World Equestrian Events

Hareer Al Reef Wins Round 1 of Al Ain Marathon

19 January 2019, Al Ain, UAE ~ Round 1 Of The Al Ain Marathon Series, a 3200m Purebred Arabian handicap, was the official feature at Al Ain on Friday, 18 January 2019, which developed into a duel over the final 300m between last year’s winner Shamikh Al Wathba and Hareer Al Reef. Committed for home…

USEF Initiates Proceedings to Terminate AERC Affiliate Status

17 January 2019, Lexington, Kentucky, USA ~  The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that it has initiated proceedings to terminate the recognized affiliate status of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) as soon as possible following the AERC Board of Director’s approval of a disaffiliation motion on January 14, 2019, indicating that they wish to…

American Endurance Ride Conference Severs Ties With USEF

AERC Will Give One Year Grace Period The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), the National Governing body for US endurance riding since 1972, made the announcement on 15 January 2019 that, as of 1 December 2019, the AERC will no longer be affiliated with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The AERC Board of Directors…

Raqee Wins Al Shaqab Cup in Doha

Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s RAQEE (Mared Al Sahra x Cath) had finished behind the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained RASSAN (Amer x Sandytiki) in the C&D Doha Cup in November. On Wednesday, 9 January 2019 at the Al Rayyan Park’s dirt track, the 5yo edged out the Harry Bentley-helmed Rassan by half a length, under…

RB Burning Ash Still Hot at Al Ain Opening

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4 January 2019, Al Ain, UAE ~ Al Ain staged their first meeting of 2019 on Friday afternoon, 4 January 2019, a seven-race card with RB Burning Ash making a great year’s first start and first win of 2019 in the 2000 metre handicap. Representing the powerful Al Asayl team, RB Burning Ash (Burning Sand…

Al Nabooda and Oertel Take Three on an Abu Dhabi Sunday

23 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, 23 December 2018 was highlighted by the best of the Purebred Arabian action. Fabrice Veron on Bainoona (Mahabb x Miledy Del Ma by Kesberoy) devoured the ground in the final 300 to snare AF Maher, providing a thrilling finish with under Tadhg…

Abu Dhabi Handicap Sunday 23 December

22 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The final UAE racing fixture before Christmas is at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, 23 December 2018. The best of the Purebred Arabian action is a 1600m handicap with 14 declared. Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea, riding for the last time in 2018 having incurred a two-day…

Inside UAE Arabian Racing

18 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The UAE racing comes under the Northern Hemisphere jurisdiction, which can be a disadvantage for locally bred horses. As youngsters they have had to live through the long hot and humid summer season when exercise is difficult and generally they do not race until the season starts in…

FEI Addresses Endurance with Temporary Committee meeting

FEI PRESS RELEASE17 December 2018, Lausanne (SUI)  The Temporary Committee, established by the FEI Board in October to urgently review the Endurance rules in order to address the issues currently affecting the discipline, held its first in-person meeting at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI). Dr Sarah Coombs (GBR), chair of the Temporary Committee, said after…

RB Torch Wins National Day Cup in Abu Dhabi

9 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The Purebred Arabian Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup (PA G3) on 9 December 2018 at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club ran over 1600m and was won byRB Torch (TH Richie (US) x Burnie Gee PW by Burning Sand). Originally the first reserve but granted a…

Race Track Industry Program Announces Annual Award Winners

RTIP Alumni Bob Baffert

5 December 2018, Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ The Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) at the University of Arizona at Tucson, Arizona, announced its annual award winners during the 45th Annual Global Symposium on Racing awards luncheon held Tuesday, 4 December 2018. The 2018 Clay Puett Award was awarded to longtime Director and CEO of Del…

Abu Dhabi Festival Jewel Crown Evening in Photos

An evening of champions The HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival enjoyed another year-end finale on 9 November 2018 at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Center. Nils Rosenkjaer has captured the winners of the evening in this photo essay. Al Shamoos, ridden by Julien Auge and owned by HH Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, won the Dh.…

Spaghetti Puts Win on the Menu in Al Daayen Cup

SPAGHETTI Winner of AL DAAYEN CUP

25 November 2018, Doha, Qatar ~ Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s SPAGHETTI (Snoopi x Nouillaugratin) was in smashing form as the 2016 HH The Amir’s Silver Sword winner blitzed to victory under Harry Bentley in the Al Daayen Cup, the Purebred Arabian Conditions race, on Thursday, 22 November 2018 at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian…

Cosgrave Hits Landmark 100 Wins in the UAE

23 November 2018, Al Ain, USAE ~ Racing at Al Ain on Friday, a seven-race card, was another productive meeting for the Al Asayl team of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trainer Eric Lemartinel who, after a treble at the course’s first meeting of the season last Thursday, combined to win…

AF Asheham Ready for Seasonal Debut in Abu Dhabi

23 November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club will host racing for the third time this season on Sunday, 25 November 2018, with a six-race card. The best of the Purebred Arabian action is the concluding 1600m handicap in which O’Shea partners AF Asheham (AF Al Buraq) for Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda…

AF Maher Remains Unbeaten in Sharjah Saturday Feature

AF Maher maintained his unbeaten Sharjah record 17 November 2018, Sharjah, UAE ~ Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club hosted the second of their six meetings scheduled for the season on Saturday, 17 November 2018, a six-race card highlighted by the second edition of the HE Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup, a 1700m…

Syndication Hot in Dubai Meydan Meet Opening

DUBAI (November 7, 2018) – Racing at Meydan returns on Thursday evening, 8 November 2018, and features seven races, all on its dirt course. The evening is highlighted by a series of competitive handicaps, as well as a possible preview of the stars of tomorrow in the form of the Longines Ladies Master Collection, a…

Abu Dhabi Racing Opens with Renewed Rivalry

3 November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Racing returned to the UAE capital on Saturday, 3 November 2018 with a six race card on the turf at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, highlighted by the 1600m Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup Prep which was won by Darius Du Paon. Darius Du Paon…

Peslier Jockey Blood Continues Success With Megane Peslier

Megane Peslier winning on Hind

26 October 2018, Toulouse, France ~ Rijm, under Julian Auge, won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge Group 1 in Toulouse, France, on Wednesday, 24 October 2018. Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Cup – French Arabian Breeders Classic Rijm, guided by Julian Auge, and Al Mouwaffak under Jean-Bernard Eyquem (both by…

Arabian Racing at the Top ~ Paris in the Fall

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On the days of 6 and 7 October 2018, the newly renovated ParisLongchamps hosted the grandest weekend in the French racing calendar, the exciting Prix de l’Arc weekend with the centerpiece race, the €5 000 000 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, 7 October. Watched by 45,000 spectators, the feature race for Arabians,…

Fazza Al Khalediah Wins Qatar Arabian World Cup Group 1PA

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Bred in France, trained in Poland, Italian rider 7 October 2018, Paris Longchamp – Number 15, FAZZA AL KHALEDIAH pulled from the pack with 300 metres to go, advancing in perfect timing under jockey Pierantonio Convertino to win the 2000m Qatar Arabian World Cup on 7 October 2018, at the Paris Longchamp racecourse. The four-year-old…

Nevour Say Never Launches to Front to Win Fresno Allowance

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“She has done everything we’ve asked of her….” 6 October 2018, Fresno, California, USA – In a controlled run, Nevour Say Never guided by jockey Francisco Monroy inhaled the competition to win the 6 Furlong Fresno, California, race on 5 October 2018. RU Mystified and Desert Dew looked strong around the bend until Never Say…