11 : 07 AM - 21/12/2011
Manama, Dec. 21 (BNA) -- THE Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) has stepped up its preparations for the National Day Ride on Saturday. It's the second endurance ride of the 2011/12 season. The inaugural event of the year took place two weeks ago and was for the Breef President Cup, which covered a total distance of 100km, this was published at GDN.
Saturday's event, to be staged at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, will be over 120km with some of the kingdom's best riders expected to take part.
Among the participants are the the Royal Endurance Team, captained by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, which is the top favourite stable.
Royal Endurance Team had dominated the previous ride, winning all three podiums. This event will only be open for senior riders.
Shaikh Nasser highlighted the upcoming event, which marks the Bahrain National Day celebrations and His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne.
The Royal Endurance Team leader said the National Day Championship is one of the major rides in the season and features gruelling competition among participants.
Following this weekend's ride, the federation will then prepare to organise the Heavy Weight Challenge on January 7, next year.
His Majesty the King's Cup ride, the main event of the endurance season, will then take place on February 4, to be followed by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Ride on February 18.
The Breef Championship is scheduled for March 2, and then His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Cup night ride will be held on April 6. The End of the Season Ride will then be held on April 5.
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