Meydan Group Extends Support for Endurance Riding in 2015 and Beyond

FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors will be held under the sponsorship of the Meydan Group from 23-24 October in Chili

HH Sheikh Mohammed leads UAE team in Kentucky World Equestrian Games Endurance (2010)

HH Sheikh Mohammed leads UAE team in Kentucky World Equestrian Games Endurance (2010) File photo Pamela Burton

7 January 2015, Dubai ~ Meydan Group and the UAE’s support of endurance riding is to be extended in 2015 and beyond with significant announcements that include an International Endurance Series to be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and sponsorship of the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors to be held in Chile.

Devised by Meydan Group and the organizing committees of four European countries, the concept for an International Endurance Series includes high-profile rides to be held during the Summer and Autumn of 2015. The rides will take place in key locations in Italy, England, France and Spain, culminating in Dubai. The top-finishing horse-and-rider combinations from the four European rides will earn automatic entries into the 2016 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup presented by Longines, at Dubai International Endurance City.

Later in the year the endurance community will travel to Chile, where the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors will be held under the sponsorship of the Meydan Group. The championship will be staged on October 23-24 near the coastal town of Santo Domingo.

The UAE has an excellent record in the top-tier of endurance riding with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai earning theWorld Champion title in 2012 and Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum claiming the same honor in 2014. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum earned the title as World Champion in 2002.

Saeed H Al Tayer, Meydan Group Chairman said: “With these key announcements we underline our long-term commitment to the development of endurance riding. UAE and the Meydan Group support and promote the sport, both within our borders and around the world and this is a key factor in the success of the world’s most prominent endurance competitions.

“The development of the International Endurance Series will add even greater global significance to the already-established CEI 3 * HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup presented by Longines.

“It is part of our undertaking to continually develop and promote endurance riding around the world. Through the Meydan Group’s sponsorship of the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Chile this year, we are also helping to develop the next generation of elite senior competitors.”

The support begins on 10 January with the Dubai based HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup presented by Longines.

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