World Equestrian Events

UAE Arabian Derby to take place Sunday

   February 12, 2012, Abu Dhabi~The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is host and sponsor to their meeting on Sunday afternoon with the UAE Arabian Derby the main highlight on the seven race card. Restricted to four-year-olds, the 2200m feature has attracted a field of 11 with owner His Excellency Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan…

Mont Le Soie Open Endurance Championships April 28, 29

Belgium ~ On 28, 29 April Mont Le Soie will organize a series of FEI competitions for Senior and Young Riders. The competitions on Saturday will count as the Belgian Championship:  the CEI*** 160km  for Seniors and the CEI** YR 120km for Young Riders. The competition will be a Pre-Ride  for the European Championship CEIYR ****120 for Junior…

Berlin Hoppegarten 2012 Racing Calendar

2012 Racing Calendar            2012 8-Apr   Season Opening Stuten-Preis     ( LR, €22.000, 1600m) 22-Apr   Preis von Dahlwitz     (LR,€22.000, 2000m) 6-May   Oleander-Rennen     (GR III, €55.000, 3200m) 27-May   Diana-Trial (GRII, €70,000, 2000m)     BBAG Sales Race (€52.000, 2000m) 10-Jun   HH Sheikh…

Moulin Rouge noses out TM Super Bird in Houston

   Arabian Allowance, Four Year Old and Upward  ~ Six And One Half Furlongs   February 6, Houston, Texas~ Moulin Rouge MAF (Ala Croixnoire x Monarchs Passion x Monarch AH) ridden by John Rochabrun attacked the backstretch in time to catch favorite, TM Super Bird at the wire for a dramatic photo finish in the time of 1:26:83.…

What we’re reading – Out Of The Desert by Peter Upton

Out of the Desert, by Peter Upton, looks at the Arabian horse through history ~ a desert horse, racing horse, war horse, and foundation sire.  The book further traces the influence of the Arabian on today’s light breeds as represented by the Thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay, and Hackney horses, and also on the  pony breeds of Great…

Review of China Horse Industry 2011

Presented by HORFA Research Center  February 3, 2012, China~The Beijing Olympics provided a significant boost for the Chinese equestrian industry, resulting in a sharp increase in the number of horses imported from 420 in 2007 to 1,782 in 2008.  Two years later, the Guangzhou Asian Games and the first HORFA Equestrian Trade Show in Shanghai…

US Horses to be Exported to Libya

January 31, 2012, Texas~Six horses will ship within the next two weeks from Texas to help kick start the revival of the Libyan racing program. “These will be the first horses to be exported to the country since the fall of Gaddafi,” said Texas breeder, Eric Moreau-Sipiere. Having sold a horse from his Centurion Stud…

Doug Swingley, Action Hero

Doug Swingley from Lincoln, Montana, started endurance riding competition after 50, but when he commits to a sport, he wants to be the best. Swingley, now 58, is one of two riders from the United States that have been invited to participate in the 160k HH President of the UAE Endurance Ride in Abu Dhabi.…

A Star of Texas to Shine in Qatar

January 30, 2012, Texas~When the announcer signals, “They’re Off!” at the March 31 Dubai Kahayla Classic, there could be at least one US bred horse to be among the group heading out the gate. Long heralded as a Championship match-up, the Dubai Grade 1, $250,000 prize meet brings together some of the Globe’s top Arabian…

Racing Terms You Want to Know

Apprentice Jockey A jockey who has not yet fully qualified by riding a set number of winners or reaching a certain age. Apprentices, often after a period of initial training, usually work for a trainer from whom they receive instruction, advice and support. They are also frequently referred to as ‘claimers’, as horses ridden by…

2012 Dubai Calendar of Equestrian Events

2012 – Dates to be added or changed as necessary Racing will return to Meydan for the 2011- 2012 season with a total of 21 meetings scheduled from November 10, 2011- March 31 Endurance – January 14-The HH Sheikh Mohammed bid Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup CEI*** Horse Show – March 15-17 Dubai International Horse…

Sahib Du Clos comes up Aces at Meydan

January 12, 2012~Dubai’s Meydan began the January 12 card with the opening round of the 1600m Purebred Al Maktoum Challenge R1, a Group 1 race on their All-weather track.  The field held some of the elite of Arabian racing of the region, sans the now retired, No Risk Al Maury, winner of this edition the…

Akaash Maharaj Stands Down as CEO of Equine Canada

January 10, 2012—It is with sincere regret that Equine Canada reports that Akaash Maharaj has announced his decision to stand down from his post as our Chief Executive Officer.  Akaash accepted the position of CEO in 2008, stating that he would remain in the role for one quadrennial cycle. “The years have rushed by faster…

Susanna M. Santesson, new Vice-President of DRAV

      January 7, 2012 ~ The German Racing Association of Arabian Horses –DRAV- has elected Susanna Santesson to the position of Vice President of DRAV at the Extraordinary General Assembly on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 until the next Ordinary General Assembly in April. The position became vacant after the previous Vice-President, Dieter Axmann left.…

Seraphin Du Paon back on top in Abu Dhabi

January 8, 2012 Abu Dhabi~ Trainer Eric Lemartinel, always on the scoreboard of a racing evening, claimed excellent results Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. His Burning Sand colt, AF Sanedek, won the 1600m maiden with Gerald Avranche up. Coming back in the fifth race, Avranche took the 2200m Al Wathba Cup Group One…

Abu Dhabi slates first two endurance rides for UAE

       January 5, 2012, Abu Dhabi~ The HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for horses owned by private owners and the Al Wathba Challenge open ride will be held on January 6 and 7 respectively at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi. The rides…

Glanders will keep Bharain’s horses isolated until March

January 4, 2012, Bahrain ~ According to Bharian’s Daily News, the Kingdom has been given an “all-clear”  from the deadly equine disease,  glanders. No new cases have been reported for two months, not since two horses were put down after testing positive last November, according to Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry livestock director, Abdulrahman Shawqi…