Thursday, February 22, 2024

Chile's Vicente Larrain’s Golden Moment and Bright Future - Full Story

21 February 2024
Words by Stacey Stearns
Images by Francisco Boetsch

We speak to the young Chilean Endurance talent...

2023 finished with a real golden moment for Chile’s Vicente Larrain and his entire family. At the FEI Endurance Pan American Championships for Young Riders and Juniors, the 20-year-old and HF Eva – one of his family’s horses – took first place. Amelia Larrain, his younger sister, closely followed and won silver on HC Tia Haydee.

The joy didn’t end there as two more family members were on Chile’s gold medal winning team in the senior competition!

“The best part of Endurance is being able to compete with my family and make this sport a family sport,” Vicente said.

Vicente’s golden finish was years in the making, and the most recent addition to the family’s impressive Endurance resume. The Larrain family lives in the Chilean countryside. Vicente recalls that they’ve always had horses, and his love for them began as a child. A cousin introduced the family to Endurance seven years ago, and now five members of the family compete in the discipline...

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World's best female horses face Gamilati Endurance Cup test in Dubai - Full Article

The 119kmride will test the skills of the very best mares involved in endurance racing

By Team KT
Published: Thu 22 Feb 2024

The stage is set for the prestigious Gamilati Endurance Cup for Mares, which tests the skills of the very best female horses involved in endurance racing.

The 119km competition is part of the 17th edition of the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival that runs at Dubai International Endurance City in Seih Al Salaam from February 20-24...

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Bahrain: Shaikh Isa steals show in 160km international race - Full Article

Sun, 18 Feb 2024

Endurance – Shaikh Isa bin Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, of Team Victorious, won the 160km international race of the His Majesty the King’s Cup Endurance Ride Festival that took place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir yesterday.

The festival, organised by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef), included a 120km race for private stables that was held in the presence of His Majesty’s representative for humanitarian works and youth affairs and Breef honorary president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Supreme Council for Youth and Sport first deputy chairman, General Sports Authority chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The second place in the 160km international race, which witnessed stiff competition, was taken by Mohammed Abdulsamad Al Bastaki, of Al Ruood Team, with Michaela Supekova making it a podium double for Team Victorious with a third place finish.

Shaikh Isa bin Faisal deservedly won the race after clocking 6 hours, 35 minutes and 47 seconds, almost three seconds ahead of the runner-up, and two minutes ahead of Supekova...

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Qatar: Sheikh Thani crowns winners of H H the Amir Sword Endurance Ride - Full Article

Published: 18 Feb 2024

Doha, Qatar: H E Sheikh Thani bin Hamad Al Thani crowned the winners of the first three places of the H H the Amir Sword Endurance Ride, which was held at a distance of 120 km at the Marathon village in Sealine yesterday.

H E Sheikh Thani honoured Saif Ahmed Al Mazrouei, the winner of the Sword title, after taking first place on B. San Andreas, owned by the MRM Stud under the supervision of trainer Banwar Singh Rathore, and Salman Fahd Salman Al Hajri, who won second place on Moro Prelon, owned by Mohammed Majid Khalifa Al Shaheen Al Sulaiti, under the supervision of trainer Hassan Khamis Mohammed Al Shahwani, and Mohammed Saeed Mohammed Sultan Al Balushi, who won third place on Casmac Morning Star, owned by Sheikh Mohammed Nawaf Nasser Al Thani, and under the supervision of trainer Ahmed Salem Ahmed Al Balushi...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Argentina: Gaucho Derby Day 5: The Race Heats Up - Full Article

Tom Morgan
12th February 2024

As the race enters Day 5, the competition at the front has heated up. Gaucho Derby veteran Daniel Van Eden, Endurance Athlete Holly Masson and Mongol Derby veteran Rendel Rieckmann have managed to secure the lead so far. Their excellent horsemanship, careful navigation and teamwork across the course has allowed them to pull in front. However, at day’s end Holly and Rendel were 30 minutes faster into the final horse station of the day, leaving Daniel to ride in solo after a long but successful slog over the meseta.

Just behind them, Gaucho Derby Academy alum Morgan Williams is literally hot on their heels, her quiet determination and tenacity for tackling this terrain making her a serious contender for the win. Overnighting at a scenic puesto just shy of the horse station, she will make her break for her next horse change first thing in the morning.

From high mountains to grassy valleys and expansive plateaus, the riders have navigated some of the most challenging terrain on the planet. Steep hillsides and muddy bogs pose formidable obstacles, with riders experiencing firsthand the unpredictability of Patagonia.

Rider Izzy Fitzalan Howard on the famous bogs and finding them first hand: “There I was, trying to find a way around the lake; it was all going very well until boom, in we went into a muddy bog! My horse was able to scramble to the other side, and we made it out just fine. These horses are seriously incredible!”...

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Argentina: Gaucho Derby: Days 1-3

Photo by: @kathy_gabriel_

February 11 2024

Wifi is limited in the wilds of Argentina, but here are updates from days 1 and 3 from the Gaucho Derby:

Day 1 Post
As the day winds down, riders take on the crucial responsibility of tending to their horses—ensuring they are well-fed, hydrated, and comfortably settled for the night. Only after attending to their equine companions do they set up camp and prepare a delightful dehydrated meal . This self-sufficiency is a hallmark of the journey, with riders managing their daily activities independently, without reliance on others or the support crew.

Day 3 Recap
It was a hot one in Patagonia, where scorching temperatures and a complete lack of wind added to the challenge, riders faced a day of slow progress amidst the challenging terrain of mountainous forests.

With unwavering determination, riders pushed toward HS2 (VC7), eagerly anticipating their first resupply. This crucial stop offered a much-needed boost with additional kits, including meals, snacks, and extra layers for the journey ahead.

Noteworthy discussions among riders centered on the intricacies of the gates, emphasizing the difficulty in navigating to the precise locations. Correctly hitting the gates became a crucial aspect, as any misstep could result in added time, necessitating re-navigation to reach the correct crossing point.

Looking ahead, the forecast promises a shift to chillier weather and a chance of rain. It remains to be seen whether the change in conditions will influence the pace of the pack, especially with the potential for rejuvenated energy from both the cooler temperatures and the introduction of fresh horses.

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Qatar's Saeed Al Naimi Crowned 2024 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup Champion in AlUla

● Al Naimi produced a majestic performance to claim victory in 120km CEI 2* competition ahead of Saudi Arabia’s Fares Abu Ras in second; Hamad Al Tamimi of the UAE completed top three

● Five local talents also featured in 200-strong field featuring world’s best riders

● Additional 160km CEI 3* competition locked in for Sunday ahead of 2026 World Endurance Championships

AlUla, Saudi Arabia – 10 February 2024:

Saeed Al Naimi from Qatar sealed a sensational victory in the 2024 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a strong challenge from runner-up Fares Abu Ras of Saudi Arabia to win the flagship international endurance event in AlUla.

Al Naimi completed the challenging 120km route on his ride Guilen Fantasia in a classified time of 05:22:01, finishing 1:14 ahead of Abu Ras and 23:19 minutes in front of Hamad Al Tamimi from UAE who completed the top three.

Incredible individual displays of speed, stamina, and strategic pace management by the trio saw them take top honors ahead of a 200-strong field that boasted the world’s greatest, most renowned riders.

The riders who featured in the CEI 2* competition represented a total of 50 counties with a total SAR 15 million prize pot on offer. A new world record for an endurance event, these factors – together with regional royalty, VIPs, and global audiences in attendance – further highlighted the ever-growing prestige of the Endurance Cup in this record-extending fifth edition.

Organised by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) in partnership with the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) and the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF), the event was an outstanding occasion like always at AlFursan Equestrian Village – providing inspiring shows sportsmanship and equestrian excellence as promised.

Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Abdullah, President of SAEF, added: “We extended our congratulations to Saeed Al Naimi and every rider who competed – their performances helped pave the way for an experience that audiences will remember for many years to come. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is one of the biggest endurance events on the Saudi Equestrian calendar and this edition has shown why such events in the Kingdom are held in such high regard regionally and internationally.”

Abeer Al Akel, Acting CEO of RCU, commented: “The 2024 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup has been an incredible success in every way possible. From riders and trainers to spectators and partners, everybody involved has played their part in making this edition so special. We extend our congratulations to the champion and all who participated.”

In the aftermath of his famous victory, Saeed Al Naimi said: “I’m really proud to have won this competition and competed against so many talented riders from different countries - it was a very difficult contest but I’m delighted to have made it back first in the end. The track was challenging throughout, but I loved riding out there. The experience was great and I’m already looking forward to coming back in the future.”

Underlining RCU efforts to empower and involve the AlUla community as part of its wider equine objectives, five local riders also participated in the 2024 edition as part of the development program under RCU’s equine strategy – which offers training, advice, technical support, and events experience.

Next up at AlFursan Equestrian Village is an additional 160km CEI 3* competition tomorrow. A prelude to the 2026 FEI World Endurance Championships in AlUla, 67 riders – including one from AlUla – will compete with a prize pot of SAR 5 million on offer.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is one of the marquee sports events in the AlUla Moments Calendar of events and festivals, spanning a large number of other heritage sports events such as the AlUla Camel Cup, AlUla Falcon Cup, the Tent Pegging World Championship and Horseback Archery World Cup.

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Friday, February 09, 2024

Australia's Warwick and Duncan saddle up for greatest test of horsemanship on Earth - Full Articoe

9 February 2024 | Edwina Mason

Eight Australian equestrians, two of them from the south of NSW, are stepping into the boots of the hardy, brave nomadic cowboys of Argentina as they embark on a gruelling 500-km endurance ride across the vast mountainous Patagonian region of Argentina.

Young’s world wandering Warwick Schiller joins Duncan McLaughlin of Bodalla, and 39 other international riders from Britain, the US, Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada, Chile and New Zealand on the 10-day Gaucho Derby, billed as the greatest test of horsemanship on Earth.

The derby is one in a world series of horseback endurance rides that don’t just test the mettle of the riders, who have notched up years in the saddle, but the loan horses on which they rely – ‘criollo’, all of them from the enormous – 100,000 acres large – Argentine ranches known as estancias, which cover vast swathes of Patagonia...

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Sunday, February 04, 2024

200 Elite Global Riders from 51 Countries Confirmed for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup in AlUla

- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup returns with record-extending fifth edition on 10th February

- World’s finest riders among those competing in rigorous long-distance challenges, including 5 riders from AlUla participating at the 120km CEI 2* and 1 local rider participating at the 160km CEI3* competition

- 120km CEI 2* competition will decide 2024 the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup winner on February 10

- Additional 160km CEI 3* competition on February 11 is part of build-up to 2026 FEI World Endurance Championships in AlUla

AlUla, Saudi Arabia – 4th February 2024:

New details were unveiled ahead of the record-extending fifth edition of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup, set to captivate audiences in AlUla with thrilling shows of sportsmanship and equestrian excellence on 10th February 2024.

Organised by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) in partnership with the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), and the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF), the Endurance Cup stands as a flagship event in the global endurance circuit. Returning to the ancient oasis, this upcoming edition boasts the largest prize money ever offered for an endurance event and features some of the world’s finest riders, horses, and trainers, as well as distinguished dignitaries and international patrons.

"We eagerly anticipate the arrival of a stellar line-up of talents for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup – a line-up that solidifies both its popularity and prestige," said Ziad AlSuhaibani, Chief Sports Officer at RCU. "The success of this event extends beyond regional acclaim, resonating on the global endurance circuit. With immense excitement, we look forward to hosting one of the most thrilling and action-packed Endurance Cups to date. Audiences are assured of two days of awe-inspiring displays of endurance and sporting excellence."

Reflecting its reputation as the ultimate endurance horse event, the 2024 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup will host the top 20 endurance riders in the FEI world rankings alongside a host of professional female riders and other elite performers from the GCC and further afield.

On Saturday, February 10, 200 riders from 51 countries – including five from AlUla – will engage in a challenging 120km CEI 2* competition with the the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup awaiting the winner.

The following day, February 11, 67 riders – including one from AlUla – will compete in an additional 160km CEI 3* distance competition that people can enjoy watching. This event will serve as a prelude to the highly anticipated 2026 FEI World Endurance Championships in AlUla.

The distinguished presence of regional royalty and VIPs will also add to its ever-growing prestige as attendees enjoy an incredible Arabian horse live experience in the Middle East’s premier endurance sports hub.

A new home of world-class events, facilities, and rapidly growing infrastructure, AlFursan Equestrian Village is part of RCU’s wider equestrian strategy to develop and expand the sport locally, as well as to position AlUla as the ultimate destination for heritage sports.

AlUla has emerged as a leading hub for equestrian excellence, while also fostering sports diversity and prioritising the welfare of the horses. Embracing inclusivity, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup allows both men and women to compete on an equal footing, with nearly 20% of the 200 riders in the 2024 edition being women. While the competition involves timed rides, the primary focus remains on ensuring the well-being of both rider and horse, emphasising the importance of completing all loops in optimal condition rather than pursuing sheer speed.

With a vision to bolster modern and heritage equestrian sports in AlUla, the Equine Training Programme based in the AlFursan Equestrian Village is building on the region's rich legacy within this field, with training initiatives established to empower local riders and professionals such as veterinarians, coaches, and grooms. As a result of the training programme, this year will witness the participation of 5 local riders at the 120km CEI 2* competition and 1 local rider at the 160km CEI 3* competition.

The Endurance Cup has empowered Saudi Vision 2030 since its inception. Besides playing a starring role in AlUla’s emergence as a premier endurance sports hub, the event has supported economic development locally and nationally, welcoming tourists and creating new job opportunities in line with the aspirations of the Kingdom's leadership. It’s also inspired more Saudi nationals to engage in stewarding and veterinary support roles while fostering a route for local and regional enthusiasts to engage with equestrianism as a future hobby or potential career.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is one of the marquee sports events in the AlUla Moments Calendar of events and festivals, spanning a large number of other heritage sports events such as the AlUla Camel Cup, AlUla Falcon Cup, the Tent Pegging World Championship and Horseback Archery World Cup, in addition to the other sports events; AlUla Tour, AlUla Trail Race and Tough Mudder infinity.

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Friday, February 02, 2024

Steph Teeter honors the Andalusian Iron Horse 2024 with a bronze statue, merging art and equestrian sport

February 2 2024

In the exciting world of equestrian raid, the new edition of the "Andalucía Iron Horse 2024" stands out not only for its challenging 500 km tour of the Andalusian landscapes but also for artistic recognition.

The famous artist Steph Teeter has joined the celebration of this iconic event with the donation of a bronze statue, a gesture that reflects the spirit of solidarity and passion for horseback riding.

This work of art, in addition to being a symbol of the resistance and beauty inherent in the competition, stands as a tribute to the link between the rider and his horse, central elements of this test that combines the sporting challenge with the admiration for the nature and culture of Andalusia.

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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...