Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Grounds Pass Ticket Sales Set for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

DATE: March 31, 2010

Offering will Include Free Child’s Ticket; Host of Venue Activities

LEXINGTON, KY - Grounds Pass tickets for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will go on sale Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

Grounds Pass tickets will be priced at $25 each, but from April 16 through May 31, as a special promotion, tickets will be available for $20. Each Grounds Pass will allow entry to the 2010 Games venue for the selected date of purchase.

To provide for an affordable, family-friendly event, admission for children 12 years of age and under will be free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

A limited quantity of Flex Grounds Pass tickets will be available for $30. The Flex Grounds Pass can be used for entry on any one day of choice, without selecting a specific date of attendance at the time of purchase.

Tickets will be available for purchase through, on, at any Ticketmaster outlet and via the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000.

Grounds Pass tickets allow entry to the 2010 Games for the selected day of purchase and will give spectators access to a wide range of activities at the Kentucky Horse Park venue. Activities include shopping at more than 250 Trade Show booths; exciting exhibits and entertainment at the Kentucky Experience tourism pavilion and the Alltech Experience pavilions; and the Kentucky Horse Park’s world-renowned exhibits and museums.

In addition, spectators will be entertained and educated in the Equine Village, which will present more than 40 exhibitors and some of the world's top equine entertainment acts and clinicians, including Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson and the kid-friendly Equimania.

Grounds Pass tickets are available for 13 days during the Games, excluding the competition days of Endurance, Eventing Cross Country and Driving Marathon. Spectators who wish to purchase admission for these competitions should visit

About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States.

The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. Current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan, and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit

Media Contact:
Amy Walker
Public Relations

Princess Haya to run for 2nd term as president of world equestrian body - Full Article


LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Princess Haya of Jordan will stand for a second and final four-year term as president of the International Equestrian Federation.

The 35-year-old princess, who competed in jumping at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said Wednesday she wanted to continue giving something back to her sport.

"It's been an honour to serve our sport and our federation over the last four years. I have loved the job," Princess Haya said in a statement. "We have built a fantastic team that it would be a privilege to continue to work with."

The election is scheduled for November at the federation's annual assembly in Taiwan.

Princess Haya was elected FEI president in 2006, and the next year was voted on to the International Olympic Committee.

Read more here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Kuwait: The first Arabian long distance horse race begins

March 29th, 2010

Kuwait: The first horse race on endurance and capacity begun in Kuwait on Saturday. The race was organized by the Kuwaiti Association for Horses, and took place in the Kebad area. Many of the jockeys participating in the race rode authentic horses, riding for four stages.

The first and second stage was 30 km in length, while the third and fourth stage involved 20 km, including a qualifying and classification stage.

Vice?President of the Association, Ahmad Apul said that the endurance and capacity race is "the first of its kind in Kuwait" and the total is 100 km in length. He clarified that the race began at 5pm at the Heritage Village.

Apul added that a list of important instructions and guidelines were set for those who wished to participate in the race, stressing the need to adhere to these rules.

He said that the Association was honored to organize this race, calling for a promotion of the sport, as Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) urged his followers to teach their children archery, swimming and horse riding.

He said that Kuwait has a good reputation in the field of horse riding in the Gulf and the Arab world. He added that the race involves a large number of jockeys from neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Arab and foreign countries as well.

It is noteworthy to mention that despite the bad weather, a large number of fans witnessed the start of the race. The dusty weather that occurred at 10 in the evening was a significant impediment to the Jockeys as they attempted to reach the end as soon as possible.
Nayef Al-Humaidan

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The miracle that is Amigo - Full Article

March 28, 2010
by Neil Clarkson

The owner of endurance horse Amigo has praised the outpouring of support from an ever-growing fanbase as the Arabian continues his remarkable recovery from a shocking injury.

The Tennessee horse now has more than 8000 fans following his recovery on Facebook, and owner Gary Sanderson describes them all as wonderful people.

Amigo's fans have rallied to raise $US20,000 toward Amigo's vet care, including an anonymous donation of $US11,600 from out of state.

Gary has put $US10,000 on a special animal-care credit card, meaning the $US30,000 in veterinary bills so far accrued have been covered.

Amigo has been in the care of the large animal clinic at the Univesity of Tennessee since his January 17 accident, in which he was impaled on a branch in his pasture in Luttrell.

Read more here.

New Zealand: Update for Nationals

March 26 2010

Important last minute update for all.

All things are sorted and being bought together for a brilliant NZ Championship.

Traveling competitors will be pleased to know we have secured the use of the Balmoral Pony Club Grounds at Culverden for off base accommodation for horses and people. Minimum facilities (toilets showers) are supplied with room to yard your horses. (Yarding standards to be observed). Please contact David Marshall to make arrangements (small cost will apply). 03 3243 727, 027 446 5593 or email

Bookings for Prize giving dinner will be available until Friday. Please do not miss out to relax and enjoy prize giving/auction and dinner. Great chance to enjoy catching up after the business of the weekend.

With a huge concerted effort, prizes have been secured to a substantial value (think it has past $20,000). This equates to around a third of our budget.

On Sunday evening an Auction has been organized to sell some specific items. If you wish to donate items for fun or pleasure please contact David. At this time we have a household pump and pressure system and a submersible pump from Norlings, a stallion service from Holly Farm Equestrian Services and other items. This is just a start! off site bids will be accepted, contact Ken McGrath ( or David Marshall (as above).

When you arrive at base: please adhere to site allocations. We have set out sites according to entries and if everyone remains considerate we have room for everyone. Layout and basic principles will be posted on arrival.

We are very happy to do everything we can to make your Championship as successful and enjoyable as we can. Any questions please ask. In the meantime, travel safe and looking forward to huge fun weekend.

Kind regards,

From the Culverden 2010 NZ National Endurance and Trail Riders Championship

For more information, see">

Canada: Declared Riders & Horses for 2010 WEG

March 19, 2010

The Endurance Canada International Committee is pleased to announce the Declared riders and horses for the World Equestrian Games 2010 to be held in Lexington KY September 2010.

The qualification period for final selection continues to July 15, 2010 after which the Squad and Alternate list will be announced.

A current ranking list will be released shortly, and will be based on competition results to March 12, 2010. Thereafter an updated ranking list will be posted monthly based on the results submitted to that time.

The Declared riders and horses in alphabetical order are:

Rider - Horse
Wendy Benns - Supreme Justice
Patricia Dowling - ZF Mocha
Robert Gielen - FC Galaxy
Lee Hutten - Apache Eclipse
Lee Hutten - Phantom
Kathy Irvine - Nightwinds Savanah
Gail Jewell - A Salisbury Rose
Gail Jewell - Diamond Reo
Gail Jewell - Jolly Holiday
Gail Jewell - Apache Eclipse
Gail Jewell - NL Temptation
Elroy Karius - Apache Eclipse
Elroy Karius - NL Temptation
Elroy Karius - A Salisbury Rose
Elroy Karius - Diamond Reo
Elroy Karius - Jolly Holiday
Carol Lewin - Queen's Legacy
Tara MacLeod - Driftwoods Bellanca
Tara MacLeod - Driftwoods Zorro
Tara MacLeod - Cairos Summer Romance
Leanna Marchant - Samsons Fire
Jan Marsh - Morning Line
Terre O'Brennan - Koszaar
Carol Steiner - Jumpin Jax
Ruth Sturley - RBF Super Sport
Yvette Vinton - Teese
Caroline Williams - Perpetual Bliss

More information at

Thursday, March 25, 2010

American Endurance Ride Conference Names Hall of Fame, Pard'Ners Winners

Les Carr
photo by Steve Bradley

USEF Press Release: March 25 2010
Author: By Troy Smith

Dr. Les Carr accepts the equine Hall of Fame trophy for his endurance half-Arabian gelding, Tulip.
Amid the hoopla of its annual convention last month in Reno, NV, the American Endurance Ride Conference’s (AERC) Dave Rabe was inducted into the nonprofit organization’s Hall of Fame, along with Tulip, the ultra-long distance half-Arabian gelding owned by Dr. Les Carr.

Also winning one of endurance’s top prizes, the Pard’ners Award, was Robert Ribley and his endurance horse, Tari.

Hall of Fame Person: Dave Rabe
Dave Rabe, a retired postmaster from Carson City, NV, is currently third on the list of high-mileage riders in the organization’s 38-year history, with 46,512 miles through 2009. Those numbers include 862 ride finishes—200 of them in the top 10, with 55 completions of 100-mile, one-day rides.

“I guess I like to ride more than most of you,” said Rabe to the hundreds of endurance riders assembled at the national awards banquet, held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.

Rabe is as well known for his typical riding outfit—a tank top and cut-off jean shorts—as he is for the miles and miles of trails which he marks before most rides. “Dave is the only person I know that will get to a ride early to mark trail for the ride managers, ride the ride, then go around helping people and filling water troughs in camp, then go out and mark more trail for the next day of the ride,” said Stephanie Palmer-DuRoss of Queen Creek, AZ, one of the many people who nominated Rabe for the Hall of Fame award.

An exemplary rider, Rabe is often trusted to ride other people’s horses. As the award presenter, Ride Manager Dave Nicholson, DVM, said, “He’ll ride anything.” Rabe answered back, “I like a horse to buck and run away once in a while.”

“Dave is one of the few people I will trust with one of my own horses,” said rider Karen Chaton of Gardnerville, NV. “I know that Dave will always have the horse’s best interest at heart. He can take horses that nobody else can even stay on and turn them into incredible athletes.”

He is also known for helping out riders along the trail, even risking his own placing to do so. “On the trail during a ride he slows to help any lost, beginning, wayward or worried riders and horses,” said Kevin Waters of Rimrock, AZ.

Hall of Fame Equine: Tulip
The invincible Tulip, Dr. Les Carr’s half-Arabian gelding, finished the 2009 endurance ride season with 21,155 miles. As the first endurance horse to surpass 20,000 miles, the 21-year old equine athlete’s Hall of Fame induction was well deserved.

Since Tulip’s first endurance ride in 1993, he has averaged more than 1,200 miles of sanctioned endurance rides every year, an incredible average considering the minimum length of these rides is 50 miles. More than 25 different riders have contributed to Tulip’s mileage, although Dr. Carr, of Somerset, CA, has taken over exclusively since 2001 (except one ride where Dr. Carr’s wife, Jill, rode Tulip).

“Tulip shows no sign of aging when I see him on the trail and looks like he will go on forever,” said John Parke, who nominated Tulip for the year-end award. “Tulip is amazingly tolerant of quirky people and ponies, and is a true character in his own right. We have ridden so much together that I always relax a little riding next to him out of some inner recognition that I am really out on the endurance trail where I belong.”

Pard’ners Award: Robert Ribley and Tari
A coveted AERC award, the Pard’ners award, named in honor of the late Mae Schlegel and her horse Pard, honors the horse-and-rider team that exemplifies friendship, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. While Tari is now deceased, he and Robert Ribley, a longtime endurance rider from Grass Valley, CA, had a long and storied career together that made them deserving of the award.

Tari, a ¾-Arabian, ¼-Standardbred gelding, started 116 rides with Robert between 1985 and 1994, and finished 116 times, an amazingly difficult feat. Of those, 25 rides were 100-mile, one-day rides.

Tari’s last ride was the 20 Mule Team 100, when Tari was 27 years old. “To get a 27-year-old horse through a tough 100-mile takes teamwork. That’s why Robert and Tari are Pard’ners,” said nominator Mike Tracy of Hollister, CA. “However competitive they were, they always had good sportsmanship. As a rookie myself, back in 1989, I was always asking Robert questions during a ride. Even though we were competing against one another, he never failed to give me good advice.

“Tari was much more than an endurance horse,” said Tracy. “Robert used him for bow and arrow hunting. On one such trip in the mountains they got lost. They kept going around in circles until about midnight. Robert decided to drop the reins, and Tari found their way back to camp.”

The AERC convention focused on a theme of “Preserve Our Trails” which emphasized the importance of trails to distance riding. Along with speakers who spoke on horse health and anatomy subjects were trails specialists Mary Hanson and Rick Potts, representing the National Park Service. “Preserve our trails was a great theme to help bring our trail issues to the forefront," said AERC member Connie Creech, of Carson City, NV. “The talks highlighted the importance of preserving our trails for endurance riding, which we all must appreciate and work with.”

Endurance riders are currently midway through the 2010 ride year, and look forward to the 2010 convention, which will be held next March, again at the Grand Sierra in Reno, NV.

To join AERC, or for more information about endurance riding, please contact the AERC office, located in Auburn, CA, at (866) 271-2372, email, or visit

Portugal: Alentejo Nations Cup

Starting on the 15th of June 2010, the Alentejo Nations Cup in equestrian endurance is a Raid competition with a maximum distance of 160 km and a CEI*** category. Its Prize Money is a total of 75,000 Euros.

The Nations Cup Concept:
By having a high and demanding technical level the endurance Nations Cup guarantees a significant increase on the attractiveness to all participants if compared to other events in the same sport. This will contribute to the high prestige and media attention given to the event.

Mainly organized in Europe, every country is given the right to stage one cup per year. For this the event needs to follow the rules and demands staged by the Federation Equestre Internationale - FEI.

Under the Federation Equestre Internationale - FEI supervision, this trophy will be part of the Nations Cup circuit a prestigious competitiion that is the most important event in this kind of sport right after the World and European cups. However the Nations Cup has a difficulty level that doesn't stand behind these two major competitions.

For more information Contact:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Guatemala: The Magdalena Endurance Challenge, 4th Edition - Full Article

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:22 Barbara Schieber

Guatemala will host the 4th Edition of the Magdalena Endurance Challenge on 24th of April 2010. Magdalena is a giant sugar mill in La Gomera, Escuintla. This event is the most challenging endurance event in Guatemala. According to Fernando Paiz, President of Jinetes de Aventura Endurance (Endurance Adventure Riders) and President of the Organizing Committee of this international competition, the race will be very exciting and very tough.

The race will demand a lot of technical expertise from the riders and horses because it will be held at night, to reduce the effect of the extreme heat of the coast area where Magdalena is located. The route of the competition will go through roads and paths of tropical forest, sugar plantation, rivers and irrigation channels.

The President of the Organizing Committee expressed his excitement and satisfaction that Sugar Mill Magdalena is opening their doors for the fourth year in a row to provide their adventurous terrain for one of the most important competitions of the year. Family Leal, the owners of the Sugar mill have been of tremendous help to support the logistics for such a complex event. The event is called: Magdalena Endurance Challenge, in their honour.This event will is a classifying event for the FEI World Endurance Championship held in Kentucky USA, this year.

Read more here:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Qatar: Al Shaqab Team Wins Double Gold at HH Emir Endurance Cup

(Doha, Qatar – March 21, 2010)

Al Shaqab Endurance Team, member of Qatar Foundation, swept the gold medals in the junior and senior races in this past weekend’s HH Emir Endurance Cup at Qatar Endurance Village in Mesaieed, Qatar.

Three members from Al Shaqab's Endurance Team, member of Qatar Foundation, racing in the HH Emir Endurance Cup, which was held Friday at the Qatar Endurance Village near Sealine. From right to left are team members: Nawab Ali, Atta Mohammed Beer and Mohammed Tahous Saif Al Nuaimi. Atta Mohammed Beer, pictured center, won the Gold medal in the Senior 120km race.

In the 120 km Senior race, Atta Mohammed Beer won the gold medal with a total time of 5:21:32 hours on board In Situ. Mohammed Tahous Saif Al Nuaimi came in only four seconds behind to receive the silver medal in the senior race, riding Hidalgo. Abdulrahman Saad A Al Sulaiteen came in fifth on Love and Love and Nawab Ali finished in sixth on Henham Cactus Jack. Sajid Khan, Mohammed Sanad Al-Nuaimi and Abdulla Mohammed Abdulla Al Amri rounded out the top ten with 8th-10th place respectively.

In the 100km Junior race, Saad Sinan Al Kaabi secured the gold medal for Al Shaqab on Aloha Zelus with a time of 4:00:53 hours. Fourth through eight place were all captured by Al Shaqab riders. Essa Mohammed Al-Sulaitin came in fourth on Idaho Champ, fifth went to Mohammed Ali Mohammed Al Marri on Idaho Roxette and Khalid Sanad finished sixth aboard Parlour Mountain JOF. The race for seventh and eight place was only a four second margin between Ali Mohammed Ali Al Hammadi and Salem Rashid Mohammed Al Marri.

H H, The Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani founded Al Shaqab in 1992 to preserve and further develop the Arabian horse in Qatar. The organization is led by H E Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and encompasses a Breeding and Show division, Riding Academy and Endurance Team. In 2004, Al Shaqab proudly became a member of Qatar Foundation. Al Shaqab’s mission is to promote the highest standards in the breeding and showing of Arabian horses and provide innovative, educational and competitive opportunities in all of the equestrian arts.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

UAE: Al Beloushi rewrites world record

Image Credit: AHMED KUTTY/Gulf News

M. Satya Narayan,Senior Reporter
March 21, 2010

Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup winner led from first stage of 160km event

Dubai: Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi extended his red-hot form to rewrite another world record while Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, finished a steady second in yesterday's Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup, 160-km FEI-Three star ride at the Dubai International Endurance City.

Al Beloushi, riding 11-year-old grey gelding Jayhal Shazal, led from the very first stage in the six-stage 160km ride to register another victory for the Al Reef Stables. Al Beloushi and Jayhal Shazal completed the ride in five hours 45 minutes and 44 seconds to break the world record held by a horse trained by the rider himself. The horse was ridden by his younger brother Sultan Ahmad Al Beloushi in the President's Cup earlier this year. Sultan on Charlandre El Sharif broke his own world record for a 160km ride by more than seven minutes when he had clocked 6 hours 21 minutes and 12 seconds.

Final loop

Yousuf, who averaged 27.77kmph for the 160km ride, unleashed a terrific speed of 35.53kmph on his horse in the final loop. "This is one of my greatest wins and I am very happy that the world record stays in the family," said Al Beloushi, who has been one of the most consistent riders on the UAE circuit. He also holds the record for 120kms.

Shaikh Hamdan used to ride as a preparation for the World Endurance Games to be held in Kentucky later this year when he kept himself in the leader group for most of the race, finishing the last two stages behind the winner.

Riding Hattam, Shaikh Hamdan completed the ride less than six minutes behind the winner with all three top finishers breaking the world record.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also took part in yesterday's ride.

Two more rides were held by the Dubai Equestrian Club as the curtains came down on the endurance season here at this venue.

Harmke Margreta Westervest of The Netherlands won the Dubai Crown Prince Cup riding EDL Agbahr. She completed the 120-km distance in 4hrs 04mins and 17 seconds to finish ahead of Emirati pair Abdullah Thani Bin Huzaim and Mansour Ebrahim Al Salman. In the national ride over 100 kms, Abdullah Ahmad Al Shaikh finished on top riding M. Calfio.


The Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup, 160km FEI-Three star ride:

1.Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi (Jayhal Shazal) 5 hrs 45 mins 44 secs;

2. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Hattam) 5:51.32; 3. Thani Mohammad Al Muhairi (Maquarie Park Sedition) 5:53.24.

Dubai Crown Prince Cup, 120-km FEI Two Star ride:

1. Harmke Margreta Westervest-NED- (EDL Agbahr) 4:04.17; 2. Abdullah Thani Bin Huzaim (Skyros DE Peyrols) 4:07.39; 3. Mansour Ebrahim Al Salman (Redah) 4:09.03

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum Challenge 101km CEN Ride:

1. Abdullah Ahmad Al Shaikh (M. Calfiao) 3:27.01; 2. Aliya Ali Al Marzouqi (The Rockets) 3:27.03; 3. Hamad Ebrahim Al Marzouqi (Churrasquito) 3:27.46

Spain: Modification in the Stages of Kaliber V Raid Tierras de al-Andalus

Antes las dudas surgidas a las modificaciones que en el V Raid Kalber Tierras de Al-Andalus se han producido, tratare de aclararlo.

16/04/2010 DESCANSO

12/04/2010 THE DEW - Sanlucar de Barrameda: BE BACK ONE DAY BUT IT IS THE SAME STAGE OF 70 KM.
15/04/2010 Loja - Granada: SAME, NO CHANGE
16/04/2010 REST DAY
18/04/2110 POZOALCON - Cazorla: SAME, NO CHANGE

Thursday, March 18, 2010

UAE: Riders set for endurance challenges

Staff Reporter
March 18, 2010

Final three rides of season will take place in Dubai from Friday

Dubai: The final three endurance rides under the aegis of the Dubai Equestrian Club are set to take place in just a few days. All will be held at Dubai International Endurance City, the first two of which will take place on Saturday.

The Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Challenge and two Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cups are the races on the cards.

The first ride, the 160km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup consists of six loops.

The second ride, the 120km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup consists of five loops with the first inspection taking place on Friday between 3pm and 5pm.

The 100km Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Challenge consists of four loops with the first inspection also taking place on Friday.

Ali Moosa Al Khamiri, General Manager of the Dubai Equestrian Club, said: "This season has been one of our most successful seasons. We have witnessed a drastic increase in the number of participants amongst young riders and horses in this sport.

"We would like to thank Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, for his sponsorship and we are predicting this ride to leave a great impact on equestrian sport lovers due to its importance."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Portugal: 2010 Championships

The 2010 Portuguese Championship - CEI*** 160 km Open - Team Trophy will be held 15-18 April, 2010 at Monte da Ravasqueira estate, in the municipality of Arraiolos, Portugal.

In addition a CEI** 120 km and a CEI * 80 km will be held the same weekend.

The Monte da Ravasqueira has been linked to the family Jose De Mello for several generations, and produces some of the best wine that the Alentejo has to offer. The estate has organized and hosted the 1996 First International Friendship Driving Contest, and the 2006 Iberian Driving Cup.

For more information:

Ride coverage page:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to Bid for 2018 WEG - Full Article


WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 13 - Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that stages the world's largest and longest running horse show announced Saturday that it will bid for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

The bid for one of the world's largest sporting events that is held every four years will be made by Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP).

ESP owns and operates the 150-acre (60ha) PBIEC show grounds whose centerpiece event is the Winter Equestrian Festival that draws more than 2,000 horses from more than 30 countries during each of its 12 weeks.

Michael Stone, former secretary general of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and current president of ESP, will head up the Palm Beach organizing committee. He has been involved in every WEG since the inaugural event in Stockholm in 1990.

Work on the formal application will begin this year to insure completion well before the deadline of 2013 for the naming of the WEG in 2018.

Read more here:

2010 WEG: Wyonna Judd to Perform at Opening Ceremony

LEXINGTON, KY (March 10, 2010) - Wynonna Judd will welcome the world to Kentucky with a special performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The 2010 Games will feature world championship competitions in eight equestrian sports at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25 through October 10. The Games will be the largest sporting event in America this year and are renowned to be the world's most prestigious equestrian competition.

On the evening of September 25, Wynonna will perform "My Old Kentucky Home" in a pinnacle moment of the Opening Ceremonies.

"I could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to return home to my roots. Kentucky holds such a sacred place in my heart and to have this honor to share the home I so dearly love with my friends and family brings me great joy," Judd remarked.

As a native Kentuckian, Wynonna will bring a local flavor to an international audience.

"Wynonna Judd represents what is best about Kentucky and our musical heritage," said Governor Steve Beshear. "I am so proud that she will be honoring our Commonwealth by lending her voice to our state song."

Wynonna will be a major highlight in an Opening Ceremonies program featuring more than 200 horses, a symphony orchestra and chorale, all of whom will showcase Kentucky’s, and America’s, equestrian and musical heritage to the world.

"This song, with this artist, in a stadium of 30,000 spectators, is going create a magical moment for everyone, regardless of their home state or country," said Dr. Everett McCorvey, whose company, Global Creative Connection, is producing the ceremonies. "Wynonna represents but one of many different genres to be showcased in our ceremonies, and we are so honored to have her."

Additional entertainment acts for Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be announced throughout the spring.

Tickets for Opening Ceremonies, as well as the competition events of the 2010 Games, are on sale now at Tickets for Opening Ceremonies range from $120 to $150.

About Wynonna Judd

5-time GRAMMY Award winning artist, Wynonna Judd first gained fame as part of one of the most successful musical duos of all time, The Judds. On top of that amazing feat, she also holds multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA in excess of 30 million units sold for albums released throughout her illustrious 25-year career. In addition to her countless musical achievements, Wynonna became a New York Times best-selling author in 2005 with the release of her long-awaited autobiography, Coming Home to Myself, released in conjunction with her live CD and DVD Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime.

Wynonna recently announced she plans to reunite with her mother, Naomi, for a final Judds tour in 2010. She is also presently touring in support of her critically acclaimed seventh solo studio album, Sing: Chapter 1, an eclectic assortment of standards paying homage to all the different genres and songs that have formed the soundtrack to her life.
Visit to learn more!

About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years. The 2010 Games are the first to incorporate all eight international disciplines as well as the first to be held outside of Europe.

The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and other current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Meydan, Ariat International, Inc, and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit

Saturday, March 13, 2010

UAE: Al Beloushi rewrites another record at Al Maktoum Challenge

Image Credit: ABDUL RAHMAN/Gulf News

By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
March 14, 2010

Trainer-cum-rider of Al Reef Stables has been a consistent performer

Abu Dhabi : The UAE's domestic endurance season may be on its home stretch, the temperatures may be rising but there just seems to be no stopping Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi.

The trainer-cum-rider of Al Reef Stables, owned by Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of President's Private Department, once again battered the record for a 120km ride by more than 11 minutes in yesterday's Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival 2010 at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.

Riding 12-year-old chestnut gelding Trajano, Al Beloushi, who had rewritten the record (four hours 32 minutes 26 seconds) last month in Dubai with a timing of 4 hours 32 minutes 26 seconds, lowered it further to 4 hours 18 minutes and 52 seconds.

Battling to second place was Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri on Saluki, and it was this Al Wathba rider who had held the record for two years before Al Beloushi broke it on February 6 this year.

Al Beloushi, who recorded an average ride time of 27.81 kmph during the 120-km FEI two star ride said, "I am very happy as this is the third win for Trajano. The conditions were tough as it was a bit hotter than expected."

"Once I got into the lead in the fourth loop, I sensed that my horse was in a good condition so I decided to try and go for a record," said Al Beloushi, who has been one of the most consistent riders and trainers over the last couple of years.

Yesterday's ride was attended by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum along with Adnan Sultan Saif Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ali Al Muhairi, Racing Manager of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Lara Sawaya, Managing Director of Tasweeq attended the prize distribution ceremony.


1. Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi (Trajano-Al Reef Stables) 4hrs 18 mins 52secs; 2. Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (Saluki-Al Wathba Stables) 4:23.09, 3. Munthar Ahmad Al Beloushi (Silversprings Kabir Arwa- Al Reef Stables) 4:32.28,; 4. Saeed Mohammad Al Jaber Al Marri (Elphyn Silverlight- Al-Reef Stables) 4:34.35,; 5. Saif Sultan Al Bu Amim (Omaani Iman-Al Aasfa Ltd) 4:37.43.

Bahrain: Show of Class

Sunday, March 14, 2010

SHAIKH Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa steered Musical Gully Pizzecato to victory in the International Endurance Qualifying Ride held yesterday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The Bahrain Royal Endurance Team captain ruled the three-stage ride from start to finish, completing the event on top with a total ride time of three hours, nine minutes and 51 seconds, and an average speed of 22.28km per hour.

Behind him was his Royal Endurance Team mate Jaffer Mirza, riding El Khar, who finished second in 3:09:53 with a 25.28km per hour average speed.

Third overall was Raed Mahmood, also of the Royal Endurance Team, who steered Fascination to cross the finish line in 3:21:14 with a 23.85km per hour average speed.

The ride, which serves as a qualifier for international championships, saw a total of 70 riders from different stables in Bahrain, taking part.

It got underway at 6am. The first stage was over 30km. Shaikh Nasser completed the stage first in 1:13:22 with a 24.53km per hour average speed.

He was followed by Mirza in 1:13:38 with an average speed of 24.45km per hour, then veteran rider and coach Abdelhaq Kaddouri came third in 1:16:26 with a 23.44km per hour average speed.

Shaikh Nasser maintained his rhythm in the second stage, which was also over 30km, by finishing on top in 2:25:59 and 24.66km per hour average speed.

Mirza kept the pressure on Shaikh Nasser by staying a close second in 2:26:07 with an average speed of 24.45km per hour while Indian rider Ratan Singh, riding Zayed Shakhan, moved up to third in 2:39:45 and a 22.54km per hour average speed.

The third and deciding stage, which was over 20km, featured gruelling competition between Shaikh Nasser and Mirza towards the final metres. The former rider lived up to expectations to win first place overall.

Shaikh Nasser said the Royal Endurance Team's participation yesterday was successful and most of the riders achieved good results throughout the three stages.

On his part, Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa said he was pleased with the great turnout of riders for this event.

The Breef's chief praised the noticeable co-operation from the participants with the organisers which made the ride an all-round success.

He added that most of the riders completed all three stages and should finish two more similar events to become eligible to take part in any of the International Equestrian Federation championships.

Friday, March 12, 2010

UAE: Harvey wins Ladies endurance ride

Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
March 13, 2010

Schoolteacher holds on to beat back a spirited challenge by UAE's Afra

Abu Dhabi : British schoolteacher Rachel Harriet Harvey held on to beat back a spirited challenge by the UAE's Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi to win yesterday's Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge 90-km Ladies Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village.

Just one second separated Harvey riding Baddah from Afra on Estaban after the 90kms ride held over four loops of 30kms, 24kms, 20kms and 16kms with Al Yazia Khalifa Al Suwaidi on Al Galahn in third place.

Yesterday's ladies ride at Al Wathba venue was jointly sponsored by Bonyan International Investment Group, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival 2010 with 65 starting the national event. It was a very close finish and for most part of the 90kms ride.

Read more here:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Whitehaven horses achieve year-end awards for 2009

By Messenger Staff Reports
Published: March 11, 2010
BISHOPVILLE - The Western Carolinas Arabian Horse Association (WCAHA) recently announced their year-end award winners for 2009, and a number of Whitehaven horses came out on top.

CINDERELLA STORY (Curundu Java x Ann Annazeh), a 10-year-old straight Egyptian Arabian mare owned by trainer Trisha Dingle, was named Champion Endurance Horse. “Daisy” completed a number of limited distance rides with amateur rider Julia Fisher during the competition year, including placing 11th in the 2008 Carolina 30, 12th in the 2008 Endure For the Cure 35 and 4th in the 2009 Gallop on the Greenway. Daisy also placed 4th with young rider Anna Caroline Chinnes in the 2009 Turkey Creek Trot. She is currently in Georgia at a dressage farm starting her new career as a beginner dressage horse for kids.

Another of Dingle’s horses, ROYAL PAIN WP (Legal Tennder x Patronna), excelled in the show arena. With Dingle riding, “Payne” was named Reserve Champion Purebred Sport Horse Under Saddle as well as Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure. This talented young horse won impressive ribbons in a limited number of shows last season. Payne is proudly sponsored by farrier Mike Stine of Equine Dynamics.

[More ...]

Two-day Rashid endurance festival kicks off today

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Two cars and prize money totalling Dh700,000 will be up for grabs in the two-day Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival starting today at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Adnan Sultan Saif Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club said, "The first day will see some of the top women riders compete in a 90-kilometre national ride while on the second day an FEI Two-star ride over 120 kilometres will see all the top riders in the open category compete."

The ladies' ride will be over four loops of 30 kilometres, 24 kilometres, 20 kilometres and 16 kilometres while the FEI Open Ride will be run over 32 kilometres, 28 kilometres, 24 kilometres, 20 kilometres and 16 kilometres.


Ali Al Muhairi, Racing Manager of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, who also addressed the press conference said: "This is an annual event and Shaikh Hamdan has always been a strong supporter of endurance races all over the UAE."

Talal Al Hashemi, of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said, "We have seen a lot of events in the UAE for ladies and this is another event which will give an opportunity to all sections of the community."

Fatima Hussain, a representative of Bonyan International Investment Group and Lara Sawaya, Managing Director of Tasweeq also attended the press conference.

Sawaya said the Challenge ride for ladies is jointly sponsored by Bonyan International Investment Group, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival while the open ride is sponsored by Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival 2010.

[More ...]

Australia: Local endurance riders do well in State and National awards - Full Article

12 Mar, 2010

Lachlan Endurance Riders Club, based at Woodstock fared very well in the 2009 NSW Endurance Riders Association point scores and distance competitions.

Mark Lindsay of Cowra took out the two prestigious awards of NSW Heavyweight Rider of the Year as well as the Heavyweight Distance Rider of the Year with 1200kms successfully completed during 2009.

Mark was also 5th nationally in both categories.

His pure bred Arabian gelding, Kintamani Silver Motif was 7th in NSW for points and 5th in the NSW Distance Horse of the year; and together he and Motif were 4th in the One Horse/One Rider.

He also campaigned another horse throughout the year, Kintamani Charisma and together, was 10th in the same category.

Read more here:

New Zealand: Horse of the Year show kicks off next week - Full Article

March 11, 2010

In just under a week's time the first of thousands of hooves will step foot in the main arena at the 2010 Kelt Capital Horse of the Year Show and Kevin Hansen will be a happy man.

For the show director, his key crew and a team of more than 450 volunteers, that moment means a tireless year of work and planning will have all come to fruition.

This year's show in Hastings is no different. It will be another huge effort, but one with significant highlights.

Heroes from yesteryear will be honoured with the inaugural Hall of Fame gala dinner on Thursday night, where the first five inductees will be announced - just who they are is a closely guarded secret.

The Aussies are coming to do battle with the Kiwis for the inaugural Nations Cup competition, a young rider team is heading across the ditch to try and defend the Trans Tasman Trophy, there is a trial to find New Zealand's Youth Olympic representative, the nation's best Pony Club showjumping team will be found, and of course, the best will line up to win the Bell Tea Olympic Cup as showjumper of the year.

"So many highlights and so hard to choose just one," says Hansen.

He'll have nearly 2600 combinations competing in 17 disciplines in 28 arenas over six days from Tuesday (March 16) through to Sunday when the Olympic Cup is decided.

Reigning champ Peter McMahon (Australia) will not be here to defend the crown, but there are plenty with their hands up and out, ready to hoist the historic cup on high and pocket their share of the $200,000 prize purse.

Olympic course builder Leopoldo Palacios (Venezuela) is back to design the best showjumping courses to challenge the riders and entrance those watching.

Eventing is starring alongside showjumping and dressage this year as one of the top three disciplines and a top-class field has been attracted to the three star division. John Nicholson, brother of Olympian Andrew, will design the cross-country course - something riders and spectators alike look forward to.

Dressage has some incredibly exciting combinations entered in the upper echelon of the discipline.

Endurance will take its record numbers of competitors through some stunning Hawke's Bay wine country.

Read more here:

Monday, March 08, 2010

Germany: German Endurance Championships in June

The CERA Challenge German Endurance Championships for Juniors and Seniors will be held 24-27 June, 2010, in Dillingen, Germany.

The championships will be organized by Best Endurance - Belinda Hitzler and Stephan Schelldorf.

The route will be easy and mostly flat with excellent the trackside. Perfect to qualify horses gently. The routes will lead the riders through the picturesque Danube Valley, bordering on mild hills through magnificent forests, back through the level to Dillingen.

Our goal is that all operators would be faced with excellent opportunities to be able to show endurance racing at the highest level.

The excellent infrastructure, with nice hotels, camping and restaurants makes it easy for guests and riders easy to feel at ease. (More information on Dillingen and hotels, they see

For more information on the ride, see Best Endurance or contact Belinda Hitzler at or Stephan Schelldorf at .

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Great Britain: Endurance stars set out on Kentucky fund-raising routes - Full Article

08 March 2010
By Jill Armstrong

ENDURANCE riders and anybody wanting to try it out, have a new series of rides to look forward to this season.

The rides are being organised by Endurance GB to help raise funds to support the British team at this year's World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Around 23 Kentucky Rides will be taking place at different venues between now and August. These non-competitive rides will cover a range of distances to suit all levels of experience, from 10 miles to routes of 25 miles.

They are open to non-members and will be an opportunity to ride over some lovely countryside, often over land not normally open to the public. Riders can take part either for pleasure or to prepare for the competition season ahead.

"We have a really talented pool of riders and hope to be sending a strong team to Kentucky," said Jo Claridge, EGB chairman.


St Francis Bay riders tops at Queenstown Endurance

St. Francis Sport - South Africa


Endurance horse riders from the Kouga area formed the core of the top riders at the New Stead Ride held in Queenstown over the last weekend in February.

The first leg of an 80km ride started on New Stead farm at 05:30 on Saturday morning February 27, taking the 69 riders through the beautiful and rugged mountains near Queenstown. Conditions for the ride were tough in some places as riders had to negotiate steep up and down hills on rocky mountains.

Jenna Masterson (15) from St Francis Bay was determined to do well and had every confidence in the fitness and ability of her horse Xantium Zulu, owned by Alexander Holliday and trained by his mother Claire Holliday from Jeffreys Bay. She won the Junior Division in a time of 04:30:00 and in the second overall position. Her younger sister Kirsty (11), a Child Rider, rode her own horse Cydrob Crown Amira with their mother Jenny on Maestro, owned and trained by Daan Landman, as according to the rules a child rider has to ride with a senior rider. During the second leg of the ride Kirsty and Jenny was right behind a woman who fell of her horse, seriously injured. In the true spirit of endurance riding Jenny Mastersons and Bob Seegers stayed with the women, delaying them for 35 minutes. Kirsty finished the leg with another senior rider, but waited for her mother at the next compulsory rest period.

Despite the fact that they both lost more than half an hour due to supporting their co-competitor, they both finished with a time of 05:46:00 with Kirsty in second position (Child Riders) and Jenny in first position in the light weight senior rider category.

Daan Landman, Springbok rider from the Tsitsikamma was the first heavy weight home in a time of 04:35:00 on his gelding Shams El Farin Fasab, Chris Landman was second standard weight home on his mare Sahida, the Eastern Cape horse of the year 2009.

The Spirit of Endurance Award was given to Jenny Masterson and Bob Seegers from Graaff Reinett for unselfishly assisting the seriously injured woman, compromising their own positions and time in the competition. Jenna also won the cup for the Best Conditioned Horse in the Young Rider Division.
[More ...]

Friday, March 05, 2010

Oman: Horse endurance race held in Barka

Oman Tribune

March 06, 2010

A Staff Reporter

BARKA The final race of the horse endurance event witnessed a lot of excitement and stiff competition between the participating horsemen on Thursday.

In all, 37 horsemen and horsewomen took part in the main race for 90km and 19 horsemen in the qualifying race for 40km.

Organised by the Omani Equestrian Association and sponsored by Emran Company, the event was held at Seih Al Mahamed in Barka, under the auspices of HH Sayyid Mohammed Bin Salim Al Said, and attended by Mohammed Bin Eisa Al Fairouz, OEA chairman, along with hundreds of other people. Horseman Khalil Bin Ebrahim Al Nairi, riding the horse, ‘Tarraf’, won the race after passing all stages successfully, finishing the race within 6 hours and 12 minutes.

Horseman Al Fares Bin Hasan Al Farsi, finished second the race on horse ‘Nail’ in 6 hours and 25 minutes.

Horseman Mahmoud Bin Marhoon Al Fawri finished in the third place on horse ‘Cleft’ in 6 hours and 31 minutes.

Ahmed Bin Salim Al Hamdani came in the fourth place on ‘Al Ufuq’ in 6 hours and 38 minutes, whereas, horsewoman Turkia Bint Mahmoud Al Balushi finished fifth on ‘Lara’ in 7 hours and 41 minutes.

Brazilian horse won best condition award in UAE - Full Article

Brazilian horses are gradually showing potential in Arab lands. Adaptation in the desert can be a little slower to Brazilian horses, but in his time has shown good results.

Caraiva CSM was Best Condition in the Ladies Endurance Ride - CEN 90 km in the Dubai Endurance City this weekend, February 26. The breeder of the mare in Brazil is Claudio Ribas (Kazik Stud) and now she is in the second season in the United Arab Emirates. She assured the 6th place been ridden by Hamya Ali Mohm Al Saiqal. The average was 25.15 km/h average and arrive 18min48s after the champion. Caraiva completed the race in 3h34min40s. In the Best Condition she added 53, 36 points.

The Brazilian mare make up the team Seeh Al Salam Endurance Stables in UAE, which is owned Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Caraiva has completed some evidence in UAE.
Another Brazilian highlight was Pommery FGJ, from the same stable, the mare finished the race in 21th place. The Anglo Arab was been ridden by Jamila Ahmed, finishing the race in 4h26min15s and the average was 20.28 km / h.


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Spain: 2010 Raid del Cron

The 15th CEI2* 120 km Raid del Cron will take place 12-14 March, 2010 at the Club de Raid Osona Nord in St Pere de Torello, Spain.

For more information, trail maps, registration, and directions see the Raid del Cron blog

Australia: A true test for riders at Imbil - Full Story 11/04/2024 Imbil’s Far-A-Way Endurance Ride lived up to its name and proved to be a good test of horses a...