Arab girls vie for honours at HH Sheikh Fatima Endurance Cup

   November 29, 2012, Abu Dhabi Press Release ~ The stage is set for the launching of the second edition of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup – For Arab Countries Only, which celebrates the  41st anniversary of UAE National Day at the Emirates International Village at Al Wathba on Saturday, December 1.

Speaking to newsmen at The Eastern Mangrove Hotel & Spa, Adnan Sultan, director general of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club said, “The CEN 90km event will be held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.”

The distance is divided into four stages clearly marked in yellow (30KM), red (24KM), orange (20KM), and white (16KM). The race is open for six-year-old horses and above, the minimum weight for riders is 65kg, and otherwise, all the rules and regulations of the FEI apply.

Lara Sawaya, director of the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and head of International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) Ladies Racing added, “The event carries a total purse of Dh800,000 (USA$217,778.00) in prize money which will be distributed proportionately to all riders who complete the four stages of the competition, and additionally, a car will be awarded to the winner.”

“Ninety lady riders have been entered for the race. About seventy of them represent the host country, UAE, plus three contenders each from KSA, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman, in addition to two riders from Egypt, KSA, Morocco and one from Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Sudan and Jordan,” said Sawaya.

“This is the world’s richest ladies endurance ride and a lucky winner will drive home a brand new car plus a major share of the cash prize,” she confirmed.

The Press conference was attended by Sultan Al Dhahiri, representing the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Shamma El Ketbi, from the General Women’s Union, Badr Abbas, Emirates Air line, Adnan Sultan, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Talal Al Hashemi, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Khaled Al Hammadi, General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, Ayham Ali, Areej Al Ameerat and Stephen Bowey from Invest AD.

Horses must be presented with a approved national or FEI passport and must have be micro-chipped. The electronic heart rate monitor and display system will be used to determine the heart rate of horses as per set protocol. Riders have also been notified to ensure at the pre-ride inspection that their horses are sufficiently warmed up before bringing them for inspection. Any horse which will not permit examination or which is dangerous to the examiners will be eliminated.

Riders to Follow FEI International Rules and Guidelines

Meanwhile, the pre-ride briefing will be held at the end of the first inspection and riders must wear hard type riding helmets with chin strap and shoes with heels unless they use caged (boxed) or equestrian stirrups. Meanwhile, whips, spurs, draw (running) reins/french reins & long reins are not permitted. The horse’s head must have freedom of movement.Private cars will not be permitted in any forestry area. Crew members and drivers were warned that any act amounting to intimidation of a competition horse will be severely dealt with. Furthermore, giving water or assistance from inside a car is strictly forbidden.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival 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, AlAwani 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 2012,Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

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