Abu Dhabi: Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri onboard the eight-year-old Baraka Farid, representing Wathba Stables, landed the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival‘s Shaikh Zayed Bin Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Juniors and Youth Endurance Cup, CEN 120km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Wathba on Friday.
The young rider did everything right to lead in the crucial stages of the gruelling race and land the trophy in great style.
The winner covered the distance in 03:20:24 seconds at an average speed of 29.94 kmph ahead of Suhail Ali Rashid Al Ghailani astride 10-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Mustafa and behind them came Fatma Jassem Saeed Al Marri, riding Rosemary.
“I would like to present this success to Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his great support to the equine sport,” Al Jahouri said. “I would like also to thank my father Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri who as the trainer has prepared the horse for the race. This my first win of the current season and hopefully I will be able to do better in the upcoming events.”
Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club commented: “We are truly obliged to Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, for staging such crucial events for the development and promotion of the sport. The big response of the private stables and owners proved once again the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is paying off and the equine sport is growing from success to success,” he said.
The HH Shaikh Mansour 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.
It is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers.
The Festival is sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2015, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, Omeir Travels and Racing Post.