5 March 2021
Horse and camel racing have been deeply embedded in Emirati culture for centuries. These sports are to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) what football is to Europe: a way of life. Saeed Rashed Bin Ghadayer is a household name when it comes to the equine industry, and for good reason.
Saeed has an amazing way with horses and a deep love for these majestic animals. He grew up with them and began working with them from a very young age. What makes this extraordinary is that Saeed was born with about 10 percent of his vision, yet has always been totally comfortable around horses.
This was never more clearly demonstrated than the 2007 Pan Arab Games in Egypt, when Saeed rode in the long-distance races to claim silver and gold medals. Yet, even the most accomplished endurance riders can experience tragedies. In 2018, during his second year as a trainer, one of his most beloved horses died from a fall during the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile. While Saeed has trained numerous champions, Frankyfourfingers still holds a special place in his heart, being lauded as the best horse imaginable for a new trainer...