Sunday, February 27, 2022

Endurance rider Maitha Al Qubaisi on inspiring future generations in the UAE - Full Article

February 24 2022

Having celebrated 50 years of incredible vision, we look at the new generation that’s set to drive the next five decades of the UAE.

From aspiring designers to art curators, several names in the industry have been making their mark and innovating in the region.

One of the trailblazers of the next generation in the UAE is the Emirati endurance rider Maitha Al Qubaisi. We spoke to her about what it was like growing up in the Emirates, what she loves about the country and her hopes for the future.

Growing up in this region, so much has changed over such a short period of time. What has it been like growing up during this time?

Having grown up in this region there have been so many changes that have progressed so much, it makes me feel so proud and honoured to be a part of it all...

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UAE: Shehhi crowned champion at Mohammed Bin Mansour Endurance Cup - Full Article

February 26 2022

Ahmed Saleh Al Shehhi, riding the Catch Me Hippolyte of the Al Kamda stables, was crowned champion at the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for the private stables for a distance of 100km, which was held at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba. The event was held under the patronage and support of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The race was organised by the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, in cooperation with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, and witnessed the participation of 127 jockeys representing different equestrian clubs of the country.

The champion managed to win after a strong performance in the four stages of the race, recording a time of 3:24:40...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

UAE: Ahmad Al Shehhi and Al Bawadi Stable take well-deserved victory - Full Article

16 February 2022
Photo credit: EIEV Endurance

Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 13 February 2022.

The President of United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup is one of the endurance racing highlights in the region but also far beyond its borders and again it stood up to its reputation for a nail biting race.

The 160km distance was split into six loops of respectively 40, 28, 28, 24, 20 and 20km which included the much dreaded and at the same time very much liked Tora Bora section, as well as the section referred to as the forest. A staggering 396 participants could probably be one of the biggest start lists ever in the history of endurance racing.

The organisers added that for them it was just amazing to have the biggest ride with so many riders at the start. And this was even the more impressive considering these FEI rules are since a year or two in place: entries were open to all eligible UAE National athletes and to all eligible resident foreign athletes who had registered the UAE NF as their host NF. It was also outlined for foreign resident athletes, if they wished to register to the UAE NF, which procedure they had to follow...

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Ireland: Endurance season for 2022 kicks off for ILDRA - Full Article

By Bree Rutledge
February 20, 2022

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) kicked off their 2022 endurance season with a New Year’s Day ride at Shane’s Castle on January 2. Eager riders and horses were out in force to bring in the New Year, with a ride around the beautiful estate of Shane’s Castle and into the neighbouring Randalstown Forest Park. Thanks go to the Shane’s Castle Estate staff and the O’Neill family for access and to the forestry service for access to Randalstown Forest. Thanks also go to the McFarland family for marking the route and to Charlotte Moore, John Anderson and Kirsten Conly for organising and assisting on the day. Check out ILDRA’s website or Facebook page for details on upcoming rides, please note that all rides must be pre-entered online.

3 for 2 Offer on Vetted Pleasure Rides

Would you like to…

– canter along the beach at St. Patrick’s Coast Ride?

– ride a finish up the hill at Downpatrick racecourse?

– trot past acres of wild bluebells at Shane’s Castle?...

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Bahrain HM The King's Cup Endurance Ride Gets Underway - Full Article

February 18 2022

His Majesty the King's Cu[ Endurance Ride Championship got underway yesterday at Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The event, being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has been organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF), and it continues until tomorrow.

Spanish rider Rocio Esperanza of Victorious team finished in first place in the 120-kilometre international qualifying race after completing the distance in a time of five hours and 46 minutes...

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Great Britain: Lavenham Endurance Relaunched

For immediate release – date of publish 17th February 2022
Press Contact: Anna Bridges (+44 7572 543538 /

· The popular endurance ride hosted in Semer, Lavenham is being relaunched and rebranded with new Event Directors;

· Lavenham Endurance 2022 will take place on the 1st May 2022 and will feature distance classes from 20km to 80km during the day with a prize giving and evening event taking place thereafter;

· The flagship class is the Competitive Endurance Ride which will see horse and rider combinations compete against the clock over an 80km course and with a coveted best condition award it is set to be extremely popular.

The Lavenham Endurance 2022 edition will treat horses and riders to some of the most iconic tracks on the EGB Calendar alongside a competitive and professional environment that the new event directors, Lauren Hirst and Anna Bridges, are set on bringing to the forefront.

‘We are really excited to be given the opportunity to continue the Lavenham legacy’ commented Lauren. ‘I’ve ridden here on multiple occasions and can honestly say it’s one of my favourite routes to ride, lots of canter opportunities and beautiful views. Running in May will ensure there is plenty of give in the ground, but dry enough to enjoy the tracks at their best.’

With distances ranging from 20km through to an 80km CER, there will be something for all competitors to enjoy. With the introduction of Performance Formula Rankings through all GER classes, a Farrier’s Award, a Best Turned Out Award and of course, a coveted Best Condition Award in the 80km CER and GER there will be plenty to celebrate. And in keeping with the celebration theme, all riders, crews and officials will be invited to Lavenham Endurance’s Sunday evening event, an opportunity to attend the prize giving and reminisce about a brilliant day of endurance with plenty of camaraderie, atmosphere and food!

‘We’ve got some incredible sponsors onboard for Lavenham Endurance 2022 – keep an eye on our website and social media pages to keep up to date with news, competitions and event details’ said Anna. ‘This is a long-term project for us, we really want to nurture top level competition with horse welfare and high officiating standards at the top of our priority list; but equally, we want everyone to feel welcome and encouraged that there really will be something for all, so come and join us, you’ll only regret it if you don’t!’

Meet Your Event Directors

Lauren Hirst
Lauren completed her first endurance ride in 2007 and has since been UK Young Rider and Senior National Champion on more than one occasion. As well as this, Lauren has represented Team GB at the Young Rider World Championships in France and has travelled as far as Dubai with her own horse to compete. Lauren still regularly competes on the international scene and has an abundance of GBR Endurance knowledge. In her career, Lauren works as an Equine Shipping Consultant and is responsible for shipping some of the most valuable racehorses, stallions and endurance horses around the world.

Anna Bridges
In her professional life Anna has a range of experience in equestrian event organisation having worked for the International Equestrian Federation for nearly 10 years. Anna worked on events such as the Beijing Paralympics and the London Olympics alongside multiple televised worldwide series events. Since returning to the UK, Anna has worked as a lead contract manager in a FTSE 100 company. In her private life, Anna has competed for Great Britain in the sport of Endurance on multiple occasions and has a wealth of experience across the UK and World Endurance scene.

Lavenham Endurance is an endurance riding event. Endurance riding is an equestrian sport held over controlled distances with set speeds or competitions against the clock. Stringent veterinary checks take place before, during and after the event to ensure that horse welfare remains of paramount importance at all times. Riders and crews must manage their horses carefully to secure a successful completion. In the UK, Endurance GB is the governing body for the sport of Endurance.

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Competing at Lavenham (credit: Jeff Brown)

Monday, February 14, 2022

UAE: Shehhi reigns supreme at President's Cup for Endurance - Full Article

February 13 2022
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Ahmed Saleh Al Shehhi aboard Arizona de Sao dominated the 160km President of the UAE Endurance Cup held at Emirates Global Endurance Village in Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi.

The event was held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

396 riders from UAE and other countries took part in the cup.

Shehhi, representing Al Bawadi stables, won the prestigious title after covering the distance in 6:09:08 hours, with an average speed of 26kms per hour.

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Thursday, February 03, 2022

Cambodia Equestrian Federation gallops back into action - Full Article

February 3 2022
Jose Rodriguez T. Senase / Khmer Times

The Cambodia Equestrian Federation (CEF) has galloped back into action after being slowed down by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Like the other sports federations in the country, the CEF was heavily affected by the pandemic, with many competitions, trainings and other activities cancelled or postponed due to the health crisis.

A few days ago, the CEF conducted its first (post-pandemic) National Training in Endurance at the Phum Domnak Domrey Resort in Kampong Speu province.

The event drew more than 50 participants, including coaches and riders. A group of veterinarians, teachers and students from the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) were also there for the training...

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US Equestrian Announces Team for 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship for Seniors Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations that will represent the U.S. at the 2024...