Saturday's Endurance in Sardenia
20 April 2018, Arborea, Sardinia, Italy ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival makes a stop in Arborea -a town in the province of Oristano, Sardinia, Italy – to stage endurance rides as part of SARDEGNA ENDURANCE FESTIVAL on Saturday, 21 April 2018. The weekend will continue with the Wathba Stallions Cup flat race at the Hippodrome Don Meloni on Sunday, 22 April 2018.
The Saturday rides includes the two-star HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies CEI** Cup and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup with the three-star 160-km ride, all part of the Festival’s Year of Zayed as it marks the 100th birth anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Together with the Horse Country Resort and the Italian Equestrian Federation, the endurance rides will be held on one of the most pleasant and safe tracks in Europe. Four loops – the red loop of 35km, the white and yellow loop of 25km and the green loop of 20km- will be the stages for the rides.
The competitions on Saturday, 21 April 2018 are: CEI3* of 160km, CEI2* of 120Km open and Ladies, CEIYJ2* of 120 Km and CEII* of 90 Km.
“We are very proud to be staging these events and we thank the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for their support,” said Riccardo Giachino, Director of Horse Country Resort.
“The course develops over 20000 hectares of reclaimed land, the soft and flat ground allows a fast speed but always safe as we consider the welfare of the horses a priority,’ the ride organizer said.
“The breathtaking views of the area will amaze the riders during the competition, the sea and the local countryside will entertain both riders and competitors’ crews.”
On Sunday, the Hippodrome Don Meloni in Chilivani will host the Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup flat race. Sixteen horses are in the fray for the 1600-metre race.
“We are very happy to be back here in Sardinia to stage the Festival’s endurance rides. This year we are also staging the Wathba Stallions Cup flat race here,” said 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, , 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 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.