Abu Dhabi Over 125 top riders and 25 overseas horses will vie for honours in the HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup which will be run over the championship distance of 160-kms at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday.

The ride is being held under the directives of the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and under the supervision of the Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

“Besides the hosts. riders from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Slovakia, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, USA and UK will battle for honours,” said Adnan Sultan, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

“The winner of this FEI Three-star ride will drive away with a Mercedes-Benz 4WD while the second-placed rider will win a Range Rover Sport 4WD. The eight other riders in the top ten will all be awarded a Nissan Patrol 4WD each making it ten cars for this event alone.

“Apart from this, Dh60,000 will be distributed to all those who complete the 160-km ride,” he added.

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Shaikh Mansoor Festival, said, “The Endurance ride and the Flat races are being sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, National Feed & Flour Production and Marketing, Al Masoud and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.”

“These events are very important and huge in stature as they carry the name of The President of the UAE and we are delighted to be part of them.

“On Sunday, February 14, Yas Channel marks its first anniversary and I thank them for all their support through the year and wish them all success.”