Monthly Archives: February 2014

Lemartinel in Good Form at Second Al Ain Meeting

 February 28, 2014, Al Ain, UAE ~ The second meeting at the new Al Ain Racetrack had as highlight a 1600m conditions race and it was déjà vu thanks to the victory of Bigg N Rich, winner of an identical race at the track’s first meeting four weeks ago. Trained by Abu Dhabi-based Eric Lemartinel, Bigg…

Assy wins Gold Sword for HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani

  February 27,  2014, Doha ~ Three days of exciting racing at the HH the Emir 23rd International Equestrian Sword Festival reached an amazing climax in the two most prestigious races at the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club on Thursday, when Assy became the first local-bred to win the Group 1 HH the Emir’s Sword for Purebred…

Raddad and Al Safi win for Oman in Qatar International Race Day

February 26, 2014, Doha ~  Oman made hard work into success and an afternoon to remember on February 26, day two the three-day racing held as part of HH The Emir 23rd International Equestrian Sword Festival at the Racing and Equestrian Club in Doha.   Raddad (Amer x Djelmila) won for Oman in the Group 1 Qatar…

Haifaa comes through for Alban de Mieulle in Doha

  February 26, 2014, Doha ~ Alban de Mieulle, trainer for the Umm Qarn stable, continued his remarkable run in the Gulf Cup, the first major prize to be contested at the three-day 23rd HH the Emir International Equestrian Sword Festival at the Racing and Equestrian Club on Tuesday, winning the race for the ninth…

Meydan Group Signs Sponsorship Agreement with Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

February 26, 2014, Kentucky ~ The Meydan Group has become an Official Sponsor of the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 to be held August 23 – September 7, 2014 in Normandy, France. Another significant step in Meydan’s ongoing commitment to equestrian sports around the world, the agreement continues the relationship established with the…

Qatar International Trophy Grade 1 and Lady Fegentri Championship on tap in Doha

February 26, 2014, Doha ~ The first race on the card for Qatar International Day at the 23rd Qatar International Equestrian Festival to be held at the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Center (QREC) in Doha is a Purebred Arabian P/A Conditions Fegentri Lady Riders race with twelve horses in the mix. Amateur lady riders from all…

Runners set for February 26 Qatar International Trophy & Cup

February 25, 2014, Doha, Qatar ~ The Milers take centre stage on day two of the three-day racing events being contested as part of the HH the Emir 23rd International Equestrian Sword Festival at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) on Wednesday February 26. Harran makes his third appearance in the Group 1 Qatar…

Phraseur Kossack Dazzles over White Turf

February 23, 2014, St. Moritz ~  HH Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak Championship at White Turf   Phraseur Kossack (Prince d’Orient x Pengalia Kossack) ridden by France’s Pauline Prod’Home, left the gates quickly and kicked away from field to land the third round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship at the St. Moritz…

Texas Six Shooter and Yellow Rose Grade II Arabian Results

February 22, 2014, Texas ~ Arabians took over two of the ten races at Sam Houston Park over the weekend.   February 22 – in the 4 YO Colts and Geldings 7F  GR II Texas Six Shooter, Burning Fleet had locked on the win from the back stretch and was not to be outdone. The…

Nymphea Du Paon Lands Triple Crown R2 at Abu Dhabi

February 23, 2014, Abu Dhabi ~ Champion Trainer Ernst Oertel appears to have no intention of relinquishing his crown after enjoying a big race double at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening, February 23. His yard also provided a double for UAE champion jockey, Tadhg O’Shea who was aboard Oertel’a runners for both the big occasions. Pride…

Texas Arabian Breeders Association Announces 2013 Awards

February 23, 2014, Texas ~ Congratulations to the Texas Champions Texas Arabian Breeders Association 2013 Champion Horse of the Year KROSSFIRE CS Kador de Blaziet x Juanna Be A Star Lorraine Cunningham– Owner Texas Arabian Breeders Association 2013 Champion Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding TM DAUTERIVE Burning Sand x SliceofSpice Les Crane – Owner Texas Arabian Breeders Association…

St. Moritz to host White Turf Racing Ladies Championship

February 22, 2014, Dubai ~ The third round of the 1600m HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubrak Ladies World Championship IFAHR will be run on ice for the first time with nine Arabian horses declared to be ridden by professional lady jockeys to go for the Euro 30,000 prize-money at the White Turf in St. Moritz…

Wadee Al Shaqab Wins Gold Champion Senior Stallion in Doha

February 22, 2014, Doha ~ The 23rd Qatar International Arabian Horse Show concluded at the outdoor arena of the Qatar Equestrian Club after three days of packed competition. Local Wadee Al Shaqab achieved rock star status and was awarded the Senior Championship stallion under the chants by his local fan club of “Wadee, Wadee”. Badawieh AA from Ajman…

ECAHO Holds General Assembly at Ritz Carlton Doha

  February 22, 2014, Doha ~ The European Conference of Arab Horse Organisation (ECAHO) held their 31st Annual General Assembly at the Ritz Carlton in Doha on Saturday, February 22. The Assembly was chaired by Chairman Mr. Jaroslav Lacina, Vice Chairman  Mrs. Anna Stojanowska and Treasurer Mr Marek Trela. Around 30 countries were represented in the ECAHO…

23rd Qatar International Arabian Horse Show Friday Highlights

February 21, 2014, Doha ~ The second day of the 23rd edition of the International Arabian Horse Show continued on Friday, February 20th. Winner of first place in the Mares 4-6 YO Class 7B was D’aajaa Al Naif (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x Mezan Al Rayyan) owned by Sh. Abdulla bin Khalid Al Thani. The Qatar…

Doha Festival Opening Ceremony Lights Up the Night

February 21, 2014, Doha ~ The opening ceremonies of the HH The Emir 23rd International Sword Festival Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) Thursday evening (20th) literally lit up the night. The star attraction was world-renowned equestrian showman and movie stuntman Mario Luraschi, who kept the audience spellbound with his haut école equestrian show, pyrotechnics, and the stunt riding…

Meydan race meets available for viewing live on Horse Races Now

February 20, 2014, Lexington, Kentucky  ~ Horse Races Now, LLC – announced an agreement today with Am West Entertainment to showcase live and replay video from the Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC) on its app, Horse Races NOW. The live video will be available in the palm of the user’s hand on iPhones, iPads, iPod touch…

Al Forat wins Doha Cup

February 19, 2014, Doha ~ HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned Al Forat, trained by Julian Smart sustained a winning gallop in the last 150 metres to thwart the challenge of Thawi and win the Doha Cup, a Local Bred Pure Arabian Conditions race at the Racing and Equestrian Club on Wednesday, February 19. The…

ARC Stewards Announce Revision for Darley Awards HOTY Nominee

February 19, 2014, California ~ Arabian Racing Cup Stewards Announce the Revision of the 2013 Horse of the Year Nominees for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Hollywood 2014  For 27 years, the integrity of the Darley Awards nominating process has been of utmost importance to the Arabian Racing Cup program. While reviewing the nominations to…

2013 Arabian Racing Association of California Awards

February 18, 2014, California ~ The Arabian Racing Association of California held their annual Awards Banquet for 2013 in conjunction with the yearly General Membership Meeting on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Harris Ranch near Fresno, California. Thirty people were in attendance including Jeanne Wasserman, Manager of Racing Operations at Alameda County Fairgrounds, and Richard Conway,…

Rabbah De Carrere takes Second Group 1 in two weeks

Sunday February 16, 2014, Abu Dhabi ~ It was HH The President’s Cup day at Abu Dhabi on February 16 and, for the second year running, trainer Majed Al Jahouri saddled the winner of the 2200m Group 1 Purebred Arabian version, Rabbah De Carrere, for Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Last year it was Naseem and…

2014 White Turf St. Moritz – The European Snow Meeting

February 16, 2014, St. Moritz ~ Maître de la Piste and Laurence Kindler were the surprising winners of the Grand Prix harness race, Bergonzi and Fadri Casty won the Skikjöring, Mario Cavigelli, the chairman of the Grison government, won the celebrity Skikjöring and trainer Philipp Schärer registered three victories – these are the headlines on an…

Qatar to host second CHI international equestrian competition

February 16, 2014 Qatar ~ AL SHAQAB has announced that Qatar will host the second Concours Hippique International CHI AL SHAQAB international equestrian competition from 10 – 15 March in Doha. Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, Executive Director of AL SHAQAB, spoke at a press conference of the importance of bringing a world-class CHI event to Qatar.  He…

Al Jahouri and Niac Armor Again in Endurance Limelight

February 15, 2014, Abu Dhabi  ~ Wearing his typical shy smile, Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri crossed the finish line in first place with his winning partner Niac Armor for Al Wathba Stables in the CEI *** 160km President of the UAE Endurance Cup, taking home the keys to a car, a custom Rolex watch…

Sheikh Mansoor festival Supports Four Endurance Races across Europe

February 16, 2014, Abu Dhabi ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival lends support to four Endurance Championships: Portugal-April 25 to 27, France-May 23 to 27, Italy-July 25 to 27, and Slovakia-September 27.  Lara Sawaya, director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian…

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup returns to the White Turf

February 15, 2014, St. Moritz ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival returns to St. Moritz to stage the second running of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup at the famous White Turf location on Sunday, February 16. Following a week later will be…

Top Notes from Europe – the P.M.U Looks Ahead To Success

February 14, 2014, California ~ The P.M.U. (Pari Mutuel Urbain), the French state-controlled betting system and the largest horse racing tote operator in Europe, has stated that it will invest 130 Million Euros to modernize the Points of Sale by 2015. The PMU 2020 project is laying the groundwork for the next generation. Sales outlets in France…

Majd wins Al Uraiq Cup Suwaida clinches Pure Arabian Graduation Plate

 13 February, 2014, Doha ~ The 10-event card was witness to some exciting finishes for the Racing and Equestrian Club on Thursday, February 13. One of the most thrilling  was the victory of Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari owned Sandbetweenourtoes in the Thoroughbred Conditions race run over six furlongs. The Jassim Al Ghazali trained Footsetsinthesand progeny…

Al Ain Race Meet Cancelled due to Outbreak of Strangles

 February 14, 2014, Dubai ~ Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) has cancelled the scheduled Al Ain race meeting scheduled for February 14. On the evening of 13 February 2014, the ERA became aware of the existence of thirteen (13) recent laboratory positive identified strangles cases in the show jumping community.  As the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and…

Broxton Bridge posts FEI winners

Broxton Bridge USA SE Fundraiser Ride January 31-February 1, 2014, Ehrhardt, South Carolina – USA 25/50/75/100 Friday (CEI 1*2*3*) & 25/50/75 Saturday (CEI 1* 2*) Rain, ice, and snow storms have harassed the east coast this winter, pushing further than usual into the southern states, closing roads and keeping airplanes on the ground. By January 30, a…

The first inside account by a former CEO of the 
world’s largest energy company – Saudi Aramco 

The Caravan Goes On is the remarkable story of Frank Jungers, former President, Chairman and CEO of the petroleum giant Aramco, which became Saudi Aramco after the ownership transfer, and his journey to leadership of the world’s largest energy company.   This inside account includes his face-to-face encounters with King Faisal and other Saudi leaders, and…

Top Arabians In Nominations for G1 Kahayla Classic 2014

    February 11, 2014, Dubai ~ The possible entries for the March 29, 2014, US $250,000 World Cup Day Arabian Race Crown Jewel, the 2,000m Dubai Kahayla Classic have brought in 61 nominations to date. Run under Group 1 status for the first time in 1999, France, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have put…