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Shaikh Mansour Festival set to create history

Lady jockeys make their debut on Purebred Arabian horse

  • By M Satya Narayan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor
  • Published: 19:30 August 24, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: WAM
  • The Polish capital is all set to mark the third running of the prestigious Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan – Nagroda Europy (Group 3) race on the same day making it a great attraction for racing fans here in Poland.

Abu Dhabi: The Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is set to create history when a dozen lady jockeys, many making their debut on Purebred Arabian horses, competee in the Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR on Sunday at the Sluzewiec race course in Warsaw.

The Polish capital is all set to mark the third running of the prestigious Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan – Nagroda Europy (Group 3) race on the same day making it a great attraction for racing fans here in Poland.

UAE rider Shathra Al Hajjaj said she was looking forward to competing with other riders from around the world.

“This is my first time here in Poland and we are all excited about the race. I will try my best and hope I get a good horse. It looks like a very open race,” she said.

Addressing a press conference to announce details of the richest-ever and first running of the Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR, the UAE’s Ambassador to Poland Asim Mirza Al Rahmah thanked the UAE leadership.

“Sunday’s Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR reflects the great attention that Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, pays to women and their affairs all over the world,” Al Rahmah said.

“I also would like to thank Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairsm, for bringing the Festival’s activities to Poland. Such events will strengthen the ties between the two countries and boost the UAE’s heritage sport here in the region.”

Lara Sawaya, Director of the Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing said: “The Festival has now made its presence felt in 13 countries with a total of 64 races in the current season.”

“I urge owners and trainers to enter good horses as this is the richest purse for a ladies race. It will be a big boost to the amateur lady jockeys if they are supported by owners and trainers. The Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR has put Poland on the world equestrian map.

“The aim of the Festival is to see more lady jockeys take part and improve and by including Poland we hope there will be a new trend in more lady jockeys taking to the sport,” Sawaya added.

Khalid Hussain, Director of Sports Affairs at the General Authority for Youth and Sports said: “It is a matter of pride that these races are being held here at the Sluzewiec race course and I thank the UAE leadership for this endeavor.”

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