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13th February 2019
Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 9 February 2019. HH The President of UAE Endurance Cup in Al Wathba is being considered as one of the UAE season highlights, along with the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup in Dubai.
Joined with invited riders from around the globe this event was the most important race of the season held in Al Wathba totalling 313 entries (from 28 countries), an increase compared to last year’s entries of 270 entries.
With the exception of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival in Pisa – ITA and the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival in Euston Park – GBR, the Middle East stands out regarding prize money for the endurance races.
Most recently, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup in Al Ula – KSA still fresh in our mind, together with the earlier mentioned Sheikh Mohammed Cup held last January in Dubai and furthermore last weekend’s HH The President of UAE Endurance Cup where the organisers, the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, announced AED 100,000 for each finisher, good for over US$ 27,000.- The 160km distance was split into six loops of 40, 33, 24, 23, 20 and 20km which included, in the second loop, the much dreaded and at the same time most liked Tora Bora section. It looked like most combinations survived it well although the riders were surprised by the deep sand.
The hot weather was an added challenge the international riders coped rather well with considering the fact that temperatures are much less in their home base...
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