Festival News

Curtain comes down on Madrid edition
Tue, 08 May 2018
The Romanian capital of Bucharest was named as host for the 2019 edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF) on the final day of the 2018 WAHRF which came to an end in the Spanish capital on May 6, Sunday night. Bucharest will be the 10th city in the world to stage the annual conference which made its debut in 2010 in Abu...Read more

Curtain comes down on Madrid edition

Tue, 08 May 2018
The Romanian capital of Bucharest was named as host for the 2019 edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF) on the final day of the 2018 WAHRF which came to an end in the Spanish capital on May 6, Sunday night.

Bucharest will be the 10th city in the world to stage the annual conference which made its debut in 2010 in Abu Dhabi under the directions of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
The closing ceremony of the April 30 to May 6, 2018, WAHRF in Madrid earlier got off to a great start at the La Quinta De Jarama when the 400-plus delegates from nearly 90 countries marked the 100th birthday of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Forum and other activities of the Festival are being held in the ‘Year of Zayed’ to mark his 100th birth anniversary which in fact fell on Sunday, May 6.
 
A portrait of the great UAE leader, painted by Santosh Kumar, was unveiled on the night and later was gifted to HE Dr. Hessa Al Oteiba, UAE Ambassador to Spain, as a memento to the embassy by 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
 
HE Dr. Hessa along with HE Sulaiman Hamid Al Mazroui - UAE Ambassador to UK, HE Yousif Al-Sabri - UAE Ambassador to Poland, HE Mohammed Al Suwaidi- UAE Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Edward Hamod, Director of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Dr. Abdulla Al Raisi, Director of General of National Archives, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi-Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, WAHO President Peter Pond, IFAHR Chairman Faisal Al Rahmani and many other prominent personalities were awarded mementoes for their support to the Festival and the success of the Madrid Forum.
 
Also feted were the UAE Ladies endurance team that won the Individual and Team Gold on Saturday, all UAE connections of Purebred Arabian racing, members of the media and all panel members of the seven sessions that were part of the three-day Forum.
 
Earlier on the final day of the Forum, a committee was formed with over 20 members to try and find solutions to the problems dogging the progress and promotion of Purebred Arabian racing. The Committee will be headed by Ms. Sawaya and also includes the WAHO President Peter Pond, IFAHR Chairman Faisal Al Rahmani and Dr. Abdulla Al Raisi who initiated the idea of such a group. Prominent trainers, owners, officials and representatives from various sections of the Arabian racing family were named in the Committee which will have its first meeting later in the year in London.
 
“It was a great week for the sport of Purebred Arabian racing. Apart from the brain storming at the Forum, the other highlights were the first-ever Listed race in Seville and also the launch of the Festival’s HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series,” said Ms. Sawaya.
 
“The week’s activities began with the General Assembly of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) on May 1. The three-day World Arabian Horse Racing Forum began on May 2 and experts on various aspects of Purebred Arabian racing were discussed and debated over seven sessions.
 
The Forum delegates then left on a one-day trip to Sevilla on May 5 where the Festival staged the ‘Year Of Zayed Race Day’, a flat race meeting at the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course.
 
On the same day Madrid hosted the 100 miles Sheikh Zayed Cup and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak CEIO Cup 120 km ** in which the UAE dominated,” she said.
 
Sunday night’s Gala Dinner at the La Quinta de Jarama which was a mix of music, dance and dinner brought the curtain down on yet another world conference with Bucharest named to carry the baton forward.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Hamdan’s Ajaayib wins Zayed Cup in Seville
Sun, 06 May 2018
It was a memorable day for the UAE in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival events, both on the endurance circuit in Madrid and the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course in Seville in Spain on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Ajaayib, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance, was ridden to a superb win by Mickael Forest in ...Read more

HH Sheikh Hamdan’s Ajaayib wins Zayed Cup in Seville

Sun, 06 May 2018
It was a memorable day for the UAE in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival events, both on the endurance circuit in Madrid and the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course in Seville in Spain on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Ajaayib, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance, was ridden to a superb win by Mickael Forest in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, Seville’s first-ever Listed race.
 
Whereas in Madrid, the UAE lady riders registered a Double winning the Individual Gold as well as the Team Gold in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Nations Cup Endurance ride.
 
While Alyazia Al Romaithi on Holoutaria registered a smart time of 5 hrs 39 mins 16 secs to win the 120-km ride, Asma Ahmed Janahi on Oregon in third place, Alia Ahmad Al Saboori on Maur Perejil (5th place) and Shathra Al Hajaj riding Negriza Del Falot (7th place) ensured the UAE also topped the Team Championship in this Nations Cup ride.
 
Agda Muxi Crusellas of Spain on Before De Bordenave finished second while Carlota Villegas, also of Spain on Zeus Fkt 25, finished fourth. The UAE’s Nesreen Ali Khalid on Ciro De completed a perfect day for the UAE with an 8th place finish.
 
Later Spanish riders completed a 1-2 in the Festival-sponsored 100-mile (160-km) ride to mark 100 years of Zayed with Angel Soy Coll on Warrens Hill Chayze finishing first in a time of 9 hours 8 minutes and 58 seconds. Paula Muntala Sanchez on Al Hfifa Zafira helped Spanish sweep with the third place.
 
In Seville, Ajaayib, the Francois Rohaut-trained daughter of Mahabb, stayed with the leading pack for most of the race and once on the home stretch, forged ahead to post a convincing win. Ajaayib finished ahead of Al Shamoos under Julien Grosjean from Al Nujafi Racing and Al Nama under Richard Mullen from Al Shaqab Racing in the Euros 35,000 race run over 1500 metres.
 
Earlier in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship leg over 1900 metres; there was more success for the region when Omani raider Al Mah’youb carried Belgian Sanne de Ceulaer to a comfortable win.
 
Al May’youb under Belgian Sanne de Ceulaer finished ahead of Al Neksh under Hunagrian Huszar Korinna while in third place was Haramil under Turkey’s Mahson Turan.
 
“This is my first race on an Arabian horse and am so thrilled I won. I am looking forward to the final in Abu Dhabi. Many of my jockey colleagues have been there, so I will pick their brains and prepare for the prestigious race,” said de Ceulaer.
 
The loudest cheers were reserved for the pony riders as the Festival unveiled the opening leg of its newest series – the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series.
 
Eleven-year-old Alberto Peres-Luna on Rayo showed a lot of class and promise winning this first of the ten races to be staged around the world. Diego Dorantes on Caramelo and Diego Ruiz on Latigo finished second and third respectively.
 
“I thank my father for encouraging me into the sport and I hope I win for Spain in the final in Abu Dhabi,” Alberto said.
 
The UAE Ambassador to Spain HE Dr. Hessa Al Oteiba, HE Sulaiman Hamid Al Mazroui - UAE Ambassador to UK, HE Yousif Al-Sabri - UAE Ambassador to Poland, HE Mohammed Al Suwaidi- UAE Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Edward Hamod, Director of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Dr. Abdulla Al Raisi, Director of National Archives, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi-Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) along with others attended and gave away the trophies at the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course in Seville.
 
On the sidelines of the Seville race meeting, the Abu Dhabi Youth Council, the Abu Dhabi Police Youth Council members along with the other young participants at the Forum and the Apprentice jockeys attended a Youth Circle meeting organized by the Festival. Various experts in racing spoke to the youth on issues related to the racing sport.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported race meeting in Sevilla on Saturday
Sun, 06 May 2018
The action in the ongoing three-day 9th edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum at the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel will soon shift to the endurance circuit and to Seville for ‘Year Of Zayed Race Day’ meeting. Organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, the Forum witnessed some lively debates on three more subjects on Thursday that ended with a grand ...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported race meeting in Sevilla on Saturday

Sun, 06 May 2018
The action in the ongoing three-day 9th edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum at the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel will soon shift to the endurance circuit and to Seville for ‘Year Of Zayed Race Day’ meeting.

Organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, the Forum witnessed some lively debates on three more subjects on Thursday that ended with a grand dinner at the Castillo de Vineules later in the night.
 
Over 400 delegates representing over 80 countries are in attendance.
 
On Saturday, May 5 the Festival will be staging the ‘Year Of Zayed Race Day’ meeting at the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course in Seville.
 
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup which will make history as Seville’s first ever Listed race will be run over a distance of 1500 metres and carries a prize fund of Euros 35,000.
 
The strong field of eight runners include Ajaayib, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance, Al Shamoos from Al Nujafi Racing and Al Nama from Al Shaqab Racing. The other runners are Diabolo Hipolyte, Amar, Domino de Maligne, Everest Hypolite and the Damien Watrigant-trained Dartianne.
 
The second of the three races slated for the day is the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship leg and seven runners will be in the fray in this 1900-metre contest. The race carries a prize fund of Euros 20,000 and the winner will be racing in the grand final on November 9 in Abu Dhabi.
 
The horses and Apprentice jockeys are: Al May’youb under Belgian Sanne de Ceulaer, Injal under Oman’s Saif Al Balushi, Sandeed under Germany’s Melanie Ehm, Al Neksh under Hunagrian Huszar Korinna, El Abid under Irish Apprentice Sophie Ralston, Haramil under Turkey’s Mahson Turan and Electra de Faust under UK’s Jack Osborn.
 
The third race under the Festival’s umbrella is the opening leg of the 10-race newly-added HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series.

On Thursday, the second day of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum began with a session on ‘Jockey Weight And Accidents Insurances’.
 
The session was moderated by Gary Capewell and on the panel were Richard Mullen (UK), Sarah Oliver (UK), Ernest Oertel (South Africa), Chris Watson (New Zealand), Kai Schirmann (Germany), Mahi Aramideh and Acaena Amoros from Elixir Clinic, Dr. Jamal Hout (Canada) and Sophie Ralston (Ireland).
 
 
 
Mullen said that since the Festival-supported Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) study and report on how to improve the way Jockeys 'make-weight', it has been of great help to the jockeys and the perception of many of them has now begun to change. “Many of the jockeys have changed their mentality and now approach the issue as an active sportsperson or athlete,” he said.
 
Dr. Jamal Hout involved in complementary medicine said the simple mantra was ‘what to eat, how to eat and inclusion of exercise while Mahi Aramideh of Cyprus said the infusion of balanced minerals and vitamins as per one’s need certainly helped in keeping weight.
 
Trainer Oertel, who lost a leg following an accident but is now back on horses training, and young Apprentice jockey Sophie Ralston spoke about insurance issues following their accidents. Jockey coach Kai Schirmann said Germany tied jockey’s insurance with the issue of licenses and added that they were valid world-wide. Mullen and Xavier Ziani spoke of the challenges they faced as Insurance companies never made it easy for insurance to jockeys. Khalid Al Naboodah and Oertel made a plea that insurances should also cover all stable staff and not just jockeys and hoped in future this issue could be addressed.
 
Sarah Olivier added that since the Festival’s involvement, lady jockeys and Apprentice jockeys and even those at the amateur level were looking at a the sport as a career path which augurs well for the future of racing.
 
The ‘Session on Media, PR & Data Base’ was moderated by Derek Thompson and the panelists were Michel Abu Najm (FRA), Katherine Fidler, Racing Post (UK), Satya Narayan (India), Francois Reeves, Paris Turf (FRA), Jonathan Howarths (USA), Nadine Frampton (Australia), Peter Staple (AUS), Michel Chahda (Lebanon), Ibrahim Omran (Egypt) and Mohamed Al Nuaimi (UAE).
 
Staple, who wrote the autobiography of former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, said newspapers around the world were cutting down on specialized sports reporters pointing out that in his newspaper horse racing reporters from 24 had now been reduced to two!
 
The panelists agreed that use of modern technology and social media should be resorted to by all those in the sport. American Howarths demonstrated how he covers races on the spot and relays through Facebook and to the AJC live.
 
Commenting on the challenges of reporting on Arabian races, Satya felt the member countries and racing venues must do their bit in providing information and that was a big problem at present when compared to other sport.
 
Delegates also got a sneak preview of a tracking device from Paris Turf which is carried by the racing horse and transmits a lot of details to make the race more entertaining as well as give a lot of minute details to all connected. Francois Reeves said the product was in the final stages and would soon be available.
 
The need for a comprehensive data base for Arabian racing was highlighted and Ms. Lara Sawaya stated that the Festival was working on it and it needed time.
 
The final session on the second day was on Women in Racing and was moderated by Australia’s only woman race caller Victoria Shaw. On the panel were Eman Saiqal (UAE), Shathra Al Hajjaj (UAE), Terri Eaton (USA), Ikram Saab (LEB), Barbara De Mieulle (FRA), Heide Bernsdorff (Germany), Mary Martin (France), Aisha (UAE) and Lara Sawaya (UAE).
 
Ms. Sawaya stressed that the Festival’s support for women in racing and endurance was well documented and added that the UAE under its wise leaders was always ahead in promoting women in sport. “The UAE has one of the highest number of women in all work places, highest number of women ministers and highest number of woman ambassadors- all pointing to a great future,” she said.
 
“There will always be challenges but we must confront them and not shy away,” Ms. Sawaya said.
 
Eman Saiqal pointed out that from 27 UAE lady riders in 1999 there were 1777 registered endurance lady riders at present.
 
Shathra, a former flat race jockey and current member of the UAE ladies endurance team, recalled the support to her in her initial days and said UAE was a great country to be a women sportsperson. Lebanon’s Saada hailed the role in women’s empowerment that the Festival was promoting and others on the panel agreed that the UAE and the Festival were pioneering the cause of women all over the world.
 
Apart from the flat racing in Sevilla, the Festival will also be supporting a 100-mile endurance ride to mark 100 years of Zayed and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Nations Cup Endurance ride which will be also run on Saturday. The UAE ladies team will be vying for honours in the team championship.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum in Madrid
Thu, 03 May 2018
There was a strong call for standardization of rules and regulations governing the sport of Purebred Arabian racing on the opening day of the three-day 9th edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum which began at the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, the Forum, with over 400 delegates represe...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum in Madrid

Thu, 03 May 2018
There was a strong call for standardization of rules and regulations governing the sport of Purebred Arabian racing on the opening day of the three-day 9th edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum which began at the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, the Forum, with over 400 delegates representing over 80 countries in attendance, was inaugurated by HE Dr Hessa Al Oteiba, the UAE Ambassador to Spain.
 
Dr Abdulla Alraisi, Director General of National Archives, UAE, Faisal Rahmani, Chairman, IFAHR, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Overseas Promotion, DCT, Abu Dhabi and Edward Hamod, General Manager of National Feed and Flour Production & Marketing Co LLC, also made opening remarks which was followed by a captivating presentation by Dr Abdulla Alraisi on ‘Zayed: A Man Who Built A Nation’.
 
The international gathering got a glimpse of the achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan as the UAE marked the 100th birth anniversary of the founder of the UAE with 2018 being observed as ‘Year of Zayed’.
 
 
The video presentation brought alive some of his profound statements while shots of the great leader supervising the development and transformation of a desert country into a modern nation had all those present in awe of the Late Zayed.
 
The opening session on ‘Breeding' was moderated by renowned racing commentator Derek Thompson and on the panel were Khalid Al Naboodah (UAE), Ahmed Al Balushi (Oman), Emanuel Cesac (FRA), Mohammed Quramil (Morocco), Garett Ford (USA), Val Bunting (FRA), Lynn Bennett (USA), Richard Lancaster (UK) and Dr. Andrew Dalglish.
 
All panel members were unanimous that the main factors that go into the breeding of a successful race horse were selection of the right mare and the right stallion, pedigree, conformation and good stable staff who understand the young foal and help raise it in the right environment.
 
When the topic of Embryo Transfer was brought up, Val Bunting and Richard Lancaster felt this method of breeding would lead to abuse and were not in favour and also added that they were against the rules. However, since the IFAHR rules governing such aspects gave individual freedom to countries to follow what suited them best, some of the other panelists sought a standardization of this rule. It was also suggested that they limit the number of embryo transfers to the minimum to help safeguard the gene pool.
 
The 1962 Grand National winner and UAE-based Pat Buckley was the head of the second session ‘Racing & Training’ with Mark Powell (USA), Nelly Philippot (Belguim), Xavier Ziani (FRA), Ezzeldine Sedrati (Morocco), Damien De Watrigant (FRA), Thomasz Chalimoniuk (Pol), Karin van den Bos (Ned), Roberto Cocheteaux (Spain) and Francis Mautoban (FR) on the panel.
 
Sedrati said Morocco staged 700 races every year and they were short of horses while Chalimoniuk said Poland staged around 220 races and both added that the role of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival had triggered a huge boost in Arabian racing in their respective countries. Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos said she pursued a holistic approach to training her horses and had achieved a lot of success.
 
 
Watrigant shared his experience as a trainer of 15 years and added that he is a 6th generation in his family to be involved with horses.
 
Ziani said the success of any horse depends on the team behind it and said right from the owner and trainer it was all about team work.
 
There was a lot of discussion on whether Arabian horses should start racing at 3 or 4 years and finally there was some consensus that the trainer should take this decision based on the condition of his horse.
 
Later in the third session of the day on ‘Rules & Regulations, Nutrition & Veterinary Services,’ the call for standardization of rules gathered support. This session was moderated by UK’s Philip Brenan with the panelists being Hecham El Debagh (Morocco), Dr Stefano Daneri (Italy), Mohammed Al Hashemi (Oman), Marcel de Bruyne (Belgium), Jirayr Habibian (Armenia), Neil Abrahams (Canada) and Ian Patterson (Cyprus).
 
Jirayr Habibian said the regulations are always evolving in sport and hence the legal framework should keep pace with the rapid changes in horse racing. “Legal system and regulations should go hand in hand.”
 
Referring to any appeal in the first instance during a race being adjudicated by the Stewards, he felt in the name of natural justice this should be referred to an outside body like a Commission or even the Court of Arbitration.
 
Neil Abrahams said though there is no standardization of rules, all jockeys know the whip rules prevalent in different countries. “Technology has made it easier and helps all those connected to racing to keep themselves abreast of prevailing rules via the web,” he said.
 
However with the rules governing the use of the whip, fines and suspension of jockeys, appeals etc. being so different in many countries, the panelists’ and delegates including the Festival’s jockey Ambassador Xavier Ziani urged organisations like hosts HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and IFAHR to take up their cause and seek standardization of rules and regulations.
 
Dr. Stephano Daneri stated that the current whips in use cause no harm to the welfare of the horse and there were no such report in the recent past to state the contrary while some panelists sought the standardization of the whips as a starting point.
 
 
Midway through the opening day’s sessions, 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) conducted the draw for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race to be run on May 5 in Seville. Seven of the ten Apprentice jockeys who arrived here will be racing to clinch a spot in the grand final in Abu Dhabi on November 9, 2018.
 
The Form continues with four more sessions and a workshop after which action shifts to the race course and endurance circuit during the weekend.
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival helps Seville stage its first-ever Listed race
Wed, 02 May 2018
Seville will stage its first ever Listed horse race and will also be the venue where the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series will kick off, all on the sidelines of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s annual World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF) which opened in Madrid on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The above events along w...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival helps Seville stage its first-ever Listed race

Wed, 02 May 2018
Seville will stage its first ever Listed horse race and will also be the venue where the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series will kick off, all on the sidelines of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s annual World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF) which opened in Madrid on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

The above events along with a series of others were announced at a press conference held at Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel on Tuesday evening with the UAE Ambassador to Spain Dr. Hessa Al Oteiba presiding over the meet.
 
“Apart from seven sessions of the Forum during which some very important subjects connected with Purebred Arabian horse racing as well as general racing topics will be discussed, we will have a workshop. Also this time we have added an exhibition showcasing the deeds of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to mark the Year of Zayed -100 years since his birth, the Father of the UAE,” said Ms. Sawaya.
 
“A 100-mile endurance ride to mark 100 years of Zayed will be held along with a HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Nations Cup Endurance ride in which a UAE team will also be participating,” she announced.
 
 
“On May 5 the Festival will be staging the ‘Year Of Zayed Race Day’, a flat race meeting at the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course in Seville. The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup will be the feature event and will go down in history as Seville’s first ever Listed race! The three–race meeting will also feature a race of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship series while the third race will be the opening leg of the 10-race newly-added HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series,” she added.
 
“The winners of each of the HH Sheikha Lateefa Pony International race series will again race in the grand final in Abu Dhabi on November 9, as will the winners of the HH Sheikha Fatima Apprentice series.”
 
The Festival confirmed its support to Madrid which will host the FEI World Championship for Young Horses in 2020.
 
Representatives of the Abu Dhabi Youth Council and the Abu Dhabi Police Youth Council are in Madrid and Ms. Sawaya said a Youth Circle will be held here to exchange views and expertise on how to attract more UAE youth in the age group of 16 to 30 to equestrian sport.
 
Earlier HE Dr. Al Oteiba hailed the contributions of the late Sheikh Zayed in building the UAE into a modern country and also his support for heritage events like equestrianism.
 
“HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister 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 are continuing the great work done by the late Sheikh Zayed and this Forum here in Madrid has been so widely received by Spain and other countries,” she said.
 
Also addressing the press conference were IFAHR chief Faisal Al Rahmani, Edward Hamod, Director of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Dr. Abdulla Al Raisi, Director of National Archives, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi-Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Nadim Lahad of Emirates Airline, Dr Stephano Daneri of Equicare Veterinary Services, Abdel Rahman Al Rumaithy, Member of Abu Dhabi Youth Council, Pat Buckley of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Daniel Fanaux –Spanish Endurance chief, Roberto Cocheteaux and Barbara De Mieulle representing Spain’s Flat Racing committee.
 
 
Wednesday was the opener of the three-day World Arabian Horse Racing Forum and ‘Breeding’, ‘Racing & Training’, and ‘Rules & Regulations and Nutrition & Veterinary Services’ were the three sessions scheduled for the day.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
IFHRA member-countries urged To encourage apprentice jockeys
Tue, 01 May 2018
The meeting at Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel was held ahead of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum, which is scheduled to be held in Madrid from May 2-4. The IFHRA, which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, comes under the umbrella of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.   Ms. Lara Sawaya, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Exe...Read more

IFHRA member-countries urged To encourage apprentice jockeys

Tue, 01 May 2018
The meeting at Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel was held ahead of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum, which is scheduled to be held in Madrid from May 2-4.

The IFHRA, which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, comes under the umbrella of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), in her opening address, urged member countries to identify more apprentice jockeys so as to enable them to participate in the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race series.
 
Several member countries including Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Morocco, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, US and UK, and the UAE, attended the meeting while four representatives interacted via Skype in the highly interactive discussion.
 
Ms Sawaya said that IFHRA was aware that several issues were preventing the member-countries from sending more apprentices owing to travel and visa restrictions, but nevertheless, efforts have to be made in this direction. She said there are already ten apprentice races scheduled under the Festival, with each race having ten riders, bringing the number of riders to 100 and said more needed to be done to attracted different countries, other than those who normally take part.
 
Ms Sawaya welcomed the presence of two representatives from the Abu Dhabi Youth Council and Abu Dhabi Police Youth Council, who as observers will attend all IFHRA meetings and events to cooperate and coordinate their functioning.
 
 
Regarding the Mentorship programme, where youngsters get to travel to other countries on a scholarship under RSF, Ms Sawaya stated that ten students have been finalised for the year 2018 and the first student had already begun his programme.
 
Ms Sawaya sought more coordination among member countries to make the races more successful. She also added that one more race will be held exclusively for South American region. She underlined that each rider should have completed five wins to be able to participate in the Festival races.
 
Representatives from Brazil, Malaysia and Italy stated that they were encouraged by Festival and Arabian racing has seen an increase in the recent past. Malaysia is planning to hold a race for Purebred Arabian horses, first of its kind in the region, during September this year which will be followed by more races in the coming year.
 
Suggestions were put forth by members regarding the selection of apprentices and how to prepare them to take part in the races by selecting three or more jockeys from each country before the season began.
 
The meeting was moderated by Chris Watson, New Zealand representative.
 
The next meeting will be held in Abu Dhabi in November 2018.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Stage set for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum
Mon, 30 Apr 2018
On Tuesday, May 1, the Festival’s International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, will hold its General Assembly at the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel between 10.00 am to 12 noon followed by the press conference the same evening at 5.00 pm. The three-day World Arabian Horse Racing Forum begins on May 2 and experts from various aspects of Purebred Arabian racing will b...Read more

Stage set for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum

Mon, 30 Apr 2018
On Tuesday, May 1, the Festival’s International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, will hold its General Assembly at the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel between 10.00 am to 12 noon followed by the press conference the same evening at 5.00 pm.

The three-day World Arabian Horse Racing Forum begins on May 2 and experts from various aspects of Purebred Arabian racing will be in attendance.
Seven sessions of the WAHRF will discuss seven different topics over three days while the third and final day (May 4) will bring the curtain down on the Forum.
 
The Festival’s guests and Forum delegates will leave for a one-day trip to Sevilla on May 5 where the Festival will be staging the ‘Year Of Zayed Race Day’, a flat race meeting at the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course.
 
 
 
On May 6, the Festival will stage its endurance races which comprise the 100 miles Sheikh Zayed Cup and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak CEIO Cup 120 km **. A Gala Dinner at the La Quinta de Jarama in Madrid will be the last event of the Festival at Madrid.
 
“The World Arabian Horse Racing Forum which was earlier held as the World Arabian Horse Racing made its debut in Abu Dhabi in 2010.
 
The next seven editions were held in The Hague in The Netherlands, Berlin in Germany, Toulouse in France, London in the UK, Warsaw in Poland, Rome in Italy and last year in Marrakesh in Morocco,” said 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
 
“Every edition of this Forum has rewarded the Arabian horse racing fraternity which is now more close-knit than ever before. We expect this 2018 Forum in this magnificent city of Madrid to contribute more for the progress of Purebred Arabian horses and racing all over the globe,” she added.
 
“Conceived by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and supported by 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 Forum is a great initiative and has been appreciated by the racing fraternity,” Ms Sawaya added.
 
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Aoun wins Sheikh Zayed Cup in Morocco
Mon, 30 Apr 2018
Which was one of the four races organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival at the Marrakesh race course in Morocco on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Ridden by Roberto-Carlos Montenegoro, the Antoine De Watrigant –trained Aoun finished ahead of Metrag under Jerome Cabre while in third place was Dalsimata Cole ridden by Khalid Abba.   The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan...Read more

Aoun wins Sheikh Zayed Cup in Morocco

Mon, 30 Apr 2018
Which was one of the four races organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival at the Marrakesh race course in Morocco on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Ridden by Roberto-Carlos Montenegoro, the Antoine De Watrigant –trained Aoun finished ahead of Metrag under Jerome Cabre while in third place was Dalsimata Cole ridden by Khalid Abba.
 
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race was the feature event and carried a prize fund of Euros 35,000 and was contested over 1900 metres.
 
French lady rider Marie Lemartinel and Omani Apprentice Abdul Aziz Al Balushi won their respective races earlier in the day to qualify for the finals to be held in Abu Dhabi in November.
 
 
Lemartinel, riding Asraa Oum Rabie, won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race. The 1900-metre race with a prize fund of Euros 30,000 saw ten lady jockeys from around the world compete for a place in the grand final in Abu Dhabi.
 
Germany’s Eva Herresthal on Kouhayl Bouskoura and Croatia’s Sara Giavarini on Rahmamiate l’Atlas finished second and third respectively.
 
In the 1600-metre HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race which carried a prize fund of Euros 20,000, it was Oman’s Abdul Aziz Al Balushi who topped on Dalile Maamora. Belgium’s Felice Jacobs on Nachwan Ras Al Maa finished second followed by Spanish Apprentice Ignacio Melgarego on Charmsper.
 
The fourth race supported by the Festival was the Wathba Stallions Cup and Rachid Amenai on Fawzi Al Mels won this Euros 5000 race. Hamoodah Hadouch under Jaouad Kayate and Ourz Fal under Khalid Ibba finished second and third respectively.
 
 
HE Ali Salem Al Kaabi the UAE Ambassador to Morocco, 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Musallam Al Ameri, Director of Yas Horse Racing Management attended the prize distribution ceremony.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

 
UAE President’s Outstanding Sporting Achievement award for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival
Tue, 24 Apr 2018
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs gave away the award to 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabi...Read more

UAE President’s Outstanding Sporting Achievement award for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

Tue, 24 Apr 2018
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs gave away the award to 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), who received it on behalf of the Festival.

The awards are part of an initiative by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to honour the UAE’s sporting achievements every year.
 
Also present were HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Tolerance; Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs; Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Dr. Sultan Bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and CEO of ADNOC Group, Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander in Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman, General Authority for Sports and a number of senior officials.
 
 
During the ceremony, HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Tolerance, was honoured as the "Sports Figure for 2017," along with 541 athletes representing 28 sports federations.
 
Elated after receiving the award, Ms. Sawaya said, “This is another great success for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival. This recognition will spur us on to achieve more and follow the instructions of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister 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, Mother of the UAE.”
 
“The Festival owes its success to HH Sheikh Mansoor and HH Sheikha Fatima Bin t Mubarak,” she added.
 
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival stages four races on Tuesday
Mon, 23 Apr 2018
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will unveil four of its races at the Marrakesh race course in Morocco on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race headlines the Festival’s four races, the others being the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship r...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival stages four races on Tuesday

Mon, 23 Apr 2018
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will unveil four of its races at the Marrakesh race course in Morocco on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race headlines the Festival’s four races, the others being the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race and the Wathba Stallions Cup race.
 
All four races are part of the Festival which was initiated in 2009 by HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
With the UAE celebrating 2018 as the Year of Zayed as it marks the 100th birth anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Listed race will carry a prize fund of Euros 35,000 and will be run over 1900 metres.
 
A strong field of 12 horses have entered and they include Kerchera, Metrag, Bachar De Carrere, Jazzar, Dalsimata Cole, Autza, Emir Des Vialettes, Bint Grine, Enigma Al Coyan, Risk De Riolat, Aoun and Amenvol.
 
 
In the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race, all eyes will be on local lady jockey Zinel El Briouil representing Morocco. Two professional jockeys- Poland’s Karolina Dynarowska and UK’s Alice Mills- are also in the fray. The others include Croatia’s Sara Giavarini, Denmark’s Lisa Lindbjerg, French rider Marie Lemartinel, Germany’s Eva Herresthal, Nadia Ibrahim from The Netherlands and Spanish jockey Beatriz Alonzo.
 
Ten jockeys will vie for top honors in the 1600-metre HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race which carries a prize fund of Euros 20,000. The winner of this race and the Ladies race will take part in the respective finals in November in Abu Dhabi.
 
The Wathba Stallions Cup race, which is aimed to boost Arabian racing at the lowest level has attracted nine runners and will be run over 1600 metres with a prize money of Euros 5,000.
 
“Last year we had a great response here in Marrakesh as the new race course was inaugurated and we also staged the World Arabian Racing Conference here,” said 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR). “We are looking forward to an exciting race meeting,” she said. “This year in 2018 we not only mark the 10th anniversary of the Festival but more importantly the 100th birth anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder and father of the UAE.”
 
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.