Monthly Archives: January 2012

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…

Rabah De Carrere Opens UAE account with Wathba Stud Farm Cup Win

    January 22, 2012, Abu Dhabi ~ The number 13 seemed to prove lucky for Gillian Duffield’s Rabah De Carrere as the 7-year-old chestnut finally managed to get past the post first in his 13th attempt here in the UAE. Rabah De Carrere last won a race in July 2009 at Kempton Park before coming to…

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…

Lindsay Graham Juggles International Endurance Competition and Career as Veterinarian

 January 15, 2012, Napa Valley, USA~ Lindsay Graham from Napa Valley, California, is looking forward to her first visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. She is one of two invited riders from the US to compete at the annual  CEI 3*  HH President of the UAE Endurance Ride, this year slated for…

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…

2012 United States Championship, FEI and International Calendar

December 17, 2011 – Goethe, FL- Goethe Benefit Challenge 2012  — Dates To be Added or Changed  January 27-28 – Indiantown, FL- Dupis Piney Pig – CEI& CEIJY 80-120k, Jan 28, 80/120/160K February 29 -March 4 – Williston, FL, Fun In the Sun (FITS) – CEI/CEIJY March 3 160K March 31 – World Championship Selection…

Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri Becomes Youngest Winner of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup

January 14, 2012, Dubai, UAE ~ The UAE’s Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri of Nad Al Sheba Stables proved a master of pace as the 17-year-old guided his mount Cronus to a :27 (second) victory over Bahrain’s Ahmed Abdulla Al Hazza to become the youngest winner of the prestigious HH Sheikh Mohammed bid Rashid Al Maktoum…

2012 London Olympic Footing approved for Equestrian Events

 January 11, 2012~ The FEI has given final sign-off on the footing that will be used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events at Greenwich Park. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) conducted footing tests at a site near Preston in the north of England on 20 and…

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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.…

2012 HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Endurance Cup to be held Jan 14 in Dubai

            January 10, 2012, Dubai~The HH Sheikh Mohammed bid Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup CEI*** 160k will have its  fifth running on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Organized and hosted by the Dubai Equestrian Club the ride is scheduled to start 6:30 am at DIEC in the Seih Assalam area of…

Lady riders compete in the Sultanate of Oman

January 2 was the date of the first competition of 2012 for the Fegentri World Championship Race for Lady Riders.  Riders competed on Purebred Arabian horses in Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman. General Secretary of Fegentri Susanna Santesson said, “I was introduced to His Majesty Sultan Quaboos. It was a great moment. He is such an extraordinary and…

USA Darley Nominees announced for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards

 January 5, 2011 ~ The Arabian Racing Cup announced the American finalists for the 2012 HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards.  The champions from these finalists will be presented at the awards ceremony on March 4, 2012. The Darley Awards were founded in 1987 to honor the…

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…

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid honours Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak for advancing, empowering UAE woman

January 7, 2012, Dubai~ His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has awarded the Mohammed bin Rashid scarf to H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), and of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), in recognition of her historic…

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announces arrival of a baby boy

January 7, 2012,  Dubai~ Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, announced on Saturday the arrival of a baby boy. His second child with Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, has been called Zayed. In a Facebook posting, Sheikh…

2012 FEI Equine Prohibited Substance List In Effect From 1 January

    Lausanne (SUI), 1 January, 2012~The FEI, following approval by the FEI Bureau, has announced a small number of changes to its 2011 Equine Prohibited Substance List. These changes, which will be included in the 2012 List and will come into effect on 1 January, are summarized below: *There are two additions to the…

Calling a race with the Feminine touch – Victoria Shaw one of Australia’s gems

Race caller, Victoria Shaw, will call the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies’ Race at Moonee Valley January 27.  She has become a great supporter of Arabians in racing, and used to ride an Arabian years ago.  Here’s her story as told by Australia’s Racing News:

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…