May 24, 2013, Compiegne, France ~ The UAE’s Saeed Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi prevented a clean sweep by the French riders in the FEI 3 *160 Nations Cup Endurance in Compiegne, France, which was supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
French rider Julien Goachet on Quran El Ulm finished first in this important 160-km ride with the Emirati rider Al Harbi on Reef Beethoven in second place and another French rider Laurent Mosti on Reve De Sauveterre in third in this highly testing event.
Goachet on Quran El Ulm completed the 160-km event in 7 hours 42 minutes and 36 seconds at an average speed of 20.57 kmph.
“My horse looked in great shape as the trainer had done a good job and I was confident right from the start,” said the winner.
Lara Sawaya, Director of the Festival and Head of International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) Ladies Racing said, “It was a successful and challenging event and the competition was tough. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival is now covering most of the equine sports and this is the international start to our support to endurance.”
“We will next on July 27, be supporting the 120-km 2013 FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Riders which will take place in Tarbes, France,” she said, after distributing the trophies to the winners.
Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Eissa Al Adhab of Dubai Equestrian Club also took part in the prize distribution.
“This is a great start to our sponsorship of international endurance and I think this was the right place and right time to stage this 160-km event here in Compiegne,” said Al Nuaimi.
Al Adhab said the challenging nature of the terrain was the reason why the timing registered was slow when compared to other international events.
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WATHBA STUD FARM CUP RACE IN WARSAW
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be staging their Wathba Stud Farm Cup race in Warsaw, Poland today. Some of the top horses from around the small stables in the region will be taking part in this race.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse 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 Arabtec Holding PJSC, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, 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, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Hotel and SPA and Jannah Hotel and Resort.