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.
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