June 18 2011
KUALA TERENGGANU, June 18 (Bernama) -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Saturday led the 89 riders in the Malaysia-Thailand Open Endurance Challenge Trophy 2011 at Lembah Bidong here.
The championship being contested in the 80km and 40km categories was flagged off by State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Rozi Mamat at 6.30pm and 7pm at the Terengganu International Endurance park.
Tuanku Mizan, participating in the 80km category, rode RTES Smith alongside his son, the Terengganu Regent Tengku Muhammad Ismail. The 54 others in the same category included three women.
His daughter, Tengku Fatimatuz Zahrah, was in the 40km category, competing against 33 other riders, including Delia Phey Qi Xuan of Singapore and Britain's Victoria Jane Holt.
The 80km endurance test was expected to take more than 11 hours while the 40km challenge was estimated to stretch to seven hours. The Malaysian participants included riders from the Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable, Malaysia Army Endurance Team, Ar-Raudah Equine Centre, Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club and Langkawi Endurance Team.
The foreign participants included riders from Britain, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
The champion in the 80km category will receive US1,000, the runner-up US750 and the second runner-up US500. All three will be presented trophies.
Winners in the group category will receive US2,000 and a trophy.
In the 40km category, riders placed first, second and third will receive trophies.
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