Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Visit With Dr. Al Nujaifi – Top 2015 Breeder/Owner for Placings in IFAHR

28 December 2015 ~ Dr. Mohammad Al-Nujaifi, businessman, writer, and historian of Arab Islamic and Middle East history, has a Doctorate in Agriculture from Oxford University and divides his time between Iraq and Europe. He has authored books in Arabic and English titled: The Purebred Arabian Horses of Iraq, Myths & Realities. Breeder/owner of many…

Al Mehairi wins CEN – 100km Al Wathba Cup Endurance Ride

26 December, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Saeed Mohammed Khalifa Al Mehairi rode 7-year-old Esraar to a narrow win over Uruguay’s Jonatan Rivera Iriarte on HH Ciabu in the four-stage 100km Al Wathba Cup for Private Owners Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday, 26 December. With this win,…

Debbie Burt Scores Success in Journalist Competition

22 December 2015, UK ~ Specialist Arabian photographer and journalist Deborah Burt has taken the top award in the 2015 Dubai International Arabian Races Journalists and Photographers Competition, repeating her success from 2010. Staged under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, the…

CEN 120 Km Abu Dhabi Endurance Ride Won by Madhu Singh for Al Jazeera Stables

Indian rider Madhu Singh wins Al Dhafra Ride 21 December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ In a great triumph for the Al Jazeera Stable 2, rider Madhu Singh Sumer Singh on 10-year-old Anglo-Arabian Mustafa won the 120-km Al Dhafrah Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, 20…

RV Moulins Monarch Wins Listed Feature Abu Dhabi Championship

Tamooh S Wins Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners21 December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ RV Moulins Monarch provided owner-trainer Hassan Al Hammadi with a career milestone scoring an impressive win in the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship (1600m), the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s feature race on Sunday, 20 December. The Arkan Stables-based horseman was…

Edouard de Rothschild Elected to the Post of President of France Galop

A long-time horseman and member of the Rothschild banking family, Rothschild served two terms as President of France Galop from 2004-2011 before being defeated by Bertrand de Belinguier in 2011. He was re-elected in the 2015 polls to once again be in charge of France Galop. Rothschild has tagged Jean d’Indy to continue as vice-president…

Meydan Good Venue for Manark

17 December 2015, Dubai, UAE ~ For owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trainer Erwin Charpy it was a big-race double night at Meydan on Thursday evening 17 December. The meeting opened with the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, the 1600m Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah and it was turned…

TM Thunder Struck Strikes True at Qatar National Day Trophy

TM Thunder Struck

16 December 2015, Doha, Qatar ~ Umm Qarn’s ™ Thunder Struck (Majd Al Arab x Bonnett) trounced the opposition in a giant victory in the Qatar National Day Trophy Group II Pure Arabian contest run over 2,000m, the highlight of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) racing on 16 December. The Alban de Mieulle-trained…

Al Hammadi Wins a Treble in Abu Dhabi

13 December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ It was a stellar meeting for freshman trainer Abdulla Al Hammadi for Al Ajban Stables who led in three of the five Purebred Arabian winners on Sunday, 13 December, at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse. He opened his winning account when the first race on the card…

Lemartinel Dominates for Al Asayl at Al Ain Meet

12 December  2015, Al Ain, UAE ~ Eric Lemartinel dominated the second meeting of the Al Ain season  on 12 December by sending out three winners. The Al Asayl based trainer topped off the day by saddling the first three home in the feature Jebel Hafeet Handicap (1800m). Jockey Tadhg O’Shea landed the first spot on Madjanthat passing stable…

Two New Trainers Announced for Shadwell’s Arabian Racehorses

9 December 2015, UK ~ Shadwell Arabians is proud to announce the engagement of two new trainers for their UK based training operation following the recent retirement of flagship trainer Gillian Duffield. Gill Duffield has trained horses running in the colors of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum since 1987 in both the…

New Ideas Plentiful at Tucson Racing Symposium

The new ideas came fast and furious9 December 2015, Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Innovation is the theme of the 42nd annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming held 8 and 9 December in Tucson, Arizona. The two-day program got off to a lively start on Tuesday morning with a whirlwind of new ideas for attendees to…

The New Life of Trainer Elizabeth Bernard

Elizabeth Bernard speaks to Horsereporter (HR) about the changes in her life this year7 December 2015 ~ Jean-Francois Bernard and his wife and partner, Elizabeth, worked together for over 31 years training horses in many countries. When Jean-Francois became ill and passed away early in 2015, Elizabeth Bernard’s life quickly changed. In spite of huge challenges,…

2016 Night Turf St. Moritz

On Friday evening, 5 February, 2016 Night Turf St. Moritz, the second presentation of horse racing on snow and ice by night guarantees more excitement than ever before! Last year’s premiere of the Night Turf was a huge success as more than 5,000 spectators watched the first night races on the frozen lake of St.…

Apprentice Jockey Fitzpatrick Wins Wathba Stud Farm Cup with Madjanthis

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup Madjanthis gives Apprentice jockey Fitzpatrick first win in eighth attempt in the UAE7 December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The Ernst Oertel-trained Madjanthis under Apprentice jockey Robert Fitzpatrick won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud…

Watson and Oertel Saddle Sharjah Doubles

5 December 2015, Sharjah, UAE ~ Saturday afternoon’s Sharjah meeting was highlighted by a 1700m handicap, the finale on the card, and The Secret, trained by Doug Watson, recorded a third consecutive course victory. A maiden after his first seven starts, Watson’s charge finally put his head in front by the narrowest of margins, in…

Khalifa Al Jahouri wins Abu Dhabi National Day Endurance Cup

5 December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri, astride Arabian mare Minute for the Al Wathba Stables, worked his way through to land the National Day Cup CEN 120km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday, 5 December. The winner covered the distance in 4…

RB Torch Makes it Four Wins from Six Starts At Meydan

4 December 2015, Dubai, UAE ~ At the Dubai Meydan Longine-sponsored racing on 3 December, Purebred Arabians made a welcome return to Meydan with nine going to post for the opening Mazrat Al Ruwayah Prep, a 1600m conditions contest. For the second year running, trainer Eric Lemartinel and jockey Wayne Smith combined to land the…

CEN120-km Al Wathba National Day Cup Endurance Ride on Saturday

Around 150 riders chase eleven 4W Drive cars on offer for Saturday 5 December ride4 December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ 150 riders are expected to take the trail in the 120-km National Day Cup endurance ride which marks the 44th anniversary of the UAE’s National Day and is being held under the directives of…

The Secret Could Have Key to Sharjah Racing Success

4 December 2015, Sharjah, UAE ~ Visitors to Sharjah Racecourse will have to wait until the last race on 5 December to see the most valuable contest of the afternoon, a 1700m handicap where the weights are headed by Doug Watson’s The Secret. The maximum field of 16 have been declared and The Secret is…

Hariry Al Shaqab Wins Champion Senior Stallion in Paris

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2015 World Arabian Horse Champions Crowned in Paris 2 December, 2015 Paris, France ~ The World Arabian Horse Championships, Salon de Cheval in Paris, France, from 27-29 November 2015 at Paris Nord Villepinte have crowned the following: Full Results Below. Congratulations to: World Champion Senior Stallion – QAT – 21 points Hariry Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab…

Regulated Endurance Rides in Abu Dhabi Support Responsible Riding

Endurance Rule Change for Boudhieb Endurance1 December 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ For the remainder of 2015 and in advance of the Endurance season of 2016, His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has taken the state of affairs in Group 7 endurance racing extremely seriously, in particular in the UAE, and for some…

Emirates Racing Authority App for Smartphones Launched

1 December 2015, UAE ~ His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA), has launched the ERA’s App for smart phones where racing fans can get all of their ERA racing information almost instantly during the racing season 2015 – 2016. The app is easily downloadable from the…