Endurance Wrap

The endurance horse gang has packed up and left…..the Hospitality tents for UAE, Bahrain and Qatar have been struck (as in circus tent going down), and the International friends and media have flown back to their respective homes. The US did not win a medal, but they were happy with their showing.  I have done…

Endurance Finish

Spain’s, Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton riding the 15 year old, Nobby, has won her third Endurance Championship in two years.  HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Ciel Oriental and d HE Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, on SAS Alexis,  made a dash to the finish to claim the silver and bronze individual…

Changes for the Team

What a difference a day makes.  The sun came out, the teams had on clean shirts (well, they looked clean), Sheikh Mohammed was there with son, Hamdan.  Maria Alvarez and husband, Jauma, were there…..she looking swelte and energetic.  Up-to-date changes for the US team took Berjo Smokey off the team list, which moved Ellen Rapp…

Saturday

And now the fun begins.  So far, the unofficial count is 108 endurance riders will start tomorrow at 7:30 am.  The Endurance  Vetting and crewing center is a small village at the end of the Horse Park….quite impressive with the three large hospitality tents in place by Bharain, Qatar and the largest, for Dubai.  The…