French Riders Sweep Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported Belgian 160k CEIO 160km endurance ride

160prize giving

Vincent Gaudriot takes top prize for 160k

19 August 2016, Brussels, Belgium ~ Quick results – more details to come. It was a French punch, 1-2-3, led by Vincent Gaudriot riding the 9-year-old stallion, Tahar Du Barthas in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) 160-km ride on Thursday, 18 August, at the Sonian forest region near the city of Brussels.

Gaudriot riding in fourth position in the fourth of the five-stage 160-km ride finished first with a time of 9 hours 8 minutes and 26 seconds recording an average time of 17.50kph.

Julien Goachet on Ulyssa De Coat Fritty, riding third on the fourth loop, came in second at the finish, and Virginie Atger on Quersane Des Pins, running second going into the final loop, was pushed to third place. The 160km started 46 horses.

The three days of endurance races take place in the middle of a 5,000-hectare forest on trails designed for horse riding outside of Belgium. Twenty-one nations have entered the competition for the three days of 18,19, 20 August.

Riders on loop

Riders on loop

The 160-km ride was the first of the three-day Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM), the result of a three-year pact between the Royal Belgian Federation of Equestrian Sports (FRBSE-KBRSF) and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. In 2017 the Festival will support the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance ride and the World Championship for Young Horses (7 years) at this venue.

HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Majid Al Qasimi, Second Secretary of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the Kingdom of Belgium, Saif Awani of Al Awani General Enterprises, Mussalam Al Amri of Al Jazeera Stables and Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Pierre Arnould of FRBSE-KBRSF gave away the awards to the winners of the ride.

HH Sheikh Majid, the UAE envoy, said it was a great start for the sport of Endurance in Belgium and the region. “I thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the UAE leadership for the great care they provide to nurture and help UAE heritage sport like endurance grow all over the world.”

Ms Sawaya said, “This event has all the signs of growing bigger and better in the future. We are delighted to partner Belgium in the growth of endurance here.”

The 100 km CEI * is ongoing today 19 August.

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