Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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

Gulfnews.com

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."