March 3, 2013, Abu Dhabi ~ The Al Wathba Stables rider and trainer Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri on the crossbred mare, GM Navidad, won the 120km Giants Endurance Challenge, the third ride to be held at the Emirates International Endurance Village over the last three days. Al Jahouri, the European Open endurance champion, was challenged by Al Reef Stable’s, Yousuf Ahmad Al Beloushi, and Spanish rider Diego Bellon Santos before prevailing at the end. Al Jahouri won a Bentley for his effort and the win was double sweet as his son, Khalifa riding Leo, won the 100km Endurance Cup for Private Owners on Friday, also receiving a car. “I am very happy with today’s victory,” said Al Jahouri. “The first loop was the toughest because of the seven minutes difference between me and leader of the loop.”
Yousef Ahmed Al Bloushi on Rivergum Drifter finished second while Spanish rider Diego Bellon Santos on Siroco El Kaiser was third. Both second and third-placed riders also won cars while all those who finished the ride shared Dh 500,000 ($136,000).
The win took by Al Jahouri took 4:37:29 for the five-stage ride. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, also took part on nine-year-old chestnut Quadfolie,but retired after two stages. There were 100 riders who started the challenge ride.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan- National Security Advisor and Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyanattended yesterday’s ride.
Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Lara Sawaya, director of the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and Head of IFAHR Ladies Racing, and Saif Al Awani, managing director of Al Awani gave away the prizes
The ride was held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival which is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
Results (top 5) of the 120-kms Giants Endurance Challenge Ride:
1. Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (GM Navidad) 4 :37 :29
2. Yousef Ahmed Al Bloushi (Rivergum Drifter) 4:40.12
3. Diego Be llon Santos (Siroco El Kaiser) 4:42.21
4. Ali Sultan Ali Sultan Al Suboosi (Noe Matin) 4:42.59
5. Sumer Singh Lal Singh (Macumba Di L Alabdu)4:44.39