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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
From Abu Dhabi- On Al Ain
Road at exit for Zayed Military City, turn left and
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
From Al Ain- On Abu Dhabi Road at Al Khatem
Bridge exit right and follow signs.