Thursday, February 04, 2010

Bahrain: Top riders set for endurance race

Gulf Daily News
Friday, February 05, 2010

PROMINENT riders from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have confirmed their participation in the seniors race of His Majesty the King's Endurance Ride Championships tomorrow at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Spearheading the UAE for tomorrow's prestigious event, to be sponsored by Marsa Al Seef, are Shaikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi and Masaud Al Marzooqi.

From Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Al Malhasi will take part on his horse Al Yarmook, while Hussain Abul Shabab and Waleed Muhareb are set to represent Jordan.

Also in the fray are a group of Bahrain's top riders, led by captain of the Royal Endurance Team Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Six other riders will be representing the Royal Endurance Team and they are Ahmed Abdulla, Abdulrahman Al Saad, Abdulrahman Al Zayed, Mohammed Al Thawadi, Yousef Taher and Abdulhaq Qadoori.

Other Bahraini participants will represent different stables from across the kingdom, including Al Taliya, Al Muntaser, Awal, Hawar and Jaffer Al Alawi Stable.

A junior ride is also set to take place tomorrow with more than 30 riders in the fray, including three entries from Qatar - Khalid Al Kuwari, Abdulla Al Mannai and Fahad Abdulsalam from Al Shamal Stable.

From Bahrain, Ahmed Al Qaud, Abdulrahman Al Zayed and girl rider Shereen Fayez will spearhead favourites the Royal Endurance Team.

Other participants will represent Al Wadi, Al Mughairat, Al Ruwaie, Al Shuwamekh, Al Asayel, Al Ajyal and Abdulaziz Taher stables

A qualifying ride, which is open to new riders, will also take place with 10 riders in the fray.

The event will be part of a one-day Equestrian Festival under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Khalid yesterday received Jordanian Equestrian Federation's president Princess Alia bint Al Hussain who arrived in Bahrain to attend tomorrow's championships.

The Breef's chief also welcomed the President of the Moroccan Royal Equestrian and Endurance University and the Moroccan Olympic Committee for the Disabled Princess Lala Amina who will also witness the event.