World Equestrian Events

Arapahoe Park Colorado looking for improved Arabian racing

January 6, 2012 Arapahoe Park COLORADO~         After reading your January 2012 Issue, and for the first time ever, I have decided to write to a trade publication. Seeing your cover feature TM Super Bird and TM Fred Texas, both horses raced at our track in 2011, filled me with great pride.…

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…

Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan brings in first at Abu Dhabi President’s Cup Endurance

BREAKING NEWS ~ February 11, 2012- Provisional Results In a long day of riding, Sheikha Hazza Bin Sultan Al Nahayan has good reason to be happy. He has won the country’s top prize for 160K endurance, the HH President of the UAE Endurance Cup.  After moving up on the six loops (46, 12, 9, 8…

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…

Nieshan out classes rivals in HH The President of the UAE Cup

February 5, 2012, Abu Dhabi~The HH The President Of The UAE Cup, Abu Dhabi’s most prestigious and valuable Purebred Arabian race of the season, was won in a driving finish by Nieshan, who denied 2011 winner Seraphin Du Paon after a titanic duel over the last 200m. The six-year-old was having his fifth start of…

Seraphin Du Paon will defend HH The President’s Cup on Sunday

February 3, 2012 Abu Dhabi~On Sunday, February 5, Seraphin Du Paon will seek to defend his crown in the 2200m HH The President’s Cup after having made an impressive win in the prep race. His triumph of this title last year came just his grand win at  the Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night. With…

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…

Sports Direct Laurent Cellier for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy

      February 2012~ Laurent Cellier, 43, is in charge of the overall organisation of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Along with eight discipline officials, the task is daunting. From drawing up the competition timetable to managing the horses and then there are the medal ceremonies to take care of –…

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…

Rabah De Carrere Opens UAE account with Wathba Stud Farm Cup Win

    January 22, 2012, Abu Dhabi ~ The number 13 seemed to prove lucky for Gillian Duffield’s Rabah De Carrere as the 7-year-old chestnut finally managed to get past the post first in his 13th attempt here in the UAE. Rabah De Carrere last won a race in July 2009 at Kempton Park before coming to…

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…

Lindsay Graham Juggles International Endurance Competition and Career as Veterinarian

 January 15, 2012, Napa Valley, USA~ Lindsay Graham from Napa Valley, California, is looking forward to her first visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. She is one of two invited riders from the US to compete at the annual  CEI 3*  HH President of the UAE Endurance Ride, this year slated for…

2012 Dubai Calendar of Equestrian Events

2012 – Dates to be added or changed as necessary Racing will return to Meydan for the 2011- 2012 season with a total of 21 meetings scheduled from November 10, 2011- March 31 Endurance – January 14-The HH Sheikh Mohammed bid Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup CEI*** Horse Show – March 15-17 Dubai International Horse…

2012 United States Championship, FEI and International Calendar

December 17, 2011 – Goethe, FL- Goethe Benefit Challenge 2012  — Dates To be Added or Changed  January 27-28 – Indiantown, FL- Dupis Piney Pig – CEI& CEIJY 80-120k, Jan 28, 80/120/160K February 29 -March 4 – Williston, FL, Fun In the Sun (FITS) – CEI/CEIJY March 3 160K March 31 – World Championship Selection…

Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri Becomes Youngest Winner of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup

January 14, 2012, Dubai, UAE ~ The UAE’s Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri of Nad Al Sheba Stables proved a master of pace as the 17-year-old guided his mount Cronus to a :27 (second) victory over Bahrain’s Ahmed Abdulla Al Hazza to become the youngest winner of the prestigious HH Sheikh Mohammed bid Rashid Al Maktoum…

2012 London Olympic Footing approved for Equestrian Events

 January 11, 2012~ The FEI has given final sign-off on the footing that will be used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events at Greenwich Park. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) conducted footing tests at a site near Preston in the north of England on 20 and…

Sahib Du Clos comes up Aces at Meydan

January 12, 2012~Dubai’s Meydan began the January 12 card with the opening round of the 1600m Purebred Al Maktoum Challenge R1, a Group 1 race on their All-weather track.  The field held some of the elite of Arabian racing of the region, sans the now retired, No Risk Al Maury, winner of this edition the…

Akaash Maharaj Stands Down as CEO of Equine Canada

January 10, 2012—It is with sincere regret that Equine Canada reports that Akaash Maharaj has announced his decision to stand down from his post as our Chief Executive Officer.  Akaash accepted the position of CEO in 2008, stating that he would remain in the role for one quadrennial cycle. “The years have rushed by faster…

Susanna M. Santesson, new Vice-President of DRAV

      January 7, 2012 ~ The German Racing Association of Arabian Horses –DRAV- has elected Susanna Santesson to the position of Vice President of DRAV at the Extraordinary General Assembly on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 until the next Ordinary General Assembly in April. The position became vacant after the previous Vice-President, Dieter Axmann left.…

Seraphin Du Paon back on top in Abu Dhabi

January 8, 2012 Abu Dhabi~ Trainer Eric Lemartinel, always on the scoreboard of a racing evening, claimed excellent results Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. His Burning Sand colt, AF Sanedek, won the 1600m maiden with Gerald Avranche up. Coming back in the fifth race, Avranche took the 2200m Al Wathba Cup Group One…

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announces arrival of a baby boy

January 7, 2012,  Dubai~ Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, announced on Saturday the arrival of a baby boy. His second child with Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, has been called Zayed. In a Facebook posting, Sheikh…

2012 FEI Equine Prohibited Substance List In Effect From 1 January

    Lausanne (SUI), 1 January, 2012~The FEI, following approval by the FEI Bureau, has announced a small number of changes to its 2011 Equine Prohibited Substance List. These changes, which will be included in the 2012 List and will come into effect on 1 January, are summarized below: *There are two additions to the…

Abu Dhabi slates first two endurance rides for UAE

       January 5, 2012, Abu Dhabi~ The HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for horses owned by private owners and the Al Wathba Challenge open ride will be held on January 6 and 7 respectively at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi. The rides…

Glanders will keep Bharain’s horses isolated until March

January 4, 2012, Bahrain ~ According to Bharian’s Daily News, the Kingdom has been given an “all-clear”  from the deadly equine disease,  glanders. No new cases have been reported for two months, not since two horses were put down after testing positive last November, according to Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry livestock director, Abdulrahman Shawqi…