Monday, February 24, 2014

Gallops of Oman — the real experience - Full Article

By Lakshmi Kothaneth — There was ecstasy in the air as Gallops of Oman came to a conclusion in the Wilayat of Jaalan Bani Bu Ali’s seashore. The excitement was not just among the winning teams, but each member of the 20 teams as they completed the journey of endurance — crossing 180 km of Sharqiyah Sands. “I think it’s a great success that we have achieved, it has been an excellent experience and organising Gallops of Oman was not easy,” said Brig Abdulrazak Alshahwarzi, Commander of the Royal Cavalry, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Gallops of Oman. They had reached the final stage of 21 km and at the finish line as the riders accompanied their horses to the veterinary doctors; one could see the bond between the riders and the horses that had developed in the last six days.

At the end of each stage the team of veterinary doctors would inspect the horses for their heart rates and stress level, and the time taken to reach the finishing line. Being early or late meant losing points. The Arabian horses impressed their riders with their stamina, strength and spirit...

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