Monthly Archives: December 2016

Action in Qatar International Derby

29 December 2016, Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, Qatar Derby ~ Umm Qarn’s Tayf (Amer x Djelmila) had built his momentum with some credible performances in Europe and then landed a mile-long run last month on his return to Qatar. In the 2000m Qatar Derby (Gr2PA – 4 yo) Tayf pulled off a close victory…

Paul Simmons Accepts ARO Roll with Heritage Arabian Racing Club

Simmons will be HARC Breeders Representative19 December 2016, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organization (ARO) made the announcement that long-time ARO supporter Paul Simmons has accepted the role as ARO Breeders Representative with the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) as per the HARC constitution. Simmons has been involved in Arab racing since 1998, initially as…

Sharjah Shows off Winning Debutants in Year End Race

Doubles for Jockeys Hitchcott & de Vries and Trainers Aseel & Al Hammadi24 December 2016, Sharjah, UAE ~ Sixteen may have gone to post for the opening 1200m maiden but in reality very few were a threat to win. ES Fatek led throughout the first 900m but was then outpaced by fellow debutant ES Nahawand,…

FEI Announces Candidate Cities for FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina 22 December 2016, Lausanne (SUI) ~ Two cities have been announced as Official Candidates to host the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022. Lexington, Kentucky (USA) and Samorin (SVK) have both been selected as potential hosts for the…

Maisoor Wins Listed PA Abu Dhabi Championship

Maisoor unbeaten in six starts 18 December 2016, Abu Dhabi ~ Omani-based trainer Said Al Badi made his first foray to the UAE a winning one – with the impressive victory of Maisoor in the 1600m Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, the feature on Sunday night, 18 December in the capital. Unbeaten after five starts in…

Qassam W’rsan Brings Wickham 100th UAE Winner

HARC eligible Qassam W’rsan (Monarch AH (US) x Cash On The Spot (US) by Sam Tiki (US) stormed to victory in the last race at Sharjah on 17 December, in the Longines 2000m (10 f) UAE Bred Conditions for Purebred Arabians, giving trainer Jaci Wickham her 100th UAE winner. Qassam W’rsan‘s owner, His Highness Sheikh…

UAE Champion Trainer Doug Watson Strikes with Hakim at Sharjah

17 December 2016, Sharjah ~ UAE Champion Trainer, Doug Watson, intent on retaining his crown, followed up his five winners at Meydan on Thursday, 15 December, by landing the featured 1700m handicap at Sharjah on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of Hakim. Pat Dobbs, stable jockey for Watson at Red Stables, was aboard three of the yard’s…

Quality International Entries for 2016 Qatar Derby Festival

Al Mourtajez

16 December 2016, Qatar ~ The 2016 Qatar International Derby Festival takes place on 28 and 29 December and has seen a host of international runners entered. On 29 December, the Festival’s feature race is the USD $500,000 Qatar Derby for Thoroughbreds, which is for three-year old colts, geldings and fillies and is run over…

Berry Takes Top Honors in DIAR Awards

14 December 2016, London, UK ~ Emma Berry has scooped the top award in the 2016 Dubai International Arabian Races Journalists Competition with a first-time entry. Staged under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) is a European showcase for Arabian racing staged annually at…

Al Asayl Takes Four of Six Races in Abu Dhabi

Owner, Breeder, Nabooda again in winner’s circle with Wathba Stud Farm Cup11 December 2016 ~ The Al Asayl Stable team enjoyed a highly successful evening at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, 11 December, combining to claim three of the first four winners on the card. Pride of place went to Mahbooba, owned by Al…

Sniper Hits National Day Target at Al Ain

Helal Al Alawi Saddles Winner in Inaugural National Day Race10 December 2016, Al Ain ~ Jockey Royston Ffrench earned his riding fee aboard Sniper De Monlau on Saturday evening, 10 December, when the Helal Al Alawi-trained Purebred Arabian was victorious in the inaugural running of Al Ain’s National Day Cup. A conditions contest over 1800m,…

FEI Named International Sports Federation of the Year

Awards went to the FEI’s #TwoHearts Olympic campaign – Billy to Rio, and the ground-breaking video Hoofloose9 December 2016, Lausanne (SUI) ~ The FEI has been declared International Sports Federation of the Year at the International Sports Awards 2016. Recognizing the work of the international governing body for equestrian sport including its leadership in integrity…

HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid al Maktoum Honored for Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing Award

Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing Award 5 December 2016, UK ~ HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been honored for his support and long term commitment to Arabian racing with the Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing Award at the Horserace Writers and Photographer’s Association Annual Derby Awards Luncheon. The event took place at…

Sharaf Al Reef wins National Day Cup (Group 3)

Madjanthis leads 1-2-3 finish for Oertel in Wathba Cup5 December 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Sharaf Al Reef and Madjanthis won the two races held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival as part of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club Racecourse meeting held on…

Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Sends Out Three Winners on Al Ain National Day Card

2 December 2016, Al Ain, UAE ~ Al Ain Racecourse staged its second meeting of the season on Friday, 2 December 2016, allowing racing enthusiasts the opportunity to celebrate National Day at the races with a competitive seven race card. Organizers saved the best to last. A featured 1600m handicap concluded the action and was…

Polish Apprentice Grzybowski Strikes on Mahawib in Al Ain

Success for IFHRA’s Mentorship Programme4 November 2016, Al Ain, UAE ~ In a memorable day for Polish Apprentice jockey Kamil Grzybowski, he tasted his first win outside his home country in the Al Jimi Cup in a UAE National Day race meeting held on Friday, 2 December 2016, at the Al Ain Racecourse in the…

Sheila Varian Film Documentary Winner at 2016 Equus Film Festival

“The First of Many” featuring Major Mac V and Lester Buckley Awarded at 2016 Equus Film Festival2 December 2016, Arroyo Grande, Colorado ~ The Equus Film Festival, now in its third year, took place 17-20 November 2016 at the Village East Cinema in New York City’s theatre district. The festival featured over 250 entries in…

Al Mazroui wins Abu Dhabi National Day Endurance Cup

UAE riders sweep top three spots3 November 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The UAE’s Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui, astride 11-year-old Anglo- Arabian Ramaah, made a great rally in the final two stages to win the CEN 120km National Day Cup Endurance Ride for the MRM Stables at the Emirates International Endurance Village at Al Wathba…

Shateh Thwarts Kahayla Hero AF Mathmoon to Star in Pat Dobbs Treble

1 December 2016, Meydan, Dubai, UAE ~ Purebred Arabian Shateh recorded a five-and-three-quarter length Group 2 victory at Meydan Racecourse on 1 December, in the 1400m Bani Yas presented by Longines Passion in Equestrian. The 7-year-old son of Mahabb, bred by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, completed the 7-furlong distance in 1:30.25, bettering…