Monthly Archives: April 2014

USA Endurance Selection Trials Gave Insight to Team Preparedness

April 29, Lexington, Kentucky ~ The top U.S. athletes in endurance headed to Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, S.C., to take part in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trial CEI2* 120km. The race was scheduled to take place April 19 but heavy downpours caused the race to be rescheduled to…

Far-Reaching Initiatives Announced at FEI Endurance Round Table

The FEI announced changes to ensure improved protection of the welfare of horses in Endurance events April 29,  2014, Lausanne ~ The FEI today announced bold steps that will ensure improved protection of the welfare of horses in Endurance events, proposing unprecedented athlete penalties for equine injuries, extended rest periods and increased accountability. The moves were fully…

Vote Clears Way for HRH Princess Haya to stand for Third-Term FEI Presidential Re-election

103 National Federations voted in favor of the amendment, three votes against the amendment, and no abstentions.April 29, 2014, Lausanne ~ HRH Princess Haya today signaled her intention to stand for re-election as FEI President following an overwhelming vote in favor of amending the FEI Statutes to allow FEI Presidents to serve three consecutive four-year…

Impressive Debut for HH Skeikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival in Portugal

In endurance news from Portugal it was Aurora Torres Villalon on board Nabuco who won the CEI ** while Joao Augustu Moura astride Repoker took the CEN*April 28, 2014, Fronteira, Portugal ~ UAE riders were much in contention at the Portuguese National Championship sponsored by HH Sheikh Monsoor bin Zayed Equestrian Festival, but the Spanish…

Prize Money Increase For Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and the Qatar Arabian World Cup

The Richest Flat Races on Turf Just Got RicherApril 28, 2014, Boulogne-Billancourt, France ~ The 93rd Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Qatar Arabian World Cup, which take place on October 5 at Longchamp, are the two most prestigious flat races in the world for thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians on turf. To further enhance their reputation, France…

Horse Racing to Move from Fairplex Park to Los Alamitos In Orange County California

Fairplex shift of racing dates to Los Alamitos should benefit California racingApril 26, 2014, San Francisco, CA. ~ The Los Angeles County Fair at Fairplex plans to phase out its racing-related activities in the next few months, according to chief executive officer James Henwood. Meeting at Golden Gate Fields on April 25, California Horse Racing Board…

Oak Tree Granted License to Run at Pleasanton Fairgrounds in Northern California

April 26, 2014, Pleasanton, California ~ The California Horse Racing Board approved a license application submitted by Oak Tree Racing Association and Alameda County Fair to conduct three weeks of racing at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, beginning on June 19th and running through July 6, 2014.  CHRB approval represents the latest step forward in a…

Fronteira Kicks off Sheikh Mansoor Festival European Endurance Season

April 25, 2014, Fronteira, Portugal ~ All arrangements are well in place for the kickoff of the Portuguese National Endurance Championships with international riders vying for honors in the seniors and juniors categories at the border riding centre in Fronteira, Portugal, over the weekend of April 26 and 27. The race over 120 km scheduled for…

Al Atique Shows Heels to Field of 15 as Doha Racing Season Winds Down

April 24, 2014, Doha, Qatar ~  On the 24th day of April Al Shahania kept up the heat at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club as Al Atique (Amer x Somra) under jockey Alberto Sanna showed his heels to top season challengers. Trained by Julian Smart, the 5-yr/old won the Pure Arabian Conditions race in the time of 02:11.93 seconds…

Congratulations to all Las Vegas Arabian Breeders World Cup Winners!

Congratulations to all Arabian Breeders World Cup Participants and Winners  April 17, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada ~ The 8th Annual Arabian Breeders World Cup was held from April 10 – 13, 2014 Congratulations to all winners and participants! Supreme Champions Gold Senior Champion Stallion: Hariry Al Shaqab Silver: El Chall WR Bronze: Al Malik Gold…

2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trial Rescheduled for April 20

Torrential rains force reschedule of WEG USA Endurance Team Trials in South CarolinaApril 20, 2014, Ehrhardt, South Carolina ~ From the USEF Communications Department After tremendous rainfall caused the postponement of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trial, the race will take place Sunday April 20th at the Broxton Bridge Plantation…

UAE Horses Dominate Arabian Races in Toulouse

Victoria Allers partnered Nahee to land the sixth round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak World Ladies Championship and Jean-Baptise Hamel brought Sir Bani Yas home in the fourth round of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at the Hippodrome de ToulouseApril 18, 2014, Toulouse, France  ~ Norwegian lady jockey Victoria Allers…

In Momentous Leap Athletes Will Vote for FEI Athlete Representatives

April 17, 2014, SUI ~ For the first time in the 93-year history of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the athletes themselves have the opportunity to vote for their FEI Athlete Representatives. A total of 26 candidates from 10 nations are standing for election as FEI Athlete Representatives on the FEI Technical Committees for Jumping,…

Top Endurance Riders Vie For Placement on 2014 WEG USA Endurance Team

Top Riders To Compete in USA 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trial CEI2* 120km   April 17, 2014, Kentucky ~ From the USEF Communications Department The top athletes in endurance are set to compete in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trail CEI2* 120 at Broxton Bridge Plantation…

TM Raegan Bret wins Umm Al Zubar Cup – Al Uraiq triumphs in Fuweirat Cup

Racing continues at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club through May 116 April 2014, Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC), Doha ~ In the 6 Furlongs Umm Al Zubar Cup Pure Arabian Conditions race for Fillies and Mares it was TM Raegan Bret (Burning Sand – FC Bint Chezi) under Salim Golam that took possession of the sand track,…

Money Woes May Lead to Ouster of Italian Racing From the EPC

April 16, 2014 ~ Italy  ▶ITALY is on the verge of losing its ability to have internationally recognized Group races starting next year (2015), according to reports that after a meeting of the European Pattern Committee the nation was being axed from the sport’s agenda. A previous meeting of the EPC over the concern that…

Nations Declare Participation in Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

72 Nations, a record number, declare in principle16 April 2014, Normandy, France ~  No less than 72 National Federations (NFs) have declared their intention to participate in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, meeting the 31 March deadline for entries in principle. The number is an all-time high and represents a 10% increase…

A Discussion with Nelly Philippot, winner of the 2014 HH Sheikh Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Lifetime Achievement Award

Horsereporter talks to Nelly about her influence in the Arabian horse world    April 15, 2014, California ~  Nelly, you are Chairwoman of the Arabian Horse Racing Club of Belgium (AHRCB) and you are credited with bringing Arabian racing back to Belgium.  Perhaps not just bring back, but restored to a high level by lots of…

The Moroccan Barb horse honoured at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

In the spotlight: the Moroccan BarbApril 14, 2014, Normandy ~ In the spotlight, the Moroccan Barb The world’s best riders will compete in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, a major event in the world equestrian calendar. The August, Normandy 2014 event will also boast the exceptional presence of the Kingdom of Morocco,…

Top Thoroughbred Racehorse Ranking Gives Just A Way 130

April 12, 2014, USA ~ Just a Way, a son of Heart’s Cry, is the top rated race horse at 130 in rankings compiled by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Just A Way (2009) won the Meydan Dubai Duty Free on March 29, 2014, by over…

South Korean lady jockey Keumjoo Lee wins the fifth round of HH Sheikha Fatima Championship in Morocco

April 11, 2014, Casablanca,  Morocco ~ Top South Korean lady jockey Keumjoo Lee rode her 30th career’s winner after the brilliant young rider  partnered Kanzaman to victory in the fifth round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) 2014 at the Hippodrome De Casablanca-Anfa here on Friday 11 April. Leading German…

Majd Al Uraiq wins the Al Zubara Cup

 April 9, 2014, Doha, Qatar ~ Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi owned and trained Majd Al Uraiq (Majd Al Arab x Mezooh) was a brilliant ride fo Frenchman Gerald Avranche for a victory in the Al Zubara Cup, a Local Bred Pure Arabian Conditions race run over 1900 meters at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. Majd Al…

HH Sheikha Fatima Championship to join top racing in Casablanca

April 19, 2014, Casablanca, Morocco ~ Top international lady jockeys representing UAE, Morocco, Oman, Europe and elsewhere are set to battle it to the wire in the Fifth leg of the 2014 renewal of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) at the Casablanca-Anfa Racecourse here on Friday, April 11. The event is…

USEF Board of Directors Names Chris Welton as Chief Executive Officer

April 8, 2014, Lexington, Ky ~ The United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors has voted unanimously to appoint Chris Welton as Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2014. Welton will replace John Long who announced his decision to retire from the position a year ago.  Welton possesses a broad background in sport development and…

Arapahoe Colorado Arabians Honored At Darley Awards

April 6, 2014, Aurora, Colorado ~ Written By Jonathan Horowitz The road to the Darley Awards goes through Arapahoe Park. The Arabian Racing Cup recognized the breed’s top racehorses in the United States from 2013 in a Hollywood-style ceremony on April 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California—also the site of the Academy Awards.…

Beverly Hills Hotel Dorchester Welcomes Darley Awards Gala Dinner

April 5, 2014, Los Angeles ~ The 2013 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Annual Darley Awards Gala dinner held at the Beverly Hills Hotel Dorchester in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 5, was another benchmark that brought the Purebred Arabian international community together.  Abdulla Ali Al Saboosi, UAE Consular General to the USA at Los Angeles welcomed…

Darley Awards Make Historic Debut at Dolby Studio in Hollywood

April 4, 2014, Los Angeles, USA – M. Satya Narayan ~ HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival helped lift the status of Purebred Arabian racing to a new high when the Dolby Studio in Los Angeles (the old Kodak Studio) staged a glittering night of the Darley Awards with the…

Big Money at Stake in First Chengdu Dubai International Raceday

April 4, 2014, Jinma Racecourse, Chengdu ~ Prize money totaling AED2,126,887 – $579,000US – €422,000 will be at stake across the five races being staged in partnership by the Meydan Group and the Chengdu Municipal Government at the landmark China race day in Wenjiang, a district in the Garden City of Chengdu, on Sunday April 6.…

The Dolby Theatre Welcomes ARC Darley Awards and HH Sheikha Fatima Awards in Hollywood

The Arabian Racing Cup Darley Awards, the dream of Dr. Sam Harrison, has become the benchmark of Arabian racing worldwide, honoring the highest achievers in Arabian Horse Racing for the previous year.April 4, 2014, Hollywood, California ~ Writing to you from Hollywood, where the 27th Annual Darley Awards sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed…

Jockeys and Trainers Gather in China for Inaugural Chengdu Dubai International Cup Raceday

  April 02, 20014, Chengdu ~ UAE based racehorse trainer Doug Watson and jockey Royston Ffrench met members of the local media at Jinma Racecourse in the Wenjiang District of the Garden City of Chengdu on Thursday morning, when both expressed their delight at the prospect of taking part in the groundbreaking China race day on…

Doha Saw Hassiba and One More Roman in Winners Circle

    April 2, 2014, Doha ~ On the second day of April at the Qatar Equestrian and Racing Club the crowd saw Hassiba (Burning Sand x Gefool ASF) clinching an impressive victory over Kafayef in the Local Bred Pure Arabian Maiden Plate. The Hassan Ali Hassan al-Matwi owned and trained finally shed her maiden status in her…

FEI Extraordinary General Assembly and FEI Sports Forum to be held on 29 April

April 2, 2014, Lausanne, SUI ~ The 2014 edition of the FEI Sports Forum will be held on 28-29 April  at IMD, Business School, Lausanne (SUI). The FEI Extraordinary General Assembly will be held in conjunction with the FEI Sports Forum on 29 April at 9am. – Supporting documents relating to the FEI Sports Forum sessions and round…

Two Bid Cities Sign Host Agreements for FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES™ 2018 BID PROCESS

Wellington withdrew from the bidding process just prior to the latest deadline as Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) was unable to deliver the commercial requirements put in place by the FEI.April 2, 2014, SWI ~ The FEI has received signed host agreements from two of the Canadian and US cities bidding to host the FEI World…