Sheikh Mansoor Festival sponsors FEI World Endurance
26 September 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia ~ A field of 48 riders including five hopefuls from the UAE will compete for top honors in the CEI 4* 120km FEI ride for seven-year-old horses based at Samorin, Slovakia on Saturday 27 September. The race will have five phases and will begin at 8 am. The entries have come from Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic,Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and the UAE.
The UAE challenge is spearheaded by Al Ain’s Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi, who led the UAE ladies endurance team to a double gold medal winning success in the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup in Verona, Italy in July. Afra will partner the Hassan Rakhan Al Mansoori-owned gelding Ainhoa Tidjor, a horse that she rode to qualify for the Slovakia ride.
Champion trainer Ismail Mohammad has entered a four-strong field of horses with Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum, likely to partner Anwar Jeromin. Mansoor Saeed Mohammed Al Faresi will team up with Tiswan Fageole while Mohammed Saeed Mohammed Al Faresi rides Caramel Do Silva. Saeed Mohammed Saeed Al Khayari competes the UAE quintet aboard the UAE-bred gelding Ostro Di Chai.
France is well represented with a potential 11-strong field while hosts Slovakia have entered four horses.
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The Title sponsor, the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will host 99 events in 56 countries, according to Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Rashid Investment,Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and Racing Post.
At A Glance
What: FEI World Championship for Young Horses 2014
When: Saturday, September 26, 2014
Where: Samorin Slovakia
Competition: CEI 4*
Classification: 7-year-olds only
Distance: 120km in 5 loopsFollow Horsereporter On Facebook