Denmark’s Neland Wins
19 August 2017, Brussels, Belgium ~ Denmark’s Merethe Neland won the individual gold and France emerged team champions in the 120-km CEIO two-star HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup, while Sebastien Valerio of France won the 120-km HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup International CEI two star in Brussels on Friday, 18 August 2017.
The two rides were part of the three-day Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) which was supported by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup CEI 2*
It was heartbreak for the UAE lady rider Alyazia Al Romaithi in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup as the lead changed several times in the final stage before the dash to the finish.
The ladies ride was one of the most hotly-contested events of the day, and as the final three crossed the finish line after negotiating the 120-km distance, just two seconds separated the top three.
Denmark’s Merethe Neland on 11-year-old Paragon managed to overcome the ride of the UAE’s Al Romaithi on 10-year-old Holoutaria who finished Silver, and in close third for Bronze was France’s Virginia Atger on Quersane Des Pins.
Merethe Neland and Paragon completed the 120-km distance in a time of 6:28:06 with Alyazia and Atger each finishing one second behind the other. The next rider to come in was five minutes behind the leaders.
The BEEM event was held at the Bois de la Cambre, an urban public park situated on the edge of the Sonian Forests in the Belgian capital of Brussels.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup International CEI 2*
In the 120-km HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup International CEI two-star, run along with the HH Sheikha Fatima ladies ride, three UAE riders were in the top four going into the final stage with Butti Ghemran Al Qubaisi on Ffaramir ahead of Sebastien Valerio of France riding Gindastik. Butti and Ffaramir had led every stage until the final one and that seemed to take its toll. The Frenchman and his horse Gindastik stayed steady and won the 120-km ride in 6:33:04, while Butti Ghemran Al Qubaisi on Ffaramir completely slowed down keeping the welfare of the horse in mind and completed over 45 minutes behind the winner. Ahmed Ali Al Marzouki on Uperkut Charbonnier finished third for the UAE.
HE Abdulla Al Marzouki, Second Secretary and representative of the UAE Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Musallam Al Ameri, Director of Al Jazira 1 & 2 Stables and Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Director of Marketing and Communication at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, gave away trophies to the winners.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.