Quality field for Al Wathba Challenge Endurance race

A quality field of over 100 riders are expected to vie for honours under the early rays of the sun in the Al Wathba Challenge CEI** 120KM Endurance race at Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Saturday morning.

By Hisam Al Gizouli

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Published: Thu 22 Nov 2012, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:04 PM

“All preparations are well in place for the big event which will be held under the directives of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs,” said Adnan Sultan, director of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club at Mangroves Hotel here on Wednesday.

Adnan Sultan, Lara Sawya, Ali Al Mulla, Talal Al Hashemi and Karim Fairouz at the Press conference. — Supplied photo

“I would like above all to thank our faithful partners and sponsors. The race will be held under the umbrella by the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Areej Al Ameerat, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa, Abu Dhabi, Al Awani General Enter. & Representing Companies Est., Samawi Neon, Designing & Art Production,” he said.

“A lucky winner of the race will drive home a brand new 4WD car plus a major share of the Dh350.000 in prize-money,” he confirmed.

The race is open for six-year-old horses and above and all the FEI ride terms and conditions apply, including the maximum hear rate of 64bpm and the minimum weight for riders is 75KG.

The distance is divided into five stages clearly marked in yellow (33KM), blue (27KM), red (24KM), orange (20KM) and white (16KM).

Horses must be presented with a approved national or FEI passport and must have be micro-chipped. The electronic heart rate monitor and display system will be used to determine the heart rate of horses as per set protocol. Riders have also been notified to ensure at the pre-ride inspection that their horses are sufficiently warmed up before bringing them for inspection. Any horse which will not permit examination or which is dangerous to the examiners will be eliminated.

Meanwhile, the pre-ride briefing will be held at the end of the first inspection and riders must wear hard type riding helmets with chin strap and shoes with heels unless they use caged (boxed) or equestrian stirrups.

Meanwhile, whips, spurs, draw (running) reins/ French reins and long reins are not permitted. The horse’s head must have freedom of movement.

Private cars will not be permitted in any forestry area. Crew members and drivers were warned that any act amounting to intimidation of a competition horse will be severely dealt with. Furthermore, giving water or assistance from inside a car is strictly forbidden.

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