Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bahrain: Fitting finale for endurance event

Gulf-daily-news.com

Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation is organising the season-ending Endurance Horseride Championships of the season tomorrow.

The event is for the trophy of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, and covers a total distance of 120km. It features rides for senior and junior riders.

This ride, to be held at night, will take place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir with prominent Bahraini riders from various stables from across the kingdom expected to take part.

Among the top riders in the fray is Royal Endurance captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who steered Musical Gully Pizzecato last year to victory, lifting the prestigious Crown Prince Cup following a dominant performance in the 120-km ride.

Shaikh Nasser, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and chief of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, will be joined by Breef's president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and some of Bahrain's elite riders.

Breef's Endurance Committee chairman Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa said the final ride of the year promises to feature stiff competition among participants.

Shaikh Faisal extended his appreciation to the Crown Prince for patronising the ride and for his continued support to the federation's programmes and activities.

The endurance committee chief expressed gratitude to Durrat Al Bahrain for sponsoring tomorrow's ride, and expressed hope that this co-operation would continue in future competitions.

Shaikh Faisal also praised the efforts of the organising committee to make sure the event is a great success.

Meanwhile, the organising committee has approved technical issues concerning the ride, which will be divided into five stages.

The first stage will be over 30km and is covered with red flags, to be followed by another 30km stage with blue flags.

Green flags will cover the third stage, which is over 25km, to be followed by the fourth which is over 20km, covered in yellow flags. The fifth and last stage will be over 15km with white flags.

It was also confirmed that the senior ride will begin at 4pm while the junior section is set to start at 4.15pm. The prize-distribution ceremony is due to begin at 11.30pm.

The veterinary and ground jury committees have been named. Ghalib Al Alawi will head the ground jury committee, which also has Abdulsamad Al Busta, Ali Ghuloom, Mahdi Al Kelaiti and Fahad Al Rumaihi, all of Bahrain, besides foreign judge Haider Al Zubi of Jordan.

Other veterinarians are Bahrain's Abbas Al Haiki, Farida Abdulrazzaq, Abdularhman Abulshouk and Abu Obaida Sabeel besides Melo Caonabo of the Dominican Republic.

The event is being sponsored by Durrat Al Bahrain, who signed an agreement with the organising committee at a special function yesterday.

It was attended by CEO of Durrat Al Bahrain Jassim Al Jowder besides Breef member Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa as well as other federation officials.