World Equestrian Events

Sanddpiper and TM Junior Johnson win big in Houston

 March 3, 2012, Houston, Texas ~ Oman’s Fatma Al Manji on Sanddpiper won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup after TM Junior Johnson scored handily in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup on Saturday night at the Sam…

Aziz wins Doha’s Richest race the HH Emir’s Sword

     March 1, 2012, Doha, Qatar ~ Julian Smart trained horses dominated on Saturday as he hit the 1,2,3 4 jackpot in Qatar’s richest race (QR 2,000,000 – US$ 550,000) on the final day of the 21st Qatar International Equestrian Festival (QIEF). Aziz (Amer x Aziza D’Aroco), ridden by jockey Darren Williams in the time…

Harran Storms desert to win Qatar International Trophy Race

      February 29, 2012, Doha, Qatar ~ The second race meet of  the Qatar International Equestrian Festival gave race goers a thrill as Harran (Burning Sand x Aziza D’Aroco) won  the QR 500,000 purse ($137,350), Qatar International Trophy. The 5 yr old colt from Al Shahania Stud trained by Julian Smart was ridden aggressively down the…

TM Fred Texas to race in Doha February 29

February 23, 2012, Doha ~ The stakes race that will go off in Doha on the last day of February will be the first race for TM Fred Texas in the Middle East. Just recently arrived from the United States, the son of Burning Sand will compete against an experienced field for the Qatar International Trophy…

Qatar celebrates 21st edition of Equestrian Festival

February 23, Doha, Qatar~ The Qatar Equestrian and Racing Club is celebrating the 21st edition of the Equestrian Festival, HH The Emir Trophies and Sword Days  from February 23 until March 1. The Festival kicks off with The Qatar International Arabian Horse Show scheduled from  February 23-25.  The International Straight Egypian Arabian Horse Show takes…

Joshua Brown wins on frozen ground in Sweden

  February 19, Täby, Sweden ~ The Samsheik son, Joshua Brown (out of FH Honey Melon)added yet another victory to his CV, when he just pipped Al Raai in the final race of the winter season at Täby, Sweden. The track was false with patches of frozen ground in between the sloppy going and one had to…

2011 Arabian Racing Association of California ARAC Awards

 February 18, California~ Arabian Racing Association of California (ARAC  honored the following horses/owners/jockeys and trainers at their Award Ceremony on Saturday afternoon. ARAC members, nominees and owners were on hand to accept the awards. 4 YO Filly: Effie Estes (No Limite by Dormane x Petra MBI by Monarch AH) (also a Darley nominee) Reserve: One Hot Chick…

TM Fred Texas awarded TABA 2011 Horse of the Year

February 18, 2012, Houston, Texas~ The Texas Arabian Breeders Association (TABA) recognized the Texas Arabian Racing Champions of 2011 at a ceremony today at Sam Houston Race Park. The winners are ~ TABA Horse of the Year TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand x Queen Kong) (also Darley Nominated for USA’s Horse of the Year) Owner…

Naseem wins UAE Arabian Derby

February 12, Abu Dhabi ~ Naseem  (Mahabb (AE) – Aryaan (FR) by Kesberoy (FR)-, a four-year-old chestnut colt, bred and owned by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, gave trainer Majed Al Jahouri a 1-2 for in the featured 2200m Arabian Derby on Sunday evening. Wayne Smith, last season’s champion jockey, was in the saddle on…

UAE Arabian Derby to take place Sunday

   February 12, 2012, Abu Dhabi~The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is host and sponsor to their meeting on Sunday afternoon with the UAE Arabian Derby the main highlight on the seven race card. Restricted to four-year-olds, the 2200m feature has attracted a field of 11 with owner His Excellency Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan…

Mont Le Soie Open Endurance Championships April 28, 29

Belgium ~ On 28, 29 April Mont Le Soie will organize a series of FEI competitions for Senior and Young Riders. The competitions on Saturday will count as the Belgian Championship:  the CEI*** 160km  for Seniors and the CEI** YR 120km for Young Riders. The competition will be a Pre-Ride  for the European Championship CEIYR ****120 for Junior…

Berlin Hoppegarten 2012 Racing Calendar

2012 Racing Calendar            2012 8-Apr   Season Opening Stuten-Preis     ( LR, €22.000, 1600m) 22-Apr   Preis von Dahlwitz     (LR,€22.000, 2000m) 6-May   Oleander-Rennen     (GR III, €55.000, 3200m) 27-May   Diana-Trial (GRII, €70,000, 2000m)     BBAG Sales Race (€52.000, 2000m) 10-Jun   HH Sheikh…

Moulin Rouge noses out TM Super Bird in Houston

   Arabian Allowance, Four Year Old and Upward  ~ Six And One Half Furlongs   February 6, Houston, Texas~ Moulin Rouge MAF (Ala Croixnoire x Monarchs Passion x Monarch AH) ridden by John Rochabrun attacked the backstretch in time to catch favorite, TM Super Bird at the wire for a dramatic photo finish in the time of 1:26:83.…

What we’re reading – Out Of The Desert by Peter Upton

Out of the Desert, by Peter Upton, looks at the Arabian horse through history ~ a desert horse, racing horse, war horse, and foundation sire.  The book further traces the influence of the Arabian on today’s light breeds as represented by the Thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay, and Hackney horses, and also on the  pony breeds of Great…

Review of China Horse Industry 2011

Presented by HORFA Research Center  February 3, 2012, China~The Beijing Olympics provided a significant boost for the Chinese equestrian industry, resulting in a sharp increase in the number of horses imported from 420 in 2007 to 1,782 in 2008.  Two years later, the Guangzhou Asian Games and the first HORFA Equestrian Trade Show in Shanghai…

US Horses to be Exported to Libya

January 31, 2012, Texas~Six horses will ship within the next two weeks from Texas to help kick start the revival of the Libyan racing program. “These will be the first horses to be exported to the country since the fall of Gaddafi,” said Texas breeder, Eric Moreau-Sipiere. Having sold a horse from his Centurion Stud…

Doug Swingley, Action Hero

Doug Swingley from Lincoln, Montana, started endurance riding competition after 50, but when he commits to a sport, he wants to be the best. Swingley, now 58, is one of two riders from the United States that have been invited to participate in the 160k HH President of the UAE Endurance Ride in Abu Dhabi.…

A Star of Texas to Shine in Qatar

January 30, 2012, Texas~When the announcer signals, “They’re Off!” at the March 31 Dubai Kahayla Classic, there could be at least one US bred horse to be among the group heading out the gate. Long heralded as a Championship match-up, the Dubai Grade 1, $250,000 prize meet brings together some of the Globe’s top Arabian…

Racing Terms You Want to Know

Apprentice Jockey A jockey who has not yet fully qualified by riding a set number of winners or reaching a certain age. Apprentices, often after a period of initial training, usually work for a trainer from whom they receive instruction, advice and support. They are also frequently referred to as ‘claimers’, as horses ridden by…