Sunday, May 30, 2010
BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team competes today in a 120-kilometre ride near Nottingham in the UK. The eight-member squad will be spearheaded by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first vice-president and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Today's race will be the first of many lined up as part of the Royal Team's preparations for this year's International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Endurance Championship, which will be held in Lexington, Kentucky in the US this coming September.
Shaikh Nasser will be joined in the British race by some of Bahrain's leading endurance riders including Ahmed Abdulla, Abdulrahman Saad, Jaffar Mirza, Raed Mahmood, Ahmed Samad, Abdulrahman Al Zayed, and Shaikh Duaij bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Shaikh Duaij's participation is not fully confirmed but he hopes to be a part of today's events.
The team arrived in the UK late Friday evening after flying through Abu Dhabi, where they stayed for a night. Upon their arrival, they travelled by road to the competition site.
Shaikh Nasser joined the team at the venue yesterday, and encouraged his teammates to help Bahrain go for victory or at least a podium.
The team held several training runs in order to be fully prepared for the upcoming challenge, which will see some leading riders from Ireland, Scotland, France, Switzerland and England.
Prior to training, the veterinary examinations on all horses took place as well as the official weigh-in of riders.