Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jordan: Local riders dominate endurance race

Jordantimes.com

26 April 2010

AMMAN (JT) - Hussein Abu Shabab on Saturday was crowned champion of the International Wadi Rum Endurance Race after finishing the 80km in 2h49m55s. Mahmoud Mohammad won the second place with 3h00m17s while Mohammad Musalem settled in the third place with 3h01m27s. Eighteen out of 45 riders finished the race which is considered one of the toughest events that tests both the rider and the horse with awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 were distributed to winners and those who finished the race. The event was held under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia, president of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation. Princess Alia praised this year's participation, saying: "It was a very special race regarding the number of participants and organisation but more preparation and training are needed." The 160km race had only five riders taking part with Haitham Al Souti coming in first place, followed by Haitham Falahat.