World Equestrian Events

Courage, Sweat and Determination in One Package

31 July 2020, USA ~ Determination is a good quality in a jockey, and Kirsten Swan can claim a large portion of it. “I’ve been working with horses my whole life,” she said. Swan has been immersed in the horse world since she was born. If she were a horse, one would say she had…

EBRAZ- Highest Rated Arabian Heads Qatar International Stakes Entries

27 July 2020, UK ~ In a year full of challenges, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) confirms that the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) will go ahead this week and the final day, Saturday, 1 August, will highlight the Arabian race, the Qatar International Stakes Gr 1. The one-mile contest will be held in…

California Sand JS Wins Wathba Stallions Stakes in California

18 July, Pleasanton, California, USA ~ The winner in the first of the Triple Series races for the California Bonus Bonanza Stakes at Pleasanton, California, was the 3-yr-old California Sand JS ridden by David Martin. The Terri Eaton trainee showed the same talent he had on 5 July for speed, winning his second out for…

Goodwood Will Allow a Crowd of 5,000 at Final Day of Meet

18 July 2020, UK ~ Goodwood has been given permission to allow 5,000 racegoers on the final day of its Glorious meeting on 1 August as the government announced the fixture was among a select list of pilot events which could lead to spectators returning to sporting events in England on 1 October. The racecourse’s…

Jacques Arnould (1962-2020)

16 July 2020, Belgium ~ The world has lost another great equestrian. Endurance Belgium is sad to announce the passing of Jacques Arnould. Founder and proprietor of the breeding farm Al Ondrel stud, Arnould was the 2001 Belgian Sr Champion with Opalina des Iviers. He was the organizer of the CEI and CEN events “La…

Happy Bastille Day – France

14 July, Bastille Day – Similar to the USA, 4th of July, the Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790 was a celebration of the unity of the French nation during the French Revolution. The aim of this celebration, one year after the Storming of the Bastille, was to symbolise peace. The event took…

FEI Holds Virtual Board Meeting on Finance, Cancellations and Championships

Croatian team

26 June 2020, Lausanne, SUI ~ A virtual Board Meeting of the FEI was held from 23-25 June 2020 due to the dangers of travel communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The main discussions, Finance, Cancellations and Championships during the FEI Board Meeting video conference days (23-25 June) are summarized here. 23 June 2020 ~ The…

2020-2021 UAE Race Fixture List Approved by HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

25 June 2020, Dubai, UAE ~ The fixture list of the 2020-21 UAE racing season has been approved by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Racing Authority (ERA). HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed said: “We are pleased to announce…

Prize Money announced for the 2020 Qatar Goodwood Festival

£2,300,000 on offer across five days25 June 2020, UK ~ Goodwood Racecourse has confirmed the prize money for the 2020 Qatar Goodwood Festival. The Sussex course’s most prestigious meeting, which this year will start with Stradivarius’s attempt to win a record fourth Goodwood Cup on July 28th, will offer a total prize fund of just…

ARQANA, TATTERSALLS IRELAND AND OSARUS Agree Revised Sales Dates

Arabian Sales Date at Saint-Cloud has not been changed at this time from 1 October3 June 2020, France ~ In view of the many consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the traveling restrictions put in place in several countries as they gradually ease their lockdown protocols, ARQANA, Tattersalls Ireland and Osarus have reached…

The President of the UAE Cup Gr 1 at Deauville Captured by Deryan

Deryan

Coupe D’Europe Des Chevaux Arabes2 June 2020, Deauville, FRANCE ~ Race of 2.000 mètres for 4 yrs + Prize Money €50.000, 20.000, 15.000, 10.000, 5.000 The 2000m race began like a parade with Ibn Gadir QA in the lead until the 1600m mark with favorite, Deryan, holding in 4th position. As the horses turned into…

Bel’izam Takes Prix Damas Gr III at Toulouse on Sunday

Arabian races renew in France, this time at Toulouse 31 May 2020, Toulouse, France ~ The Prix Damas – Gr III went off at the Toulouse race track on Sunday, 31 May 2020, with a field of eight where Bel’izam snatched the spoils from leader Hilal Al Cham in the final strides. The winning time…

California Arabian Racing Dates to be Confirmed

29 May 2020, California ~ With only one more final hurdle, the definitive vote by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), California will set it’s 2020 racing schedule. The finalization of dates will take place at the CHRB regular monthly meeting on 11 June. The Northern California Fair racing will have some changes this year…

Margreet de Ruiter – Saying Goodby

A great support and friend of Arabian racing, Margreet De Ruiter has passed away30 May 2020, USA ~ We are sorry to say goodby to our friend, colleague, and supporter, Margreet de Ruiter. Margreet and her husband, Weiger de Ruiter, developed Christoffel Arabians in the Netherlands which they managed for two decades. They were successful…

Del Mar California Plans to Open a 3 day Race Week on 10 July

28 May 2020, California, USA ~ The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced that it will begin the 2020 summer race meet on 10 July with a three-day-a-week race schedule pending the approval of the California Horse Racing Board at its 11 June meeting. Further, following guidelines issued by San Diego County public health officials, California…

Madaglia D’Oro’s Altaf Wins at Churchill Downs

28 May 2020, Kentucky, USA ~ Chad Brown-trained Shadwell homebred sophomore filly Altaf went into her one-mile maiden special weight on Saturday, 23 May 2020, at Churchill Downs, USA, and is one worthy of attention. A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, switching to the dirt after a turf debut that did not go as planned, she…

2020 California Arabian Racing Schedule – To Be Fully Confirmed

California Arabian Racing Has a Tentative Schedule for the June Start18 May 2020, California ~ The tentative dates for California Arabian Racing have been confirmed by the California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF) and must be fully approved by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). This final decision will be announced at the upcoming CHRB…

“Trésors de Champions” Raised €36,238 to Support Riding Schools in France

11 May 2020, France ~ On the evening of 8 May, the French equestrian community mobilized en masse on The Auction by Arqana’s online auction platform. More than 560 bidders fought until 11:30pm to acquire their “Treasures of Champions” and in the process collected 36,238 Euros to benefit the emergency fund launched by the French…

France Will Resume Racing On 11 May

Racing in France is set to resume on Monday behind closed doors5 May 2020, France Galop ~ According to France Galop, France will begin racing on Monday, 11 May 2020. The sport has been suspended in France due to the Coronavirus protocols since 17 March but police have given permission for racing to begin at…

Champion Show Jumper Michael Matz Followed His Heart Into Racing

Michael Matz

Halfway through his career as a world champion show jumper, Michael Matz decided to try something new: thoroughbred racing. 1 May 2020, The United States Equestrian Team Foundation – Not many people will ever know the thrill of “going clear” in the show jumping ring on the Olympic stage, as thousands of Americans cheer you…

Three Month Promotional Offer on Horsereporter.com

1 May 2020, USA ~ Horsereporter.com is offering a complimentary three month promotional banner on the International equestrian website, https://www.horsereporter.com. Read on six continents, there is no better way to remind your friends, clients, and supporters that you are thinking of them. As equestrian events have been curtailed in almost every discipline, many of our…

CHRB Appoints Scott Chaney Executive Director

23 April 2020, Sacramento, California, USA ~ Scott Chaney has been appointed Executive Director of the California Horse Racing Board, Chairman Greg Ferraro announced. Chaney replaces Rick Baedeker, who retired on March 31. Chaney has been a steward in California since 2005, serving initially on the Southern California Thoroughbred circuit and most recently at the…

2020 ARC Darley Stallion Auction Succeeds with Virtual Performance

Nearly $20,000 Raised in 2020 ARC Darley Award Stallion Auction23 April 2020, Smyrna, Delaware, USA ~ The 2020 Darley Awards, recognizing the best Arabian racehorses of the United States, will go down in history as the first Darley Awards ceremony to be delivered virtually in the 33 years of the event’s heralded existence. Originally scheduled…

Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine Admits First Class

20 April 2020, Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine has accepted its first class of students for the fall 2020. The college, which received approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association in October, is the first public veterinary medical program in Arizona. For its first admissions cycle, the College…

Investigation Continues into Saudi Cup Win by Maximum Security

Saudi Cup background

$20 million prize money on hold13 April 2020, Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) ~ After the win on 29 February 2020, of the Saudi Cup on Saudi Cup Day by Maximum Security (USA) trained by Jason Servis, the trainer was indicted in the USA on charges relating to the administration of prohibited substances to…

Winx Is Now a Breyer® Model

Wynx Breyer Model

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Breyer Winx model will benefit Team Thoroughbred NSW, an organization that provides retraining and aftercare for retired race horses9 April 2020, Kentucky, USA ~ Some horses make history, while others run away with it! Breyer® is proud to honor the amazing achievements of Australian Thoroughbred…

New Dates Set For Tokyo 2021

Ingmar De Vos FEI Secretary General FEI Sports Forum 2015

30 March 2020, Lausanne (SUI) ~ The FEI President has welcomed the announcement of the new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will run from 23 July to 8 August, and for the Paralympic Games from 24 August until 5 September 2021. “While it was of course demoralising for everyone that the Games…

British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Posts Advice and Help During COVID-19 Crisis

Advice and help available for equine industry businesses and employers23 March 2020, UK ~The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) would like to thank the equestrian community for their current support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These are unprecedented times for society in general and we all need to play a part in helping to manage and…

Classic Winner Sir Winston Leads 10 Arriving American Horses

Sir Winston

18 March 2020, Dubai, UAE ~ With the Dubai World Cup still 10 days away, American conditioner Mark Casse is excited to see what Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Sir Winston can do on his first foray overseas and the chestnut homebred of Tracy Farmer led a set of 10 USA invaders arriving at Meydan Racecourse…

Likely Fields for Dubai World Cup and Dubai Kahayla Classic

Tallab Al Khalidiah, winner of Obaiya Arabian Cup, Riyadh, 29 February. Photo Pamela Burton

The first race will be the $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic 18 March 2020, Dubai, UAE ~ The historic 25th edition of the Dubai World Cup on 28 March 2020, at Meydan Racecourse will be composed of nine races—six Group 1s and three Group 2s—worth a world-leading $35 million. The likely fields will include G1-winning…

Kentucky Derby Rescheduled to 5 September 2020

Kentucky Derby

17 March 2020, Kentucky ~ Churchill Downs Incorporated announced today its decision to reschedule the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. The 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September…

Race Double For Cosgrave After Thrilling Win on Somoud

Somoud (outside) outguns Rmmas at home

14 March 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ A cracking card at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening was highlighted by the 2200m Group 1 Emirates Championship which produced a thrilling finish with last year’s winner, BF Mughader, Rmmas and Somoud locked together in a real battle with 150m remaining before Somoud snatched the spoils near the…

Darley Awards 2020 in Houston Cancelled

Darley Award

Arabian Racing Cancels Top Awards Ceremony12 March 2020, Houston, TX ~ Due to the elevated developments associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Arabian Racing Cup has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Darley Awards event in Houston scheduled for Saturday, 21 March 2020, at the Bell Tower on 34th. The health and safety of…