The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival took another giant step forward and this time it is to stage a race for lady jockeys in the name of Her Highness Sheikha Fatma bint Mubarak Fegentri Cup to be held in Duindigt, The Netherlands on June 19.
Lara Sawaya, Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival said the races for lady jockeys in which two UAE jockeys will also take part will be a first for the UAE in the flat-racing history.
“The HH Sheikha Fatma bint Mubarak Ladies Fegentri Cup race reflects the success achieved by the UAE General Women’s Union under the wise and able leadership of the Union’s Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak,” she said.
“We have increased the prize money from Euros 15,000 to Euros 20,000 and this race will be a huge boost to women jockeys and give them a chance to progress in this exciting field,” said Ms Sawaya. Fatma Al Marri and Shattra Al Hajjaj are the two UAE jockeys who will take part in the race.
Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Director of Communications Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage said, “The inclusion of HH Sheikha Fatma bint Mubarak Ladies Fegentri Cup race as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is bound to inject the much-needed support to lady jockeys in flat racing.”
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival races are staged with support from Invest AD, Areej Al Ameerat, La Sirene, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2011,Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.