Friday, January 06, 2012

UAE: Private owners to compete at Al Wathba

Gulfnews.com

Open rides for UAE nationals to mark meeting
Staff ReportPublished: 00:00 January 6, 2012

Abu Dhabi: The Shaikh Zayed Bin Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for horses owned by private owners and the Al Wathba Challenge open ride will be held today and tomorrow respectively at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.

The rides are organised by the Emirates International Endurance Village and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, while SAS Investment Co LLC, Al Wathba Stables and Samawi Neon are the sponsors of the event.

Today's 100km Shaikh Zayed Bin Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for horses owned by private owners is a UAE national ride and will start at 6.30am.
The ride will be run in four stages of 33km, 27km, 24km and 16km.

A large number of riders are expected to start in this event, which is being organised to encourage small and private stables to compete against each other and give them a better chance.
Tomorrow's Al Wathba Challenge will be run over a distance of 120km.

The event is an FEI two- star ride. It is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, SAS Investment Co LLC, Al Wathba Stables and Samawi Neon.

The ride is an open event which will start at 6.30am and will be run in five stages of 33km, 27km, 24km, 20km and 16 km.

Attractive prizes are on offer for the winners of the two rides.