Top award in Arabian racing

Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival announced it sponsorship of the Darley Awards and instituted five awards to honour women in Purebred Arabian racing in the name of Shaikha Fatma bint Mubarak Darley Award for the Best Lady in Arabian Racing.

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Published: Sat 17 Sep 2011, 11:18 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:34 PM

At a Press conference held at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre, Lara Sawaya, Director, Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival said: “The Darley Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of Arabian racing in the United States of America will now sponsored by the Festival and will be called the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards.

The Darley Awards marks 25 years since its inception.

“The Darley Committee selects the nominees and a Voting Academy decides the winners. The Voting Academy is made up of knowledgeable individuals within the racing community, and the Champions are announced at the Darley Awards Dinner,” said Dr Klinsmann Wright of the American Arabian Racing Cup, the organisers of the Darley Awards.

“And for the first time ever in the Darley Awards the Shaikha Fatma bint Mubarak Darley Award for the best women in Arabian Racing will also be awarded along with the US Awards in Houston in March 2012,” Lara Sawaya said.

The Shaikha Fatma bint Mubarak Darley Award for the best Lady in Arabian Racing will be awarded in five categories and will be open to the whole world.

The categories are Best Lady as a Owner, Trainer, Breeder, Jockey and Outstanding contribution to Arabian racing (any field), according to Sawaya.

Mike Corbin, the US Ambassador to the UAE said, “It is a great honour to see the support for this Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing for Purebred Arabian horses.”

“The organisation of this Festival and the Awards shows leadership and vision and it is not only about sports but also about women, about Purebred Arabian horses and about lady jockeys,” he added.

Sami Jassim Al Boneain, Chairman, International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR) said: “The Festival started about three years ago and the Darley Awards is a fantastic addition. From IFAHR’s point it will breeders, owners and Purebred Arabian racing.”

Essam Abdullah of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society hoped the Festival grows into one of the leading equestrian activities in the region.

Talal Al Hashmi of Abu Sports Council and Stephen Bowey of Invest AD also expressed their delight and support for the Shaikha Fatma bint Mubarak Darley Award for the best Lady in Arabian Racing Awards.

hisham@khaleejtimes.com



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