Monday, January 31, 2022

Uruguay’s Frederico Ferber claims third Fursan Endurance Cup at AlUla

ArabNews.com - Full Article

January 2022
GHADI JOUDAH

- The competition promotes inclusivity with 195 female and male riders representing 30 countries fighting for $4m of prize money
- Uruguayan duo and French woman secure top-three finish in epic endurance race

Uruguay’s Frederico Ferber has emerged as the winner of the third Fursan Endurance Cup 2022 at Hegra, the AlUla UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a race that saw nearly 200 horse riders cover a staggering 120 km.

Also referred to as The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup, the race, recognized by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, is organized in cooperation with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, and considered one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, with Gulf royalty competing for glory...

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2014921/sport

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Registration is open for Survive Iceland!



Registration is now open for Survive Iceland! It's a long-distance race on Icelandic horses across the highlands of Iceland August 25-28th, 280 km, 4 days, 10 teams!

For a taste of the adventure, read
Annie Whelan Competes in the First Iceland Endurance Ride!

and watch the video:
https://youtu.be/qpNcgoa3WlQ

For more information on the race, see:
https://www.lhhestar.is/is/frettir/survive-iceland?fbclid=IwAR2F6dpaqwUrvgmxzsdd-qrOsGfC5cl47CF8trzVhm3W-VB0-F7PkA-xla4

or contact Anita at anita@lhhestar.is

Endurance ace Carmine Villani a high achiever in and out of the saddle

ArabNews.com - Full Article

January 29 2022

World No.1 will represent Great Britain at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022 at AlUla

Endurance horse racing champion Carmine Villani has led a rich and colorful life that has seen him shine in business and sport.

Today, the world No.1 will represent Great Britain at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022 (Fursan Cup) at AlUla.

Villani was a talented athlete as a young man — first in Italy and then the US — excelling as a middle-distance runner. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, he went on to become heavily involved in sports car racing.

However, an affinity with horses has always been in his blood. When he was young, Villani was taught to ride by his grandfather. In Carmine’s words, he “learned the tricks and bareback riding from him...”

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2014296/sport

Saudi Arabia: Endurance stars ready to tackle AlUla challenge in Fursan Cup

ArabNews.com - Full Article

January 28 2022

ALULA: Stars from the sport of endurance have landed in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the Fursan Cup 2022 on Jan. 29.

More than 200 riders from more than 30 countries will contest the 120 km ride, which will be staged in the historic AlUla region on Saturday, Jan. 29.

Among those competing in the across-the-desert landscape is Carmine Villani, the World No.1 in the FEI rankings in 2020.

Villani, who represents Great Britain, said: “AlUla for me is really like riding in the Grand Canyon — one of the most beautiful places in the world with sand and cliffs. It’s magical.”

The event is a thorough test of skill and stamina for riders and horses alike. With four loops, the ride takes eight hours on average to complete...

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2013821/sport

Friday, January 28, 2022

Saudi Arabia: All you need to know about the 120-km endurance ride Fursan Cup at AlUla

ArabianBusiness.com - Full Article

28 January 2022
by Staff Writer

Now in its third edition, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022 – or Fursan Cup 2022 – takes place on Saturday 29 January 2022. A two-star classification competition is recognised by the FEI and organised in cooperation with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation. The Fursan Cup covers a distance of 120 km, with four loops of the track that can take eight hours to complete.

The ride sets the benchmark for the sport and is considered one of the most prestigious events on the circuit. It’s also part of the Winter at Tantora Festival that celebrates music and arts in the Kingdom over six-weeks of festivities. Among them are other high-end events and star-studded concerts, as well as adventure and heritage experiences...

Read more here:
https://www.arabianbusiness.com/galleries/galleries-photos/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-120-km-endurance-ride-fursan-cup-at-alula

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

FEI Suspends UAE Endurance Rider

Inside.FEI.org

FEI Tribunal issues Final Decision in equine anti-doping case

25 January 2022
Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance and a Controlled Medication Substance.

The horse Calai (FEI ID 105RF80/UAE), ridden by Hassan Bin Ali (FEI ID 10017909/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substance Arsenic and the Controlled Medication Substance Salicylic Acid, including the metabolite 2-hydroxyethyl salicylate, following samples taken at the CEI2*120 – Bou Thib (UAE) on 12 January 2021.

The athlete did not provide any explanation as to how the Prohibited Substances entered the horse’s system.

In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal imposed a two-year suspension on the athlete. The Provisional Suspension of the athlete, which came into effect on 3 March 2021, is credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in the decision, meaning the athlete will be ineligible until 2 March 2023. The athlete was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000. The results obtained at the event have been disqualified.

The parties can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of the decision

The full Decision is available here.

Friday, January 21, 2022

UAE: Jahoori shines as Al Wathba Stables dominates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival

GulfToday.ae - Full Article

19 January 2022

Abdullah Al Jahoori won the main open race for a distance of 120 km to help Al Wathba Stables retained the title

as the third edition of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival concluded at the Emirates International Endurance Village, with the participation of 236 jockeys took part in the compeitition held held in honour and appreciation of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, with the support and directives of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Jahoori riding ‘CHA Eclipse’ completed the race in 4:09:31 hours, with an average speed of 28.85 km/h...

Read more here:
https://www.gulftoday.ae/sport/2022/01/19/jahoori-shines-as-al-wathba-stables-dominates-sheikh-mohammed-bin-zayed-al-nahyan-endurance-festival

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Saudi Arabia: Former champ Laliscia: ‘AlUla has potential to become endurance capital of the Middle East’

Arabnews.com - Full Article

January 18 2022

• Laliscia new general sports director for The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022
• Contest will see over 200 riders from more than 30 different countries battle for prize of $4.2 million

ALULA: Former Endurance World Champion Gianluca Laliscia believes that AlUla has the potential to become one of the leading destinations for his sport, and wants to use this month’s 2022 Fursan Cup to take another important step on that journey.

“As soon as I set foot in AlUla, I could see the huge potential,” said Laliscia, who won the FEI Endurance World Championship in 2005, and since retiring from competition. has gone on to found and successfully run a number of businesses within the endurance world, including his current position as CEO and chairman of sistemaeventi.it, and founder of Italia Endurance Stables & Academy.

As the new general sports director for The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022, he is uniquely positioned to give an expert view on AlUla...

Read more here:
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2007036/sport

Saturday, January 15, 2022

UAE: Laila shines in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival

GulfToday.ae - Full Article

January 14 2022

The rider Laila Abdel Aziz Al Reda reaped the fruits of her efforts to hand Al Wathba Stables the title of the third edition of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival for Women, which began on Friday morning for a distance of 100 km, on the sands of the fields of the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, with the participation of (145) riders. She was aboard Ayo Raghad.

The festival is being held with the support and directives of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and includes three races, the first ride is for women, the second for private stables, and its activities will be held on Saturday, and the third main event will be held on Sunday.

The champion covered the total distance in a time of 3:19:34 hours, with an average speed of 29.57 km/h, Sheikha Mariam Bint Omar Al Qasimi finished second, riding "Cheetac de Cormier", for the Stables (MRM)...

Read more here:
https://www.gulftoday.ae/sport/2022/01/14/laila-shines-in-sheikh-mohammed-bin-zayed-al-nahyan-endurance-festival

Friday, January 14, 2022

Australia: South Coast horse riders prepare for epic Mongolian trip

AboutRegional.com.au - Full Article

14 January 2022

Two keen NSW South Coast equestrian riders will soon follow in the hoofprints of the world’s greatest warlord, helping today’s Mongolian kids move on from lives scavenging garbage tips.

Bodalla’s Duncan McLaughlin and Moruya’s Cele Stone are among 16 riders selected for the 3600km Blue Wolf Totem Expedition across Mongolia commencing in May 2022. Raising funds for the Children of the Peak Sanctuary, the three-month adventure will see the pair onboard native Mongolian horses, riding roughly 50km each day.

The horses are descended from those belonging to Genghis Khan’s armies as he carved out the world’s largest empire: an area covering more than 23 million square kilometres, including nearly all of Asia, the Middle East and a swathe of eastern Europe.

Mr McLaughlin said the expedition is “much more than simply riding from A to B”...

Read more here:
https://aboutregional.com.au/south-coast-horse-riders-prepare-for-epic-mongolian-trip/

Monday, January 10, 2022

Argentinian Endurance Trainer Suspended

Inside.FEI.org

10 January 2022
Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued a Consent Award in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance.

In this case, a horse trained by Ruben Dario Flores (FEI ID 10168197/ARG), tested positive for the Banned Substance Stanozolol following samples taken at the CEIYJ2*120 Capitan Sarmiento (ARG), 15-16 July 2021.

The trainer admitted the rule violation and accepted the consequences. In its final decision the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse from the event and imposed an 18-month ineligibility period on the trainer; the provisional suspension he already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. He was also fined CHF 5,000 and the cost of the B sample.

The full Decision is available here.

Bahrain: Best Horse Condition Award for Victorious

GDOnline.com - Full Article

Mon, 10 Jan 2022

Victorious have won the Best Horse Condition Award in the National Day Endurance Championship, organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) and accredited by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

In the 120km race, jockey Isa Hameed Al Enzi, trainer Ahmed Janahi and the horse Savin from Victorious Team won the first place, while jockey Ahmed Saleh Al Nuaimi, trainer Abdulla Helal and the horse Ghala from Al Asayel Stables won the first place in the 100km race.

The Best Horse Condition Award is sponsored by Al Fursan Team Captain Shaikha Noora bint Hamad Al Khalifa...

Read more here:
https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1019199

Friday, January 07, 2022

Saudi Endurance Rider Suspended

Inside.FEI.org

FEI Tribunal issues Final Decision in equine anti-doping case

07 January 2022
Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in an equine anti-doping case.

The horse Sarem (FEI ID 105MZ22/KSA), ridden by Mohammed Almalky (FEI ID 10134839)/KSA), was selected for an in-competition doping control test at the CEI2* 120 - Al Ula (KSA) on 1 February 2020.

The Athlete was notified of the sample collection of his horse, however disappeared on the way to the testing box. By failing to submit the horse to sample collection, the athlete violated the anti-doping rules.

In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal imposed a two-year ineligibility period on the athlete. The Provisional Suspension of the athlete, which came into effect on 19 February 2020, is credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in the decision, meaning the athlete will be ineligible until 18 February 2022. He was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000. The results obtained at the event have been disqualified.

The full Decision is available here:
https://inside.fei.org/system/files/20220106_FINAL%20Decision%20C21-0049_ALMALKY%20%5BRF%202020%20RF01%20SAREM%5D.pdf

Thursday, January 06, 2022

‘This is NOT endurance’: calls for world to unite in condemnation after at least two horses die

Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

Eleanor Jones
5 January, 2022 16:02

Britain’s governing body for endurance is calling for investigation into and the “strongest possible condemnation” of those behind any wrongdoing related to the deaths of at least two horses in a UAE ride.

Endurance GB (EGB) wants national federations across the world to “unite behind the FEI in calling for an investigation” into the fatalities in a private class run during HH The President of the UAE Cup at Boudheib International Endurance Village in Al Khatim, Abu Dhabi.

Mekadesh Park, ridden by Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alli Saeed Al Baloushi for Alyamamah Endurance Stables, is listed as having suffered a catastrophic injury at gate four. Rum Rebellion, ridden by Awadh Alsuwaidi for Sudan Endurance stables, is shown in the ride results as having died at gate one. Baldikova de Becherel, a 10-year-old mare from France ridden by Yasser Abduikareem Al Ameri for Al Hareth Al Badi stables, is shown as eliminated on metabolic grounds at gate two, but “there are unconfirmed reports of this horse having also suffered a catastrophic injury”, an EGB spokesman said...

Read more here:
https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/this-is-not-endurance-calls-for-world-to-unite-in-condemnation-after-at-least-two-horses-die-773575

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Tough Girl Podcast: Julie Veloo - Canadian Adventurer for Good. Expeditions Chief, Horse Trek Mongolia

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Born the youngest of 6 children and raised in small town in Northern B.C. Canada, Julie never expected she would end up in Mongolia, feeding, caring for and educating hundreds of Mongolian children in need at her two Children of the Peak Sanctuary or Narnii Huuhduud charity kindergartens. She and her husband, Chelvan, a Mining Engineer and the President of Veloo Foundation, have lived and worked in Indonesia, Australia and The United States before settling in Mongolia.

During her 10 years here, Julie has taken up horse back riding and now, every year, with Saraa and Baagii of Horse Trek Mongolia hosts and rides the longest annual charity ride on the planet – The Gobi Gallop – along with a suite of other charity rides across Mongolia.

In 2022 she will ride the record breaking 3,600 km / 84 day Blue Wolf Totem Expedition to raise funds for her charity project projects...

Read more and listen to the podcast here:
https://www.toughgirlchallenges.com/single-post/veloo

Wales: Disappointment for Fiona as championships are postponed

AbergavennyChronicle.com - Full Article 4th October 2022 4:00 am The owner of a horse-riding school in Llangattock has qualified for the ...