European Championships Kicks Off Three-day Brussels Masters

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival supports for four endurance rides in Belgium

UAE endurance ladies team

UAE endurance ladies team

16 August 2017, Brussels, Belgium ~ The Programme

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s role in promoting the sport of endurance comes into full play with its support for the second successive year to the FEI-approved three-day Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) beginning on Thursday, 17 August 2017.

The first of the four endurance rides kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) – the 160-km Four star (4*) European Championship (CH-EU-E) over 160 kms at the Bois de la Cambre, an urban public park situated on the edge of the Sonian Forests in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

Spain will be strongly represented with champion riders Jaume Punti Dachs and Maria Alvarez Ponton in their squad while France has entered an equally strong team of riders including Virginia Atger and Jean-Philippe Frances among others. With hosts Belgium set to take full advantage of home conditions the 160-km premier event of Europe promises to be an exciting ride.

Over 80 riders from 23 countries will get off to a mass start at 7 AM and will negotiate five stages of 39.5, 37.4, 32.7, 30.3 and 23.4kph.

The route will take the riders into the heart of the Sonian Forest, a vast park of 200 kms of horse-accessible paths half exclusively reserved for them, in consultation with the forest authorities of the 3 Regions- Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.

On Friday, 18 August 2017, the prestigious HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup, a CEIO 2* 120 km ride will be held along with the 120-km HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup International CEI 2* ride.

The UAE ladies will be competing in both the team and individual events of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup and the five riders in the line-up are HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup are Alyazia Al Romaithi, Alia Al Saboori, Ayesha Al Romaithi, Mira Jasim Al Ansaari and Nouf Ali.

Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and General Manager of Wathba Stallions said, “We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for these events.”

About 50 riders will be taking part in the 120-km event which will be run in four loops of 39.5kms, 32.7kms, 30.3kms and 23.4 kms. Six countries will be competing in the ladies team championships,” she added.

Commenting on the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup, Ms. Noura Al Suwaidi, Director of the General Women’s Union and Chairperson of the Women’s Sports Committee said the support of HH Sheikha Fatima was vital to the cause of promoting UAE as well as lady riders from all over the globe.

The second ride on Friday is the 120-km HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup and will see 40 riders from six countries vying for honours.

Around 70 riders from 18 countries will battle it out on horses aged seven and under in the FEI World Championship for Young Horses (CH-M-E-7Y). This 120-km event will also be run over four loops and will bring the curtain down on the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM).

The venue and organization are by the Belgian Royal Equestrian Sports Federation (FRBSE-KBRSF) and the European Horse Centre of Mont-le-Soie.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

The programme:
Thursday, August 17, 2017
-European Championship (CH-EU-E) over 160 kms

Friday, August 18, 2017:
 -HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup (CEIO2*) – 120 kms
 -HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup International Race (CEI2*) – 120 kms
Saturday, August 19, 2017
 -FEI World Championship of the Young Horses (CH-M-E-7Y) – 120 kms