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Arabian Horse Intl

Issue 1 - January 2018

2017

Retrospective

Interview with

Becky Hart

Special 10 years

HH SH Mansoor Festival

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Issue 1 - January 2018

Arabian Horse Intl

Editorial

Dear Horse Lovers,

RioSlum Productions takes an important step in the expansion of its institutional marketing.

We are launching the first Edition of our Magazine Arabian Horse Intl. Our own magazine!

Having a magazine is an old dream that comes true now. The main mission of Arabian Horse Intl

will be present Equestrian Endurance and Arabian Horse Flat Racing to Horse Lovers: breeders,

riders, jockeys, veterinarians etc. Also, we will be able to disclose the Endurance Races and Arabian

Horse Flat Racing around the world.

So the magazine can meet its goals, we hope to count with the support and collaboration of all

those who want to send us articles of events in their countries. We must all be united in order to

disclose, advertise and participate in the Arabian Horse Intl Magazine.

This first edition features a retrospective of the major events of 2017, as well as an exclusive interview

with Becky Hart, three-time Equestrian Endurance World Champion with the same horse, a special

10-year HH Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Flat Racing Festival, article on Jeane Alves, the first

woman to win the 2016-2017 races statistics and thus write her name on Brazilian turf.

Each edition will have a tourist article from a place where endurance races are held and we opted

for Sardegna, Italy’s second largest island, when we will have three important events in April.

We hope you enjoy it and have a good reading!

Cidinha Franzão

Publishing Company

RioSlum Productions / www.rioslumstudio.com

2800 Quebec St NW, apt 424, Washington, DC


Cover:

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Photo:

Cidinha Franzão

Chief Executive: Jesse Grainger

Publishers: Cidinha Franzão, Favio Lorenz

Editorial Assistant: Nilza Felice

Art Directors: Pedro Jovelli, Paulo Alberto

Marketing and Advertising: Lucia Furlan

Social Media: Priscilla Garcez

Photographers: Favio Lorenz, Cidinha Franzão,

Morhaf Al Assaf, Porfírio Menezes, Nilza Felice,

Giorgio Biffi, François Kerbaul, Leigh Young

Contributors: Satya Narayan, Bharathi Gowda,

François Kerbaul, Porfírio Menezes

Contact: contact@arabianhorseintl.net

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Heart of a Champion: Becky Hart Interview

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FEI World Championship for Juniors and

Young Riders, Verona, Italy. Al Muhairi

crowned equestrian world junior champion

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Sabrina Arnold emerges European

Endurance Champion

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Sabrina Arnold wins World Championship

of the Young Horses in Belgium

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Pan American Championship: Uruguay

takes all the Gold

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Nasser Bin Hammad crowns winners

of Bahrain National Day Endurance

Championship

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Special 10 years HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat

Racing Festival One World, Six

Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital

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US Darley Awards distributed in

spectacular fashion

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Muraaqib wins Sh Zayed Bin Sultan Al

Nahyan Jewel Crown, the world’s richest

Arabian race

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Jeane Alves Makes history in the Brazilian

turf

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400 th winner for Festival Ambassador

Mullen in style

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Goup 2 contest opens purebred Arabian

action at Meydan

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Rhondo Rach and Zells Kate win Festival’s

Group 3 races

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UAE’s Faisal Al-Rahmani elected IFHAR

chaiman

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Tourism: Sardegna, 3.000 years on one

island

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Boudhieb: the revolution goes on


Heart of

a Champion

Becky Hart is part of a group of women who

were born to make history and wrote her name

in the history of an equestrian sport, Endurance,

that the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI,

the international governing body of equestrian

sports) recognized as a sporting category for international

competitions in 1985. She is one of

the most recog

nized names in endurance riding because

she is the only endurance rider that won the

FEI World Endurance Championship three

times in a row and with the same horse, R.O.

Grand Sultan (RIO).

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She has won the FEI World Endurance Championship

three times. Becky and her horse,

R.O. Grand Sultan (RIO), were inducted into the

American Endurance Ride Hall of Fame in 1990.

In addition, Becky was the Hertz/AHSA Equestrian

of the Year. Becky is a three-time World

Champion in endurance racing and an accomplished

rider in several disciplines. She currently

teaches and gives Centered Riding® and endurance

clinics throughout United States, Europe

and Japan. Whether you are a new or advanced

rider, Becky’s acute observation will guide you to

a balanced way of riding.

When my farrier was challenged to do an endurance

ride, I offered him my horse, a ¾ Arabian

that I used for show. He and the horse finished

the ride, and since the horse was fit, I decided I

should try a ride. After my first endurance ride, I

never went to another horse show.

Becky is as well-known as a speaker, coach, clinician

and instructor as she is for her competitive

accomplishments. Combining her skills as a

USET master rider and Centered Riding instructor!

Name, age and place of birth.

Becky Hart, February 12, 1954, San Jose, CA

USA

When and why did you start riding?

I started riding at age 6, with riding lessons

once a week. My first horse came at age 11.

As a teenager I showed horses in Jumping,

English and Western Pleasure and equitation,

trail horse, Arabian costume and saddle seat.

Tell us about your first horse.

When I was 11 years old, my parents bought

me a Quarter Horse gelding named Tiberon.

He was patient, although certainly had his

own opinions. He loved dashing under lowhanging

tree branches, and he tested me at

first. Tiberon taught me lots especially that

I needed to provide clear intention in what I

asked of him. During the summer, my cousin

and I would ride him from morning till night.

How and when did you know the Endurance?

I first heard about endurance at the stable

where I was boarding. The owners did one

ride a year and all the boarders came to crew.

The ride was the Castle Rock Ride, one of the

first 80K rides in the US.

What about endurance captured your

imagination?

The next spring, I entered the Castle Rock

Ride with Nusan, and finished 68th - using a

Western saddle! Even though I couldn’t walk

for three days, just making it to the finish line

felt really great. AERC has a saying, “To finish

is to win.” My horse was completely happy

throughout that ride, and I discovered that I

enjoyed going fast, too. It opened up a whole

new world for us, and our show days came to

a screeching halt.

What was your greatest experience in En-

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durance?

I have had so many great experiences. One of

the greats was winning the World Championship

in Stockholm, Sweden, at the first World

Equestrian Games. I had to overcome a degenerating

disk in my back, 9 months of no

riding and extensive physical therapy to prepare.

One of the other great experiences was

winning the Tevis Cup ride, one of the toughest

rides in the world.

How do you prepare yourself for the Endurance

race?

I keep myself fit by running with the horse,

working out and riding several times a week. I

lay everything out – the horse tack, my clothes

so nothing is forgotten the day of the ride. I

have over 22,000 miles in endurance and have

ridden over 40 horses, with 32 of those in the

top ten. My body and brain understand what

is needed, even when I am not completely fit.

One race has not yet competed and one

unforgettable race.

It would have been fun to ride the original

Quilty trail in Australia.

The Swanton Pacific was one of my all time favorite

trails. I rode that 100 mile ride many times.

The unforgettable day was winning the very

first FEI North American Championship. The trail

was tough, mountainous. The trail covered chalk

ridges, went through redwood forests and went

down to the Pacific Ocean. It was a beautiful

magical trail.

What was your most challenging endurance

ride?

It was in 1992, at the World Endurance Championships

in Spain. It wasn’t so much the

physical challenge of the 100-mile course, but

that so many things went wrong! Rio and I

were third into the first vet check, and he was

the first horse to recover. But when we trotted

out, we could see a rider ahead: Someone

had mistakenly let a French rider go too soon.

Friends radioed me that she would be penalized

at the next vet check, but that never happened.

Meanwhile, Rio lost a shoe. I put on an Easy Boot,

which worked until it somehow came off and

wrapped itself around his ankle. Fortunately, I

FEI Wold Endurance Championship

August 01, 1990 – Stockholm (Sweden):

Becky Hart / RO Grand Sultan – 1 st place

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had a Leatherman’s tool to cut it off and another

Easy Boot to replace it. That took five valuable

minutes, and the French rider was even farther

ahead. At the next stop, a farrier put on new

shoes, and Rio left at a gallop - his sense of humor

again!

He worked so hard: over lava fields, through

small villages, and past pig farms. We made up

lots of time and finally reached the finish line,

which was on a big polo field. We entered the

field in first place, but because there were groves

of shade trees and Rio was bay, people didn’t see

us. No one clapped, so I knew my crew hadn’t

seen us either. Then, the French rider entered -

on a gray horse, which the crowd spotted - and

people clapped. It wasn’t until Rio and I were

halfway around the field that my crew finally saw

us and roared. At last, they knew that we’d won!

It felt great.

Which horse has marked your trajectory,

so far, in Endurance?

Two horses: Khazen, Arabian Horse gelding.

He was my first Hall of Fame horse and National

Champion. He taught me how to compete,

how to feed a horse. One year he did 22

races and won 17 of them.

The other horse, more well known, was R.O.

Grand Sultan (Rio). He won most of his rides, including

two Tevis Cup wins, two Race of Champions,

two National Championships and three

World Championships. He also won two North

American Championships. Rio has over 10,000

miles (16,000K) of competition. His success in

endurance took me all over the world.

What about one of the most accomplished

and beloved endurance horses ever, RO

Grand Sultan, Rio?

When Khazen bowed his tendon, I had to find

another endurance horse. I went to see one

prospect who’d had some top-10 success in

endurance, and the owner said that they’d

give me a second, untried gelding for free.

Both went home with me. When I entered the

experienced horse in a 50-mile ride, he quit at

45 miles, and we walked to the finish. At the

next ride, again he just quit. So I sold him.

On the other hand, Rio liked to go. Early on,

there were rocky moments: When the presi-

dent of AERC looked at Rio, my horse tossed

his head and broke the man’s glasses, and

later his trainer rejected Rio because he was

pigeon-toed.

Our first competition was the Mount Diablo 50-

Mile Ride. We went into the first vet check in

60th place, but Rio recovered his normal pulse

and respiration so fast, that we left in 15th place.

During that ride, I discovered that Rio hated to

Photos courtesy Becky Hart:

WEC Photos: Kit Houghton/FEI

Frans Arts

have horses ahead of him and wasn’t satisfied

until he was in front. But it was his fast recoveries

at our scheduled stops that gave us a win. It

was a big eye opener!

Some more information about Rio.

Rio won his first 100 mile ride, a rather impressive

feat in its own right, even more so, however,

since it was the demanding Tevis Cup.

Rio has 10,195 miles in competition. He has

completed 142 rides and has 72 wins. Rio’s

major accomplishments include 2 Tevis wins,

2 Race of Champions wins, and a reserve, 2

National Champion wins, and a National Best

Condition. In the international arena he has

won 2 North American Championships and a

reserve, and 3 World Championships. He is

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the only horse to have participated in 6 World

Championships. His travels have taken him to

Italy, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany and Holland.

Rio has shown the world what Arabian horses are

capable of doing, and has been recognized for

his accomplishments. His special honors include

horse of the Year from the International Arabian

Horse association, as well as being inducted into

the American Endurance Ride Conference Hall

of Fame. Rio and Becky were recognized by the

Chronicle of the Horse and the Hertz/American

Horse Show Association as Equestrian of the

Year. In 1997, Rio was awarded the “Perfect 10”

award by the American Endurance Ride Conference.

This award is for horses who have competed

10 or more years, gone over 10,000 miles, and

at least 10 wins and 10 best conditions.

One of Rio’s more significant achievements was

in 1996, at the World Championship in Kansas

when he finished 5 th and won the coveted Best

Condition Award at age 19.

Rio raced until he was 21, then he became my

lesson horse. He had a great life. He was 27 when

he died of lymphoma.

What titles have you won?

Two US national championships; 1 North

American Championship; 3 world championships;

USET Master Rider.

Other titles include US Chef d’Equipe (2008-

2010); FEI official – 3*ground jury and 3* chief

steward (now retired); US Endurance Hall of

Fame; USET/Hertz Equestrian of the Year; Chronicle

of the Horse Overall Horseman of the Year

Besides Endurance, what do you do? Do

you have other activity? Which one?

I teach Centered Riding and mentor new endurance

riders. I often do Centered Riding

clinics for endurance and trail riders. I love

traveling all over the world and North America

to help riders find comfort for themselves

and their horses.

I am also an independent distributor of the Bemer,

I have been using it on myself and horses.

The technology increases circulation and therefore

allows more oxygen to the cells. The horses

love it. After a ride I never experience discomfort

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and my energy is unbelievable.

When I am not teaching or conditioning horses

I like to read.

Do you have any superstition when you

compete?

I used to always wear lucky opal earrings. No

longer. No superstitions any more.

Idols: Endurance and in life.

Julie Suhr and Kathy Perry are two endurance

idols that inspired me when I started the

sport. They continue to inspire me.

Jaume Punti Dachs and Maria Álvarez Pontón

are two more modern day endurance idols.

Sally Swift, who developed Centered Riding,

and Mary Fenton, who taught me Centered

Riding, changed my life. Linda Tellington-Jones

was responsible for introducing me to Centered

Riding. From her I learned the value of TTouch,

which has helped so many animals, including

my endurance horses.

Becky Hart won the FEI World Endurance

Championship three times with the same

horse

September 22, 1988 – Front Royal, Virginia

(USA): Becky Hart / RO Grand Sultan – 1 st

place and Best Condition

August 01, 1990 – Stockholm (Sweden): Becky

Hart / RO Grand Sultan – 1 st place and Best Condition

September 12, 1992 – Barcelona (Spain): Becky

Hart / RO Grand Sultan – 1 st place and Best Condition

RO Grand Sultan (Rio, Sultan El Shiko X EZ

Shariene), 1977- Pure Arabian, Chestnut.

It is one of the best horses of Endurance of

all time. Winner of the Tevis Cup in 1984 and

from there to finished 142 races and won

72. Only horse that participated in 6 World

Championships, winning 3 of them and also

the Best Condition Award. At age 19, Rio finished

the Kansas World Cup in fifth place and

won the best condition.

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Chef d’Equipe at Pan Am in Uruguay: first left with sun glasses

Centered Riding clinics

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Juniors & Young R

FEI World Enduran

Championship for

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iders

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Al Muhairi crowned equestrian world junior champion

The podium of this world championship is an almost totally Arabic speaking one.

UAE is the highest podium winner followed by Spain and Qatar

The splendid landscape of Parco Giardino Sigurtà, located

on Valeggio sul Mincio, in Verona (Italy) which has

become a byword for endurance, has been chosen to

host the FEI Meydan World Championship for Juniors

& Young Riders, on September 23, and the entire

world of equestrian endurance moved to Valeggio sul

Mincio.

This beautiful town, close to the famous Shakesperean

home of Romeo and Juliet was perfect to

endurance horses run along the banks of the rivers

Adige and Mincio that gently flow accross the hills

towards Valeggio.

At 8.00 in the morning, the beautiful structures of

Parco Sigurtà welcomed 93 young riders from 32

countries; who were ready to run the expected FEI

Meydan World Endurance Championship for Juniors

and Young Riders. This whole day was dedicated

to the young ones only, because they are the

future of this equestrian discipline.

UAE’s teenage Saeed Al Muhairi was crowned

world champion aboard eight-year-old Rabdan at

the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Meydan

World Endurance Championships for Young

Riders and Juniors in Verona, Italy, on Saturday.

The 14-year-old Emirati finished ahead of a field of

93 runners, from 15 teams representing 32 countries

over 120-km at the Parco Giardino Sigurta,

winning in a time of 4 hours, 58 minutes and 41

seconds at an average speed of 24.21 km/h.

A total of 55 riders finished the four loop ride with

Al Muhairi leading the pack in three.

At the end of the first loop, which was 38-km long,

he finished first but dropped to third on the second

loop, which was 33-km long. However, he

regained his lead in the third and fourth loops of

27.5-km and 22-km respectively.

This was Al Muhairi’s 17th career start and his 11th

in Europe this summer, where he has been preparing

for the World Championships. The M7 Endurance

stables rider picked up three wins in CEIYJ2*

events in Europe leading up to Verona, the most

recent coming on September 2 at Euston Park.

“The ride was very difficult, and there was unprecedented

competition among the best young horsemen

and the best trained horses in the world,” he

said.

“The final loop was the most difficult, and yet, Rabdan,

my horse performed exceptionally well. This

is tribute to him being a really strong horse, as well

as a reflection of the fact he receives the best direction

and guidance from trainer Mohammad Al

Sabousi.”

UAE rider Ghanim Al Owaisi and his mare Shadeedah

came in second, about five minutes behind the

leader, with a ride time of 05:03:13 and average

speed of 23,84 km/h, while Spanish rider Maite

Ledo riding Qualif du Poncelet claimed bronze after

stopping the clock at 05:08:01 and with an average

speed of 23,47 km/h.

The UAE claimed gold in the team event, with

Spain taking Silver and Qatar getting bronze.

The FEI Meydan World Endurance Championships

for Young Riders and Juniors, was the highlight of

the two-day Meydan sponsored Italia Endurance

Festival and had also sponsored the 2015 running

of the FEI World Championships for Young Riders

and Juniors in Chile, South America, underlining

the group’s commitment to supporting equestrian

sports not just in Dubai and the UAE but also globally.

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Gold medal: Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Almuhairi with Rabdan (UAE)

Photo FEI/ Sport EVO press /Oreste Testa and Chiara Gobbetti

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Silver medal: Ghanim Said Salim Al Owaisi with Shaddedah (UAE)

Photo FEI/Sport EVO press - Oreste Testa and Chiara Gobbetti


Bronze medal: Maite Pradera Ledo with Qualif du Poncelet (Esp)

Photo FEI/Sport EVO press - Oreste Testa and Chiara Gobbetti

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INDIVIDUAL

RESULTS

Gold: Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi / RABDAN (04:58:41 / 24,21 km/h)

Silver: Ghanim Said Salim Al Owaisi / SHADEEDAH (05:03:13 / 23,84 km/h)

Bronze: Maite Pradera Ledo / QUALIF DU PONCELET (05:08:01 / 23,47 km/h)

TEAM

RESULTS

Gold: UAE - Total Riding Time 15:11:18

Silver: SPAIN - Total Riding Time 15:30:35

Bronze: QATAR -Total Riding Time 16:14:15

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Sabrina Arnold emerges European

Endurance Champion

Spain wins Team Gold in HH Sheikh Mansoorsupported

championship

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Germany’s Sabrina Arnold won her first

endurance ride in 1995 but it took her another

22 years to win her first major international

championship and that happened on Thursday,

August 17, 2017, in the HH Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse

Flat Racing Festival-supported European

Championship (CH-EU-E).

Over 80 riders from 23 countries started at

7.00 am and negotiated five stages of 39.5kms,

37.4kms, 32.7kms, 30.3kms and 23.4 kms.

The 160-km Four star ride was held at the at the

Bois de la Cambre, an urban public park situated

on the edge of the Sonian Forests (which has

200 kms of horse-accessible paths of which half

of it is exclusively reserved for

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Team winners: Spain (Gold), Italy (Silver) and Sweden (Bronze)

them) in consultation with the forest authorities

of the 3 Regions- Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia;

and Arnold riding 10-year-old Tarzibus made it a

start to finish affair.

Arnold on Tarzibus, a horse trained by Frenchman

Jean-Philippe Frances, staved off the Spanish

challenge to complete the 160-km ride in 7

hours 14 minutes and 52 seconds at an average

speed of 22.53kmph.

Strong favourites Maria Alvarez Ponton on T’aime

de Coeur and Jaume Punti Dachs on Twyst Maison

Blanche, both from Spain, made exits before

the finish but that did not stop the remaining

Spanish riders who bagged the next three positions

to help their country win the Team Gold.

Spain’s Alex Luque Moral on 11-year-old Calandra

PH finished behind Arnold in 7:32.41 after

countryman and ride favourite Jaume Punti

Dachs on Twyst Maison was eliminated before

the final loop. Another Spaniard Angel

Soy Coll on Tonik De Becherel finished third in

7:32.42.

Further away in fourth place and completing

the Spanish domination to win the Team Gold

was Omar Blanco Rodrigo on Selif De La Nie in

7:50.22 while Poland’s Kamila Kart on For Ferro

finished fifth in 8:07.20.

While the strong French team failed to impress,

Italy stepped in to take the silver with their riders

Perrine Campanini on Vega du Clos in 9 th place,

Constanza Laliscia on Rok in 14 th place and Luca

Campagnini on Kida in 19 th place garnering the

points.

Sweden also finished Europe’s biggest endurance

competition on a sweet note as they won

their first ever team medal in 17 years when they

took bronze behind Italy. Sara Henriksson on Elopolda

finished 10 th , Emma Svanang on TS Coyote

and Anneli Ohlen on Min Pontijack and Lena

Eriksson on Willy Wonka finished 26 th , 27 th and

28 th respectively and together they helped Swe-

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Spain”s Alex Luque Moral on Calandra PH

and Angel Soy Coll on Tonik De Becherel

in second and third place respectively

Text: HH SH Mansoor Festival / Satya Narayan

Photos by Morhaf Al Assaf

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Team winners celebration

den to the bronze.

Thursday’s 160-km event saw 68 riders and horses

representing 20 countries across Europe. The

course consisted of five loops which featured

the undulating terrain and sand tracks twisting

through ancient beech and oak trees, some of

which are up to 200 years old. A total of 33 combinations

finished, representing a completion

rate of just under 50%.

The German Sabrina Arnold, who had also won

last year’s HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported

FEI European Endurance Championships for

Young Horses in Negrepelisse (FRA) with the

seven-year-old Tsagan Nour, was delighted with

her win.

“I’m really thrilled to have won today. My horse

has a naturally fast recovery rate and he was incredible,”

she said.

“I won the young horse championships last year

and I’m hoping to do the same thing again in

two days’ time,” said the German who will be

starting in Saturday’s FEI World Championship

of the Young Horses (CH-M-E-7Y).

Around 70 riders from 18 countries will battle

it out on horses aged seven and under and the

120-km event will also be run over four loops and

will bring the curtain down on the HH Sheikh

Mansoor Festival-supported Brussels Equestrian

Endurance Masters (BEEM).

Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH

Sh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian

Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of

Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IF-

HRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice

Racing Committees in the International Federation

of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR)

and General Manager of Al Wathba Stallions,

Mubarak Al Nuaimi-Director of External Promotion

at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority,

Dr. Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Director of Marketing

and Communication Department at the

Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi,

ADEC Director General and Musallam Al

Amri, Director of Al Jazira Stables attended the

prize ceremonies.

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Sabrina Arnold wins World Championship

of the Young Horses in Belgium

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Germany’s Sabrina Arnold made the HH Sheikh

Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian

Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported three-day

Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM)

at the Bois de la Cambre in Sonian Forests in the

Belgian capital of Brussels her very own.

On Thursday’s opening day she won the 160-km

Four-star European Championship (CH-EU-E)

endurance ride and then closed Saturday’s final

day (August 19, 2017) with another dominating

performance to win the 120-km FEI World

Championship of the Young Horses (CH-M-E-

7Y), on August 19.

The 37-year-old German who is based in France

steered Tammam La Lizonne, a 7-year-old bay

mare, to a superb win in the 120-km event and

proved that she is an expert with young horses.

Last year Arnold had also won the HH Sheikh

Mansoor Festival-supported FEI European Endurance

Championships for Young Horses in Negrepelisse

(FRA) with the seven-year-old Tsagan

Nour.

In Saturday’s ride, Arnold and Tammam La Lizonne

were third after the first loop and after

that led all the way to win the 120-km ride in 6

hours eight minutes and 50 seconds. The next

four spots in the top five went to riders from four

different countries with Elisabeth Hardy of Belgium

riding Aduir Folie doing the hosts proud by

finishing second in 6:17.41.

Portugal’s Ana Barbas on Fuico, Estonia’s Keiu

Oras on Penelope and French rider Alexis Terral

on Sky Kid took the next three spots in the ride

which ended up with 12 riders completing on

their horses aged seven and under.

HE Abdulla Al Marzouki, Second Secreta-ry

and representative of the UAE Emba-ssy in

the Kingdom of Belgium, Ms. Lara Sawaya,

Executive Director of the HH Sh Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Rac-

INDIVIDUAL

PODIUM

Gold: Sabrina Arnold on Tammam La Lizonne (Germany)

Silver: Elisabeth Hardy on Aduir Folie (Belgium)

Bronze: Ana Barbas on Fuico (Portugal)

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ing Festival, Chairperson of the International

Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA)

and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing

Committees in the International Federation of

Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and

General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Adnan

Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi

Equestrian Club, Musallam Al Ameri, Director of

Al Jazira 1 & 2 Stables and Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Director

of Marketing and Communication at the

Abu Dhabi Sports Council, gave away trophies

to the winners.

Ms Sawaya congratulated all the winners,

particularly the women riders. “The success of

the women riders reflects the positive growth of

equestrian events. This is the second year we are

in Belgium taking part in the BEEM and we are

very happy with the outcome.”

Officials of the Belgian Royal Equestrian Sports

Federation (FRBSE-KBRSF) and the European

Horse Centre of Mont-le-Soie, who were the

main organisers of the three-day event thanked

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,

Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister

of Presidential Affairs for the Festival’s support.

Text: HH SH Mansoor Festival /

Satya Narayan

Photos by Morhaf Al Assaf

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Pan American Championship:

Uruguay takes all the Gold

Uruguay gets all four gold medals:

Individual Senior; Team Senior;

Young Rider Individual and

Team Young Rider

Jonatan Rivera riding El Sheik and Isha Judd riding JQ Zarial

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The Pan American Championship being held

every two years reunites the power endurance

nations of the region like Argentina, Brazil, Chile,

Ecuador, Guatemala and Uruguay. It was the first

time that this championship took place in Punta

del Este, on Thursday 12 October 2017.

The 120km were divided into 4 stages of 39.6km,

28.7km, 28.7km and last loop of 23km. We witnessed

some very intense racing in both categories.

The senior category was won by Isha Judd (URU)

riding JQ Zarial. This horse raced to fifth place in

the last World Endurance Championship in Slovakia.

Jonatan Rivera (URU) riding El Sheik led the race

from the first loop. Along with team mate Isha

Judd they were fighting against Monica Pinto

Lima Graziano, from Brazil, riding Caetê CSM

who was also pushing to get the gold. In the

last loop Isha and Jonatan increased the pace to

27km.h to finally arrive hand in hand. Unfortunately

Jonatan’s horse failed with metabolic at

the last vet control.

Isha told us: “Is the first time that I win a big race

and till the last moment it was far from certain.

I trust very much in the capacity my mare, JQ

Zarial. She is a real champion and she is prepared

well by Fernanda Villar and Federico Zubiaurre,

and to the point where her fitness level

is so strong that I know she would never stop. It

was wonderful for me to cross the line with Joni

(Jonatan Rivera), we are always together in these

big events and I was sad when his horse did not

pass. After Pilar Saravia (Uruguay) finished it was

a relief, and when the grand champion Amarillo

HLM did his last trot, it was confirmed Uruguay

obtained gold. My mare, JQ Zarial will now have

big holiday which she really deserves.”

Isha & JQ Zarial from Uruguay took the Gold

medal, Monica Pinto Lima Graziano from Brazil

took Silver and the bronze medal went to Maxi

Wimmer and EO Salma from Chile.

The Best Condition Award in senior category

was for the Brazilian horse Caetê CSM.

In the Young Rider Category the winner Valentina

Mendez, Uruguay, riding AS Mister made it at

an average speed of 26.09km/h which is a new

track record.

In the first loop the eventual winner was leading

the race with her teammates from Uruguay. Two

of them were out after the second loop at the vet

check. This was a difficult moment for the rest

of the team because it compromised the team

gold medal. Valentina continued in the top position

and maintained a good speed, followed by

Teresa Sanchez (Uruguay) and Trinidad Mendez

(Argentina). Valentina pushed her stallion to the

limit and was impossible for the others to catch

her.

The gold medal winner commented: “The race

was a very difficult, the track was hard and dangerous;

and I never went slower than 26 km/h.

It was a tremendous challenge for the whole

team. This track for me is the one that demands

the most from both the horse and the rider, but

AS Mister showed us all his greatness running at

an average speed of 26km/h. In the last loop we

went to 32km/h, I only have words of profound

gratitude for all Uruguayans, for all those who

supported me and trusted both AS Mister and

me. I am very proud and happy to have a horse

like this, and I want to give a special thanks to

Saul and Nestor Silva who take care of Mister

each day. “

Teresa Sanchez riding the top mare LG Muneerah

got the silver medal; mare who was fighting for

top position for Uruguay in the World Endurance

Championship in Slovakia last year with Jonatan

Rivera but was eliminated at the final vet check.

Trinidad Mendez, from Argentina, arrived in

third position but her horse VS Amancay didn’t

pass in the final vet inspection and Joaquin Stirling

riding LG Chichone, who crossed the finish

line in fourth place, took bronze medal.

Uruguay got the team gold medal thanks to the

fourth position of Pilar Saravia riding Baraka Nasim.

15 years-old Pilar is leading the Senior FEI

Ranking. The third entry to secure the team gold

was Maria Pereira who was riding Amarillo HLM,

the 2013 Pan American Endurance Champion.

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It was a full Uruguayan podium and obviously got the team gold

medal. Silver medal went to Chile who qualified three horses and

bronze for Brazil who qualified four horses.

The Best Condition award for Young Rider was for Uruguayan horse

AS Mister.

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Gold: Isha Judd on JQ Zarial

07:13:10 and 24,09 km/h

Silver: Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano on Caetê CSM

07:14:47 and 23,72 km/h

Bronze: Maxi Wimmer on EO Salma

07:32:55 and 22,44 km/h

YOUNG RIDERS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Gold: Valentina Mendez on AS Mister

06:49:48 and 26,09 km/h

Silver: Teresa Sanchez on LG Muneerah

06:58:36 and 25,27 km/h

Bronze: Joaquin Stirling on LG Chichone

07:25:51 and 23,19 km/h

TEAM SENIOR RESULTS

Gold: URUGUAY – Riding Time 15:55:03

Silver: BRAZIL – Riding Time 16:11:11

Bronze: ARGENTINA – Riding Time 16:20:18

YOUNG RIDERS TEAM RESULTS

Gold: URUGUAY – Riding Time 14:31:18

Silver: CHILE – Riding Time 17:05:34

Bronze: BRAZIL – Riding Time 17:19:52

Maxi Wimmer on EO Salma

Bronze Individual Senior

Text: Lucia Olascoaga

Photos: Cidinha Franzão, Lucia Olascoaga and

Willian Mesa

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Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano on Caetê CSM

Silver Individual and Best Condition

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Valentina Mendez on AS Mister

Gold Young Rider and Best Condition


Teresa Sanchez on LG Muneerah

Silver Young Rider

Joaquim Stirling on LG Chichone

Bronze Young Rider

Young Riders Individual Podium

Teresa Sanchez (Silver), Valentina Mendez (Gold) and Joaquin Stirling (Bronze)

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Senior Individual Winners

Monica P.L. Graziano (Silver), Isha Judd (Gold) and Maxi Wimmer (Bronze)

Team Senior Winners

Brazil (Silver), Uruguay (Gold) and Argentina (Bronze)

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Team Young Riders Winners

Chile (Silver), Uruguay (Gold) and Brazil (Bronze)

Best Condition Semior Winner

Caetê CSM,Brazil

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Nasser Bin Hamad crowns winners of Bahr

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative

of His Majesty the King for Charity

Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme

Council for Youth and Sports, President

of Bahrain Olympic Committee, underscored

that Bahrain National Day Endurance Championship

witnessed extraordinary success thanks

to the strong competition featured throughout

the event, with a long list of domestic and

UAE-based participants taking part in the

contest. HH Shaikh Nasser hailed the performances

of the competitors during the event,

congratulating the winners of the top places.

The National Day Endurance Ride Championship

was held on 15&16 December in the Bahrain

International Endurance Village, and was

composed of four races: FEI CEI 2* 120KM, FEI CEI

1* 80KM, CEN 80KM and CEN 40KM.

It’s worth noting that Fahad Al Khatiri, riding WH

Picos Shazam of Victorious team has won the

Championship after clocking 4.21:30 hours at a

speed of 27 km/h, followed by Khalid Ibrahim,

riding Plage El Milora, of Al Zaeem, who com-

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ain National Day Endurance Championship

pleted the race in 4.34:50 hours and averaging

26,19 km/h. In third place came Saeed Al Muhairi

of UAE, mounting Emir De Tannes, after posting

a time of 4.36:10 hours. with an average speed

of 26 km/h

The winners were crowned by HH Shaikh

Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. From his part, HH

Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Vice President

of the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE),

President of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance

Federation (BREEF), congratulated HH

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa on the success

of the Championship, stating that the contest

showcased strong competition throughout

its stages. Meanwhile, victorious Al Khatiri expressed

his utmost happiness at winning the

Championship, attributing his victory to the instructions

extended to him by HH Shaikh Nasser.

Source: Media Office of HH Shaikh Nasser bin

Hamad Al Khalifa

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SPECIAL 1

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed

Al Nahyan Festival

One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital

Photo: Cidinha Franzão

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0 YEARS

For the ninth consecutive year was held in

Abu Dhabi, from 6 to 13 November, the finals

of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al

Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival

with intense programming for the nearly

800 guests: Draw of the jockeys, horses and

gates of the three main championships held

throughout the year in different countries;

IFHRA (International Federation of Horse

Racing Academies) General Assembly; HH

Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak IFHRA Conference

for Training and Education consisting

of three panels; IFHRA Apprentice Jockeys

Workshop; Finals races of the HH Sheikh

Mansoor Festival and exceptional dinners

culminating with 10 Years-HH Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Festival Gala Dinner at

Emirates Palace.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Global

Arabian Flat Racing Festival consists of

four championships played in different

countries and the winners are invited to

run the finals in Abu Dhabi: Sh. Zayed Bin

Sultan Al Nahyan Cup that in the final in

November became Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan

Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, the World

Richest Arabian Horse Racing with a purse

of Euro 1.200.000); H.H. Sheikha Fatima

Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship

IFAHR; H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Apprentice World Championship IFAHR;

Wathba Stallions Cup for local breeders,

not only in UAE but in other countries,

but the final is with only UAE breeders; a

World Arabian Horse Racing Conference

held each year in a different country and

that from 2018 onwards it will be called

World Arabian Horse Racing Forum and

will be held in Madrid, Spain; and HH

Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Conference

for Education & Training (IFAHR/

IFHRA) in Abu Dhabi.

On June 6, 2017 after another stage of

HH Sh Mansoor Festival in Sweden, Lara

Sawaya, Executive Director of the Festiv

announced that “the Festival will hold a

new race – HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ponies Cup – to

encourage young riders in the age group

of 8 yrs to 12 yrs and this race will be

part of the ‘One World, Six Continents-

Abu Dhabi the Capital of the World’ race

meeting on November 10, 2017.”

“We will have eight young jockeys drawn

from all parts of the world, representing

the six continents, in the race. This HH

Sheikha Latifa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al

Nahyan Ponies Cup will be an annual affair,”

Ms. Sawaya said.

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2009 - Inspiring initiative launched

It was on July 12, 2009 at the Duindigt racecourse

in The Netherlands that the HH Sheikh

Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian

Horse Flat Racing Festival took its first step

by staging the Zayed The First Cup, a Listed

race over 1900 metres with a price tag of Euros

15,000.

Simmbad trained by the late Jean-Francois

Bernard and ridden by Jean-Baptiste Hamel

won the race and that started off an endeavour

which today has crossed many barriers and

stopped all over the globe to emerge as one of

the biggest equestrian series in the world.

The brain-child of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of

the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs,

the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Global Arabian Horse

Flat Racing Festival staged four races in Europe

and one in Abu Dhabi. Ms Lara Sawaya

was named as the Director of the Festival.

Apart from Duindigt, the Zayed The First Cup

races were also held in La Teste and Dax in

France and Frankfurt in Germany while the final

race was held in Abu Dhabi on November

8, 2009.

The inaugural edition was dedicated to 100

years of Sheikh Zayed the First. Sheikh Zayed

Bin Khalifa ruled the Emirates for an unprecedented

54 years from 1855 to 1909 and called

‘Father of the Nation’ and was also referred to

as ‘Sheikh Zayed the First.’

If 2009 was the start of an endeavor to raise

the status of the Purebred Arabian horse as a

flat-racing star, what was to follow was so huge

and so all-compassing that range of events

staged under the umbrella of HH Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse

Flat Racing Festival is truly unbelievable!

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2010 - Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al

Nahyan series launched

From five races in 2009 the HH Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat

Racing Festival gathered pace and 2010 saw

the introduction of a ground-breaking conference

and two separate race series-one at the

highest level and one at the grass-roots leveland

both have since been highly successful and

have positively impacted the progress of Arabian

horse racing.

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan series

brought back memories of the great support

to Purebred Arabian horses by the late Sheikh

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and it was natural

that his son His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the

UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs kept

that support going through the HH Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse

Flat Racing Festival.

Seven races were held in the Sheikh Zayed Bin

Sultan Al Nahyan series with Delaware in the

USA and Warsaw in Poland being the prominent

venues that were part of the Festival and these

races catered to the top layer of Arabian

horses hailing from big stables and big owners.

HH Sheikh Mansoor, however, decided to focus

at the all-important grassroots level and unveiled

the Wathba Stud Farm Cup, which is now

the Wathba Stallions Cup. The Wathba Cup was

staged in Abu Dhabi and ten races were open

only to small and private owners thus opening

up the opportunities at the lowest level.

While the Festival was making huge waves

with the action on the race-tracks, one of the

greatest moves by HH Sheikh Mansoor was to

stage a world-level meeting for Arabian horses.

The World Arabian Horse Racing Conference

(WAHRC) made its debut and was held in

Abu Dhabi from September 23 to 25, 2010.

With over 100 officials and experts from over

20 countries invited for the three-day conference,

the horse racing fraternity was elated as

a new platform was now available to discuss

and debate the challenges faced by Arabian

horse racing, its breeding programmes and

many such allied issues.

Arabian racing and breeding in countries and

regions were governed by different rules and

regulations but the WAHRC gave a ray of hope

that many common issues could be resolved

and experiences exchanged, thus making it a

very important annual event for Arabian racing

and its progress.

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2011 - HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race

makes its debut

The year 2011 saw a manifold expansion in the

activities of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed

Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing

Festival. For the second time in three years

the Duindigt racecourse in the The Netherlands

became a part of history and this time for

hosting the first-ever and the richest-ever race

for Amateur lady jockeys.

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies

Amateur Cup, a turf event over 1900 metres

carrying a prize fund of Euros 20,000 made a

historic debut on the sidelines of the second

World Arabian Horse Racing Conference held

in The Hague.

Nine lady jockeys from around the globe including

Shathra Al Hajjaj from the UAE lined up

to become part of the debut event. Britain’s

Rachel King on Sankado rode home the winner

and though that was the only race for ladies

in 2011, it paved the way for bigger things to

come for lady jockeys.

Prior to the ladies race, an atmosphere of

hope and confidence encapsulated the second

edition of the WAHRC which was held between

June 16 and 18, 2011 in The Hague. To recall

the words of the late D.J de Ruiter of the Dutch

Arabian Racing Committee, which hosted

the conference, - ‘Twelve months ago there

seemed to be no future for Arabian racing but

all that has changed thanks to HH Sheikh Mansoor.’

Discussions and debates became more

focused and all connections of Arabian horse

racing reiterated the need and the success of

the Festival’s conference.

In racing action, the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al

Nahyan Cup series made a new stop in Houston

among the eight venues and also saw the introduction

of the European Triple Crown which

carried a bonus of 30,000 Euros for the top

performer in three races. Sartejano won that

crown and later in the year its proud connections

received the bonus during the finale in

Abu Dhabi.

While the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series in Abu

Dhabi was increased to 15 races, the year also

saw the series go international with races in

The Netherlands, USA, Sweden, Poland, UK

and Switzerland.

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2012 - HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies World

Championship series is born

It was the fourth year since the Festival was

launched and with each year the quality and

quantity of the events kept the Arabian equestrian

community both involved and excited the

world over.The new direction of the Festival

was chalked out by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister

of the UAE and Minister of Presidential

Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint

Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s

Union, Supreme President of the Family Development

Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme

Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

In 2012 one of the most important addition was

the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies

World Championship (IFAHR) race which along

with the first-ever HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

EARS Apprentice Jockey Cup gave a new

dimension to the Festival’s activities.

On another front the Festival sponsored and

supported the Darley Awards and the HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award which was

held on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the JW Marriott

in Houston, Texas.

Sam Vasquez carried away three trophies in

the Darley Awards while Oman’s Azhar Al Wardi

bagged the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Darley Award for Best Jockey. Australia’s Maureen

Milburn won the prestigious HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Lifetime Award’

for her service to Arabian racing.

And in another first, the Festival unveiled its

inaugural Year Book which captured all events

staged in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was compiled

by equestrian journalist M. Satya Narayan.

After nine races all over the globe, French lady

jockey Delphine Dubois was crowned HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Champion

after her win on AF Sanadek in the final

held in Abu Dhabi.

Omani rider Mu’nis Al Siyabi won the first-ever

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak EARS Apprentice

Jockey Cup on Richly Blessed.

Ten races in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Cup culminated with Areem, owned by

HH Sheikh Mansoor, winning under UAE jockey

Ahmed Ajtebi in Abu Dhabi. Earlier Ameretto

topped in the European Triple Crown and won

the Euros 30,000 bonus.

After Abu Dhabi and The Hague, the third World

Arabian Horse Racing Conference was held in

Berlin, Germany and continued to make huge

progress in enhancing the status of Arabian racing

around the globe.

The Wathba Stud Farm Cup continued the create

ripples at the grassroots level with 15 races in

Abu Dhabi and over 20 around the world.

The Festival took part in various events like

the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the Abu

Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian

Exhibition, the Abu Dhabi International Sports

Exhibition and promoted its activities to thousands

of visitors.

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2013 - Arabian horses prove mettle on

St. Moritz lake ice-tracks

While the primary focus of the HH Sheikh Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse

Flat Racing Festival has been to further the

cause of Arabian horse racing, it has also helped

Purebred Arabian horses take on new challenges.

One such initiative was to see the Arabian

equine stars race on the ice and snow tracks on

the frozen lake Moritz in Switzerland.

Seven Purebred Arabian horses lined up to create

history on February 13, 2013 when they tackled

the tricky ice track and Fanal El Samawi

under Fabian Xavier won the Sheikh Zayed Bin

Sultan Al Nahyan Cup over 1800 metres.

In the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan series,

it was Ameretto that once again sizzled to win

the Berlin and Warsaw legs of the European Triple

Crown and with a second place finish in Duindigt,

won the Euros 30,000 bonus for the second

successive year.

The year 2013 also heralded a series of Endurance

rides, the feature of them being the HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Cup that was

run in Abu Dhabi and was won by the UAE’s Afra

Al Suwaidi.

The Festival staged Endurance rides under its

banner both in the UAE and abroad.

In another key development, Ms. Lara Sawaya,

the Director of the Festival was elected as the

Chairperson of IFAHR Ladies Racing.

The French city of Toulouse was the proud host

of the fourth edition of the World Arabian Horse

Racing Conference 2013 and like the three before

it, this three-day meet also ended in success.

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak EARS (European

Association of Racing Schools) Conference

on Education and Training was another ground-

-breaking initiative that was aimed to bolster

the skills of aspiring jockeys.

South Africa’s Collen Thabana riding Manan won

the second running of the HH Sheikha Fatima

Bint Mubarak EARS Apprentice Jockeys race in

Abu Dhabi while the Ladies Championship, after

ten races around the globe, brought victory to

Oman’s Salima Al Taleei.

Riding the Jaci Wickham-trained Kareem, Al Taleei

did very well to win the 1600-metre race

and be crown as the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Ladies World Champion for 2013.

Valiant Boy won the Best 4-year-old as well as

the Best US Horse of the Year Award as Houston

played host to another Festival supported Darley

Awards function.

It was a Dutch dominance in the HH Sheikha Fatima

Bint Mubarak International Awards as Karin

van den Bos (Best Owner), Jadey Pietrawiecz

(Best Jockey) and Diana Dorenburg (Best Trainer)

made The Netherlands proud. The Lifetime

Achievement award was won by the late Susan

Santesson of Germany.

The Wathba Stud Farm Cup series continued its

presence in Abu Dhabi while 23 races in the series

were held around the world, providing a major

boost Arabian racing at the grassroots level.

The Festival continued to participate in shows in

Oman and the UAE while another edition of the

Year Book for 2012 was also unveiled.

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2014- Hollywood is the new home for

Darley and HH SheikhaFatima Awards

Under the supervision of His Highness Sheikh

Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime

Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential

Affairs and with great support from Her

Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman

of the General Women’s Union, Supreme

President of the Family Development

Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme

Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the

Festival continued to scale great heights.

The humble connections of Purebred Arabian racing

walked the red carpet and soaked in the ambience

of the Kodak Studio in Hollywood, as the 2014 Darley

Awards and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International

Awards were distributed in style.

Mark Powell and his younger brother Scott

Powell won three categories each in the Darley

Awards while Nelly Philippot won the HH

Sheikha Fatima Lifetime Achievement Award.

In Endurance, the richest ever ladies ride was

held in Italy and the UAE registered a golden

double in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Ladies Endurance Cup.

More success came UAE’s way when the Festival-sponsored

World Endurance Championship

for Young Horses was won by Mansour Saeed Al

Faresi on Tiswan Fageole in Samorin, Slovakia.

The year also saw Ms. Lara Sawaya being elevated

as Executive Director of the HH Sheikh

Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian

Horse Flat Racing Festival and was also named

as chief of the IFAHR Apprentice Racing.

The third Year Book of the Festival was launched

while the Festival’s stand at the Arab

Travel Mart, the Oman Horse Exhibition and

ADIHEX 2014 continued to be a huge draw.

In another major development, HH Sheikh

Mansoor initiated the setting up of the International

Federation of Horse Racing Academies

(IFHRA) and Ms. Lara Sawaya was named as the

head of the Abu Dhabi-based world body.

Over 400 delegates from 53 countries attended

the London edition of the World Arabian Horse

Racing Conference in May, 2014 while the HH

Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Conference on

Education and Training proved a huge boost

for young and upcoming jockeys when held in

November.

The Festival also launched another world

championship and this time it was for Apprentice

jockeys. The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Apprentice World Championship staged

four rounds around the globe and then in the

final race in Abu Dhabi it was Turkey’s Vahdettin

Kaplan on Munzade who was crowned world

champion.

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies

World Championship in 2014 was won by Dutch

jockey Jadey Pietrasiewicz on Molahen Al

Elhan.

After Ameretto won the European Triple Crown

for the third year in a row, the Sheikh Zayed

Bin Sultan Al Nahyan series culminated with a

great win for HH Sheikh Mansoor when Thakif

won the Abu Dhabi finale under Harry Bentley.

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2015 - World’s richest race for Arabian

horses staged

Purebred Arabian horse racing received a major

boost when the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat

Racing Festival announced the world’s richest

race ever in 2015.

An awesome purse of Euros 1.2 million and

a Group 1 status was accorded to the Sheikh

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown held

as part of the Festival’s season-ending finale in

Abu Dhabi on November 8, 2015.

It was a mouth-watering line-up as the 15 that

started were drawn from all over the globe

and the spotlight under floodlights was hogged

by Kalino. Trained by Alban de Mieulle, Kalino

scored an exciting win under big-race jockey

Olivier Peslier in the history-making race.

Switzerland’s Astrid Wullschleger won the HH

Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World

Championship and on the same night Australia’s

Ben Thompson emerged world champion in the

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice

World Championship series.

The Festival also introduced Triple Jewel bonus

of US $ 150,000 for the horse that tops the

three-race competition in the Sheikh Zayed

Bin Sultan Al Nahyan series in US. Paddys Day

won the inaugural Triple Jewel and served notice

of his immense potential.

In the same series in Europe, Ameretto sealed

his fourth consecutive Triple Crown title and

bonus with another consistent display in the

three-race event.

Warsaw played host to the Festival’s World

Arabian Horse Racing Conference in which

over 400 delegates from 80 countries mulled

the future of Purebred Arabian racing.

In Endurance action, rides were held in the

UAE and abroad and Ireland’s Amy Louis Mcauley

won the gold while France took the team

title in the HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies Cup held

in Verona, Italy. Bahrain also played host to

one leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Ladies Cup series in 2015.

Valiant Boy was once again voted ‘Best Older

Horse’ as well as “Horse of the Year’ in the US

Darley Awards that was again held in spectacular

fashion at the Dolby Studio in Hollywood.

American Denise Gault was conferred with

the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak ‘Lifetime

Achievement’ award on the same night.

The Abu Dhabi-headquartered International

Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA)

attracted many countries to its membership

and after a series of meetings announced a

ground-breaking Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF)

to sponsor young aspirants to various mentorship

programmes around the globe.

The Festival also funded the Liverpool John

Moore University research programme on jockeys

weight and ways and means of improving

the practice of maintaining weight.

The Festival’s focus on jockeys was taken to

a new level when it hosted a three-day HH

Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Conference for

Education and Training on the sidelines of the

season-ending finale. With many experts and

experienced professional on hand the young jockeys

were in education mode for three days.

The 5 th Year Book was unveiled in 2015 while

the Festival continued to participate in various

shows and events to promote the Festival’s activities

and this included the Zayed Heritage

Show toward the end of the year.

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2016 - First-ever Arabian horse race held

at Santa Anita Park

One of the biggest achievements of the HH

Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global

Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival in 2016 was

the first-ever Purebred Arabian horse race it

staged at the Santa Anita Park racecourse in

Arcadia, California.

A day later on April 2, 2016 the Festival handed

over a cheque of US $ 100,000 to Hall of

Fame jockey Gary Stevens and other jockeys

as support for disables jockeys.

The Santa Anita race was part of the Darley

Awards and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

International Awards once again held in glittering

style at the Kodak Studio in Hollywood.

While Paddys Day with two awards hogged

the limelight in the US Darley section,

Switzerland’s Elizabeth Zindel was given the

lifetime achievement trophy in the HH Sheikha

Fatima Awards.

The Festival after breaking new ground by staging

an Arabian stakes race in Santa Anita, was

hailed by the California State Senate which

passed a resolution and commended the Festival

with a certificate.

Similarly, at the 7 th edition of the Festival’s

World Arabian Horse Racing Conference held

in Rome, Italy the Mayor of Rome Francesco

Paola Tronca honoured HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and

Minister of Presidential Affairs with the ‘Lupa

Capitolina’.

On the sidelines of the WAHRC event in Rome,

the UAE flag fluttered in the Vatican when 300-

plus invitees of the Festival visited the Vatican

Galleries as special guests. The UAE envoys

presented a painting ‘Mercy’ to the Vatican

which carried a message of peace and love

from the UAE to the world.

On another front, the Festival in 2016 supported

the UK’s ‘Women of the Future’ awards and

Paralympic archer Danielle Brown received the

Future of Sport award from UAE Envoy Sulaiman

Al Mazroui and Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive

Director of the Festival. The Festival was

praised by HRH The Countess of Wessex for

the ever-evolving activities and the support of

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the

universal growth of Arabian racing. HRH The

Countess was presented with a memento and

a copy of the Festival’s Year Book.

More accolades for the Festival came when

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak,

Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union,

Supreme President of the Family Development

Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme

Council for Motherhood and Childhood honoured

its Executive Director Ms. Lara Sawaya

for her active role in promotion of the Festival

and its activities. The Festival was also certified

as ISO 9001-2015 compliant- a testimony

to the professional organisation through the

years.

In flat racing action, Ziyadd, owned by HH

Sheikh Mansoor, emerged as the new Sheikh

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan series European

Triple Crown winner while the US Triple Jewel

crown was snapped by Paddys Day for the second

year in a row.

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Conference

for Education and Training and the Wathba

Challenge Endurance Ride were held on

the sidelines of the finale in November when

the two world championship finals and the

Festival’s richest-ever Arabian race were staged.

Australia’s Dylan Dunn on Qader won the 2016

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice

World Championship while the Briton Catherine

Walton on RB Dixie Burning emerged HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Champion

for 2016.

In a fitting finale, RB Burn was driven to a

powerful finish by French jockey Gerald Avranche

to win the second running of the Euros 1.2 million

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Crown

Jewel (Group 1) race, the world’s richest ever

for Purebred Arabian horses.

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2017 - Stage set for the Grand Finale

Most members of the Purebred Arabian fraternity

will be joined by others representing various

equestrian sport and allied organisations

in Abu Dhabi this week to witness the ‘One

World, 6 Continents-Abu Dhabi the Capital’ extravaganza

which brings the curtain down on

the Festival’s activities for 2017.

A strong field is getting ready to contest the

world’s richest race for Purebred Arabians

– the Euros 1.2 million Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan

Al Nahyan Cup Crown Jewel (Group 1) on

November 10, 2017 and with the event race

meeting being held on Friday, a record crowd

is expected to witness the big race.

Also on the card are the Ladies and Apprentice

finals of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

series while a new addition this year will be

the HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed

Al Nahyan Pony race with nine young jockeys

in the fray.

Earlier in 2017, the Festival achieved twin

success when on September 4 it staged the

first-ever Purebred Arabian horse race at the

Monmouth Park in New Jersey and more importantly

race was ‘lasix-free’ for the first

time in a US race meeting!

The Festival had laid down that its races in the

US will be ‘lasix-free’ and for the first time

ever Purebred Arabian racing showed the way

competing without the use of Lasix, the anti-

-bleeding medication, which is used in the US

but banned in many other racing countries.

Paddys Day won in Monmouth Park event and

also completed a sweep of the three Jewel races

to earn the US$ 150,000 bonus for the third

successive year.

Another huge boost for Arabian racing came

when Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza

and Paddys Day demolished their 11

other rivals in the Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes

at Santa Anita race course on April 1, 2017.

In a rare honour accorded by a US racing body,

the Arabian Racing Association of California

(ARAC) and the Texas Arabian Breeders Association

(TABA) have accorded Honorary Membership

to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed

Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing

Festival. The ARAC also honoured Ms Lara Sawaya,

Executive Director of the Festival for

her efforts in promoting the Festival events

which eventually has led to a boost for Purebred

Arabian racing in the US.

On the Endurance front, the Festival introduced

the ‘Endurance in Capitals Series’ while all

other annual events like in the previous years

were held both in the UAE and abroad.

Algeria became the latest country to play host

to races organized by the Festival while Lebanon

staged for the first time a Festival-supported

Horse Show. The Festival also took part in

the FEI Endurance Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

Naziq was named the ‘Best 4-year-old filly’

in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley

(International) Awards while Scott Powell

and his popular Purebred Arabian horse Paddys

Day along with US owner-breeders Betty Gillis,

Joseph A and Dianne Waldron stole the limelight

in the 2016 US Darley Awards at the Dolby

Theater in Hollywood’s Highland Center on

March 31, 2017.

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley

(International) Awards was received with great

fanfare as the winners came from Hong Kong,

Algeria, Sweden, France, The Netherlands,

Poland, USA, UK and Turkey. Poland’s Doruta

Kaluba’s efforts in promoting Purebred Arabian

horse racing was rewarded with a Life

Time Award.

With some activities still to come after this

week’s action on and off the tracks, the Festival

is all set to sign off the year 2017 in style.

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Naziq was named the ‘Best 4-year-old filly’ in

the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley

(International) Awards while Scott Powell and

his popular Purebred Arabian horse Paddys Day

along with US owner-breeders Betty Gillis,Joseph

A and Dianne Waldron stole the limelight in the

2016 US Darley Awards at the Dolby Theater in

Hollywood’s Highland Center on Friday night,

March 31.

Once again the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al

Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival

along with the Stewards of the Arabian Racing

Cup put together a dazzling awards show at the

very same venue where the Oscars was held just

three weeks ago.

The Purebred Arabian fraternity was given a redcarpet

welcome at the Dolby Theater and the

ceremony was a spectacular event with Derek

Thompson and Victoria Shaw as presenters

and some innovative ‘Drone-dancing’ on the

sidelines.

Paddys Day scooped the Horse of the Year and

HH Sheikha Fatima B

(Internation

And US Darley Awa

spectacula

HH Sheikh Mansoor Fes

at Dolby Theate

the Best Older Horse awards while his trainer

Scott Powell was named Trainer of the Year in the

2016 US Darley Awards. But the 2016 US Darley

Awards was dominated by the shy and elderly

couple of Betty Gillis and Joseph A who won

both the Best Owner and Best Breeder Darley

Awards while their horses - Easterman (4-yearold

Colt) and Dream Pearl (Older Mare) - were

named Best in their respective categories.

One of America’s top Purebred Arabian breeder

Dianne Waldron along with her daughter and

grandchildren was also in the limelight after

RB Nash (3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding),RB Kinkie

(3-Year-Old Filly) and RB Madymoiselle (4-Year-

Old Filly) topped their respective groups while

Dianne also winning the coveted Best Breeder

in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley

(International) Awards later in the night.

Earlier HE Abdulla Al Subose, UAE Consul General

in Los Angeles, HE Aref Al Awani representing

Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Mubarak Al Nuaimi,

Director of International Promotion at Abu

Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Edward

Hamod, General Manager of National Feed and

Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Sami

Al Boenain – IFAHR Chairman, Ms. Lara Sawaya,

Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat

Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International

Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA),

Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing

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Committees in the International Federation of

Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and

Michelle Morgan, ARC Chief Steward welcomed

the 1000-plus audience at the famous Hollywood

venue.

The VIP guests along with the Stewards of the

Arabian Racing Club gave away the awards.

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley

(International) Awards was received with great

fanfare as the winners came from Hong Kong,

Algeria, Sweden, France, The Netherlands,

Poland, USA, UK and Turkey.

Poland’s Doruta Kaluba’s efforts in promoting

Purebred Arabian horse racing was rewarded with

a Life Time Award while Sylvine Al Maury- winner

of the Best 4-year-old last year- was named best

Older Mare this year in the HH Sheikha Fatima

Bint Mubarak Darley (International) Awards.

Ms. Lara Sawaya also gave away special awards to

five companies that had served the HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley (International)

Awards over the last seven years while also

receiving special awards were Keith Brackpool,

Chairman, Santa Anita Park and Eddie Murphy of

Dolby Theater.

Naziq winner of HH SH Fatima received by

Musallam Al Amri

Source: HH SH Mansoor Festival

Text: Satya Narayan

Photos: Morhaf Al Assaf and Cidinha Franzão

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Paddys Day Horse of the Year US Darley Award winner

Mercedes Tapia Best Lady Endurance Rider of the Year HH SH Fatima winner

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The winners of HH Sheikha Fatima

Bint Mubarak Darley (International) Awards

Best 3-Year-Old Filly: Amirat Esahra (Algeria)

Best 4-Year-Old Filly: Naziq (France)

Best Older Mare: Sylvine Al Maury (France)

Best Lady Amateur Jockey: Ms Cindy Klinkenberg (The Netherlands)

Best Lady Apprentice Jockey: Kei Chiong Ka-Kei (Hong Kong)

Best Lady Professional Jockey: Ms Anna Pilroth (Sweden)

Best Lady Breeder: Mrs Dianne Waldron (USA)

Best Lady Owner: Mrs Deniz Kurtel (Turkey)

Best Lady Trainer: Mrs Jean-Francois Bernard (France)

Best Lady Photographer: Mrs Debbie Burt (UK)

Best Lady TV Presenter: Josephine Chini (Sweden)

Best Lady Journalist: Stephanie Corum (USA)

Best Lady Endurance Rider: Mercedes Tapia (Argentina)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mrs Dorota Kaluba (Poland)

The 2016 USA Darley

Award winners

3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: RB Nash

3-Year-Old Filly: RB Kinkie

4-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: Easter Man

4-Year-Old Filly: RB Madymoiselle

Older Horse: Paddys Day

Older Mare: Dream Pearl

Breeder: Betty Gillis and Joseph A

Owner: Betty Gillis and Joseph A

Trainer: Scott Powell

Jockey: Ricardo Chiappe

Horse of the Year: Paddys Day

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Muraaqib under Jim Crowley wins

Sh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Jewel Crown, in Abu Dhabi, the

World’s Richest Arabian Race

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Belgian Bertiaux and Denmark’s Ina

Toverud win HH Sheikha Fatima

world titles

Friday’s finale of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed

Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing

Festival turned out to be an action-packed race

meeting with a lot of drama and excitement at

the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on

November 10.

It took a full 40 minutes after last year’s winner RB

Burn crossed the finish line in the world’s richest

race for Purebred Arabians that a Stewards verdict

ruled in favour of second-placed Muraaqib.

The Eric Lemartinel –trained RB Burn under Gerald

Avranche and the Francois Rohaut-trained

Muraaqib under Jim Crowley battled stride for

stride before the former finished first in the Euros

1.2 million Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Jewel Crown (Group 1) race.

Crowley lodged a protest and a lengthy inquiry

followed as the Stewards heard from Crowley

and Avranche while the packed venue waited

for the winner.

The Stewards’ decision to reverse the top two

finish meant Muraaqib, the son of Munjiz, won

on his UAE debut to extend an impressive record

of six Group 1 wins in his career success of 9 wins

in 11 starts!

An elated Crowley said, “I was very confident going

into the inquiry. I was taken off my line from

the furlong mark and I received two bumps.

There was no doubt it cost me the race.”

Earlier HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan,

the Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development

welcomed the nearly 800 plus guests

invited by the Festival from 88 countries and the

large gathering of racing fans to the finale which

brought the curtain down on the 2017 racing

calendar of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al

Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed

Al Nahyan, HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mansoor

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikha Lateefa

Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador

to the Oman HE Mohammed Al Suwaidi,

Dr. Abdulla Al Raisi, Director General of the National

Archives, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director

of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al

Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival,

General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson

of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing

Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies

& Apprentice Racing Committees in the International

Federation of Arabian Horse Racing

Authorities (IFAHR) and ADEC Director General

Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi gave away the trophies

to the winners of the five Purebred Arabian races

along with other VIP guests, representatives of

the Festival’s sponsors, officials.

HH Sheikh Nahyan said, “We thank His Highness

Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy

Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential

Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima

Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General

Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family

Development Foundation (FDF) and Head

of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and

Childhood with whose direction this demanding

event has become a wonderful tribute to the

late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”

“Now entering its 10th year the Festival holds

an eminent position in the world of horse racing

and has taken Abu Dhabi to a global audience,”

he added.

Ms. Sawaya congratulated HH Sheikh Hamdan

Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai

and Minister of Finance on the success of Muraaqib.

She also hailed the success of the race

meeting and particularly that of the first ever

pony international race.

The Festival’s Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony race was the

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Alice Bertiaux and RB Inferno

final fixture of the meeting and it was young Mia

Ann Nicholls wearing the red, white and blue

silks who made Britain proud with a superb win.

Mia Ann Nicholls, the daughter of trainer Adrian

Nicholls, racing on Silver Patch, finished ahead

of the UAE’s Mohammad Ahmed Al Ketbi while

in third place was Ireland’s Cian Shaun Murphy.

HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al

Nahyan gave away the trophies to the winners

of this first-ever international pony race which

will from next year be run as a ten-race series

stopping all over the globe.

The 1600m HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies

World Championship Final produced a close

finish. Belgian jockey, Alice Bertiaux, a teacher

by profession, landed the spoils, producing RB

Inferno with a perfectly timed challenge to lead

inside the final 200m.

They were never then going to be caught, running

on strongly to win for Lemartinel who saddled

the winner.

“I am very grateful to HH Sheikh Mansoor, HH

Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and everyone involved

in the festival,” said a delighted Bertiaux.

“And of course to Monsieur Lemartinel who told

me how to ride the horse. RB Inferno was in great

condition to win today.”

French lady jockey Ingrid Grard on Da’Areen Italian

Giulia Coccia on Sanad finished second and

third in the Ladies championship race.

Carrying Prestige status, the 1600m HH Sheikha

Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice Jockey Championship

provided the easiest winner on the card

when Denmark’s Ina Toverud stormed home on

AF Yatroq, representing UAE Champion Owner,

Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and completing a

double for Oertel.

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Ina Toverud and AF Yatroq

Oertel said, “She has ridden that race very well

and has kept the horse going all the way to the

line.”

Russian Andrei Ivanov on Hamares and Algeria’s

Abdelrrahmene Boulesbaa on AF Maher took

second and third spots in the Apprentice final.

In the Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup race for

Private Owners, Antonio Fresu produced a brilliant

ride aboard Ibn Harmany Al Zobair to land

a first winner in the collors of the Emirates Bred

Syndicate.

“We knew we had good chances and I am obviously

delighted with that result which is a great

one for the yard,” said a beaming Oertel.

Fresu added: “I had planned to track the leaders

but he was not as quickly away as I would

have liked so I had to sit further back. “He went

through the gap bravely when I asked him and

quickened nicely for me.”

The day’s opening race- the UAE Martyrs Trophy

was won by the Helal Al Alawi-trained Shah Jahan

De Rodaim under Pat Cosgrave.

The UAE Martyrs Cup, a 1600m conditions race

and the only Thoroughbred contest on the card,

was won by the Doug Watson-trained Shamaal

Nibras under Pat Dobbs.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained

by the Abu Dhabi Tourism

and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu

Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and

Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate

sponsors, The National Archives as the

official partner and Emirates airline as the official

carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing

Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Soci-

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Mia Ann Nicholls riding Silver Patch

ety, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority

of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored

by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services

LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club,

Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed

Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu

Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al

Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels,

Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS

Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre,

the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme

Council for Motherhood and Childhood,

the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies

Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting

and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi

Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu

Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves

Spa and Resort.

Source: HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival - Text: Satya

Narayan with inputs from Emirates Racing Authority

Photos: Favio Lorenz

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Jeane Alves makes history in

the Brazilian turf

First woman to win an entire

season of horse racing

in Brazil, an important and

unprecedented achievement

by Cidinha Franzão

Photos: Porfírio Menezes and Cidinha Franzão

Jeane Alves and La Vie En Rose

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June 24, 2017 will enter to the history of Jeane

Alves and the Brazilian horse racing.

The lady jockey of Ceará (northeastern Brazil state)

won the title of the statistics victories (jockeys that

win more races during the year) 2016-2017 in the

Cidade Jardim Racecourse, which in Brazil goes

from July of the previous year to June of the following

year.

Jeane Alves de Lemos, 29, was born in Acopiara, in

the interior of Ceará, and at age 12 began to participate

in Vaquejadas following the tradition of

her brother. Even against her parents’ wishes, the

passion for horses was stronger, which made Jeane

jump over the bedroom window to compete.

The vaquejada is a sport typical to the Northeast region

of Brazil, in which two cowboys (“vaqueiros”)

on horseback pursue a bull, seeking to pin it between

the two horses and direct it to a goal (often

consisting of chalk marks), where the animal is

then knocked over.

Her brother was the great encourager, supporter

and teacher, as always helped, even when she

came to São Paulo in search of her dream.

The passion for horses and competitions has

grown and strengthened over the years and Jeane

began to think about being jockey still in Ceará, inspired

by her cousins D. Lemos and A. D. Alves who

competed in the Jockey Club of Sao Paulo.

At the age of 20, she decided to travel to São Paulo

and gain her place in the Brazilian horse racing.

The professional life of Jeane Alves began in a meteoric

way, still as a lady jockey newly formed by

the Apprentices School of the Jockey Club of São

Paulo, under the guidance of Roberto Penachio,

coach and school teacher. Six months after starting,

she started riding in June 2008 and a month

later she won her first apprentice victory.

And begins her trajectory to break taboos and

prejudices. Jeane was the first woman to win the

Group 1 as an apprentice and never stopped. Always

determined, she puts in her mind that wanted

to win and always be among the best, conquer

her space and make history in horse racing in Brazil.

Some years were needed until Jeane reached such

a level of excellence. Just follow a workout to see

that she has the respect of employees, animal owners

and other horse racing athletes in the Jockey

Club of São Paulo. However, the path to this status

was marked by some episodes of disrespect, especially

by the bettors.

“I heard a lot of jokes: ‘Oh, if it was a man he had

won; you lost because you’re a woman’. At first I

was much shaken, but today I am not anymore. I

have to train more of the men to be able to compete

along with them. Men can have more power

than me, but sometimes I win in the delicacy with

the horse, “said Alves.

After a complicated phase in her private life, in

which she almost gave up everything, because

she is very self-critical and did not think she was

in good condition to return, she returned with full

force after an invitation from Dr. Renato Junqueira,

owner, and Olavo Jerônimo, trainer, to ride Go Tricolor

in a Grand Prix. She competed and won. And

the thought and determination to win and shine

came back.

In her life as a professional lady jockey already led

Jeane competing in several countries, like England,

Belgium, Peru, Argentina and China. In her

experience abroad, she said that the role of women

seems more developed.

“When I compete outside Brazil, there is more

women riding, caring for the horse, trainer, etc.

There is a woman who gallops with horses in the

morning and people say that they like women

more than men because they are more delicate

with the horse, “she said.

And she started to shine a lot more on June 21,

2014 by being the first Brazilian lady jockey to

compete and win a stage of the HH Sheikha Fatima

Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR

in Newbury Racecourse, England, which is part of

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global

Arabian Flat Racing Festival.

And another challenge came a year later. On June

21, 2015, a new taboo was broken.

With Braço Forte, Jeane Alves not only won the

Grand Prix Jockey Club Brasileiro (G1) but also

became the first woman to win a G1 race at the

Gávea Racecourse, Rio de Janeiro.

In early 2017, Jeane was invited to participate in

the International Mixed Doubles Jockeys Challenge

Cup in Macau. Race in which they run in

pairs: a man and a woman. On January 21, Jeane

and her partner Yutaka Take, Japan, finished third

in the Macau tournament attended by six doubles.

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Jeane Alves and Braço Forte, winners of the Grand Prix Jockey Club Brasileiro (G1)

The year went by, the races going on and by June

24 Jeane Alves and Ruberley Viana had 51 wins

each one in the 2016/2017 season.

And the story was written again by Jeane Alves.

With La Vie En Rose, after some difficulties of synchrony

between jockey and horse in the beginning,

the duo went straight and won, from end to

end, the Grand Prix José Paulino Nogueira (GII) at

Hipódromo Cidade Jardim in São Paulo.

On the same day, she won the second match with

Outro Tricolor, the third with Queops and the ninth

with Paris-Plit. With the four victories were added

55 achievements, of the 342 races in which she

participated, in the period 2016-2017 and was the

first woman to finish first in the statistics of the Cidade

Jardim Race Course and Brazil.

“It was an excellent season and I’m very happy for

the win. Being the first woman to win the statistic

is very important because we know that there is

still a lot of prejudice within Brazilian horse racing.

It is a way to break this prejudice gradually and

open doors for other women, the

Winner of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint

Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR

in Newbury Racecourse

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in addition to respecting them and seeing the

woman as equal. I want to continue winning, no

matter if in first, second or third place and I also

want to do some season outside Brazil,” said Jeane

Alves.

And on July 22, ridden Zells Kate she came up

with a record-breaking run to win the Grand Prix

Mahabb (Group 3) - Wathba Stallions Cup at Hipódromo

de Cidade Jardim, Brazilian stage of the HH

SH Mansoor Bin Zayed Global Arabian Flat Racing

Festival.

The Grand Prix Mahabb (Group 3) was one of

the three races held under the umbrella of the

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global

Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and part of the

Wathba Stallions Cup Festival.

Jeane projects her career at least until she’s 40. Until

then, she plans to add to the curriculum victories

in the most important events in the country:

the São Paulo Grand Prix and the Brazil Grand Prix,

held in Rio de Janeiro

The young woman from Ceará who landed in São

Paulo with the dream of becoming the best has

more than 500 victories in all the categories in

which she competed in her curriculum to this day.

And many others will come!

Jeane Alves and Zells Kate

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400 th winner for Festival

Ambassador Mullen in style

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Racing at Al Ain on Friday, January 19, 2018, was

highlighted by Round 2 of the Al Ain Marathon

Series, a 3200m handicap for which seven went

post and proved to be a career landmark 400th

UAE winner for reigning champion jockey

Richard Mullen.

Victory appeared less than likely on the back

straight when Mullen was forced to get serious

with his mount, Shamikh Al Wathba, trained on

the Al Ain track by Jean de Roualle for Yas Horse

Racing Management, but he responded well.

Exiting the home turn, when last year’s winner,

Balad Al Reef, drifted wide towards the outside

rail, Mullen’s mount suddenly loomed as the

main danger to Bayan who had taken up the

running, fully 1400m out, from Shivan Oa. Once

Mullen asked for a determined effort, they swept

to the front and stayed on well, eventually posting

a comfortable victory.

De Roualle said: “We were very hopeful coming

here because we thought this kind of marathon

trip would really suit him and it has. That was

only the horse’s seventh start and we hope he

has more to offer over these staying distances.”

On the landmark 400, Mullen added: “It is

amazing and I could not be more proud; never

did I think when I first came to the UAE that I

would be achieving landmarks like this. I have

been very lucky with great support from top

people throughout my time here. Now I just

need to put my head down and try to get to 500!”

Richard Mullen, Xavier Ziani and Julie Krone are

the Ambassadors of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin

Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing

Festival which is sustained by the Abu Dhabi

Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated

by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed

and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as

associate sponsors, The National Archives as the

official partner and Emirates airline as the official

carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan

Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation

with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates

Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

General Authority for Sports and sponsored by

Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services

LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club,

Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed

Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu

Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC),

Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir

Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics,

YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba

Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union,

The Supreme Council for Motherhood and

Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International

Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu

Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves

Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern

Mangroves Spa and Resort.

Sourse: Emirates Racing Authority

Photos: Andrew Watkins and Cidinha Franzão

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Group 2 contest opens Purebred

Arabian action At Meydan

Purebred Arabian action returns to Meydan

Racecourse for the first time this season on

Thursday, with nine runners declared for the

Group 2 Bani Yas sponsored by Friday over

1400m on a seven race card generously

sponsored by Gulf News

By Dubai Racing Club

RB Madymoiselle makes second appearance since Dubai Kahaya Classic on Dubai World Cup

Day 2017 in Group 2 Bani Yas Sponsored By Friday (Credit DRC & Neville Hopwood)

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Previously staged in February, the race was

moved to this earlier slot last season to offer

trainers the opportunity of a ‘prep race’ ahead of

the 1600m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1

on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup

Carnival in five weeks time.

Helal Al Alawi, responsible for three of the nine

runners in this race, has enjoyed a fantastic start

to the season, having already saddled 12 winners,

just one below reigning Champion Trainer

Doug Watson who leads the handler’s championship.

Pat Cosgrave, leading the jockeys’ standings on

13, has ridden all bar one of Al Alawi’s winners

this season and partners RB Goliath, five times a

winner, always on dirt and four times in the UAE,

all at Al Ain, twice over 1000m, the other pair at

1600m.

His stable companions, Burning Breeze and RB

So Rich are to be ridden by Royston Ffrench and

Connor Beasley respectively.

“The horses have been in great form and we

hope it continues,” said Al Alawi. “This looks a

good race for these three horses and we expect

them to run well.

“Burning Breeze is having his first run this season

but seems in good form and the other two will

be having their second outings of the campaign.

“Obviously it is a good race but we are hopeful

they will be competitive with possibly slight

preference for RB Goliath.”

The Al Asayl Team rely on RB Torch ridden by Tadhg

O’Shea in the colours of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin

Zayed Al Nahyan for Eric Lemartinel. He is a winner

this season, albeit over 1600m on the Abu

Dhabi turf, but does have a Meydan victory to

his credit on this card two years ago over 1600m

when chased home by the aforementioned RB

So Rich.

O’Shea said: “He won well the first day, actually

beating stablemate Darius Du Paon who then

won the big race at Abu Dhabi last Sunday. It is

a decent race but he is working well and should

be thereabouts.”

starts have been in the Group 1 Kahayla Classic,

on Dubai World Cup day and the world’s richest

Purebred Arabian race, the Group 1 Sheikh Zayed

bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown.

This represents a big drop in class and with the

yard in good form she could be the main danger

under Antonio Fresu.

Champion Trainer, Doug Watson, saddles three

including Nathr who heads the weights with

Dane O’Neill riding for his main employer HH

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Grand Argentier and Galvanize give the American

handler, who saddled four winners at the

last Meydan meeting a fortnight ago, a particularly

strong hand and he said: “We ran Nathr over

2000m last time and he will prefer this return to

1600m.

“Galvanize won, over this course and distance,

at the first Meydan meeting a month ago when

Grand Argentier was third in the same 2000m

race Nathr contested.

“All three are fit and well so we expect them to

run big races in an open looking contest.”

That 2000m handicap Nathr and Grand Argentier

contested was won by Trinity Force who will

bid for a course and distance repeat in the finale,

the gulfnews.com, also worth AED190, 000.

He is trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi and O’Shea

again rides as he did four weeks ago, while stable

companion, Jaaref, was second, also over

track and trip, a fortnight ago and should go well

under Paolo Sirigu.

He chased home Dehbashi two weeks ago, one

of four in this race for Watson whose stable jockey,

Pat Dobbs, has chosen to ride Active Spirit

who has been done no favours by the draw and

will be departing stall ten.

Midnight Chica, second in last season’s UAE

Oaks, is one of two in the race for HH Sheikh

Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Gopi Selvaratnam.

She is the choice of Oisin Murphy

with Colm O’Donoghue aboard stablemate,

Bluff.

Ernst Oertel saddles RB Madymoiselle, a Grade

One winner in her native US whose only two UAE

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Gelson Ribeiro and Rhondo Rach

Rhondo Rach and Zells Kate win

Festival’s Group 3 races

Zells Kate, winer of the mares division,

and Rhondo Rach, winner of the colts

& stallions, have made history winning

first the Grade 3 Races concluded at

Hipódromo de Cidade Jardim

Source: International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities zes

Photos: Porfírio Menezes

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Jeane Alves and Zells Kate

The Wathba Stallion Cup festival was a fantastic show

on July 21 at Hipódromo de Cidade Jardim. Emotions

were high during the three races for Arabian horses

with the big races won by Fada HVP, Zells Kate and

Rhondo Rach.

At the first race of the meeting, debutant Fada HVP

surprised the favorites and won by a good margin in

the Prize Especial Quazar - Wathba Stallions Cup, over

1.000 meters, on turf.

The mare, by Khidar and out of Fate BFA (Falcon

BHF) born at Agropecuária Vila dos Pinheiros Ltda,

owned by André Lahoz Mendonça de Barros. The

winner was ridden by apprentice jockey André R.

Oliveira.

“The rhythm of an Arab horse is very different from

a Thoroughbred, but I felt the speed of the race and

rode Fada HVP from the middle to the front and

she answered well. I am very happy to get my first

win with an Arabian horse”, said the apprentice.

The trainer, Thiago Haidar, is an expert with Arabian

Race horses, and won this first race. “It was

an amazing and easy win, he said. Besides several

early debut races, Fada HVP is not really ready

to race but she proved her class by winning this

race. We chose a good apprentice, who is a very

good kid and works hard.”

Haidar commented as the state of Arab Horse

Racing in Brazil. “Today, for sure is a historic day

for Arab race horses. We succeeded in holding an

amazing festival, with three magnificent races,

two of them Grade 3, with a very attractive purse.

I am very happy to be part of this moment”.

The first Grade 3 for Arabian mares the GP Mahabb

- Wathba Stallions Cup, over 1.400 meters,

Turf, couldn’t have had a better finish: The winner

Zells Kate set a new record for Mares with a

time of 1’36”171.

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André R. Oliveira and Fada HVP

At the turn, Zells Zenyatta (1ª) was 2 lenghts

ahead of Zells Kate (2ª), followed by Vertente

Rach (3ª), Guinevere Rach (4ª), Cantiga VE (5ª),

Ciranda VE (6ª) and Miss El Chall AJR (7ª).

At the final stretch, Jeane Alves showed Zells

Kate the front, without using the whip and they

took the lead easily to win this Grade 3 challenge,

with a new record for Arab mares.

Zells Zenyatta was second with a great margin,

followed by Cantiga VE (3ª), Vertente Rach (4ª)

and rookie Miss El Chall AJR (5ª).

The Champion, Zells Kate won the R$ 20.000,00

purse. The mare is by S W Zell and out of Zell

Lady in Red (Zachzell), bred by Lynn Kitto and

owned by Almir José Ribeiro.

“With a great horse, everything becomes easier.

As I already know Zells Kate and Zells Zenyatta,

I really believe the first one is a little bit better

than the second one, so I made the right choice,

and won a fantastic race”, said Jeane Alves, who

didn’t use her whip on Zells Kate. “Why use the

whip?”, asked the lady jockey in return.

Trainer Alexandre Garcia Saldanha Correa, who

had two entries Zells Kate (1ª) and Zells Zenyatta

(2ª) said, “To win a race is a happiness, win a Grade

3 is even better! Zells Kate is a very sensible

horse, and we worked hard to calm her down

with success. Zells Zenyatta is a high strung horse.

We travelled from Campinas where both are

based to São Paulo to promenade both, hoping

to calm her down. Fortunately, it worked and

today both showed their class”, said Alexandre

Garcia.

The professional also praised the development

of Arab Races in Brazil. “Races with big prize money

encourage owners and professionals. There

are several Thoroughbreds owners who are now

starting to get interested in Arab horses. Without

doubt, I believe we will have more races like this

in the future”.

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Almir José Ribeiro, vice president of Associação

Brasileira dos Criadores do Cavalo Árabe, is the

happy owner of Zells Kate and said regarding

the race, “first of all, I would like to thank to HH

Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who is

promoting Arab Races worldwide, Lara Sawaya

who once more made it possible with the Wathba

Stallion Festival in Brazil, the ABCCA Board,

who still believe in the success of Arab races in

Brazil, related to Zells Kate victory, it is a single

sensation! My wife and kids and I always have

believed in the talent of this amazing runner,

who now is part of history of Arab races in Brazil.

Thanks to the terrific work, dedication and professionalism

of our Team, we got the first win in

a Graded 3 race in Brazil!!”.

Trainer Lucas Quintana made a double, with

Rhondo Rach (1º) and Marei Rach (2º) and said

“I am very satisfied as Rhondo Rach has returned

to his best shape. He is flying and soon he

will give more wins. The double with Marei Rach

makes me very happy. I got the same feeling as

the day of GP Brasil (G1-2400mG), when I won

with Dídimo. I am very happy!”

The Wathba Stallion Cup festival distributed R$

100.000,00 (One Hundred Thousand Reais) in

prizes with a great success, now looking forward

to 2018 with huge expectations.

Next up was the GP Munjiz for colts & geldings -

Wathba Stallions Cup (Grade 3), also over 1.400

meters, on Turf. Rhondo Rach, record holder of

5 furlongs, proved that a longer distance is no

problem at all.

After the start, Rhondo Rach and Velozter jumped

fast from the starting gate, but Velozter (1º)

took the lead.

Heron HVP took the lead a few meters before the

final stretch, while AMB Acalanto was pushing

with Mozart HVP. Gelson Ribeiro took Rhondo

Rach close to the rail where he got the lead and

ran to the finish line. With winning the first Grade

3 race Rhondo Rach added one more win to

his race record.

Rhondo Rach by Vaillant Rach and Rhondda

Rach (Gothos Rach) is bred by Rach Stud Agropecuária

Ltda and owned by Ricardo Jamil Saliba

and registered a winning time of 1’36”451.

“This win is very special to our family, as our focus

is Arabian racing. So, when we got this terrific

result, it was confirmation that everything

is progressing well. Rhondo Rach proves this

point, as his parents were also bred by us. The

whole family was here, so we had a lot of pressure,

but what a great ending!” said Ricardo Jamil

Saliba, who got a prize of R$ 20.000,00 (Twenty

Thousand Reais) for Rhondo Rach’s win.

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UAE’s Faisal Al-Rahmani elected

IFAHR chairman

The UAE nominee Faisal Al-Rahmani has

unanimously won the chairmanship of the International

Federation of Arabian Horse Racing

Authorities, IFAHR, during the General Assembly

elections held in Paris on Saturday, September 30.

Faisal Al-Rahmani, who is a passionate ownerbreeder

of Purebred Arabian horses, replaces Qatari

Sami Jassim Al Boenain as the new IFAHR

Chairman.

Faisal Al Rahmani is the Deputy Director of the

Emirates Arabian Horse Association and is the

Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee, General

Supervisor of Al Ain Race Track, UAE Director

of Horse Auction.

Al Rahmani has always been a vocal supporter

of Purebred Arabian racing and has

represented the UAE owners and breeders

at international forums like the World Arabian

Horse Racing Conference organised by

the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Commenting on Faisal Al-Rahmani election

as IFAHR Chairman, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive

Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed

Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat

Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International

Federation of Horse Racing Academies

(IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies &

Apprentice Racing Committees in the International

Federation of Arabian Horse Racing

Authorities (IFAHR) and General Manager of

Wathba Stallions said, “We are very proud of

Al Rahmani’s election to the top post in one

of the prominent Arabian racing bodies. This

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is another achievement for UAE in the international

Purebred Arabian racing circuit and

we wish him all the best in his new position.”

Source: HH SH Mansoor Festival / Satya Narayan.

Photos by Morhaf Al Assaf

From left to right: Lara Sawaya, Sami Al Boenain,

Faisal Al-Rahmani and Matts Genberg

IFAHR Country Members

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3,000 years on one island

Nuragic constructions and burial sites, containing the

ancestors of Sardinians from 3,000 years ago, dot the

landscape. Time seems to roll on in Sardinia,

gathering little moss.

Beyond the places are people, customs, and traditions.

Getting to know and learning about them

means transforming from a tourist into a traveler,

and transforming a destination in a place of the

heart: do not settle for less!

A quick detour off the main roads reveals a dream

landscape, like walking into a museum and sitting

in a Dali painting. Virgin forests, hosted by expanses

of rock and granite millions of years old, give

way to peaks and views of Corsica.

Below, pristine beaches practically unspoiled and

off the beaten track, caress the azure and emerald

green waters of the Mediterranean.

Tourism in Sardinia centers on its beaches and the

ancient ruins scattered about the island. Visitors

see sights such as Su Nuraxi di Barumini, an archeological

site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage

Site. This Italian region boasts a series of coves and

small islands. Sardinia, the second-largest island

in the Mediterranean, also features jagged, rocky

coastline, mountain ridges and narrow highlands.

Sardinia does not forget about children, boasting

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a large family resort in Castello. Sardinia has by far

the best beaches of anywhere in Italy and is ideal

for exploring. The massif of the Gennargentu is

wild and the loveliest parts of the coast are between

Cagliari and Nuoro in the east and between

Alghero and Oristano in the west. There are over

7000 nuraghi, fortified tower houses around 3000

years old, Sassari has a lovely medieval centre and

the Grotta di Nettuno is a wonderful cave.

A mild climate and warm hospitality, thousands

of years of traditions with varied and unparalleled

landscapes: this is the setting where the Island’s

golf courses are located, places where you can

combine a passion for sport with a charming holiday,

in elegant environments, with high-quality

services, wellness centres and delicious cuisine.

Famous in the world over for the emerald blue of

its water, for piazzas bustling with life and for quality

services, it is the most exclusive resort of northeastern

Sardinia

Luxury hotels and villas, sparkling nightlife, exclusive

boutiques, elegant aperitifs and fine dining.

The Emerald Coast is Sardinia’s most glamorous

vacation resort. Two boulders bearing its

name welcome you on arrival, one at the southern

end on the road that goes from Olbia to the

most famous places, and one at the north, on the

road leading to the brilliant blue of Baja Sardinia.

The Emerald Coast was born from the consortium

founded by the Ishmaelite prince Karim Aga Khan

in 1962, and it invites you to enjoy the fine cuisine,

great shopping and the suave and luxurious lifestyle

that distinguishes the heart of Porto Cervo,

between Golfo Pevero, Pantogia and Capriccioli.

Its gracious architecture is characteristic: small,

low, white buildings with soft lines that blend in

beautifully with the surrounding Mediterranean

vegetation, like the church of Stella Maris, designed

by Michele Busiri Vici.

The Emerald Coast’s fame is due in large part

also to some of its invaluable nearby natural attractions,

like Cala di Volpe, an exclusive natural

port where some scenes for the James Bond

film The Spy Who Loved Me were filmed.

Other celebrated places include Grande Pevero,

Liscia di Vacca, surrounded by Mediterranean

brush and blessed with turquoise waters, Liscia

Ruja, with its inlets framed by fragrant juniper

bushes, Romazzino, with its transparent sea and

white beaches, and Pitrizza.

The lovely bays with white sails draw your eyes to

beaches and small islands, like the isola dei Cappuccini,

Bisce island, south of Caprera, Li Nibani,

Mortorio island, the little delle Camere islands

and isola di Soffi. Along the coast is the Bottlenose

Dolphin Research Institute, an international insti-

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tute set up to study and safeguard these special

dolphins.

Sardinia has the best seashore

From high up on the little island, about a hundred

metres from the shore and easy to reach

on foot, especially at low tide, the beauty of the

crystal clear water will look even more unreal to

you. The wide, spacious beach of Su Giudeu is

the continuation of another jewel in the same

bay, s’AquaDurci, from which it is separated

by a little rocky reef. Not far away, still in the

charming and famous tourist locality of Chia -

in the territory of Domus de Maria - you will

find another two splendid beaches: Sa Colonia

and Porto Campana. To admire the bay’s

entire coastline, we recommend that you take

a walk to the lighthouse that dominates the

most southwestern part of Sardinia. From the

summit, you can admire a dreamlike landscape,

often a setting for the scenes of a film or for

advertising commercials.

Not far away, you can also visit the archaeological

area of Bithia, an ancient town, first Nuragic and

then Phoenician, Punic and Roman. It is one of the

most important archaeological sites in southern

Sardinia.

Sardinia has approximately 1,242 miles of coastlines

set against blue and emerald-green waters,

with rock formations surrounding numerous

beaches. Cala Domestica in the southwestern

coast of the Carbonia-Iglesias province features

white limestone cliffs and beaches mixed with

sand and gravel. The secluded beach boasts vegetation-covered

dunes. Once a mining community,

historic buildings still dot the area. Scuba fishers

visit this it because of its uncontaminated waters.

The Olbia-Tempio province’s La Celvia beach features

coarse, light-colored golden sand set against

pinkish-yellow rocks and blue waters. This kidfriendly

beach has shallow play areas. Snorkelers

and scuba divers enjoy this beach. It has a dock for

small boats.

Sardinia’s museums consist of archeological features

and artwork that reflects the history and culture

of each province. The National Archaeological

Museum of Cagliari contains a collection of archaeological

relics dating from prehistoric times to

the Middle Ages. The collection includes engraved

terracotta pots, small bronze statues and religious

objects. Berchidda, a wine museum, chronicles the

history of Sardinia’s winemaking tradition, offering

exhibits about how wine is produced and how

the climate and soil affect vineyards. Visitors take

guides tours of the museum, learning about the

types of wine, wine tasting, and fruit, flower and

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plant identification.

Sardinia has annual festivals and celebrations all

year long, featuring historic processions, medieval

activities, music, acrobatics and activities. Muravera

spring Citrus Festival shows appreciation for

fruit farmers and their contribution to the island’s

economy. The three-day festival includes art show,

musical performances and samples of Sardinia’s

oranges. The Village Festival in Sanluri takes place

every autumn and celebrates Sardinia’s culture,

handicrafts, music and cuisine. It features street

musicians, bands and village choirs. Local artisans

showcase their wares and attendees eat traditional

cuisine.

Some 15 miles south of the town of Nuoro,

the landscape of Orgosolo was made famous

by Nobel laureate Deledda’s novel Doves and

Hawks.

In the late 1960s, an Italian anarchist movement

gave birth to a street art movement in the town,

painting stories of the local farmers’ battles

against a brutal feudal system on the walls of

the historic centre. Today, the city is a gallery

of liberation murals, protest pieces and a visual

history of Sardinian struggles against foreign

occupation.

Sardinian food and wine is cheap and delicious.

Fregola, local rice-like pasta, pecorino sheep

cheese, fresh and seasoned, are served with Pan

Carasau, a Sardinian rosemary flatbread.

The selection of fresh fish and meats across the island

is still very good value for money compared

to, say, Catalunya or Provence.

Useful information

To get the best out of Sardinia, you’ll want

a car. Some rental cars do very good deals

and have offices in all major towns and cities

across the island

Flights: Ryanair – EasyJet – AlItalia - Meridiana

Trains: Trenitalia - Trenino Verde (In Italian)

Car hire: Sardinya – Europcar - Hertz

Travel Tips: Sardegna.com

Museums: Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee

- Istituto Etnografico della Sardegna

- Museo Archeologico Nuoro

Sights: Neptune’s Cave

Text and photos courtesy

SARDEGNA ENDURANCE FESTIVAL

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Boudhieb (Abu Dhabi - UAE):

the revolution goes on

The new rules introduced in Bouthieb under the leadership of HH Sh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan have,

so far, been implemented on three events totaling eight competitions -from December 31, 2015 to

January 23, 2016, i.e. over a period of 3 weeks and two days – involving 1077 horses.

Of that number only 5 horses, whose neither life nor athletic future were in danger, required significant

care. These horses all left the clinic in the afternoon.

We can only welcome such a result both because it is exceptional and also because it’s simply unprecedented.

This dramatic decline in the number of horses requiring unavoidable clinical care, this disappearance

of horses who died of exhaustion or were put down because of fractures, is certainly the most important

and most visible consequence of the revolution taking place in Bouthieb.

But do not forget that this is part of an ongoing broad programme of education / rehabilitation which

has several other aspects.

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Here are a few of them.

On the Track

What can I say except that it’s just as different as night and day from what went on before?

The cars have access only if they have the badge (authorization) that was given to them. Their number is

limited to one vehicle for 5 horses per trainer. In order to ensure effective control, the badge is not a small

discreet label that gets stuck in a corner of the windshield and that the stewards or the police will have no

time to read, but a big sticker (30 cm x 30 cm) which does not allow fraud.

The riders’ track is lined with linear mounds prohibiting crew vehicles to mix with horses and cross their

path. Cars drive on the right or the left track, in principle, depending on the wind so as not to disturb

the horses with dust. It is the third year that this provision has been introduced in Bouthieb, but it is only

a first step because they are thinking of improving the tracks by making them more technical and by

separating them from the vehicle assistance for the next season. The contact points (crew points) would

then only be water points as in the rest of the world. Riders would be even more responsible, being no

longer practically guided by their trainers. This can only be beneficial for the horses as by becoming more

independent; riders will be more responsible and will certainly be more attentive to their horses.

The prohibition of continuous watering and the creation of water points has put an end to the dangerous

and unreasonable 4WD race cutting and intersecting the trajectory of the horses at the mercy of

the crews fantasies. We no longer see ten 4WD for one horse slaloming 5 or 6 abreast and watering

continuously throughout the track. Now, if the crew cars still follow the horses along the track, they take

the lead to stop at water points (currently every kilometer), where the grooms are waiting with bottles.

While I was on the track at such points I had for the very first time the intimate feeling of being on an

endurance competition such as it exists everywhere else in the world rather than in the middle of a kind

of insane gymkhana where only speed matters for the sake of speed, at the expense of the essentials,

namely the welfare and preservation of the horses.

Cleanliness and general behavior

The two shots below say more than any words. Both were taken at Bouthieb at the end of a competition

and on the eve of another. The first was taken during the last season, the second in January 2016.

Between them strict instructions were given (no more empty bags of ice lying around and noth-

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ing except water tanks for the next day). The instructions are permanent and apply throughout

the competition. White bags of ice thrown around and trampled no longer have the right to be.

Their content has to be poured into bins or containers before the event. It is part of a system of

education in which whatever you feel like doing is no longer acceptable and the images of the

competition and its venue come into play for the fame of the venue.

Now the grooming area is not a place without limits. There is clearly an inside and an outside. This allows

more effective control of the 5 assistants per horse rule. Even if this is not yet observed up to 100%, it is

being rooted in the minds with the help of the organizers and ground jury members and the difference

with what was practiced before is obvious. The notion of field of play materializes both physically and

mentally, which is another positive fact.

Control

But mankind being what it is and having an innate tendency to cling to old habits, the Organizing

Committee had to enforce a monitoring CCTV network to assist the ground jury in its management

task. Thus, a room with direct access to the inspection area now centralizes a network of

high definition cameras.

This network covers the whole vet gate area (from arrival to departure lines, including the grooming

area, the inspection area with its trotting lines, rest areas and even the approach area of arrival and a

few meters after the start). Everything is recorded and the operator in charge can enlarge any image

and zoom on it as much as technology allows. This has a deterrent effect which is perhaps not yet fully

integrated into mentalities, but will certainly have an impact of which we will become aware at the end

of the season when we analyze the weak and strong points of the new rules enforced.

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Side effects

However much one works on a whole set of rules and tries to circumvent the unintended consequences

that may emerge in real life, it is inevitable to have surprises.

For example we saw the number of retirements (RET) increase significantly without the prior causes

appearing clearly. After analyzing and questioning the competitors concerned, we discovered an unexpected

consequence of the new implemented rules. Indeed, given that the prize allocation is 30% for

the traditional classification and 70% for the points classification (reflecting the good condition of the

horse and its good management), we now see trainers withdraw their horse correctly classified for the

speed ranking but poorly ranked on points. Although being considered fit to start for the next loop,

they know that the main prizes will be lost and see no reason to continue even though in the “traditional”

context they would have continued without hesitation, possibly risking to ride their horses hard

to win. The main beneficiaries of this side effect are certainly the horses. We are delighted by this side

effect, that we did not foresee and expect.

We hear trainers rejoice to see that a horse they have worked with for months does not have its career

stopped dead due to excess (fracture, death, catastrophic metabolism) on the first major ride and that it

will continue its career again and again, which is satisfactory and opens up new perspectives.

We hear these same trainers say that slow but tough horses - and condemned to always losing - suddenly

now have a future thanks to the new rules. Thus we were able to see horses always in the bottom

ranks emerge in the first 10. This partially modifies the rules of the market without doubt because the

requested qualities for winnig are now not really the same as before.

At the training level, they say that they will have to look at things differently, from the moment when

the parameters have not only changed but are considerably harder consequently imposing new goals.

Some trainers declare a new interest in the game as it is now more difficult and certainly more complex.

They now calculate and not “only” go as fast as possible. In this way, the endless gallop at track length is

replaced partly by trotting. If during the next season, the design of the tracks is less flat and more technical

(and the site of Bouthieb with its dunes permits it), that interest can only grow with time.

But we still see too many riders passively awaiting the orders of their trainer instead of managing their

own rides. They arrive near the finish line and start going in circles to cross it when their time gives them

the maximum number of points. It is a kind of misuse of the rule by non integration or misunderstanding

of it. A new explanation of the goals of the game accompanied by a tight control should be established

to counter that bad habit that harms the image of the experience. But we see a growing number

(still relatively small - about 20% on the last ride) of riders who, exploiting the new deal, actually regulate

their speed on the track, which is good for the welfare of the horses.

The new rules

Thus a different way of competing in endurance appears, a manner based on reverted key criteria

which had been relegated with time to the rank of minor elements. Voluntary reorientation of

prizes also undeniably helps to make this new vision a habit.

But all is not rosy and the relative speed of the implementation of this “new” approach raises more or

less declared opposition. Adaptations and inevitable adjustments in the implementation of any project

are used here and there to try and destabilize the operation. But for who knows the passionate perseverance

and involvement of Sh. Sultan, it is clear that this will not be enough to stop him and the team

that creates the project with and around him in a very intimate and coordinated manner. It is not possible

to stop what gives such good results regarding the welfare of the horses, which must come before

any other consideration whatever happens.

The FEI has responded and planned emergency meetings with the EEF (Emirates Equestrian Federation)

to see to what extent provisions similar to those of Bouthieb could be applied throughout the territory.

We hoped, and so did Sh. Sultan, for an official reaction from the FEI, but we did not think it would occur

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so rapidly (about 10 days) after the very first implementation.

We have left ruling theories alone, and made the jump into reality by implementing on the ground the

Bouthieb pioneer rules which, far from violating the deep meaning of endurance, give it a new security

and force. This certainly goes in the same direction as the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) action

and research and we hope that our action will have a positive impact on the future of the discipline.

Text and photos:

François Kerboul

FEI 4*

HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Photo: Cidinha Franzão

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