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Meydan supports Endurance Championship

Gold Sponsors for the past two years

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 00:00 September 24, 2010
  • Gulf News

Saeed Humaid Al Tayer
  • Image Credit: ATIQ-UR-REHMAN/Gulf News
  • Saeed Humaid Al Tayer.

Dubai Meydan has reaffirmed its commitment to international equestrian as the gold sponsor of the Endurance Championship at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Kentucky, US.

The sponsorship aligns Meydan along the objectives of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), with support across other initiatives such as the FEI Nations Cup for show jumping, which Meydan has been the title sponsor for the past two years.

Meydan's exhibition booth is located near the Trade Stands and will showcase an informative and educational experience for the public, including give-aways and exhibition displays of the Meydan City project in Dubai and of its deep-rooted equine heritage.

The Endurance Championship will be held on Sunday, the second day of the Games at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The participating teams at this year's Games will have five riders instead of the usual six, and will consist of the best endurance riders worldwide.

The Endurance Championship is held over a distance of 160km across altitude differentials of 300 feet in Kentucky Horse Park and surrounding farmland, with five compulsory stops for veterinary checks. The course comprises of six loops varying in lengths between 18 to 40km, with each loop starting and finishing at the Forego polo field. The race will start at 7am with the winners expected to cross the finish line at 7.30pm. A majority of the participating horses will be pure-bred Arabians, with the remaining predominantly Anglo-Arabs — half thoroughbred (mare) and half Arabian (stallion).

Excellent avenue

Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Meydan, said: "We are pleased to be a Gold Sponsor presenting the Endurance Championship at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Meydan has always firmly supported equestrian sports internationally, and with the prestige and recognition that the World Equestrian Games garners, being associated with the Championship has allowed us an excellent avenue to communicate with an international audience about Meydan. It further allows us to capitalise on the synergies that exist between our respective cultures given our mutual appreciation for equestrian sports, and also to those who share that same passion internationally and who might look to Meydan as a possible venue for consideration of future related business and lifestyle investments or partnerships."

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