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

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