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Endurance Festival in Portugal

Hisham Al Gizouli
Filed on January 4, 2014

Shaikh Mansour show will be held over three days in April which will see 15 UAE riders take part.

The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival will be held over three days at Frontiera in the neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital Lisbon from April 25 to 27, 0214, it was unveiled on Friday.

The event will be held under the directives of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

“The festival will host four different rides including a 160km (3 stars), 120km (2 stars open), 120km (1 star open for junior and youth riders) and 80km Qualifier,” said Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, chairman of Ladies Racing Committee in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and president of the Higher Organising Committee of the Endurance Festival.

The unique event is organised as part of the sixth edition of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival which also includes the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, Wathba Stud Farm Cup, International Arabian Horse Conference London 2014, The Mother of UAE Oscar Darley Awards, Hollywood, Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Endurance Championships, Italy and the Apprentice Jockeys (EARS) Championship.

Speaking to newsmen at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi welcomed the valuable guests and said: “We are delighted to host the Ittihad Endurance Stables Cup for Private Stables (UAE citizens) which will see 100 riders from both sexes vying for honours at the Emirates International Endurance Village on Saturday morning. The total prize-money is Dh500,000 plus a car and Rolex watch for the winner and all arrangements are well in place for the first competition of the New Year.”

Al Nuaimi noted that veterinaries from Australia, South Africa, Europe, South East Asia and elsewhere have been invited to attend the race and have access to the technology which is used at the village.

“This is the best opportunity for the visiting veterinaries to take advantage of the modern technologies and expertise of the UAE endurances rides,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lara Sawaya said: “The Endurance Festival will be held in the surroundings of Lisbon in Portugal during the period from April 25 to 27, 2014 under the umbrella and patronage of the Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival besides the other sponsors. UAE international official Mohammed Al Hadhrami alongside the members of the organising committee Muftah Al Harrasi as well as Abdul Aziz Sheikh, Ali Al Tuwaisi and Sofian Al Alami have been nominated for the international event. The Emirates International Endurance Village flag (logo) will be flown during the festival days.

“Under the directives of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 15 riders (men and women) from the UAE will be invited to take part in the 120km Ride (two stars) which is open and riders will accumulate points for the Triple Crown which will be held in Portugal, France and Italy. The total prize-money will be Euro 50.000 to be distributed among the top five finishers provided that riders must participate in the three rounds to qualify,” she said.

“The presence of the UAE lady riders in Portugal provides a good opportunity to prepare for the 120km Shaikh Fatima bint Mubarak Endurance Championship scheduled in Garda, Italy on July 25. The race will be streamlined via Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and the Web Stream of the www.sheikhmansoorbinzayedfestival.com. This is in addition to the documentary which will be presented during the World Arabian Horse Conference London 2014,” she confirmed.

Portuguese Consular to UAE Manuel Miranda hailed the strong ties which link them with the UAE saying that it’s a good opportunity to strengthen the friendly relationships between the people of the two countries.

“It’s an honour for us to host this festival which is unique of its kind to promote our cultural identity and introduce the tourist attractions of Portugal. The area in which the race will be held is only 20km from the capital city Lisbon and renounced of its attractive natural places,” he said.


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