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Huge participation for Emirates Challenge
Endurance ride On Thursday

Over 95 riders have confirmed their participation for the forthcoming Emirates Challenge endurance ride to be held at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on Thursday, March10, 2005.

The CEI 3-star, 120-km Emirates Challenge ride will be run in five stages of 30 km, 30 km, 24 km, 22 km and 14 km respectively. It will feature horses aged six and above and the ride is scheduled to start at 6 am. The pre-ride inspection will be held on March 9, 2005 between 3 and 4.30 pm.

The ride is being sponsored by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, ADCB and JC Maclean International F.Z.E.

Al Reef Stables is sending a huge number of riders to vie at the competition followed by Al Wathba Stables, Emirates Heritage Club, The Royal Stables and HH The President Stables.

As is the case during all the endurance rides in the UAE, whips, spurs and long reins are not permitted during the ride. The riders have been requested that they make sure that their horses are sufficiently warmed-up before being taken inside the vet gate. No more than two persons and the rider will be permitted to accompany a horse inside the vet gate at any time.

The riders have also been instructed that they must wear hard type riding helmets and shoes with heels.

It is also forbidden to give water or any other kind of assistance from inside a car. Any horse that is retired after the start must be shown to an official Ride Veterinarian before it leaves and venue. Furthermore, crewing of horses is not permitted in the entrances or inside the vet gate. All the participants have been requested by the Federation to follow these rules to make the rides smooth and trouble-free.

In the Emirates Challenge ride, The Best Condition Competition is restricted to the first ten horses that cross the finish line.

50 riders qualify In two Federation Qualifiers

As many as 50 endurance riders/horses qualified in two Federation qualifiers organized buy the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation at the Booudthib Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi, on Sunday, February 27, 2005. The qualifier rides are organised at regular intervals by the UAE Federation to help riders and horses to qualify them selves to ride in higher category rides.

As many as 23 endurance riders participated in the 80 -km ride which was run in three stages of 30km, 30km and 20 km respectively. All the riders had a mass start at 6. 30 a.m and 13 riders/horses qualified at the end of the ride.

In the second 46-km qualifier ride, there were 59 participants, of whom 37 qualified. The qualifier was run in two phases of 30 km and 16 km respectively.

Both the qualifiers featured riders from different countries including India, Morocco, Pakistan, Great Britain, Iran, Sudan, Australia, Ireland, Palestine, Oman, Uruguay, and India apart from a huge representation from the UAE. Ride Results - [ Click Here]Two Federation Qualifiers at Boudthib on Sunday

More than ninety endurance riders will be participating in two Federation Qualifiers at Boudthib Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi, on Sunday, February 27, 2005. The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation organizes Qualifiers at regular intervals to help riders and horses to qualify themselves to ride in higher category rides.

As many as 25 riders are likely to ride in the 80-km Qualifier which will be run in three phases of 30 km, 30 km, and 20 km respectively. Over 65 riders have confirmed their participation for the 46-km qualifier, which will be held in two phases of 30 km and 16 km respectively. Both the rides will begin at 6.30 am and the pre-ride inspection will be held on the same day at 5.30 am.

The rides are held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Emirates Heritage Club. The Boudthib Endurance Village, which is part of the Emirates Heritage Club, is the second endurance village in Abu Dhabi and the third in the UAE.

The Emirates Heritage Club is closely involved in the development of several traditional and cultural activities and sports in the country, including endurance riding. The club also provides vital training facilities for children in the UAE and the opening of its modern and excellently planned endurance village in April last year was welcomed by the equestrian fraternity as an important step in the development and teaching of endurance riding in the UAE.

Boudthib is located past Al Wathba on the left side of the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway.

One can also reach the Boudthib endurance Village from different emirates by following these directions:

From Abu Dhabi- On Al Ain Road at exit for Zayed Military City, turn left and follow signs.
From Dubai- On Abu Dhabi Road at Al Mafraq bridge take exit to Al Ain Road and continue up to exit for Zayed Military City, turn left and follow signs.
From Al Ain- On Abu Dhabi Road at Al Khatem Bridge exit right and follow signs.


 


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