Monthly Archives: December 2013

Changes to FEI Endurance Rules in 9th Edition, effective 1 January 2014

December 30, 2013, USA ~ Major Additions to FEI Endurance Rules 2014 A great deal of energy and thought is going into the continued issue at the FEI level of Endurance competition to ensure the welfare of the horse. The following additions and changes have been made to the FEI Endurance Competition rules for 2014. The…

Al Owaisi shines in the Emirates Endurance Championship

December 28, 2013, Abu Dhabi  ~ On Saturday over  137 riders representing  every major endurance stable in the UAE made the opening line-up of the grueling challenge, and it was Ghanim Said Salim Al Owaisi from Nad Al Sheba stables astride Sandine Assassin who landed the 120km CEN Emirates Endurance Championship at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba…

Al Shahania Stud dominates December 26 Qatar Arabian Derby

26th December, 2013, Qatar Arabian Derby ~ Al Shahania Stud dominated the day’s proceedings with a rich haul of five winners in the nine-event card framed for the day, while Dubday won the Qatar Thoroughbred Derby.  After losing out narrowly in the opener, where Umm Qarn’s Waad (Mugadir x Entisar) edged out Al Nefor in the Local…

Solo Restoreto Claims Abu Dhabi Wathba Stud Farm Cup

December 23, 2013, Abu Dhabi  ~ Apprentice Noel Garbutt produced a scintillating late run on the Eric Lemartinel-trained Solo Restoreto (BIG EASY (US) x KHAIZARANA by Jehol De Cardonne)  to win the 1200m Wathba Stud Farm Cup for the private owners and stables, the fifth race on the card at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, December…

2013 Year End update from International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR)

December 21, 2013, USA ~ In a continued effort to establish universal standards in all regards to Arabian racing, a new IFAHR Advisory Committee for Arabian Studbooks has been formed under IFAHR, according to IFAHR Secretary from Sweden, Mats Genberg “This committee is made up of representatives of WAHO registries from all IFAHR member countries,” he…

Nashmi edges out Aziz Al Shahania to win Al Wajba Cup

19th Dec 2013, QREC ~ The Alban de Mieulle-trained Nashmi (Amer x Danie Du Cassou) won the Al Wajba Cup in a tight finish on Thursday, 19 December 2013. The Pure Arabian Advanced Plate, run over 1,850-metre race featured the card of nine races at the Racing and Equestrian Club. Jockey Marvin Suerland got Nashmi into…

Jeremy Reynolds, Southeast Team B Win North American Endurance Team Challenge

December 14, 2013, USEF –  AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Andrew Minnick Jeremy Reynolds and RR Gold Dust Rising (Becky Pearman Photography) Bronson, Fla. – After dark in northern Florida Friday night Jeremy Reynolds and RR Gold Dust Rising (Falina Des Fabries x Madeline) were first across the finish line of the 160km USEF North American Endurance Team Challenge Race. They…

AFAC and the French racing system top down

Special Horsereporter Report ~ France has long been a leading force in horse racing. In 1776 the first racecourse opened on the Plaine des Sablons followed by Fontainebleau and Vincennes. By 1801 Arabians were arriving from the Middle East and competing on French race tracks. Napoleon I had seen the lighter energetic Arabians carrying the Egyptian…

Maseela – traditional Qatari racing

December 18, 2013 ~ The Maseela is a traditional tribal horse race, done in heats by two riders. It is now part of the excitement during winter racing at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. See photos by QREC photographer Juhaim.  

Muntasar gallops away with Qatar National Day Trophy

December 18, 2013, QREC ~ Muntasar and Fouladh win for Umm Qarn Umm Qarn’s Muntasar (Majd Al Arab x Danie Du Cassou) with Pier Convertino up, came up with a stunning gallop down the final straight to win the Qatar National Day Trophy, a Group II Pure Arabian race, run over 2,000 metres at the Racing and…

Jockey Rosales Claims Abu Dhabi Feature for Jaber Bittar

Sunday December 15, 2013, Abu Dhabi ~ Trainer Jaber Bittar has his team in great form and provided first and third in the featured 1400m handicap at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening with Jesus Rosales steering Ameer Al Reef (Bibi De Carrere (FR) x ASHAAYA D’AROCO (FR) by Dormane) to a narrow victory from the fast finishing Naseem…

Preakness Stakes Purse Increase in 2014

December 12, 2013, Baltimore ~ The Maryland Jockey Club announced that it has increased the purse for the Preakness Stakes (G1) from $1 million to $1.5 million for 2014. The middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will be run Saturday, May 17, 2014 at historic Pimlico Race Course. This is the first increase for the…

Top Field Sets Out On Course at the USEF North American Endurance Team Challenge

December 13, 2013, Bronson, Florida ~ A communique from the USEF states that over 70 horse and rider combinations lined up Friday, December 13, to race for top honors in the USEF North American Endurance Team Challenge. Competitors from Canada, Mexico, and the United States will vie for Team and Individual medals over the 160km course,…

Bin Amer takes Fegentri Rider to Victory in Doha

December 12, 2013, QREC ~ German gentleman rider Dennis Schiergen clinched his first win in Qatar while steering  Mohammed Hamad Al Attiya-trained Bin Amer (Amer-Ismala) to a commanding victory in the Pure Arabian Conditions event, which was the Championship race for Fegentri Gentleman Riders. Harran (Kevin Tobin up) was a faraway second ahead of Al…

Khabbab makes good at the Al Khor Cup in Doha

December 11, 2013, QREC ~ The Al Khor Cup 1800m was won by  Khabbab (Dahess x Ezraa) continuing his good season under Pat Convertino for trainer, Alban de Mieulle. After laying back around the turn, he pulled steadily away down the stretch and made the win by 4 lengths in a time of 2:05:47 over…

Emirates Racing Authority Cracks Down on Medications in UAE

December 10, 2013, Dubai ~ In a continuing effort to ensure the safety of horses and riders, Emirates Racing Association (ERA) Stewards are delivering messages through fines for medication and other types of infractions found in the UAE racing world. The message was delivered by John Zucal, ERA Chief Steward, that a recent inquiry into a report…

Areem Claims Second Consecutive All-Emirati National Day Cup Victory

Sunday December 8, 2013, Abu Dhabi ~ Areem (Mahabb (AE) – Canelle De Carrere (FR) by Djamel) landed the 1600m  Group 1 Purebred Arabian National Day Cup at Abu Dhabi on Sunday, December 8, for owner Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan under the able hands of Ahmad Atjebi. In doing so, he becomes the fourth…

Arqana Posts Record Results at Thoroughbred Breeding Stock Sale

December 8, 2013, Deauville, France ~ The first day of the Deauville Breeding Stock Sale posted results without precedent, generating a turnover of €18,252,500 (including private sales), a figure up by 31% compared to 2012, according to a press release by Arqana. Buyers from Qatar, the United States, Australia, Japan, and Brazil purchased 159 broodmares, fillies and foals.…

Al Hammadi claims CEN** 120km National Day Endurance Cup in Abu Dhabi

December 7, 2013,  Abu Dhabi ~  UAE top rider Ali Yousuf Al Hammadi astride Armour Neyak made the win in the Saturday, CEI 120km ** National Day Cup endurance race for the Wathba Endurance Stables in great style. The winner covered  the 120km on the Anglo/Arab mare in 4:14:04 at an average speed of 28.33 km/hr succeeding over a starting list of  164…

Baanderos wins Platinum in Paris

December 6, 2013, Paris ~ Congratulations all who participated in the 2013 Salon de Cheval de Paris The World Arabian Horse Championship  was held  29 November – 1 December Platinum winners: MALE : BAANDEROS Owner : Al Khalediah Stables (KSA) Breeder : Taylor Hickman (USA) FEMALE : PIANISSIMA Owner : Janow Podlaski State Stud (POL) Breeder…

Bigg N Rich shows great strides at Meydan – Watch the race!

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December 5, 2013, Dubai ~  Bigg N Rich (FALINA DES FABRIES (FR) -x Viraac by Virgule Al Maury) under Gerald Avranche for top UAE trainer, Eric Lemartinel, won the 1600m Mazrat Al Ruwayayah on December 5. In the field of 10, Awam and Laamma came in second and third. The winning time was 1:47:83.     Full…

Emirates Racing Authority fines Apprentice jockey Marc Monaghan for Incorrect Weight

  ERA Notification *** Thursday December 5, 2013 ~ John Zucal, ERA Chief Steward, recently headed an inquiry into weights claimed for Apprentice Marc Monaghan during November 2013. Monaghan claimed 3 kilograms allowance instead of 2.5 kilograms in 25 races from  2 November – 29 November at Sharjah, Meydan, Abu Dhabi, and Jebel Ali. The matter was discovered following…

December racing in Doha gives Assy win in Derby Trial

Wednesday December 4, Doha ~ Julian Smart-trained Assy (Amer x Margouia), owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and bred at Al Shahania Stud, pulled off a facile victory in the local bred Pure Arabian Derby Trial, run over 1,850 metres. The Burning Sand son, Kassam, trained by Jassim Ghazali, also sporting the colors…

Awards Announced for the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association Derby Award

December 4, 2013, London ~  The 47th annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association Derby Awards were held on Monday, 2 December, in London. The Awards are  supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC). The award for Owner of the Year in which nominees included Middelham Park Racing, J.P. McManus and The Not Afraid Partnership, was…

Purebred Arabians Take Centre Stage at Meydan

  December 4, 2013, Dubai ~Meydan Racing December 5.  Local trainer, Majed Al Jahouri has yet to saddle a winner this season but looks set to have a big weekend with leading chances in both Thursday’s Mazrat Al Ruwayah Prep Sponsored by Expo 2020, the most valuable race on Meydan’s third card of the season,…

BLACK CAVIAR, TREVE, AND WISE DAN To Be Honored at the LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE Ceremony

THE LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS for Thoroughbreds (For 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January and 24th November 2013) will honor  Black Caviar, Treve, and Wise Dan at a Gala Dinner in Hong Kong on December 6. BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) [130] and TREVE (FR) [130], the joint top rated horses in the 2013 LONGINES…

Raising taxes puts squeeze on Equitation Centers in France

December 2, 2013, Paris, France ~ On November 18, 20,000 horses and riders took to the streets of Paris to protest against the rise of  the T.V.A. –  Valued Added Tax – which is slated to be raised January 1, 2014 from the present rate of 7%-20% for all services at equestrian centers in France. On foot or…