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UAE's Saeed Al Muhairi bids for history at FEI World Youth & Juniors Endurance Championships

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Filed on September 5, 2021
The last edition of the FEI World Endurance Champion for Young Riders and Juniors which took place in San Rossore, Pisa on 12 September 2019 saw the complete dominance of the UAE team with Saeed Almuhairi – (M7 Endurance Stables) winning the gold followed by Shaheen Al Mazrouei – (F3 Stables) and Saif Al Mazrouei (MRM Stables).

Emirati rider eyes hat trick of wins at Ermelo, Netherlands


Two-time champion Sayed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi will spearhead the UAE’s challenge at the 2021 FEI World Endurance Champion for Young Riders and Juniors which will be held at Ermelo, Netherlands on September 6-11.

The talented 19-year-old rider, who recorded impressive wins at the last two editions of the event at San Rossore (2019) and Valeggio Sui Mincio (2017), in Italy, is among five UAE riders who will compete for individual and team honors at the prestigious bi-annual Championships.

The last edition of the FEI World Endurance Champion for Young Riders and Juniors which took place in San Rossore, Pisa on 12 September 2019 saw the complete dominance of the UAE team with Saeed Almuhairi – (M7 Endurance Stables) winning the gold followed by Shaheen Al Mazrouei – (F3 Stables) and Saif Al Mazrouei (MRM Stables).

The other members of the UAE team are Abdulla Ali Mohamed Ali Alamri (21 years), Fares Ahmad Saeed Daafoos Amer Al Mansoori (18), Hamdan Ahmad Mohd Al Marri (21), and 15-year-old Khalfan Juma Mohammed Khamis Beljafla who is the youngest member of the squad.

To qualify, all riders must have been born between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2007, according to the FEI General Rules.

All the UAE team athletes will sport the ‘Fly Better Emirates’ logo on team jerseys following their sponsorship by the world-leading airline who is a long-standing supporter of equestrian events.

The UAE will also be looking to complete a hat-trick of wins in the Team Event having struck gold at San Rossore and Valeggio Sul Mincio.

Major General Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, General Manager, Dubai Equestrian Club (DEC) commented: “In what has been a very difficult year for sport with the current pandemic, the UAE is delighted to be able to send our national team to the World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors.

“Good and safe planning between the officials and rider has led to our participation in the Netherlands.

Hopefully we go to the event with a positive attitude to give our best. The squad is at their best fitness levels and their mental game is at its highest,” A; Adhab added.

“They are a young team and still have room to improve, but we hope they can achieve their goals of delivering their best performances, both individually and as a team.”

Some of the world’s best long0distance riders will compete in the 120km World Endurance Champion for Young Riders and Juniors which will be held over four legs on Thursday, September 9 at Ermelo, the headquarters for equestrian disciplines in the Netherlands.

Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi, who is aware that endurance history beckons for him this week should he win the goal for the third time, said: “It is very exciting and I feel privileged to be in this position to represent the UAE and make the country proud.

“The main thing is that I feel I am improving and performing better and beet, which is the goal of this noble sport.

“I have the confidence and I am going to the Netherlands to give my best,” he added. “I’m excited and determined to compete well.”

Over 100 riders froPm 35 nations, including Algeria, Andorra, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Namibia, Norway, Holland, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Slovakia, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Hungary, and Uruguay will be seen in action at Ermelo which will simultaneously host the European Championship for Seniors.

The sport of endurance highlights the integrity and partnership between a rider and his horse in a competitive and sustainable environment.

UAE TEAM

Rider: Abdulla Ali Mohamed Ali Alamri

Age: 21 years

Career: 36 starts 4 wins

FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking: 40th

Rider: Fares Ahmad Saeed Daafoos Amer Al Mansoori

Age: 18 years

Career: 43 starts 8 wins

FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking: 17th

Rider: Hamdan Ahmad Mohd Al Marri

AgeL 21 years

Career: 55 starts 3 wins

FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking: 36th

Rider: Khalfan Juma Mohammed Khamis Beljafla

Age: 15 years

Career: 14 starts 3 wins

FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking: 30th

Rider: Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi

Age: 19 years

Career record 53 rides 7 wins

FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking: 40th

AT A GLANCE

Q: What?

A: FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors and FEI European World Endurance Championships for Seniors.

Q: When?

September 6-11, 2021

Q: Where?

Ermelo, The National Equestrian Centre in Holland.

2019 RESULTS

Individual

Pisa, San Rossore (ITA) (17/09/2019 - 18/09/2019)

1.Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi / CHOUF LAAJEB

2.haheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Al Mazrouei / KEESHAN D'AILLAS

3.Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al Mazrouei / PERZAN

4.Fares Ahmad Saeed Daafoos Amer Al Mansoori / CHOUF LAAJEB

5.Saif Juma Mohd Khamis Beljafla / HALEH

Teams

1.UAE

2.Spain

3.Italy

4.Belgium

5. Malaysia

PAST WINNERS

Note: UAE have won the Individual gold 6 times Team gold 2 times

2001 Segovia (Spa)

Individual winner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum / Alrika (UAE)

Team winner: Spain

2003 Rocca di Papa (Ita)

Individual: Jacopo Di Matteo / Uruguay (Ita)

Team: Italy

2005 Bahrain (Brn)

Individual: Fahad Sulaiman Alazri / Lormar Lorraine

Team: Australia

2007 Campo de Mayo (Arg)

Individual: Manuela Antonaccio / Metiche (Uru)

Team: Uruguay

2009 Babolna (Hun)

Individual: Hussain Ali Al Marzouoi / Sergai (UAE)

Team: France

2011 Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Individual: Martin Stirling / Vendaval (Uru)

Team: Uruguay

2013 Tarbes (Fra)

Individual: Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri / Niac Armor (UAE)

Team: France

2015 Santo Domingo (Chi)

Individual: Fahad Helal Mohamed Al Khatri / Poly de Coat Frity (Brn)

Team: Bahrain

2017 Valeggio sul Mincio (Ita)

Individual: Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Almuhairi / Rabdan (UAE)

Team: UAE

2019 San Rossore (ITA)

Individual: Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Almuhairi / Bingo dela Tour (UAE)

Team: UAE

Ermelo Schedule

September 6: Veterinary Congress

September 7: Opening ceremony European Championship & World Endurance Championship 2021

September 8: Preference World Championship Endurance Juniors/ Young Riders & SME congress

September 9: World Endurance Juniors/ Young Riders

September 10: Preference European Endurance Seniors

September 11: European Endurance Championship for Seniors





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