Dh 300,000 and five 4WD cars up for grabs
28 November 2014, Abu Dhabi ~ Over 100 riders from the UAE, Gulf, Arabia and far parts of the world will start in the 4th edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup to be held at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Saturday 29 November.
The CEN-90km event will be contested over four stages and carries a total purse of Dh. 300,000 prize-money ($81,674.88) to be distributed proportionately among all the riders who complete the race besides five 4WD vehicles to be claimed by the top five finishers.
The UAE’s Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi won the third edition of this race in 2013 with the UAE ladies making a clean sweep of the top ten positions. The race will be open for all lady riders and not to be restricted to Arab ladies alone. The riders will be entered by each competing stable.
Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairman of Ladies Racing Committee in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Chairman of Apprentice Jockeys & Racing in IFAHR welcomed Dr. Paul Daverio and Manuela Scharfenberg, breeders of the European Triple Crown champion Ameretto. Dr. Daverio and his wife Manuela Scharfenberg will be rewarded with Euro 50,000 courtesy of the Festival as a mark of appreciation for Ameretto being the first Purebred Arabian horse to win the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Triple Crown for three years in a row.
HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s calendar of events for 2015
“On January 3, 2015, an international Press Conference will be staged to announce the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s calendar of events for 2015, including the endurance races. The world is looking towards Abu Dhabi to find out what the festival is preparing for the global racing community in the new season,” Ms Sawaya noted.
International Federation of Training Schools
“The first general meeting of the International Federation of Training Schools for Purebred Arabians will be held in Abu Dhabi on January 2, and it is expected to receive wide media coverage,” Sawaya added.
“We are also delighted to welcome National Archives as our new sponsors for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival,” she concluded.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), National Archives, Al Rashid Investment, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and Racing Post.