Al Jahouri emerges best
School boy Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri, astride Baraka Farid, won the CEI three-star 140 Km endurance ride for Al Wathbaon on Thursday at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, as part of the two-day Abu Dhabi Endurance Festival.
The Festival is being held under the patronage of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and chairman of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club (ADEC).
The race was attended by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Shaikh Mansour, Shaikh Sultan Saif Al Nuaimi, director general of ADEC and Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Head of Ladies Racing in IFAHR.
The ride was run in five stages of 35 kms, 34 kms, 31 kms, 24 kms and 16 km and it drew 67 riders. Al Jahouri finished the first loop in third place and finished second in the following two loops but slowed down in the fourth and went behind to finish fourth. But he regained the required speed to emerge victorious with an average speed of 26.925 kmph.
“This is my second win here and fourth this season after two wins in Bou Theib Endurance Village in Al Khatem. It is also my first long distance ride win and the ride was tough as it had many experienced riders with strong horses. I slowed down in the fourth stage to control the heartbeat rate of the horse and regained the speed in the last loop,” said the 14-year-old school boy.
He is the son of Al Wathba Stables rider and trainer Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri who, won the 120km Giants Endurance Challenge, recently. “My father is my role model and my aim is achieve numerous wins in order to become a leading rider,” he added.
Friday will witness, staging two more rides, one a 120-km national ride for private owners and the second a national ride for ladies over a distance of 100-km.
The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Touriss and Culture Authority.
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