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Toscana endurance ride breaks European records

Festival inspired by Shaikh Mohammad sets new landmarks in entries and rider benefits

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Dubai: The status of the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle continues to grow as the competition sweeps all existing records with respect to unprecedented entries for this week’s endurance event at the San Rossore Estate.

The festival draws its inspiration from the patronage and vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The competition now boasts a record 500 entries from 44 nations, across all continents and a record prize money fund that has increased, from the previously announced Euro 500,000 to approximately double, by the Meydan Group.

Commenting on this very positive development Brigadier Mohammad Essa Al Adhab, General Manager, Dubai Equestrian Club, stated: “Such positive feedback from competitors and officials inspires us to plan for bigger and better events to promote endurance riding.

“The positive vision and blueprint designed by Shaikh Mohammad makes us confident that the best is yet to come in the world of endurance riding competitions supported by the UAE and Dubai all over the world.

“We thank the sponsors Azizi Developments for being a part of this exciting and eventful journey with Meydan and DEC. Azizi Developments, a major Dubai-based real estate developer, and Pillar Partners of the Dubai World Cup, will also be sponsoring the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle, as part of its partnership with Meydan that extends to international events.

“Azizi Developments has been instrumental in developing some of the most outstanding properties across Dubai and inspiring community living in upscale locations, including the prestigious Meydan One. As partners of Meydan, Azizi is also committed to supporting the growth of equestrian sports, especially endurance riding in the UAE and beyond.”

The wide-ranging cash benefits, like entry fees and boxes, travel allowance reimbursements; prize money for the first three winners of the three categories; financial incentives for all the horses that finish and other miscellaneous benefits has the potential to boost the pool total for this competition to close to 2 million euros.

The teams competing in the CEI 3*, CEI 2* and CEI 2* Ladies will be the beneficiaries of this prize money fund and this includes an invitation for the top three of every category (who are not residents of the UAE) to the final event of the 2018 HH Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival in Dubai.

The Toscana Endurance Lifestyle, held for the third consecutive year at the San Rossore Estate and the equally unique racetrack by the same name, will host two high profile rides from July 14-16 and then from August 4-6.

For the two events, facilities worth over three million euros are being set up, including a fully equipped veterinary clinic, and an environment-friendly International Village.

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