Friday, December 31, 2010

China: Horse endurance racing, anyone?

Horse endurance racing, anyone?
By Wong Yee Fong | Posted: 31 December 2010 1336 hrs
BEIJING: Horse endurance races are a tradition in some parts of China.

One particularly gruelling one takes place this time of the year when temperatures dip below zero.

More than 100 riders charge ahead to compete in one of the most challenging endurance races in China.

The task of the 115 riders is to ride across Beijing and Hebei Province along the scenic route of Guanting Reservoir.

The sub-zero temperature is considered ideal for the horses' well-being, but it's hard on the riders.

Endurance races for horses can be likened to the marathon races.

In horse endurance races, riders and their horses have to complete 100km in 9.5 hours.

The welfare of horses is of utmost importance. Riders must ensure that their horses maintain a stable heart rate and that they are not exhausted or dehydrated.

There's no horsing around when it comes to protecting the animals.

Riders are not allowed to use whips or spurs.

And the horses are put through health checks a day before the race.

Veterinarian Cheng Xin said "The ideal heart rate is between 48 and 60. Safety comes first and riders should slow down if their horses are sweating profusely to prevent them from falling ill".

Riders come from places like Inner Mongolia and Guangzhou.

One said: "I've never ridden such a long distance but I should be able to handle it".

Another rider said: "We shouldn't rush at the beginning but take it slow".

Some riders use covers to protect their horses from the cold.

A group from Guangzhou also spent five days acclimatising, before the race.

Vets check on the horses at every quarter mark to ensure they cool down and replenish their fluids.

But some of the animals still succumb to the rigours of the race.

Some drop out from injuries such as a torn muscle.

The organiser hopes to modernise the equestrian sport which has long been a part of the culture of many ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region and Tibet, as well as neighbouring Mongolia.

Chinese Equestrian Association's official Website founder Wutzala said: "We want to introduce standards set by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports to China.

"This is to increase awareness of the importance of caring for the horses as many horses were injured or died of exhaustion in traditional endurance races".

Only 30 per cent of the competitors complete the race.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Australia: Big year in saddle for Allix Jones - Full Article

29 Dec, 2010 01:00 AM

ANCHORED to the saddle for up to 12 hours at a time, Allix Jones admits the demands of her sport are a touch extreme.

But as Australia's top lightweight endurance horse rider, she clearly relishes the challenge.

The Bobs Farm 18 year old clocked-up more than 2400km on horse back in competition this year, accruing 149.5 competition points at 26 events across the country.

She became Australia's most successful lightweight rider by season's end in November.

Aside from putting her in the box seat to represent Australia at next year's Singapore endurance Olympic event, Jones' 2010 campaign delivered some grand milestones.

She completed her fifth straight Shahzada 400 endurance test, an annual 400km race near Wisemans Ferry held over five days, and won the 160km FEI National Championships in Queensland...

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bahrain: Shaikh Nasser rides to victory
By RAMI HULAYYEL , Posted on » Sunday, December 26, 2010

ROYAL Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa steered Jamaal to victory in the 120-km National Day Endurance Horseride Championship at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir yesterday.

Shaikh Nasser completed the five-stage event on top with a total time of five hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds and an average speed of 22.605 kms per hour.

The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee edged out main challenger Gorden Sing who was just one second behind in the fifth and final stage.

Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's (Breef) president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa rounded off the podium by finishing third overall in 5:23:55 and an average speed of 21.627 kms per hour.

An 80-km qualifying ride also took place yesterday on the sidelines of the main event and was divided into three stages...

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Into the Wild

Kamas woman's endurance racing takes her globetrotting
Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff
Posted: 12/23/2010 03:42:47 PM MST
Never in her wildest dreams did Beverly Gray imagine her proclivity for horses and sports would combine into a lifetime of jaw-dropping experiences and exotic travels.

The long-time Summit County resident has been part of the U.S. Equestrian Team in the World Equestrian Games, has raced in the President's Cup race in Dubai, and raced all around South America, the mountains of the Sierra Nevadas and the deserts of Utah.

And most recently, her endurance racing took her to the dark jungles of Malaysia, where she was invited by the royal family to participate in her third Sultan's Cup endurance race.

The race hosted 80 local and international riders in a 75-mile course through the tropical forest.

Gray said the race was conducted at night during a full moon.

"You would hear all kinds of noises in the trees," said Gray, laughing about the unknown around her and her horse during the nocturnal race. "You don't know what's out there."

Rewind back to when Gray was an 18-year-old college student at the University of Utah and had just moved to the Beehive State. Always a lover and rider of horses, Gray got involved in Ride and Tie, a race that features two riders/runners and one horse using an exchanged-riding strategy over a designated course.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Great Britain: Kirsty defies the odds to claim number one - Full Article

Friday, 24 December 2010

* By Ky Capel

ENDURANCE rider Kirsty Wiscombe is celebrating her most impressive year to date.

After recovering from a life-threatening illness, the 40-year-old defied the odds to finish as the top British rider in the FEI World Open Endurance Rider Rankings – 48th overall – and gain two qualification spots for next year’s European championships.

The Lyme Regis resident’s achievements were then honoured with a host of trophies at the British National Awards.

Reflecting on the past 12 months, Wiscombe said: “It’s been a fantastic year as to get two qualifiers for the Europeans is practically unheard of, especially for an amateur rider like myself.

“I spent all of September 2009 in hospital with gastrointestinal problems, in fact I was in and out of hospital for a total of about 50 days and I nearly died...

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Bahrain: Top riders ready for endurance challenge

Saturday, December 25, 2010

THE National Day Endurance Horseride Championship takes place today at Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The 120-kilometre event, which is being held under the auspices of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, is scheduled to flag off at 6.30am.

It has been organised as part of celebrations for Bahrain's National Day and His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne.

The ride is set to feature at least 30 prominent riders from different stables across the kingdom.

Shaikh Khalid, along with Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, are among the leading riders at the event.

Other participants set to contest for the win are Khalifa Al Otaibi and Ali Mohammed from the Al Fateh Stable; Ahmed Al Dossary, Saud Al Dossary, Khalil Abdulsamad and Yasser Yousef from the Al Shuwamekh Stable; and Mohammed Al Haiki, Mohammed Al Ruwaie, Abdulla Yousef and Mohammed Al Ruwaie from Al Ruwaie Stable.

The 120km ride is to be the main race of the day. It will be divided into five stages, including two 30km legs to start, a 25km third stage, a 20km fourth and lastly a 15km finale.

An additional 80km qualifying ride will be held for a group of young riders seeking experience.

That event has been divided into three stages. The first two will be over 30km each while the final will be over 20km.

Some of the top entries for this ride include Baig Singh, Najeet Singh, Younes Abdulnabi, Manar and Abdulla Al Dossary, and other competitors from stables like Al Muntaser, Ahmed Al Fateh and Al Shuwamekh.

In preparation for today's events, the mandatory veterinary examinations on all participating horses were conducted yesterday, as well as the official weigh-ins of riders.

Shaikh Khalid and Shaikh Nasser were also present at the endurance village to follow up on the preparations for the championship.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Great Britain: Endurance riders scoops national awards - Full Article

Thursday 23rd December 2010

ENDURANCE GB Cumbria riders have won seven national awards this year and picked up place rosettes in another five categories.

The outstanding achieve-ment came from Kath McGee, a 50-year-old garage owner from Ambleside, who with her pony Foxghylls Folly won five awards and finished fifth in the Senior National Championship.

Henry, as Foxghylls Folly is known at home, is about 18 years old and of an uncertain breed, but possibly a Welsh cross.

He was acquired by Kath in 1999 when he failed to grow big enough for a friend's trekking business - he is 14.2hh and a bay in colours.

Kath explains he is a bit of a character: “Henry has a real taste for cider and will chase anything that comes through his field to see if they’ve got some for him.”

Kath got into Endurance Riding in 2003 when she took part in a charity ride at Brampton...

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Bahrain: Royal Team aim to dominate ride

Thursday, December 23, 2010

BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa said he is confident of his side's ability to dominate races and eventually win them.

Shaikh Nasser was talking ahead of the National Day Endurance Horseride Championship to be held on Saturday.

A strong field of riders from the different stables are due to compete in the second event of the season, to be held at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, beginning at 6am.

"Our team is keen to participate in all endurance rides this year, especially this event which marks our debut this season," said Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.

Saturday's ride is organised as part of Bahrain's National Day celebrations and His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne.

"This annual championship is one of the major events being organised every season and has a special place in the hearts of all Bahraini riders taking part," said Shaikh Nasser.

"We all believe that this season will be an exceptional one and we are all excited to see many new riders taking to the sport."

Shaikh Nasser highlighted the thrilling battle during the first ride of the season last week which was for Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad All Khalifa Trophy.

"Saturday's ride will feature entries from all over Bahrain with most of the local stables all ready to go racing. It will be a season to remember and I hope my team can live up to this challenge," said Shaikh Nasser.


Al Asayel Stable's prominent rider Khalid Al Khatry said his team is ready for Saturday's championship, adding that the riders have reached peak form following the recently concluded season opener.

The veterinary committee, meanwhile, has approved the timetable of its veterinary examination, which gets underway at 4pm and continues till 5.30am.

The championship's media committee, headed by Tawfiq Salehi, announced that Bahrain TV Sports Channel would provide live telecast of the ride.

The decision was announced after Salehi's meeting with officials from the channel, being represented by Sami Yaqoob, Mohammed Jameel, Mohammed Al Shoumeli, Ali Al Shoumeli, Hamad Ramadan and Hussain Al Aradi.

Endurance horse ride fans can also follow the action with updated results available on the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's website

The ride will cover a total distance of 120 kms and is divided into five stages. The first and second stages will be over 30 kms each. The third will be over 25 kms, the fourth over 20 kms and the fifth over 15 kms.

A three-stage 80-km qualifying ride is also set to take place on the same day. It will be open for new riders seeking experience.

This ride consists of 30 kms in the first two stages while the third will be over 20 kms.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Zealand: Prangley wins with emphatic lead

Marlborough Express

The Cloudy Bay Floats Marlborough endurance ride was held in near-perfect conditions earlier this month in the Waihopai Valley.

More than 50 horse and rider combinations competed across the two days in classes ranging from the 20-kilometre introductory class to the International 2* CEI 120km class. Entrants came from around the South Island as well as Australia and Saudi Arabia, with the foreign riders competing on Kiwi horses.

On day one, 10 riders started in the 120km class and it was fairly obvious from the start that Blenheim's Kevin Prangley was set to better his second placing in Canterbury last month against Canterbury-based rider Kylie Avery.

The pair came in together off the first 40km loop with a couple of other riders hot on their heels.

The second loop, after a 40-minute rest period, was 32km and the gap lengthened slightly between the two leaders and the rest of the field.

Heading out on to loop three (24km), Avery had a small advantage, but Prangley soon closed that gap and again the gap between them and the rest widened.

Unfortunately, a vet out for Avery after this loop left Prangley and his exotic stallion WD Amir Ibn Kaliph with little competition. By this stage, they had an hour's lead on their nearest rivals, with 24km to go.

As temperatures soared, Prangley and his little horse crossed the finish line and entered the vet ring for the final time to take the victory.

Ten years ago, on a neighbouring Waihopai property, iconic endurance rider Leo Nisbett died of a heart attack during a Marlborough endurance ride and his family donated a trophy to the 120km winner in his honour.

Prangley was also uncontested in the prestigious best conditioned ceremony.

Also finishing this gruelling ride were locals Penelope Valk, who rode Laanvin NZL to fifth, and Kim Swan on Roselea Shady in sixth.

Saturday also featured the a 1* CEI 80km and 40km classes. The victor in the 80km three-loop ride was South Canterbury's Nigel Kerr, edging out Waihopai's Linda Harmon in a gallop finish, after the pair had ridden the entire ride together.

Kerr's horse, Dahma La Ish, was also awarded best conditioned.

There was also a 1* CEI 80km ride on the Sunday, which was once again hotly contested.

Nigel Kerr, competing for a double, was narrowly beaten by Canterbury's Chris Musson riding Connie, both coming in under five hours.

Marlborough club president Heidi Bulfin claimed fourth spot on her horse's first start at FEI level.

Cloudy Bay Floats Marlborough CEI and CEN Endurance results, Saturday, December 18
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Vet Centre Marlborough 2* CEI 120km: Kevin Prangley, WD Amir Ibn Kaliph 1 and BC, 7.12.21; Ian Grey, B/B Boy Named Sue 2; Robyn Marshall, Aquila Toby 3; Alison Higgins, Twynham El Desiree 4; Penelope Valk, Laanvin 5; Kim Swan, Roselea Shady 6.

Superior Covers 1* CEI 80km: Nigel Kerr, Dahma La Ish 1 and BC, 5.08.40; Linda Harmon, MF El Marees 2; Philip Graham, Rosewood Bashir 3; Carla Barakat, Naibara Silver Moon 4; Helen Bray, Sherwood Ayshah 5; Angela Head, CD Shaka 6; Ahmed Alanazi, Dahman Al Badi NZL Q; Kaye Blundell, Waitohi Sarina Lady Q; Hayden Watson, Masada Park Matador Q.

Georges Michel Wine Estate 1* CEI JY 80km: Helen Graham, Ra'oul Abu Rakheem 1 and BC, 5.34.37; Ingrid Ambrosiussen, CD Uproar 2; Ariana Ranui, Karamea Messala 3.

Saddlery Warehouse 40km open: Lorraine Stratford, Jay 1, 2.37.47; Donna Carter, GSD Espaarence 2.

Makana Confectionery 40km novice: Tim Blunt, Hundalee Calyx Q; Sally Blunt, Hundalee Pumpernickel Q.

Sunday, December 12:Wadsco's Holden 1* CEI 80km: Chris Musson, Connie 1, 4.57.12; Nigel Kerr, Rowallan Dee Jay 2; Vanessa Tiffen, Aztec Dreamweaver 3; Heidi Bulfin, Stonelea Sparkling Rose 4; Alison Higgins, Twynham El Jazeera 5 and BC; David Marshall, Forrest NZL 6.

NRM 1* CEI JY 80km: Ariana Ranui, Karim NZL 1 and BC, 7.40.23. 80km novice: Linda Kenney, Seawind Dancer Q; Peter May, GA Mahsaal Jack Q; Hamish Malcolm, Northwinds Apollo Q; Ahmed Alanazi, Makahiwi Tblisi Q.

Dominion Salt 80km novice junior: Charlotte Wadsworth, MF Zanbuck Q.

Hendersons Limited 20km intro: Fiona Radford, Chat by Chance Q; Lee Oldfield, PHD Q; Nicky Tennant, Ruby Q; Vivien Wadsworth, Leroy Brown Q; Glenys Parsons, Stirling McAvoy Q; Cheryl Payne, Abby Q; Deborah Pruden, Zahav Beech Babe Q; Jane Butler, El Etruscan Q; Pam Harris, Zilla D'Oro Q; Kaye Smith, Lucas Q; Emma Pilcher, Talk About Q; Sophie Andrews, Squirrel Q; Stoney Bourke, Arnie Q; Portia Barcello, Heineken Q.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Zealand: Passing of long-time arabian breeder - Full ArticleDecember 16, 2010

Arabian breeder and equine veterinarian Gabrielle Deuss died in ICU at Wellington Hospital on December 3 at the age of 62.

Deuss had suffered from health problems in recent years.

She was a long-time breeder of arabian horses, and ran Aspen Hills Stud in the Wellington area. Her family founded Tarapuruhi Arabians. Deuss was also involved in the sport of endurance, both in her local area and nationally, as a rider and vet...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dubai: Intense battle likely in 120km three-star ride

Hamdan lauded for backing equestrian sports.

* Staff Report
* Published: 00:03 December 15, 2010

Dubai: Some of the UAE's top endurance riders will be seen in action when the Dubai Equestrian Club stages the Shaikh Saeed Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum-CEI FEI three-star ride at Dubai International Endurance City (DIEC) this Saturday.

The ride will be held over a distance of 120km and will consist of five loops — Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink and White.

The pre-ride inspection will take place tomorrow between 2.30pm and 5pm.

Speaking at a press conference at the Meydan Racecourse yesterday, Ali Mohammad Al Muhairi, the racing manager of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, highlighted the significance of Shaikh Hamdan's support for equestrian sports.

Financial support

"We are very grateful to Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continuous moral and financial support invested in the development of this sport," he said.

"This ride first took place in 2004 and has become a very important date on the Emirati Endurance calendar. We have seen riders enter their strongest horses each year thus enabling the upcoming generation of riders to gain more experience by participation," he added.

"Shaikh Hamdan and his sons have been [some] of the top sponsors investing [in] and financing most of the locally coordinated FEI rides and national challenges. This has triggered and caused a big evolutionary advancement in this traditional game."

Great Britain: Equine Viral Arteritis confirmed in West Sussex stallion - Full Article

Ellie Hughes

10 December, 2010

A case of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in a stallion in West Sussex.

Few details are known about the circumstances surrounding the positive test, which came to light on Wednesday (8 December).

But Defra said in a statement: "Breeding restrictions have been put in place on the infected stallion and investigations have begun to establish the likely origin of the infection, as well as any mares that may have been affected...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

FEI President Names Executive Board Members

by: Edited Press Release
December 13 2010, Article # 17377

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) President HRH Princess Haya named Chairman of Geographical Group VII Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN) and Chair of the Driving Committee Richard Nicoll (USA) as members of the FEI Executive Board on Dec. 13.

Sheikh Khalid and Nicoll will serve on the executive board alongside First Vice President John McEwen (GBR) and Second Vice President Pablo Mayorga (ARG), who were approved at the General Assembly, which took place Nov. 1-5 in Chinese Taipei.

Sheikh Khalid, whose carrier as a sports administrator began in 1987, is an international endurance judge. He has been chair of Group VII since 2006. He has been the vice president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation and the Bahrain Olympic Committee since 2009. This year he became the chief executive officer of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. In the past he has been involved at the senior level in international sports clubs and committees for motor sports, jumping, and endurance.

Nicoll, who was born in Britain but is now a permanent U.S. resident, has been involved in the sport of driving since the early 1970s. He is currently an "O" level course designer and technical delegate for driving and he designed courses for the 1993 World Pairs Championships in the United States, the 1998 World Single Horse Championships in Austria, the 2004 World Single Horse Championships in Sweden, and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. He is currently in his second term as chair of the driving committee.

The FEI Bureau decides on the specific mandate of the Executive Board, whose role is generally to interface with FEI Headquarters to oversee and support the implementation of resolutions further to an agenda approved by the Bureau.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Nasser pulls out of ride

December 12, 2010

BAHRAIN'S Royal Team suffered a disappointing day yesterday during the first-leg of the 2010 Giants Endurance Horse Ride Challenge in Abu Dhabi. Four of the six-member Bahraini team, including captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, had to pull out of the ride.

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports' president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, was unable to complete the third stage after falling off his horse.

Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, captain of Al Khaldiya Stables, was also forced to quit during the second stage of the ride as his horse was exhaustion.

Things got worse for the Royal Team as prominent riders Ghazi Al Dossary and Yousef Taher also pulled out at the same stage with their horses picking up injuries.

Bahrain's remaining riders - Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa, riding a UAE horse owned by Seeh Al Sallam Endurance Stable, and Ahmed Janahi, were 20th and 21st overall respectively.

Meanwhile, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Nad Al Sheba Stable's Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum steered Nayef to victory with a total ride time of four hours, 33 minutes and 12 seconds with an average speed of 25km per hour.

He was followed by compatriot Rashid Ali Younes (4:34:36) from Al Asifa Stables. Shaikh Hamdan's father and defending champion Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum (4:40:21), Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, clinched third place for Dubai Endurance Stables.

The first ride of the season, which took place at Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, saw the participation of top riders from Bahrain, the UAE, Oman, India and Spain among others.

It was over 120 kms, divided into five stages. In the first stage, which was over 32 kms, Younes finished first, ahead of Shaikh Juma Al Maktoum in second and Shaikh Mohammed bin Sultan Al Nahyan third.

Shaikh Nasser was the first Bahraini to finish the stage, followed by Shaikh Khalid, Shaikh Salman, Al Dossary, Taher and Janahi.

Younes maintained the lead after the second stage, which was over 28 kms. Shaikh Mohammed Al Nahyan improved on his overall placing by moving up to second while Khalifa Matar jumped to third.

Shaikh Hamdan showed great skill and experience to take over first place from Younes in the fifth and deciding stage before racing away to victory.

Shaikh Nasser, who finished second overall last season, said he was excited to compete with some of the region's top riders in this prestigious championship.

He congratulated Shaikh Hamdan and Shaikh Mohammed on winning podium places and highlighted the impressive organisation of the first-leg.

Abu Dhabi: Hamdan rides to glory in Giants Endurance Challenge - Full Article

Mohammad finishes third as Sultan Al Bloushi wins National Day Cup.

By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
December 12, 2010

Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai finished third in the 120km Giants Endurance Challenge (Round One) which was won by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai here on Saturday at the Emirates International Endurance Village.

Shaikh Mohammad, who was making his first appearance in an endurance event since he won the silver medal and inspired the UAE to a team gold in the World Equestrian Games, was on Dourmane, a 10-year-old mare during the 120km ride which was run in five stages.


Shaikh Hamdan, member of the UAE team which won the gold at the WEG in Kentucky, won the ride in 4 hours 33 minutes and 12 seconds to lead the three-round challenge. Shaikh Hamdan was on nine-year-old Naif and finished ahead of Rashed Ali Yunis on Kumait with Shaikh Mohammad third on Dourmane....

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Bahrain: Royal Team for Abu Dhabi ride

Friday, December 10, 2010

SHAIKH Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa will lead a six-member Bahrain Royal Endurance Team in the inaugural round of the 2010 Giants Endurance Horse Ride Challenge tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

The first ride of the season, set to take place at Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, will be over 120km and is divided into five stages.

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, will be joined by a group of elite Bahraini riders.

They are Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's president and captain of Al Khaldiya Stables Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa, Yousef Taher, Ghazi Al Dossary and Ahmed Janahi.

The Bahraini riders, who also took part in the Season Open Championship and the Morocco-Bahrain Ride last month, arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Shaikh Nasser, who finished second overall last season, said he is excited to come back to the UAE and compete with some of the region's top riders in this prestigious championship.

Among the prominent riders taking part is defending champion Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who is also due to take part this season.

Shaikh Nasser said the Bahrain team decided to participate in the first round after a series of impressive results in recent regional and international championships.

He stressed his faith in members of the Bahrain team to produce outstanding results in tomorrow's round, adding that his rides are determined to claim podium places this season.

On his part, Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa said the new season of the Giants Endurance Challenge is regarded a crucial step for the Bahraini team towards reaching higher standards.

He confirmed that the team will take part while being managed by a group of experienced trainers who prepared the horses right after their departure from Morocco.

Shaikh Khalid believes the Giants Endurance Challenge is a great opportunity for the Bahraini riders to get more experience and confidence as they face off with top UAE riders.

Meanwhile, the veterinary examination is set for today at the Al Wathba Endurance Village while several of the Bahrain team members underwent training yesterday.

After an intense battle last season, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum won the third leg of the Giants Endurance Challenge, emerging champion of the three-leg ride.

Staged at the Dubai International Endurance City at Seih Assalam, the 120-kms ride was graced by His Majesty King Hamad and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.

Both King Hamad and Sheikh Hamdan crowned Sheikh Mohammed as champion of the Challenge while Sheikh Nasser was also honoured for taking second place overall.

Abu Dhabi: Giants ride tomorrow for top prize in National Day Cup - Full Article

Riders from the region and around the world in two five-stage events

* By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
* December 10, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Some of the medal winners at the World Equestrian Games' endurance championship will be seen in action during tomorrow's 120-kilometre National Day Cup and the 120-kilometre Giants Endurance Challenge (Round 1) at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture, members of the gold-medal winning UAE team are likely to ride in the National Day Cup and the first round of the Giants event. Some of the top riders in the region and around the world are expected to take part in the two rides, to be held over five stages each.

"A total prize fund of Dh300,000 and a car will be up for grabs in the National Day Cup ride. The Giants ride here will kick-start the three-round series with the venues for the next two rounds to be decided soon," said Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club...

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

2011 Tevis Entry - Early Entries Pick First!

December 3 2010

A pen starting system will be used for 2011 Tevis. . . so get your entries in early!
". . .The first riders who submit their entries can self-seed. Pens will be filled first come, first served. Please enter early. Postmarks will determine order of pen selection. Please choose your preferred starting pen, one, two, or three.
Please note that Pen 1 is for riders preferring a faster start, Pen 2 is for riders preferring a moderate start, and Pen 3 is for riders who want to start more slowly."

Go to the web site to download form.

Spain: Otel-Lo Leads National Ranking

9 December 2010

Otel-Lo, owned by Jordi Arboix, leads the Spanish National Rankings with 575 points.

Behind him is Elisabeth Font's Twister with 558 points, and in third place is Alex Luque's Sankoc with 533.50.

A full list of Rankings can be seen here:

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

AERC Director Election results

AERC Directors (at large) for 2011-2012:

Leslie E. Anderson

Olin Balch DVM

Randy Eiland

Laura Hayes

Terry Woolley Howe

Susan Keil DVM

Mollie Krumlaw-Smith

Mike Maul


Easyboot is the Official Hoof Boot of Tevis 2011

EasyCare Inc. |
Wednesday December 8, 2010
Tucson, AZ.

EasyCare announced today a new partnership with the Western States Trail Foundation, the organizing body that oversees the planning and implementation of the annual Tevis Cup 100 mile endurance ride.

"We're delighted to count EasyCare as a lead sponsor for the 2011 edition of the Western States Trail Ride," said Kathie Perry, President of the WSTF Board. "This meaningful financial support comes at a key time in the year for us. Although we incur annual expenses for the event itself, portions of our resources are used throughout the year to preserve and maintain the trail and improve access points for the future."

WSTF promotes the use of trails established by gold rush emigrants to California and a historic route established by miners across the Sierra Nevada Mountains from the gold mines of California to the silver lodes of Nevada.

The relationship between EasyCare and the Western States Trail Ride goes back some 35 years to 1975, when Easyboot founder Dr. Neel Glass completed the Tevis Cup 100 mile ride in Easyboots. Since that time, Easyboots have provided additional hoof protection every year for more and more horses who take on what is arguably the most challenging 100-mile ride in the world.

"I think of the Western States Trail as part of our national identity," said Garrett Ford, President and CEO of EasyCare. "We each play a role in preserving the event and the trail for today and for the future. The Western States Trail represents one of the best proving grounds for our products, both in terms of technical challenge and reputation. We are honored to count ourselves as partners with this organization."

Mr. Ford completed the Tevis Cup ride for the first time at age 13. He has gone on to conquer the trail six times with a horse and once on foot at the Western States Trail Run.

For more information on the Tevis Cup ride, please click here. For more information on Easyboots, please see the EasyCare website at and the EasyCare blog at For all additional questions, contact Kevin Myers, Director of Marketing at

Bahrain: Chip 'n' Ride! - Full Article

December 8-14 2010

EVERY horse and pony in the kingdom is to be micro-chipped as the country endeavours to be internationally-recognised as 'glanders free', writes Stan Szecowka and Anasuya Kesavan.

A professional team is to visit every stable in Bahrain to carry out the procedure and issue each animal with a 'passport' with details of its medical history.

The cost of the exercise is 'significant' but a spokesman for the Ministry of Municipalities & Agriculture Affairs said the government would cover the cost.

The move follows the cancellation of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's (BREEF) show jumping season.

Breef's secretary general Ghalib Al Alawi sent out a circular to the equestrian community urging immediate co-operation warning 'legal proceedings' would be considered against anyone flouting the rules.

"Please do not organise any show jumping events where horses from your club are likely to be mixed with other horses from others clubs or centres," he said.

Since May all equine shows have been cancelled, movement between stables suspended and horse trading banned to prevent the spread of the highly-contagious condition which is incurable and can lead to victims suffering agonising illness and eventual death. Some animals, however, can carry glanders and show no symptoms for months.

The war against the bacterial equine disease in Bahrain - which is believed to have claimed 126 victims - appeared to have been won and riding activities were once more back on the agenda following the recent announcement of an endurance horse riding season calendar...

Read more here:

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Spain: 2010 Santa Susanna Raid

December 5 2010


Luca Zappettini rode Rucola della Bosana to a win in the 58th running of the 2-day, 200-km Santa Susanna raid near Barcelona, Spain with a total ride time of 11:31.08. Marta Pujadas Sala and Twister finished second, and Bernat Casals Fores and Sheila 50% Lucus finished third. 29 of 82 starters finished both days of the raid.

Photos by Brigitte Huard

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Complete Results at:

Spain: Letter from Jose Manuel Soto on the Kaliber Andalucia 2011

El Raid Blog - Gabriel Gamiz

Jose Manuel Soto sent us a letter of introduction of new regulations Andalucia LV-Kaliber 2011, for all fans of this test are more informed and willing to participate in this great trial.

"Dear Friends,

The 2011 edition will be the sixth and comes with some news. Be held (Dm) between 2 and 9 April, and although there are many fringes to close about the route, linking the towns of Granada and El Rocío (Huelva).

Due to the economic problems we are supporting we have to propose this year to try something shorter. There will be only six stages, plus a rest and a short prologue.

Another novelty will be the elimination of the category of equipment, will now only be able to compete in the category of pairs (a rider, a horse). This we believe will make the test more exciting and competitive, and possibly more understandable to the public.

It will also be something less expensive, 750 euros for pairing, which includes, as you know, boxes, hay, straw, and daily meals for riders and assists, as well as several dinners.

Also the amount of the awards will suffer, will distribute "only" 6,000 euros between the three front runners.

After this new approach we submit these questions to your opinion and expect your suggestions.

I think we will achieve greater media coverage, which will be good for you to negotiate better contracts with your sponsors.

We are making arrangements with several national TV channels and international media give more coverage to lacarrera. Already in the last two test images have been broadcast in over sixty countries through Eurosport.

In the five issues that we have received high praise from the international press, but there are many things to improve, and although they say it is "the best raid of the world" we are determined to get more participation and more monitoring of the media with the sole aim of bringing the beautiful game to the public.

The stunning Andalusian countryside, despite the tremendous crisis we are experiencing, we continue to see happen on the backs of our horses, and we want those precious images to go to all households in the world, and become the best promotion possible for our land continues to receive visitors at any time of year.

From here, we encourage all of you to come to compete and enjoy this unique race, and you live the exhilarating experience of riding through the magnificent scenery which gives us the Andalusian spring, along with riders from around the world, which is always a nice way to meet people and share this beautiful hobby horses that both unites us.

A big hug to all

Jose Manuel Soto. "

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Bahrain: Shaikh Khalid triumphs

Gulf Daily News

SHAIKH Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa steered Razorback Indigo Blue to victory in the 85kg FEI qualifying ride yesterday in the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Horseride Championship.

The 2010/11 endurance ride season got underway in thrilling fashion with two top riders competing in two rides. The other event was an 100km ride, which was won by Isa Al Hazza.

In the 85kg ride, The Al Khaldiya Stable leader completed the four-stage event in first place with a total ride time of four hours, 12 minutes and 56 seconds and a 23.722 speed average after an exciting battle at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Shaikh Khalid, the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president, finished the first stage in third place, then improved on his placing in the second stage where he moved up to second.

Shaikh Khalid then moved on top at the end of the third stage and maintained his sole lead throughout the fourth and final stage to emerge champion.

Second place was won by Al Hazza of Al Fateh Stables with a total ride time of 4:12:58 and a 23.719 speed average.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa completed the podium winning third place in 4:13:40.

Shaikh Nasser, the Royal Endurance Team captain, steered Tarabic Carl to a third-place finish.

He started the ride taking fourth place after the first stage, which was followed by a fifth-place finish in the second.

In the third stage, he regained fourth position before granting himself a place on the podium at the end of the fourth stage.

Meanwhile, Al Fateh and Al Asayel shard honour in the main ride of the day, which was over 100km and divided into five stage.

Al Hazza of Al Asayel Stable steered Prince Charming to first place overall and win the top prize, a brand new Toyota Fortner, presented with support from Ebraim K. Kanoo.

He took victory after his overall placing in all five stages. He was second in the first stage, first in the second, then claimed second position in the remaining two stages.

Second overall was Al Asayel Stable's Mohammed Al Niri in 4:29:45 with a 22.243 speed average, while Othman Al Awadhi of Al Fateh Stable who completed the ride in 4:54:55 with a 20.341 speed average.

Al Hazza and Al Niri were each presented with a brand new Toyota Pickup at the awarding ceremony held right after the event.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Spain: Santa Susanna Raid this weekend

December 2 2010

The 58th Raid de Barcelona Santa Susanna will be held 3-5 December by the Club Hipic Maresme near Barcelona, Spain.

The two-day, 200 km ride currently has 89 starters listed. It can be seen here.

The Santa Susanna ride is reportedly the oldest endurance ride in Europe. It's a challenging ride with trails in the area of the Montseny mountains.

The start list can be seen at

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