate in President's Cup Race to be held in Abu Dhabi on 12 February.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spain: 2011 Al Andalus

El Raid blog - Gabriel Gamiz

24 November 2010

(google translation)

This morning in the Sicab, has presented the VI Kaliber-Andalucia, in premises of the Palace of Congresses in the Sicab.

The table was chaired by José Manuel Soto accompanied by a representation of the Junta de Andalucia and Kaliber Spain, Jose Manuel has outlined the details of this next Kaliber, which goes from the village of El Rocio, where there will be a prologue to continue to Seville and road and continue up to Antequera, where there will be a day of rest, then follow the Monumental round and finish in the emblematic city of Granada.
This year there will only be said that the participation of pairs (a horse and rider), with six stages and a rest day.

After the presentation of Kaliber, offered us some beers, where all the previous record attendance Kaliber and issues related to the horse world.

***
The equestrian endurance test more demanding in the world will start next April 2 at the Dew (El Rocio) and end on April 9th at Granada

The 2011 Raid will travel 500 km in six stages through Andalusia protected enclaves, of surpassing beauty, where we can show the complicity between horse and rider

Sevilla, 24 November. A year hosts the Raid Kaliber Andalusia-Andalusia that this coming year 2011 celebrates the sixth edition. This test driven in 2006 by the Andalusian singer José Manuel Soto - passionate sportsman and horse world - has become a sports-tourism event of the first magnitude. Kaliber-Andalucía Raid resistance test is more demanding horses and horse racing longest and toughest in the world. This year divided into 6 stages and 500 kilometers tests speed, endurance and skill of both horse and rider.

Kaliber-Andalucía Raid congregate each year to national and international riders not only participate in a unique sporting event, but, in turn, discover the beauty of Andalusia and its people. It's more than a competition, as it not only offers a sporting challenge against the clock if it is discovered, trot, nature and culture of Andalusia. And in the Raid is not there first, but to go by dosing the horse and keeping it at an appropriate pace for each stage.

The racetrack is developed through many different routes, where horse and rider show their complicity face different types of soil with natural obstacles that complicate the path. The Raid runs through Andalusia protected enclaves of surpassing beauty. Each stage of the Raid-Andalucía Kaliber usually consists of 40 km, existing veterinary controls to check the pulse of the horse at the end of each. In this control the clock is ticking until the horse is not below 65 beats. At night, horses and riders, hard day's rest to recover to face with the dawn a new era.

Like every year the tour Raid-Andalucía Kaliber change your route and the sixth edition will start on April 2 and ends at the Dew 7 days in Granada. The Raid will this year with a prologue about 25 miles, starting and finishing at the Dew. As news, the Raid VI consist of 6 stages, each of 60 km - divided into two phases which is 30km from a veterinary and a break of 45 minutes. Furthermore, this edition will be most competitive and exciting, if possible, as it disappears more equipment and will result only in the category of biomes (a rider, a horse). The Raid VI-Andalucía Kaliber will kick pictorial touring places like the National Park of Doñana Natural Park Sierra de Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, etc. A magical race between Dew and Granada from Seville, Villamartin, Ronda, Antequera and Alhama de Granada.

2 to 9 April all equestrians have an appointment in Andalusia-Andalusia Kaliber Raid VI. This competition attracts both participants and spectators and allowing them to discover wild landscapes in all its glory, as spring begins to bloom Andalusian fields. The world's most beautiful race, noted for its hardness, its magic and beauty. The fact go and enjoy the scenery makes it worthwhile participation.

José Manuel Soto

José Manuel Soto (March 12, 1961, Seville) is a singer known for his melodic songs. The fourth of nine children, was born into an affluent middle class family with close links to rural environment. His first hit song, and possibly gave him more fame was "For Ella," the author's own composition. In 1989 with the song "Like a Light" got second in the OTI festival. In the first half of the 90 returned to get a new hit with the song "Let yourself be loved." With 16 albums in the street and more than 1,000 concerts, combines a singer with his other passion is horses.

He is currently the president and creator of Raid Kaliber-Andalusia. This great event comes from Jose Manuel Soto passion for horses and the land where he was born and raised, Ontario. With this unique event in the world wants Andalusia is a world leader in the equestrian discipline of resistance. Teach everyone the rich landscape, environmental and cultural to account Andalusia. In the same way you create a unique sporting event and world reference Spanish label.

More photos and information:
http://ggjineteraid.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Zealand: Champion Rider

Stuff.co.nz - Full Article

20/11/2010
The Marlborough Express

Endurance trail riding may not be a big mainstream sport, but it certainly is for Heidi Bulfin.

Ms Bulfin was the Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year nominee for the sport, which involves riding horses over a variety of courses and terrain and testing their all-round skills and endurance.

Endurance riding is like a cross-country race with everyone starting at once, and is all about horsemanship.

The winner is basically first across the line as long as the horse passes a vet inspection at the end.

In trail riding, riders go out in pairs or solo and each is given an optimum time to finish the course.

There is a fine balance between getting close to the time and keeping the horse's heart rate down.

If you arrive back at the finish too early you are penalised.

It is all about pacing yourself and keeping the horse moving.

It is physically demanding on horse and rider with local trail rides ranging from 15 to 40 kilometres or longer, over testing terrain.

"We get off and run the horses down hills," says Ms Bulfin...

Read more here:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/community-papers/4362946/Champion-rider

Friday, November 19, 2010

FEI General Assembly: NSAID Use Definitively Prohibited

Thehorse.com - Full Article

by: Christa Lesté-Lasserre
November 16 2010, Article # 17260

The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in international equestrian competition is definitively prohibited, following a unanimous vote by the members of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body for international equestrian sports, during their General Assembly meeting Nov. 1-5 in Chinese Taipei.

However, the FEI has agreed to pursue efforts to provide national federations with data indicating the exact amount of time low doses of common NSAIDs--including phenylbutazone (Bute) and flunixin meglumine (Banamine)--are detectable in a horse's blood or urine. This information would allow team veterinarians and riders to accurately time the administration of NSAIDs for therapeutic purposes between events, according to John McEwen, BVMS, MRCVS, team veterinarian for the British Equestrian Federation, FEI Veterinary Committee chair, and chair of the FEI List Group, which developed the now-approved proposal in September.

The decision follows an intensive two-day congress on NSAIDs use in equestrian events, hosted by the FEI in August in Lausanne, Switzerland. At the event, more than 200 international participants convened to discuss and debate the latest research, theories, laws, politics, and public opinion concerning NSAIDs use in horses.

The General Assembly's vote officially defuses the spark of the previously proposed "Progressive List" from November 2009, in which proponents--primarily FEI members from North America--urged the FEI to consider tolerating the presence of certain NSAIDs in horses during drug testing at international competitions...

Read more here:
http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=17260

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Qatar: American Ellen Rapp is First American and Female to Win Endurance Race

12 November 2010

Doha: Ellen Rapp, of La Motte, Iowa won the opening endurance race of the season held at the Qatar Endurance Village. In winning, Rapp became the first woman to ever win a race in Qatar, and is reportedly the first American to win a race in the Middle East since Valerie Kanavy won the World Championship in 1998.

Rapp rode SA Ireesh Tenor, an 8-year-old USA-bred Shagya Arabian, trained by her husband Jeremy Olson, head endurance trainer for the Al Shahania Stud, founded and owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

"We have been training him for three years now," Olson said. "He came from Sun Arab Shagyas in Verona, Kentucky. Breeder is Daunna Sellers. He is also a half brother to SA Belshazzar, (who was Ellen's second horse on the USA Team for the 2010 Kentucky WEC and he was also 1st alternate after Smokey came up lame), and SA Edashick, who was third and BC last year here in Qatar at our biggest race 'The Emir's Cup', a 120 km held here in March. Their sire, the Shagya Stallion 'Bayram' stands in Kentucky, and throws wonderfully talented endurance horses. We have had 8 of them and they are all great, with wonderful tempermants, huge bone and great feet and conformation."

Second place was Hamed Towaim Ali Al Marri, riding Catania de Palleres, a Portuguese-bred Anglo Arabian, also trained by Olson and owned by Al Shahania Stud.

79 horses from Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were entered in the 80-km race, which was held at night, due to the heat.

Olson reports: "Our speed the first 30-km loop was 24.8 km/h, and we arrived in 8th and 9th positions. Our speed the second 30-km loop was 25.6 km/h, and we arrived in 3rd and 4th positions. We left for the last loop in 2nd and 3rd position, 4 minutes behind the leader, but only 30 seconds ahead of 4th and 5th.

"It was a 5 horse race to the finish; the first 5 horses were within 2 minutes of each other with 7k to go! It was a very exciting race! Ellen won the race by 1 minute and 20 seconds ahead of my other horse Catania de Palleres, who was 4 minutes and 16 seconds ahead of the third place horse."

Rapp was thrilled with the win, which was full of a lot of 'Firsts'. "It was a great race on an amazing horse!" she said. "We have a lot of great horses at Al Shahania Stud, but I chose Ireesh because he and I share a special bond. Every time I get on this horse he never questions me on what we are doing, he is just eager to see what is next.

"The temperature of the day was perfect and we were not sure how Ireesh would handle the night race with the cars and headlights everywhere. He kept on crusing like he had been doing it his whole life. Truly inspiring this horse is!

"We accomplished a lot this race: Al Shahania Stud wins opening race in Qatar, I became the first female to win a race in Qatar, Ireesh was the first Shagya horse to win a race in Qatar, it was Ireesh's first race in Qatar and first win, and finally we entered two horses and they both completed and placed 1 and 2 healthy, happy, and sound....what a great night!

"I hope that we can keep up the good work at Al Shahania Stud with all of our other horses. The next race is on Christmas Day,"

- Merri Melde
www.endurance.net

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jordan: Princess Alia honours winners of International Wadi Rum Endurance Race

En.ammonnews.net

2010-11-14

Wadi Rum - HRH Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein, Chairperson of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation (RJEF) honoured on Sunday winners of the International Wadi Rum Endurance Race.

The festival is held every year to mark the birthday anniversary of Late King Hussein bin Talal.

The 120 km and 80 km race was held in participation of riders from Kuwait, Iraq, Germany, Netherlands, Spain in addition to Jordan.

* Petra

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Areej Al Ameerat extends support to equestrian sport

Gulfnews.com - Full Article

Firm gives full backing to Wathba Challenge

* Staff Report
* Published: 00:00 November 11, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Areej Al Ameerat have stepped in to support equestrian sport in a big way starting with their sponsorship of the 120-km Wathba Challenge Endurance ride to be held on Saturday at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.

Addressing a press conference, Ali M. Al Mulla, Chairman of Areej Al Ameerat, said: "This is the first time we are supporting an endurance ride and for us it is a matter of great pride."

Al Mulla also confirmed his company's support for two other major equestrian events. "We will be sponsoring the Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Racing Festival and will also support the Arabian Racing Conference and Adihex 2011," said Al Mulla.

Prize money

Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club said: "Saturday's endurance ride will kick-start action at the Al Wathba venue with over 100 horses participating..."

Read more here:
http://gulfnews.com/sport/other-sports/areej-al-ameerat-extends-support-to-equestrian-sport-1.710574

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Malaysia: Sultan's Cup Has Produced Stable Of World-Class Malaysian Riders

Bernama.com

7 November 2010

By Sharifah Hunaini Syed Ismail

SETIU, Nov 7 (Bernama) -- Riding into its fifth edition this year, the Sultan's Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge presents an ideal platform to boost the development of equestrian sports in the country.

Besides scouting for new talent among locals, it has placed Malaysian endurance riders on par with their international counterparts in a short period of time.

Admitting dissatisfaction with current achievements, Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable (RTES) general manager Che Mat Din said there were many plans to expand endurance riding and equestrian sports in the country.

Over the previous editions, he noted the endurance challenge had shown positive growth.

"In about five years, the RTES hopes the Sultan's Cup will produce as many riders as possible to compete at world level as winning world championships is not impossible," he said in an interview with Bernama at the Terengganu International Endurance Park (TIEP) in Lembah Bidong here recently.

The three-day 2010 Sultan's Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge at the TIEP began on Nov 5.

Che Mat said equestrian sports had matured in the country over the past 10 years, with some new riders beginning to shine in the international arena.

"It is something to be proud of when some of our local riders qualify for the European circuit," he said, singling out three young RTES riders, namely Abdul Halim Alihan, Asri Abdul Aziz and Jeffree Zinuddin Mohammad Arif, who had stamped their mark internationally.

Abdul Halim, Asri and Jeffree qualified for the 2011 European Championship to be held in Florac, France. Jeffree is also winner of the 2009 Sultan's Cup Terrenganu Endurance Challenge.

For future editions, Che Mat said the Sultan's Cup planned to extend participation to junior and women riders.

As for Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who is a high-profile participant in the sport, he expressed delight over the great interest shown in equestrian sports, in particular, endurance riding among the younger riders, and its positive development in the country, especially for the Sultan's Cup.

In his speech, he conveyed pride on the achievement of local riders who had shown impressive performances abroad, including the participation of the three riders in the 2011 European Championship.

He also hoped the media would give appropriate coverage for endurance riding to enable more people to understand and be attracted to the sport.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said said the annual championship had boosted the development of endurance sports and increased awareness on equestrian sports among Malaysians.

The championship has also contributed towards making Terengganu the country's equestrian hub recognised by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).

The 2010 Sultan's Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge is a race which consists of a 120km track with a fixed time period of 12 hours, which includes a holding time totalling 210 minutes at the first four vet gates.

The first phase is 30km, second (25km), third (20km), fourth (25km) and the fifth and final phase (20km).

Endurance riding was included as a discipline in the FEI since 1982, which is 24 years after the FEI was established.

-- BERNAMA

Malaysia: Wan MS Norhafizi wins Sultan’s Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge

Equestrian.com.my

Sunday 7 November 2010

Hard work, dedication and discipline paid off for Wan MS Norhafizi Wan MS Norzihan as he rode his way into first place in the fourth edition of the Sultan’s Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge.

“It was difficult preparing for the Sultan’s Cup,” said the 19-year-old rider from Malaysia representing the Tengku Mahkota Kelantan Endurance Team. “I started preparing my horse Nashaar early, and that was instrumental to my success. I am glad that my determination paid off“.

Wan MS Norhafizi and his Anglo Arab Gelding completed the endurance challenge with a time of 6 hours 20 minutes and 23 seconds. Ahmad Azura Abdul Ghani riding Idais Tobiha (Gelding) from the State of Terengganu Endurance Team came in second with a time of 6 hours 20 minutes and 41 seconds meanwhile Datuk Mohd Shuaib Ishak and Martika (Arab Mare) from the Ar- Raudhah completed the podium with a time of 6 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds.

68 riders from 9 countries participated in this year’s challenge from 5 – 7 November at the Terengganu International Endurance Park (TIEP) in Kuala Terengganu. 51 local riders from teams across Malaysia were also part of the 120km endurance challenge of undulating terrain.

His Majesty, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, was among the riders competing in the challenge. Participating countries include Australia, Chile, USA, France, Indonesia, Uruguay, South Africa, Singapore and Thailand.

Malaysia will be represented by the Ar-Raudah Equine Centre, the Langkawi Endurance Stable, Masterscaff En¬¬durance Team, Tengku Mahkota Kelantan Endurance Team and the Perlis TSAB Stable among others. The winner will receive RM30,000 cash and an Amaswiss watch worth USD 10,000 while the first runner and second runner-up stand to win RM20,000 and RM15,000 respectively.

Endurance racing is a competition against the clock where the speed and endurance of a horse is put to test while the riders are challenged for their effective pacing and cross-country knowledge. Endurance, a test of horsemanship skills, has now matured into an international sport.

“Endurance riding is recognised by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), and we’re proud to host and organise this prestigious, world-class event,” said Dato Seri Hj Ahmad Said, Menteri Besar of Terengganu.

He added that international events such as the Sultan’s Cup not only profile Terengganu as a world-class sports venue, but also provide the opportunity for Terengganu to acquire the necessary experience and expertise to compete for other major sports to be held here.

“Since the advent of the Sultan’s Cup, equestrian sport is now cherished by the people of Terengganu, and it also provides a platform to develop their skills in related fields of the sport of endurance.”

Tuanku Mizan was instrumental in establishing the Sultan’s Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge as a pre-cursor to the 2008 FEI World Endurance Championship, held for the first time in Asia. The annual event has made it into the country’s equestrian and tourism calendar and now attracts riders and visitors from around the world.

“The annual Sultan’s Cup has spurred the development of the endurance sport and raised the level of awareness of equestrian sports among Malaysians,” noted Datuk Ahmad. “It has also contributed to building Terengganu as an equestrian hub in advancing the sport among Malaysian riders.”

The 2010 Sultan’s Cup was flagged off by Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah at TIEP at 5:30pm on 6 November. This year’s competition is jointly organised by the Terengganu State Government and the Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable.

The three-day event will also be celebrated with a fun-filled two-day carnival themed Karnival Kuda Bersongket with stage shows by local artistes, cultural and handicraft workshops, pony and carriage rides for children, and an outdoor cinema, held for the first time ever in Terengganu.

Sponsors of the Sultan’s Cup 2010 includes Lizziz, Amaswiss, Mitavite, Norlan United & Carriage Sdn Bhd, AI Agro Marketing, Sutera Beach Resort, Ketengah Holding Sdn Bhd, Kementerian Pelancongan Malaysia, Natural Nutrition, Terengganu Inc, Syarikat Air Terengganu Sdn Bhd, AIS Consultants, Pancuran Budi (M) Sdn Bhd, TM Malaysia and Bank Pertanian Malaysia Berhad.


About the Sultan’s Cup

The Sultan’s Cup 2010 is an CEI 2* endurance race run over 120km of undulating terrain with a time limit of 12 hours including holding time totalling 210 minutes at the first four vet gates. The first phase is 25 km, second phase is 30km, third phase is 20km, fourth is 25km and the fifth and final phase is 20km.

At the vet gates, horses’ heart rates will be checked and must be 64 beat per minute (bpm) within 20 minutes of recovery and at the final examination, the heart rate must be 64 bpm within 30 minutes of recovery. If the stipulated heart rates are not achieved the horse will be disqualified.

The minimum weight for riders is 75 kg.

The first 10 horses finishing within one hour of the first placed horse will be eligible for the Best Condition Horse Award.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

New Zealand: ESNZ firm on endurance groom selection policy

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

November 6, 2010

by Robin Marshall

The groom selection policy that caused so much grief in the lead-up to the recent World Equestrian Games is not about to change, but the way team officials are selected in New Zealand is undergoing modification.

Before the Games, two riders selected for the country's endurance team pulled out after they were not allowed to bring their own grooms to the event. Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) said at the time that the policy on team selection was changed in 2009, which was a major break in tradition for the sport.

After the decision by ESNZ not to allow their selected grooms, Sue Reid and Jenny Champion both pulled out of the team. They had both fund-raised to make the trip, as all members of the Kiwi endurance team were self-funded...

Read more here:
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2010/11/038.shtml

Malaysia: Tuanku Mizan Leads Local Riders In Endurance Challenge

Bernama.com

SETIU, Nov 6 (Bernama) -- The Yang Di-pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin leads 51 local riders in the fifth edition of the Sultan's Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge held at the Terengganu International Endurance Park (TIEP), Lembah Bidong, here.

The 2010 Sultan's Cup was flagged off by Seri Paduka Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah at 5.30pm Saturday.

This year's competition is jointly organised by the Terengganu state government and the Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable (RTES).

A total of 68 participants from nine countries including Australia, Chile, United States, France, Indonesia and Uruguay are taking part in the competition.

Malaysia is represented by the Ar-Raudah Equine Centre, The Langkawi Endurance Stable, Masterscaff Endurance Team, Tengku Mahkota Kelantan Endurance Team and the Perlis TSAB Stable among others.

The winner will receive RM30,000 cash and an Amaswiss watch while the first runner and second runner up stand to win RM20,000 and RM15,000 respectively.

Tuanku Mizan was instrumental in establishng the Sultan's Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge as a pre-cursor to the 2008 FEI World Endurance Championship, held for the first time in Asia.

The annual event has made it into the country's equestrian and tourism calendar and now attracts riders and visitors from around the world.

The three-day event is filled with a two-day carnival themed 'Karnival Kuda Bersongket' with stage shows by local artistes, cultural and handicraft workshops, and an outdoor cinema, held for the first time in Terengganu.

The Sultan's Cup 2010 is a CEI endurance race run over 120km of undulating terrain with a time limit of 12 hours. Including holding time totalling 210 minutes at the first four vet gates.

The first phase is 30km, second phase is 25km, third phase is 20km, fourth is 25 and the fifth and final phase is 20km.

The minimum weight for riders is 75 kilogrammes and the first 10 horses finishing within one hour of the first placed horse will be eligible for the Best Conditioned Horse Award.

-- BERNAMA

Friday, November 05, 2010

Morocco: Royal Bahrain team set for Rabat ride

Gulf-daily-news.com

Friday, November 05, 2010

BAHRAIN's top riders Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa arrived in Rabat, Morocco yesterday to lead the Royal Endurance Team at the Morocco-Bahrain Endurance Horseride Championship.

The ride, set to take place tomorrow at the Dar Es Salam Forest, will be organised for the first time by the Moroccan Equestrian Federation in co-operation with the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef).

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, said he was pleased with the ongoing preparations at the venue of the ride.

He highlighted the significance of the championship which underlines the strong ties linking Bahrain and Morocco.

Shaikh Nasser praised the efforts of the organising committee to make this first-ever championship an all-round success.

Both Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid, the council's first vice-president and Breef president, reached the Dar Es Salam Forest and inspected its facilities and the Bahraini team's horses.

The Royal Endurance Team pair also underwent their first training session with other members of the team under fair weather conditions.

Meanwhile, this ride has been approved in the calendar of the International Equestrian Federation and will be organised on an annual basis, it was announced yesterday.

During a Press conference held at the Royal Moroccan Federation in Rabat, the organisers announced the ride and other technical details to the public.

The conference was attended by Breef general secretary Ghalib Al Alawi, assistant general secretary Dr Khalid Hassan, Shaikh Nasser's Media and Information Centre director Tawfiq Salehi and secretary Hameed Faridi of Morocco.

The veterinary examination is set for today, just 24 hours before the start of the ride. The inspection sessions for horses will be conducted by a specialised team of veterinarians from the International Equestrian Federation. Dr Yassine Motemri of Tunisia is the president of the veterinary commission.

Other veterinarians are Dr Khalid Al Razaiqi of Oman, Dr Caonabo Melo of the Dominican Republic and Bahrain's Dr Ebrahim Yousef, Dr Fareeda Abdul Razaq, Dr Sabah Al Kabie and Dr Abdelrahman Abu Shook.

The organising committee is being headed by Moroccan Equestrian Federation president Princess Lalla Amina.

Breef general secretary Ghalib Al Alawi was named head of the grounds jury which also includes Bahraini officials Abdulghani Al Moosta, Ali Ghuloom and Mahdi Al Kalaiti.

Mohammed Dadulla is the foreign technical delegate, the chief steward is Mahmood Hasan of Bahrain while other strwards are Fahad Al Rumaihi and Abdulla Al Romaihi, also of Bahrain.

Top riders from Bahrain and Morocco are taking part in the event, which covers a total distance of 120km.

It will feature five stages, starting with 30km for the first stage. The second will be over 25km, the third 30km, the fourth 20km and the fifth 15km.

Princess Haya retains leadership of FEI

Khaleejtimes.com - Full Article

5 November 2010,
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was today re-elected as President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports.

In a strong show of confidence in her leadership, Princess Haya defeated two other candidates, Sven Holmberg (Sweden) and Henk Rottinghuis (Netherlands), to win a second four-year term in voting at the FEI General Assembly in Chinese Taipei. In a vote of 124 National Federations (out of 133 who were eligible), Princess Haya won the support of 90 National Federations from around the world, compared to 23 for Holmberg and 11 for Rottinghuis.

Princess Haya announced Her decision to seek a second term in March after several FEI nation groups and Federations urged her to do so. Princess Haya was first elected as President of the FEI in May 2006, on a commitment to modernise the organisation. She was the first FEI President to win a contested election.

More than 80 per cent of the deliverables outlined in her original manifesto were implemented in her first term, including significant improvements in communications, marketing, animal welfare, FEI finances, grassroots development and liaison with national federations. In her first act in office, she initiated a reform that established a two-term of four-year limit for the Presidency.

“Thank you so much for your confidence and trust. I promise that I won’t let you down..."

Read more here:
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/Displayarticle08.asp?section=newsmakers&xfile=data/newsmakers/2010/November/newsmakers_November11.xml

Thursday, November 04, 2010

International Bahrain Morocco Endurance Championship

HM King Hamad Arrives in Rabat
date: 04 11, 2010

Rabat, Nov. 4. (BNA) His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa arrived here today on a visit to Morocco where he will attend the opening of the First International Bahrain Morocco Endurance Horseride Championship held within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
HM King Hamad was received at the airport by Prince Moulay Rachid with whom he exchanged cordial talks on the distinguished Bahraini-Moroccan relations. Then, two detachments of the Moroccan Royal Guard greeted HM King Hamad. Rabat-Sale Governor Zemmour Zair, Bahraini Ambassador to Morocco Shaikh Khalid bin Salman Al Khalifa and the Bahraini Embassy's senior officials were also present .

Monday, November 01, 2010

Bahrain: Royal riders step up preparations

Gulf-daily-news.com

Monday, November 01, 2010


BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team members stepped up their preparations for the Endurance Horseride Championship in Rabat, set to take place on Friday at 3pm (Bahrain time).

The event, to be held under the patronage of Chairwoman of the Moroccan Equestrian Federation (MEF) Princess Lalla Amina, will be the first joint endurance ride involving riders from Bahrain and Morocco.

The Bahraini team's participation is in line with the directives issued by His Majesty King Hamad.

Leading the Bahraini team at this event is the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and Bahrain Olympic Committee chief Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The team also includes Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and other prominent Bahaini riders.

The championship will take place at the Endurance Village of the MEF near the Moroccan University.

The ride consists of 120 kms divided into five stages. The first stage will be over 30 kms, the second over 25 kms, the third over 30kms, the fourth over 20 kms and the fifth and final stage will be over 15 kms.

This ride, to be organised for the first time, has been approved by the International Equestrian Federation.

Commenting on this occasion, Shaikh Nasser said he is happy with the present preparations at the venue and confident of success.

Significance

He added that the hard work put up by the organisers underlines the significance of this ride, and the keenness of the Moroccan Equestrian Federation, under the presidency of Princess Lalla Amina, to make this event an all round success.

Shaikh Nasser also confirmed that members of the Bahrain team have prepared themselves well ahead of the championship, adding that his side have come to Rabat to win top awards.

On his part, Shaikh Khalid highlighted the significant efforts of Princess Lalla Amina in the development of equestrian and endurance activities in Morocco.

Shaikh Khalid, who is also vice-president of the Supreme Council fro Youth and Sports, confirmed that this ride will be a new era of co-operation between the Bahrain and Moroccan Equestrian Federations.

Meanwhile, Princess Lalla Amina met with members of the Bahrain delegations in Rabat.

During the meeting, both parties discussed means of co-operation and co-ordination to take the strong ties between Bahrain and Morocco a step further.

Shaikh Nasser's Media and Information Centre's director Tawfiq Salehi also had a successful meeting with officials from the Moroccan Television Corporation and agreed to broadcast the ride live on Bahrain Sports Channel.

France: Horse centre gives Deauville a sporting chance to excel

Normandyadvertiser.fr - Full Article

By Alice Cannet on November 1, 2010

A new state-of-the-art equestrian centre will give horse fans, riders and breeders even more of a reason to come to Deauville when it opens later this month. Alice Cannet spoke to its new director, Antoine Sinniger, about his passion for horses, and getting Normandy ready to host the World Equestrian Games in 2014…

Deauvlle is looking to reinforce its reputation as the horse capital of Normandy with the launch of a new e11m equestrian centre covering everything from leisure and sport to breeding.

The Pôle International should become a pilot for other sites of its kind in France. It welcomed its first students in September and will be officially inaugurated during three days of celebrations from November 12-14...

Read more here:
http://www.normandyadvertiser.fr/2010/11/horse-centre-gives-deauville-a-sporting-chance-to-excel/

Bahrain: Singh wins first ride of season

Gulf-daily-news.com

Posted on » Sunday, October 31, 2010


GURDEN Singh, riding Oak Glen Seacrest, won a hotly contested Breef Season Opening Endurance Ride, which concluded early yesterday morning at Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The 80-kilometre event saw up to three riders battling it out for victory, and in the end only 20 seconds separated first place from third.

The race was organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef), under the leadership of Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The ride acted as a qualifying event for future endurance races. It also aimed to attract new riders to the sport, and assist existing competitors in their preparations for the upcoming national season.

The event's total distance was split into three stages, 30 kms each for the first and second legs, and 20 kms over the final stage.

Singh, from Bahrain, won with a total ride time of three hours, 19 minutes and 42 seconds. He narrowly clinched first place ahead of runner-up Sumer Singh Jagmal of India, who finished just three seconds behind. Jagmal was riding Zayed Shakhan.

Both were among the top three heading into the ride's final leg, when Abdulhak Kaddouri, also of Bahrain, was in front. But they later overtook Kaddouri, who was riding Jamaal. Kaddouri was forced to settle for third place as he finished 20 seconds off Singh's time.

Isa Abdulla Ali Al Hazza, riding Nahar, was a distant fourth in 4:25:52. Othman Abduljalil Awadhi came fifth in 4:25:58.

Riding

In sixth place with a total ride time of 4:28:57 was Saud Fawzi Isa Al Doseri riding Arsley House Aurelius, seventh in 4:29:01 was Ahmed Jamal Al Dosseri on Khalil El Nerak, and eight in 4:29:03 was Fuad Hassan Bastaki riding Dim Dam.

Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Mishkhas on Maraka (4:30:31) and Ali Abdulla Busafar on Hanneliza Baron Hanneliza (4:33:20) rounded out the top 10.

Sixty riders were in the fray when the race was flagged off late on Friday afternoon. Only 31 completed the entire 80 kms distance.

Photos by Osama Mohammed here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/ridecamp/BahrainBREEFOpeningSeasonChampionship80KmRoyalTeam103010?pli=1&gsessionid=vtq9btXxC9FXmpvI8Ei3YA#

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bahrain: Season opening endurace ride set

Gulf-daily-news.com

October 29, 2010

THE Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) is today organising the Breef Season Opening Endurance Ride Championship.

Starting at 4pm, the first event of the 2010/11 season will be held at the International Endurance Village in Sakhir. It is a qualifying ride covering a total distance of 80 kms.

The ride, due to conclude at night, is divided into three stages, with 30 kms for the first stage marked with red stripes.

The second stage will also be over 30 kms and is covered in green while the third stage, which is over 20 kms, is marked yellow.

The total duration of the ride is seven hours and 50 minutes. There will be a 30-minute break between the first and second stages while the break between the second and third will be 40 minutes. Maximum weight for the riders is 75kg, including the horse gears.

Breef, under the presidency of Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has finalised its preparations for today's qualifying ride. The registration of riders taking part has been completed.

This ride will be a great opportunity for all riders to prepare for the new season. It also aims to attract new riders.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Khalid expressed confidence of a very successful season.

Shaikh Khalid, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports vice-president, said this season's rides would be different from the previous ones.

He believes that the foundation of endurance rides is expanding with more riders from different stages expected to sign up for the new season's competitions.

Shaikh Khalid underlined the development of endurance rides in Bahrain to the unlimited support of His Majesty King Hamad.

The Breef's chief also highlighted the achievements of Bahraini riders in regional and international championships, the last of which was at the World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky where some of the world's best riders were in the fray.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is the event's organising committee chairman.

The Ground Jury is headed by Ghalib Al Alawi while Haider Zubi of Jordan will be the foreign judge. Other ground jury members are Mohammed Dadulla, Abdulghani Al Boosta, Ali Ghuloom, Mahdi Al Kalaiti and Fahad Al Romaihi.

Mahmood Hassan is the chief steward while Abdulla Al Rumaihi is the other steward for the event.

The veterinary commissioner is Dr Khalid Hasan while Mahmood Al Hammad of Saudi Arabia will be the foreign veterinarian.

Other veterinarians are Bahrain's Dr Ebrahim Yousif, Dr Sabah Al Kabie, Dr Abu Obaidah Yaqoob, Dr Abdelrahman Abu Shook and Dr Caonabo Melo of the Dominican Republic.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meg Wade on the road to recovery


Photo: Jill Craig - ABC Goulburn Murray
ABC.net.au

28 October 2010
By Jill Craig (ABC Goulburn Murray)

After a devastating horse accident in early 2009 local endurance rider Meg Wade is determined to get back on a horse.

The equestrian world was shocked in Easter 2009 when they heard the terrible news that Australia's most successful endurance rider Meg Wade had fallen during a ride.

The fall at Tumbarumba left Meg Wade unconscious and fighting for her life in a Canberra hospital.

Burrowye-based Meg says endurance racing was a favourite event for her; she has competed in 65 160 kilometre races, with wins in 25.

"As the race got longer I got better... I think a lot of it is the metal attitude; I am pretty strong mentally.

"Your horse doesn't know whether it's going out to do 80 kilometres or 160; you're the one in charge."

Meg's accident happened when she was competing in a 100 kilometres Easter endurance ride at Tumbarumba...

More article and audio interview here:
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/10/27/3049935.htm

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Malaysia: King To Lead Local Riders In Terengganu Endurance Challenge

Bernama.com.my

October 26 2010

KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- The Sultan's Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge 2010 from Nov 5-7 in Lembah Bidong, Setiu will feature 80 local and international riders.

Head of secretariat for the Sultan Cup 2010, Faridah Mat Ali said 15 international riders from Thailand, United States, France, Singapore, Australia, Uruguay and Indonesia have so far confirmed their participation.

"Though the closing date for entries is over, we will still accept last minute entries," Faridah told Bernama here Tuesday.

Faridah said the local challenge would be led by none other than Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.

She said the challenge, organised jointly by the Terengganu state government and Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable, (RTES) over a 120km distance, would offer RM126,000 in total prize money.

Faridah said the winner would receive RM30,000, runner-up (RM20,000), third(RM15,00), fourth (RM10,000) and fifth (RM8,000).

-- BERNAMA

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Aussie link to WEG endurance win

Weeklytimesnow.com.au - Full Article

Jenny Sheppard | October 25, 2010

AUSTRALIAN riders may not have starred in the 100-mile endurance at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, but there was one link to Australia in the championship.

Silver medallist Sheikh Mohammed, of the United Arab Emirates, riding Ciel Oriental, owns the global Darley Stud, which has four Australian properties, one at Seymour and three in NSW.

He also heads his family's Godolphin Racing operations in NSW.

Gold went to Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton, from Spain, riding Nobby, and bronze to Sheikh Mohammed's son Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, riding SAS Alexis.

Although thrilled with the victory, Ponton also credited Sheikh Mohammed...

Read more here:
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/10/25/248111_horses.html