Equestrian Events

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Gold Coast Stages Two Wathba Stud Farm Cup Races

Reid River R-Mani, Djehlbi rise to the top 3 September 2016, Australia ~ Reid River R-Mani and Djehlbi emerged winners in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup races as the globe-trotting series made its debut at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Australia…

Shadwell Announces Passing of Prime Arabian Stallion Al Sakbe

30 August 2016, United Kingdom ~ Shadwell sadly announced the passing of one of the best Arabian racing performers and sires, AL SAKBE. AL SAKBE was bred in France by Mrs Nada Mousalli in 1995. By the great stallion KESBEROY, AL SAKBE was from the same family as Group winners MADOUA DE PIBOUL, MAGIC DE…

Dahhan and Sylvine Al Maury On Top in Deauville

Sylvine Al Maury

Dahham wins Al Rayyan Cup and Sylvine Al Maury wins Doha Cup21 August, Deauville, France ~ After cantering at the very back of the pack, Dahham ridden by Alexandre Gavilan and owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed, fought for his win in the backstretch taking the Al Rayyan Cup – Prix Kesberoy (Gr1 PA)…

Racehorse to trail horse – 800 Miles on the Arizona Trail

Carol Fontana found her dream partner in ex-racehorse Tiki Barber to ride the scenic Arizona trails – 800 mile of trails21 August 2016, Arizona ~ Carol Fontana riding Tiki Barber completed the final segment of a remarkable ride on 15 August 2016, finishing the 800-mile Arizona Trail with the ride down the North Rim of the…

HH Sheikh Mansoor-owned Ziyadd Starts Favourite in Warsaw

Three races of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival20 August 2016, Warsaw ~ Recently crowned European Triple Crown winner Ziyadd, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs will be back in action in Sunday’s,…

French Riders Sweep Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters

Riders on loop

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported Belgian 160k CEIO 160km endurance ride19 August 2016, Brussels, Belgium ~ Quick results – more details to come. It was a French punch, 1-2-3, led by Vincent Gaudriot riding the 9-year-old stallion, Tahar Du Barthas in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported Brussels Equestrian Endurance…

Equestrian Olympian Athletic Shoes

Fastest running shoes in the Olympics are not on the track and field athletes in Rio 201618 August 2016, Rio 2016 ~ The most recognizable brand of running shoes, and definitely the fastest running shoes in the Olympic movement, are not on the track and field athletes in Rio 2016. They’re the shoes on the…

Making a Difference at Shadwell – Rachael Gowland

10 August 2016, USA ~ Marketing some of the top Thoroughbred stallions in the world, planning events for 250 -10,000 people, working with powerful sponsors to broaden the scope, entertainment factor and prize money of top-sponsored race days, and planning media events that will excite International viewers and the press – these are a few…

Boudhieb Endurance Initiative Takes Off in Europe

Melanie Arnold on the Marbach-bred DM Sevinc win the 160km FEI*** 4 August 2016, ~ During the last two weekends of July, The Boudhieb Initiative took introductory steps into Europe. Endurance rides taking place in Germany and France received sponsorship for The Best Endurance Challenge Award (BEC) from His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al…

Touchdown! First Olympic Horses Arrive in Rio de Janeiro

  30 July 2016, Rio de Janeiro ~ The first Olympic horses are settling into their athletes’ village today – the new-build stables at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro – with Team New Zealand’s Ringwood Skyboy winning the opening heat of the Rio 2016 Games to be the first to set foot on Brazilian…

FEI reviews alternatives for FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 after agreeing to part company with Bromont

22 July 2016, Lausanne (SUI) ~ The FEI has announced that it is working on alternatives for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 following mutual agreement between the FEI and Canadian Comité organisateur des Jeux Équestres Mondiaux 2018 (COJEM), the organising committee for the Games in Bromont, to terminate the contract to host the Games…

Tahlia Franke’s Countdown to Tevis

The 17-year-old high school student will make her first trip to ride in the 100 mile Tevis 16 July 2016, Napa, California ~ With the 2016 Tevis Cup (Western States Endurance Ride) now less than a week away, Tahlia Franke isn’t sitting around twiddling her thumbs, she is burning up the trails and the racetrack. On…

Ziyadd Wears European Triple Crown

Majeed wins Sheikh Zayed Cup27 June, 2016, Duindigt, The Netherlands ~ Qatar raider Majeed under Gaetan Faucon won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 3) race in a thrilling finish while Ziyadd, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, emerged as the new European Triple Crown winner. Sheikh Zayed Bin…

Colorado HARC Arabian Race a Parade of Firsts

26 June 2016, Aurora, Colorado, USA ~ Jockey Justine Klaiber scored her first-ever win in the first career victory for Junia (Saddle Cloth Number One) in the first-ever race in the Heritage Arabian Racing Club series in the United States at Arapahoe Park on Sunday, 26 June. “I didn’t want to stop riding, and when…

Ziyadd Eyes Euro Triple Crown

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s top races in The Netherlands on Sunday25 June 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ~ The Netherlands Duindigt race course in The Hague will stage three races for Purebred Arabian horses including the deciding leg of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup European Triple Crown on Sunday, 26 June, 2016. The…

Soft Ground Suits Khattaf Athbah at the Junvenile DIAR Prep Race at Newbury

23 June 2016, UK ~ Athbah Stud’s homebred colt Khattaf Athbah put up a game display winning from the front in the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) at Newbury 24 July International Stakes on Thursday, 23 June. The ten runner juvenile contest at Newbury was a preparatory race for the Emirates Equestrian Federation International Stakes…

Countdown to Rio 2016 Olympic Games

21 June 2016, Rio ~ As of 23 June, there are 42 days to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where 200 human and equine athletes will compete for six sets of medals over 12 days of intense competition. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, opening on 7 September, will welcome a further 78 athletes who will…

Arabian Horse Fraternity Attend Festival’s Suhoor Gathering

Currently an estimated 13,000 Arabian horses are in training in the UAE22 June 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Marking the Holy Month of Ramadan with a Suhoor gathering, the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival invited all persons involved in the Arabian horses in the area to a gathering…

ARO Kicks off First Leg of Doha Triple Crown at Goodwood Festival

15 June 2016, UK ~ A top rated list of entries was released by the Arabian Racing Organization (ARO) for the first leg of the Doha Triple Crown, the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA), to be run as part of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Saturday, 30 July. Entries are topped by 2016 highest rates Arabian…

Prize Money Increase Reinforces Focus on Best Condition at Euston Park Endurance Events

10 June, 2016, London, UK ~ Organizers of the Endurance Rides being hosted at Euston Park, Suffolk, this summer have confirmed an increased prize money pot to £54,500 for each of the final three rides – all of which will be awarded to horses on the basis of their condition after finishing the ride. With the support of…

2016 Time to Ride Challenge Begins for Hundreds of Stables, Clubs, and Businesses Nationwide

1 June 2016, Washington, D.C. ~ The 2016 Time to Ride Challenge, a nationwide grassroots contest to introduce new people to horses, begins for hundreds of competing stables, clubs, and other horse businesses, is underway. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to partner with Time to Ride to bring 25,000 new youth engagements…

We Remember Erwin Escher (1959-2016)

It is with a heavy heart that I write these lines – completely surprising — photographer and our colleague Erwin Escher has passed away. I still cannot comprehend that the next shows will be without him without his grin, without his humor, without his sometimes snappy comments about the horses in the ring. Born in…

International Austrian Sporthorse Arabian Championships on tap for 27-29 May

11 May, 2016 ~ Austria ~ In just two weeks the International Austrian Sporthorse Arabian Championship will take place from 27-29 May 2016, at the noted Equestrian complex at Wiener Neustadt. Fifty-one entries from eight nations will compete in western and english disciplines, and the UAE W’rsan Team will once again travel to Austria to compete.…

FEI Endurance Update April 2016

29 Apri; 2016, Switzerland ~ The Longines FEI World Endurance Championship 2016 was originally scheduled to take place from 10-17 December 2016 at the Dubai Equestrian Club (DEC). By decision of the FEI Bureau, the bid process will re-open to find a replacement venue outside the UAE for the Championship. It is expected that the Championship…

Arabian Travel Market Welcomes Promotion for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

Impressive stand greets visitors at 4-day show26 April 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival had an impressive presence with an innovative stand at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, which opened in Dubai on Monday, 25 April. Now in its 23rd year, the 2016…

First US HARC Racing Forum Highlights Racing Benefits

The first US HARC racing forum offered information, background, and a way forward for many Arabian horse breedersOn Friday, 15 April 2016, at the Arabian Breeders World Cup, an estimated 40 show attendees enjoyed the hospitality of the HARC Forum on Arabian racing. This hour-long presentation offered information that might be a game changer for…

A Conversation With Race Broadcaster Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson has planned racecourses for Sheikhs, ridden with the Prince, and has had tea with the Queen7 April 2016, USA ~ Known as Tommo in the world of horse race broadcasters, his wit, glib spirit, and love of racing has taken him on a wild ride around the world. Derek, as that is his…

Olympic Format Debate serves as Reality Check for Equestrian Sport

5 April 2016, Lausanne, Switzerland ~ A record number of delegates attended the 2016 FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne which ran from 4-5 April 2016, as panelists and press debated the future shape of equestrian sport on the first day of the forum. “What you’re facing is nothing less than a reality check for the sport,”…

Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters – a new look at endurance

21 March 2016, USA ~ The FEI Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) to be held 19-20-21 August 2016 makes a bold statement on the new look for endurance.     Friday 19/08 – CEIO3* 160 kms – International race (Nations Cup) Saturday 20/08 – CEI1* 100 Kms – CEN 80 Kms (for horses of 6…

Olympic 2020 City Tokyo to host FEI General Assembly 2016

17 March 2016, Lausanne (SUI), Tokyo, host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, has given the best possible endorsement for equestrian sport by inviting the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to hold its General Assembly in the Japanese capital in November 2016. The allocation of the 2016 FEI General Assembly to Tokyo was approved by the…

2015 Triple Crown, Triple Jewel Winners Feted in Abu Dhabi

16 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The evening after the HH The President’s Cup Dh 3million Group 1 race meeting for Purebred Arabians, a gala get-together followed at the poolside of the Eastern Mangroves Anantara Hotel & Spa on Sunday, 14 February 2016. Amidst musical performances by various artistes an awards ceremony celebrated two of the top…

International Federation of Horse Racing Academies Meets in Abu Dhabi

Fourth GA meet held in Abu Dhabi 14 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The fourth General Assembly meeting of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, (IFHRA), was held on Friday, 12 February 2016, at the National Archive premises in Abu Dhabi. The IFHRA purpose is to nurture young jockeys and race professionals into…

Julie Suhr, 91, Rides Challenging Miles in Rose Parade

Julie Suhr is truly a legend in the equestrian world of long-distance riding. Even though the route on 1 January 2016, was five and a half miles and not 100 miles, the effort was herculean for the 91-year-old Suhr. A veteran endurance rider and owner of 22 Tevis Cup Ride buckles (100 miles) and 3…